Your reviews and feedback!
Dennis from California, on the Sense mini PC with Linux Mint xfce edition writes on December 29, 2017.
I received the Sense Mini this morning. It is a late Christmas present for my college-age son, who is learning Linux. He had it out of the box and running in about 15 minutes using his keyboard, mouse and monitor borrowed from his Raspberry Pi. He is impressed with the Sense Mini's almost instantaneous boot-up, and the xfce desktop environment that you installed as a no-cost special request.
Thank you so much for your quick turnaround - 1 week from order to delivery, including the Christmas holiday!
Dennis super great feedback thanks! Love it that it's for your son and he's pleased! Great present you gave him. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thanks again, Kamil.
TJ from California, on the Sense mini PC 2 with Linux Mint writes on December 14, 2017.
LINUX 18.3 works unbelievably better on my new Mini PC2 than my 3 month old HP Slimline. No boom from speakers on reboot, no fiddling with Alsa to get Logitech stereo, no xrandr hassle to get 2560x1440 monitor to work, no monkey business to update BIOS. And customer service that puts HP to shame. I could not be more satisfied!
Fantastic feedback TJ, I love it when you compare us with the competition. Thanks very much for taking the time and enjoy the PC! Kamil.
Ron B. from North Carolina, on the Dream WS with Ubuntu writes on November 7, 2017.
Bought a Dream WS for a customer installation and was so pleased with it that I purchased another for myself.
I particularly appreciated the assistance I received installing Windows 10 on the machine and performing the required updates on the system drivers ( a task not needed with Ubuntu).
Ron, nothing better than a vote of confidence from a repeat buyer! Was happy to help with that after sales service on your later Windows installation. Yes separate drivers installation is an additional step with Windows not needed with Linux - easier! Thanks, Kamil. PS that workstation build is a dream isn't it!
Jaan S. from Texas, on the Sense mini PC 3 with Linux Mint bought on March 18, 2016, writes on September 15, 2017.
I am still using the sense mini pc 3 that was used as a project for CompTIA + class that I was taking at Vantage college. It works great. I have put in a 500gb drive, wireless card and 8 gigs of ram. I want to upgrade the chip, graphics, and add Bluetooth. I was wondering the best way to add bluetooth. Otherwise I have run just about every flavor of ubuntu and debian on this machine. Currently I am running Voyagerlive os gaming edition (based on Ubuntu). This has been the best desktop I have owned thanks again.
And again on October 4, 2017 after ordering and receiving a Bluetooth adapter:
Bluetooth worked after I loaded the bluetooth module. I am running voyager os a beautiful impementation of xfce on ubuntu 1604. anyway it worked.
"This has been the best desktop I have owned" that's music to my ears, thanks Jaan! Kamil
Karl S. from Washington, on the Sense PC with Ubuntu, writes on August 23, 2017.
Received my Sense PC with Ubuntu preloaded yesterday in perfect condition. Plugged it in, turned it on and it worked just fine. Thank you very much. No more fooling around now that I have a good computer with a good OS. I'm glad I found your web site with lots of good and helpful information.
Excellent Karl, love hearing that plug and play, that's how it should be, many thanks! Kamil
Jim Y. from Pennsylvania, on the Sense PC with Linux Mint, writes on August 12, 2017.
I've been playing with the system for more than a week now and I'm very satisfied. The speed is more than enough for my needs, and the display is very sharp. Linux Mint, with the Mate desktop, has been easy to learn to work with. Adding software has been a snap so far. There is certainly enough to choose from. The process will certainly be unfamiliar to someone coming from Windows, but after someone has gone through the process once I don't think anyone would feel unease with doing future installations.
A thought, to help folks making the switch to Linux, maybe you could include a short written tutorial about installing a package. In Windows I frequently used Wordpad. That was the first package I looked for, and I found Abiword. Or maybe a game, as I noticed that Solitaire was not installed. Something like that would make a simple installation exercise.
