Chuwi Hi8 BIOS Flashing – what to do when USB OTG is not working and Windows 10 won’t boot

The BIOS and BIOS configuration are stored in non-volatile memory (a Flash memory chip).  If you badly configure the BIOS, like I did, you can lock out access to USB and even stop the tablet from booting.

(If you are able to launch Windows it is possible to flash a new BIOS with a Windows utility – search the Chuwi support forum for details.)

If you can’t boot in to Windows then you have to use these flashing tools… Continue reading Chuwi Hi8 BIOS Flashing – what to do when USB OTG is not working and Windows 10 won’t boot

Distro Astro Packages – Lin_Guider 4.2.0

Its been some time since I packaged any software for distribution. You can’t beat learning by doing to blow out the cobwebs and since this was intended for others to use I had to do it as correctly as I could. So these packages conform to Debian standards and are digitally signed by me.

Eventually sorted it all out and was able to make both 32 and 64-bit packages….

64-bit: lin_guider 4.2.0 amd64 .deb

32-bit: lin_guider 4.2.0 i386 .deb



Distro Astro – remote access with VNC

Out-of-the-box Distro Astro has Gnome Desktop Sharing installed. This is great for remote access to your astro-laptop to control telescope, mount and camera from the warmth of your house. (Of course, you need to have booted the astro-laptop and logged in as a user before the remote access can work and you need to arrange it so the laptop is in range of your Wifi network!). Continue reading Distro Astro – remote access with VNC

Chuwi Hi8 – fun and frustrations

My new sit-on-the-couch device

The Chuwi Hi8 is a very nice 8 inch display dual-boot Windows 10 and Android 4.4 tablet.

This is an Intel Atom based tablet and its performance is sort of mid-range for a 2016 Android device and low-end for a Windows 10 device. Its been on the market for some time and there is a newer Hi8 Pro which has some extra features so the  Hi8 can be bought for a very good price these days.

There are a number of reviews around so I wont say too much about features and performance…

  • For the price it is surprisingly well made and fun to use,
  • The display is fantastic but reflective. It comes fitted with a screen protector which is a good thing because the glass will scratch if you are not careful.
  • In common with most cheap tablets the sound from the speaker is very poor (but sound using headphones is very good).
  • Its HD display is very nice for watching youtube and netflix, performance is not a problem.
  • Battery life is ok for 3-4hrs of use.
  • You will need a 16Gb or larger SD card if you want to upgrade Windows 10 to the latest fixes (I recommend you buy a Class-10 32 or 64 GB SD card).
  • You will run out of storage space in Android and Windows if you don’t fit an SD card.
  • If you want to store many apps under Android you will have to root it.