I purchased a Gigabyte Brix GB-BXBT-2807 a little over a month ago, before I knew about the Liva. I liked the idea of these little cheapish fanless computers. Compared to a Raspberry Pi, they are are about the same size, they use just a little bit more energy, but they are like a gazillion times faster. Some drawbacks? The user base is miniature. The manufacturers only really care if they work with Windows 8.1. I can be expensive if you don’t already have spare ram and a drive.
I’m having some weird USB connection issues. Physical movement will cause disconnections, like a shock, tap, jiggle, give a dirty look. Is it the Brix USB ports? Is it my USB cables? Linux? I have no idea. I’ve tried a bunch of different cables and two types of hubs to help rule out the cables. They will all disconnect with a light jiggle: at the device to computer connection, hub to computer connection, and even device to hub connection. Device to hub disconnection? Maybe all of my cables are bad? With one of the hubs, if I just pick up the hub, it will cause all the devices to disconnect. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it happens with my Liva too. Then I hooked the hub up to my Mac and shook, tapped, and jiggled the poop out of it, I got no disconnection at all.
Could it actually be Linux? Then I found this. I don’t know if it’s related to my problem and haven’t been able to test it. I can’t figure out how to apply the patch! Also, it’s been about a year, maybe a fix has already been applied to the kernel. But I can’t confirm since I can’t find any reference to it on my google searches.
For now, I’ve ordered some new usb cables from another vendor, so we’ll see.
Update: The device to hub disconnection problem might have had to do with some kind of weird short possibly? The case of the hub is aluminum. When the hub rests on my DAC which is metal, it disconnects. I didn’t have the hub rest on anything metal when I hooked it up to the Mac which is probably why it didn’t disconnect when I shook the heck out of it. Unfortunately, I still get disconnects at the Brix/Liva port.