Updates have gone well, although there is a kernel update that I keep ignoring but eventually will probably have to install. That is probably the only thing that I think might give pause to someone wanting to get away from the Windows operating system. However, in reality I think that the only difference between a Linux update and a Windows update is that with Linux one knows about the possible problems before the update; with Windows one learns of the problems after the update when some things no longer work. Of the two processes I would choose the Linux path.
The packaging material from the components is a nice touch. I know exactly what is in the case in case I ever what to upgrade anything, not that I'm planning to do anything like that any time soon.
Thanks Jim for that great feedback. I believe the kernel update is optional, listed under a level of updates not essential, I wouldn't update it unless you need it for some reason. Great that you recommend a transition to Linux, I agree!
Thanks again, Kamil
Dr. Bob from Arkansas, on the Dream PC with Linux Mint bought a couple years ago on April 13, 2015, writes on July 5, 2017.
In the course of time that I have had the equipment that you assembled for me there has only been one problem. The power unit blew. I was able to get another locally.
Otherwise the gear & System are functioning Perfectly. Thank you very much for everything in the past. I recommend You wherever I can.
Love You. Hope You & Your Family are Well.
Dear Dr. Bob,
Very kind email from you, love you too!
Take care of yourself, I hope you are well, I wish you only the very best.
I'll look into the power supply unit PSU manufacturer that I used and maybe switch to another manufacturer for future orders. Though sometimes these things happen. It probably was under warranty, usually they have at least one year warranties and often 3, 5, or even longer warranties depending on the unit. So if you have time and still have that PSU contact the PSU manufacturer they may send you a replacement you can keep as a spare.
Many thanks again and stay in touch.
William H. from North Carolina, on the Dream PC with Windows 10, and a second Dream PC with dual boot Ubuntu and Linux Mint, writes on June 19, 2017.
Well, I've had a couple of weeks to use my CurrentBuild Dream Windows 10 and Linux Mint/Ubuntu computers. Both are blazing fast. Windows boots in 12 seconds and the Linux computers are even faster. Nice quiet systems; well built and attractive. All the documentation was enclosed and delivered when promised. I am enjoying using both. My mother has visited and wants a Ubuntu system for herself so I may end up buying a third! Thanks kamil.
Hi William, what can I say, that's super feedback, appreciate it, and glad you're enjoying the PCs. The NVMe PCI Express SSD in the Dream PC is the cutting edge today. Hey if I can make Mom happy, that made my day! Thanks friend, Kamil.
Harry from Colorado, on the Sense mini PC with Ubuntu, writes on June 17, 2017.
Feedback from PC purchase.
Ubuntu software I have been using for some time now and will never go back to Windows. I am glad that you are one of a few that will install other software other than Windows. Nice neat case for the PC. It starts and shuts down quickly. Love the graphics, it's an improvement on my old PC. Overall very nice PC. One disadvantage is that the fan makes more noise than my old PC, but I will get used to it.
Hi Harry, thanks for that great feedback, appreciate it. The nice quick start up and shut down is made possible by the SSD which is way faster than a traditional spinning hard disk drive, I love that speed too. On the fan sound, mini PCs having a smaller case, if they include fans, they're smaller fans and smaller fans have to spin faster to move enough air and consequently tend to make a little more sound than larger fans that can spin slower, be quieter and still move air. The case fan in the Sense mini PC is really an extra precaution in addition to the PSU fan, just to keep things even cooler. If you want little to perhaps unnoticeable sound (there's no hard disk drive noise either), just go ahead and disconnect the case fan from the motherboard case fan header. Run the PC that way and if you find no issues and I don't expect any, keep it disconnected, otherwise just reconnect it. Thanks again! Kamil
Howard from New York, on the Sense PC with Linux Mint, writes on April 20, 2017.
Firstly, Kamil was very helpful, even when i screwed up with buying an extra monitor and that is being resolved.
Got the PC, set it up in no time, and it is great: Super fast, clean and nice. Couldn't be happier. In fact, I got from work an HP laptop at the same time with Microsoft 10 and while it is not apples to apples, the HP is so slow, fat and bloated, i cannot imagine ever going back to such an OS.
Again, very happy with my buy, very happy with Kamil's help and kindness, and i wd absolutely recommend Currentbuild to anyone interested in a Linux preloaded PC.
Hi Howard super review, thanks for taking the time and love the comparison to HP and Windows! Enjoy, Kamil.
Jaan from Texas, on the Sense mini PC 3 self-assembly- parts-kit with Linux Mint, writes on January 12, 2017.
When I received my Currentbuild Sense mini PC 3 I was excited. I took it
with me to my Comptia class at Vantage college. It was used as a teaching
aid. It was a small class of 5 people. The PC was easy to put together
and a lot of fun. I added 4 more gigs of RAM. The PC handles steam games
pretty well. Grant it I am old school and enjoy Civilization 5 and
masters of Orion style games.
This computer and mint 18 xfce is very stable combined with great software like Libreoffice, qbittorrent, Calibre Office, VLC, and host of other great software.
I also added a wireless card in case I ever needed it. Components were easy to add later.
One of my favorite programs is wine. I am a big kindle fan and have the kindle for PC app running under wine.
It has been a long time since I get my PC last year but it runs great. I also replaced the hard drive putting in a 500gb drive.
Great review Jaan, thanks for that. Fantastic on the self assembly and adding parts and software whenever you wanted. That's the beauty of self assembly, you're then the master of your computer and can upgrade it at will! Love it that the computer, as it should, is running great months later, and I would love to hear years later. Thanks again, Kamil.
Dayn from North Carolina, on the Sense mini PC 2 with Ubuntu installed, writes on November 27, 2016.
Just wanted to send you a note of feedback.
It has been about three weeks now, and I am quite happy with my linux desktop box. I simply attached my network, monitor, mouse and keyboard and powered it on and I was good to go. The online purchase went smoothly and the box arrived when I was told it would. I would definitely recommend CurrentBuild to my friends.
Thanks Dayn, too kind! Kamil.
Stephen from New Hampshire, on the Sense PC 2 with dual OS Linux and Windows installed, writes on November 24, 2016.
I have received my shipment, and I am very pleased with my purchase of the Current Build Sense PC. Everything worked perfectly, right out of the box. I am happy to have found an alternative to the "Big Box" stores, and have at least started down the path to becoming less dependent on Microsoft products. Thanks for the great service provided. Stephen.
Thanks Stephen, excellent! Kamil.
Sonny from New York, on a replacement of the motherboard on the Sense mini PC which he had bought earlier, writes on November 2, 2016.
Again,Thank You for your personal service, tech support and everything
else you've done to assure that I'm happy with my purchase,and I am. I
will absolutely recommend Current Build to anyone I know that is looking
for a new computer.
Well done Sonny for installing it yourself! Thanks for the great feedback, Kamil.
Blake from South Carolina, on the Dream PC do-it-yourself assembly parts kit, writes on October 25, 2016.
I live in SC so we were hit by hurricane Matthew just after all the computer parts started arriving. However, my son and I were able to assemble it without any problems in about 2 days. The computer is for my teenage son to use and I am encouraging him to learn Linux. We initially installed Mint, but my son decided to change to Ubuntu because apparently there is better Steam support. He had some problems at first until I showed him how to adjust the settings for the graphics card. We are happy with the computer and don't have any issues at this time.
Blake, that's so great to hear and many thanks for the feedback. I think this is a great experience for your son, and now he can build his own PCs forever going forward! Kamil.
Jim from Maryland, on the Sense PC with Ubuntu, writes on August 29, 2016.
The current sense computer arrived safely, and on time. One search around the chassis, and I found the on switch. I still don't know what the switch below it does. Reset ?, not likely because that would be redundant. The preloaded Ubuntu came on nicely, and I appreciated your letter with my pswd in it. Unfortunately a window opened saying some drivers were not loaded. I don't know what the drivers were for, so I just left that alone. I tried to use playonlinux for civ 4 gold. but it did not work. Now the not loaded window has disappeared, so maybe I caused something to happen. I am pleased with the computer, you certainly did your part....Jim
Hi Jim, I am very happy you are pleased with the Sense PC. Yes that smaller button is the reset button, use that only if the computer ever freezes which it shouldn't. You can install those drivers, those are related to PlayonLinux, I saw that as well, but that Internet repository was not available at the time. Also, just restart PlayonLinux and that window should reappear. Yes not all Windows programs will work on PlayonLinux. Many thanks again! Kamil. Free PlayonLinux was installed for Jim's Windows games collection.
Lloyd Rojewski from Georgia, on the Sense PC 2 with Linux Mint, writes on June 28, 2016.
An absolute pleasure to deal with. Good, grounded technical advice with sound support and a wonderful product. Glad I found Currentbuild!
Many thanks Lloyd, it was a real pleasure working with you as well, many thanks for the kind words. Kamil.
Robert from Nevada, on the Sense mini PC, writes on May 25, 2016.
After living happily for 4 months with my Current Build Sense mini PC my HP laser printer suddenly stopped working. After several hours of attempting a fix, I gave up and e-mailed Current Build. Within an hour Kamil called me from a golf course and we spent about 30 minutes attempting a fix with no luck. Kamil researched the problem of missing drivers and plugins and called me the next morning. After almost an hour on the phone guiding me through the process the problem was solved. That was support above and beyond. Thanks Kamil.
Robert H. Hale, DDS
That was fun Robert, when your printer started working, that was as good as a well struck iron to the green! Yes, some HP printers with Linux need an additional plug-in which can be installed using the program hp-setup. That printer was not supplied by us. Thanks Robert for the kind feedback, I appreciate it. Kamil.
Drew from Ohio, on the Sense PC, writes on April 28, 2016.
I"m up and running and writing this email on my new pc you supplied! Very happy with this system and I cannot thank you enough for walking me through my unique situation!! Having never used the linux os before, I truly appreciate your patience and willingness to guide a neophyte like myself through the setup procedure neccessary! Top marks, all the way around!! I wish you and your company good fortune and success, and rest assured any one who ask me about my experience will be sent your direction! After the sale it"s the service that counts, and your company is a prime example!
Thanks Drew, that's great feedback. I enjoyed our conversation today, always great to get to speak with a customer! Kamil.
Albert Durham, on the Dream Big PC, writes on April 16, 2016.
I bought a Dream Big computer a few months ago. Kamil is great to work with and the computer is awesome. I am glad I decided to try Linux, way better than Windows. What Kamil does is risky in my opinion, gets the latest parts and makes them work together. So I am sure there will be a few glitches especially with users that are less experienced. But he is good at it and he seems to be willing to make it right. Happy customer!
Thanks Albert, appreciate that great feedback. It's true, sometimes the hardware in the builds is so new, after all 'current' is in our brand name, that we update the kernel on a standard Linux distro to a more recent one, and sometimes add additional drivers. We do all that for you before the PC is shipped. Thanks again!
Warren from North Carolina, on the Sense mini PC 3, writes on March 15, 2016.
I received your build today and am ultra impressed. I was able to unravel your excellent and meticulous packing, be up and running, and logged in within a matter of minutes. Absolute 5 stars regarding our transaction, shipping time and finished product. I am currently enrolled in a Linux OS college course and have a GUI exam tomorrow, followed by a CLI exam. Due to your expedited build time I will have sufficient time to practice and/or experiment to prepare for the exams. I have previously utilized virtualization using Ubuntu on a Win7 laptop but I found that method fraught with frustration. Big thanks to you mister, keep up the great service and good luck with your future endevours. Cheers from one happy camper.
Warren, that's just great! If you ace your exam, which I'm sure you will, I'm taking credit for that! Thanks friend, Kamil.
Jon from North Carolina, on the Sense PC, writes on December 30, 2015.
I'm very pleased with the Sense PC, both hardware and Mint 17.3 MATE. Everything was as ordered; unpacking and power up was quick. I really like the desktop function and access to everything; setups for different elements of the System, Preferences and Applications is straightforward and clear. I initially had trouble finding the driver(s) for my HP printer, but the built-in links on the Firefox browser for Linux Mint, Community, Forms and Blog provided help. I used Terminal to install the HP Device Manager and related drivers and can now print. I've also used the update manager to update all level 1 and 2 changes. I've downloaded the Opera browser to play with, but it's a little clunky and not as user friendly to me. However, Firefox gives me a slight jitter in the screen while scrolling and sometimes (but not recently) it freezes. I've noticed that others on the web searches have also had this problem. One suggestion I came across was to use the "about:config" command in firefox to change the mouse scroll wheel acceleration plus many other options. I've tried some but haven't noticed any changes. The WiFi Adapter you helped me get going is working ok with good signal strength.
By the way, you may be interested in this: I have an old Macbook (year 2008) that I haven't used for awhile with Processor Intel @ Core 2 Duo CPU T8300 @ 2.4 GHz x 2 with hard drive of 160 GB. I removed all data from this notebook and did a clean install (erased drive) using the ISO DVD you sent with my order. It works perfectly although it is a little slower than the Sense PC.
Jon, love it that you installed Linux on your old Macbook, yes you can use that Linux DVD unlimited times, beauty of Linux!
On the browser, I'm finding currently that Chrome seems to be the best browser for Linux on a new PC. That's Chrome not Chromium which is the open source version and is also very good especially on older 32 bit PCs. While Chromium is available through Software Manager, Chrome install instructions for Linux are on our assembly guide page. We've recently been pre-installing Chrome on all PCs with Linux we ship, try that browser, I think you'll like it. Thanks again for the great feedback! Kamil.
Samuel S. from Florida, on the Dream PC, writes on December 29, 2015.
So far have been using the computer about a month, no problems. The absolute fastest computer I have ever used. My first time experience with a solid state drive. Everyone ought to have one. What impressed me most about Currentbuild is your incredible customer service. Everything from my questions to ship date and tracking and the few questions I had on setting it up. You run a first rate company and would certainly recommend your company. Thank you for the very pleasant buying experience.
Sam great working with you, enjoyed it. Thanks for the very kind words on the service, it is important that our customers have a very pleasant buying experience as you described. Yes an SSD makes a terrific difference, no doubt, thanks for sharing that. Enjoy your new PC! Warmest regards as well, Kamil.
Bill from Missouri, on the Sense PC and Sense mini PC 2, writes on December 21, 2015.
Reluctantly, I decided that it was time to replace my 10-year old XP machines that I use at home for internet access and work-at-home activities. I chose to switch to the Linux Mint OS due to the recent conduct of MicroSoft to its windows users.
I found very few companies who supplied Linux Mint pre-installed and the few that did were on high-end systems. I thought I would have to build my own PC and configure it myself (I have done it before) but then I came across CurrentBuild.
I found that their "Sense" systems were well designed systems at a good price; less costly than if I bought the parts myself. They have chosen stable and proven components that can run any hardware/software that most of us need on a daily basis.
I requested modifications to both of my machines (additional RAM and SSD drives) as well as a dual boot systems for when I MUST use Windows 7 Professional for work. Kamil responded to my emails quickly and suggested good alternatives when I asked for his opinion.
My machines were in my hands in less than 6 days from placing an order, including weekends and customizations. He also shipped me all the packing for my hardware and my OS disk. This way I knew exactly what he has put in my machine.
I had both machines running, finished the final few setup steps, and was connected to the internet in less than 15 minutes after unboxing them. The last few steps are clearly listed on a sheet provided to you and the machine prompts you for obvious answers.
Both systems have been working flawlessly for 2 months now.
I believe CurrentBuild provides a quality service and can provide a much needed option to anyone wanting to get a system with Linux Mint installed. I have and will continue to recommend them to others as the opportunity arises.
Bill, too kind, and thanks for taking the time. We love repeat customers, tells us we're doing something right! Bill with your experience in tech this means a lot, thanks again, Kamil.
Rolfe from Arkansas, on the Dream PC WS, writes on December 13, 2015.
I've been really enjoying the Dream PC WS, thank you! The service was superb: prompt, thoughtful, and personal. I appreciate the way you took the time to understand what I was looking for and suggested this combination. It is a powerful machine, and has power where I need it. I will highly recommend you to anyone looking for a computer that they can understand and control.
Hi Rolfe, that was a monster computer we built, I hope you enjoy it for a long time to come. You inspired the Dream PC WS workstation build. Thanks for the great feedback. Kamil.
David on the Sense mini PC 2 writes on December 9, 2015.
The desktop you built for me is an excellent product and at the right price. My brother-in-law is using it and it has been reliable, quiet and its small foot-print is just what he needed. When I need another, I will be coming to you.
That's great to hear. Thanks David, Kamil.
Mark from Florida writes on November 12, 2015.
Thanks again for a fine system. I am seriously impressed with your choice of hardware (case, motherboard, processor, etc)
Am pretty sure I will be likewise impressed with software - once I become familiar with it.
The personal assistance and help I have received from Kamil is far beyond any expectations I had, even after reading the feedback on the CurrentBuild website.
I have already begun telling about and recommending CurrentBuild to my friends and business associates.
Very few modern businesses, Internet or otherwise, have been as helpful and/or as quality oriented as CurrentBuild.
Electronics Engineer, Database Developer, Multi-subject Technical Educator, Microcomputer to PC Hardware Interfacing, Widget Designer, various programming language programmer, and model railroader.
(yes I have done all these things, and a few more, with over 50yrs in electronics, robotics, and computing)
Mark you are too kind. Coming from your technical expertise background, your endorsement will inspire others I'm sure. I hope CurrentBuild can live up to the standard you have set for us, one thing is for sure your comments will make us try harder knowing we can make a difference. Thanks for the positive encouragement and motivation! Kamil.
Gary from Iowa writes on October 21, 2015.
I just was checking out your SSD udgrade project, looks and sounds like what I just went through, I think it will go a long way in helping out those of us who are rookies in building/repairing PC's. I want to thank you for all your help and support in my project which was a little rough going but turned out well in the end with great results and also by using Linux 17.2 Mate Edition. In the future I would like to further upgrade the board/CPU. So I am sure you will be hearing from me. Thanks again Kamil.
Gary thanks to you and your hard drive to SSD upgrade project I added that SSD upgrade page. I too always consider upgrading an existing PC before building a new one, and if building a new one designing one that's upgradeable. Upgrading an existing PC with an SSD is probably the best upgrade one can make currently. Well done on getting the job done. Thanks for the feedback. Kamil.
Bill D; northern New Mexico. August 23, 2015.
I ordered the Sense mini PC, the least expensive computer on the website, because it was the best deal I could find. We were disappointed with Windows years ago, and switched to Mac, but have now become disappointed with Mac as well; we were anxious to try something new, and so turned to Linux. It has been a pleasant experience - Mint is a friendly and familiar desktop experience, and is fully supported through 2019.
I accidently called CurrentBuild when I tried to call about a completely different order from a different company. The owner was very friendly and asked if we were having any trouble with the computer; we weren't, but I did have several questions which he graciously answered. Then he sent an email with instructions on how to best utilize some of Linux's power. I was amazed at the level of customer service since we had purchased a VERY inexpensive machine. Of course, now we will order from CurrentBuild again without worry.
When we got the computer, it wouldn't read the Windows installation CD for our HP monitor. I clicked into the system to see if the hardware was set up - Linux had already recognized it as an HD monitor and installed the appropriate driver. We look forward to eventually transitioning all of our computers to Linux.
Bill it's great that you're liking Linux, I love your comment 'Mint is a friendly and familiar desktop experience', it really is. Thanks for the kind words as well, it was a pleasure speaking with you. Kamil.
Ray from Colorado writes on July 30, 2015:
The service I received from Current Build was exemplary. They built the PC with the options I wanted. The price was quite reasonable and the PC has performed exactly as expected. I would highly recommend this company, especially if you are looking for a reasonably priced Linux machine.
Ray, you're the best. Thanks, Kamil
K.S. from Michigan writes on July 28, 2015:
I hope this finds you well.
I had been planning on writing you of my experiences with Linux Mint after a year. That would have been in March; a few things got in the way, primarily my hip replacement surgery (everything is great there, now waiting for a good time to do the other one), but I figure a late report is better than no report.
As I remember it, the major disappointments were inability to get my Epson scanner to work and the limited options on my HP printer. Nothing I tried with the former would work so I ended up disconnecting it an putting it back in its box. The printer (an HP B8500 large-format printer) prints well but I don't have certain options such as two-sided (manual) printing. The Windows printer interface was quite fancy and what I have now is quite generic. Also, I remember the VLC player crashing after clicking on the customize interface button and Google Earth just stopped working after about ten days after I installed it; these last two, and especially GE are not Linux related.
Since Mint 16 wasn't a long term support version of LM, after awhile flash media wouldn't play and I'd receive a security warning. Most often I'd click to play anyway and there were no issues.
Near the end of last year I decided to upgrade to Mint 17 and decided to do it via a cd. By the time I got around to ordering a disc from the site, osdisc.com, the version was 17.1. Even then I waited until early in 2015 before installing it. I checked the Mint community forums and found advice on how to upgrade by basically overwriting the existing install. I went ahead and did that and almost everything worked great. I say 'almost' because there was one weird thing. First I used it as a live cd and when LM17.1 opened it showed the screen with '17.1' displayed. After I installed it the screen still said '16' but moving the mouse cursor over the Menu button showed 'Linux Mint 17.1' so I knew the install went fine. Oh, the VLC player still crashed! No improvement there (and I think I did post the issue on the VLC forum with no responses forthcoming).
Earlier this month I became curious if anything was ever done with Google Earth to make it play nice on a 64-bit Linux system. I found out that something was done and supposedly GE now worked. So I downloaded a copy from the GE site and tried to install it. I received a message saying it was available from a software centre and it was recommended the download be from there. I didn't see any link to any 'software centre' and it didn't say to use the Mint Software Manager so I went to the Synaptic Package Manager and found GE there. I downloaded it and installed it and it actually worked! A little more tweaking involving some copy and paste from another source with the Terminal and now the links with the Panoramio photo site work also. I was now quite happy!
About the same time as I found out about the improvement to GE, I also learned of the upgrade from Mint 17.1 to Mint 17.2 Rafaela. I did what was necessary and, to make the story a little bit shorter, I now have the latest version of Mint, with an updated 'grub' and the recommended kernal. And what makes me almost giddy is that it all works! There were no installation issues whatsoever. I love Linux!
Oh, the VLC player still crashes when I try to open the customization window; can't have everything I suppose. Other than that, my system is perfect.
Regards, from a very satisfied customer
K.S. glad that hip surgery went well. Thanks for the great feedback, now you're a linux pro installing a new version of Linux Mint on your own, well done. Enjoy! By the way for all here's our step by step instructions on how to download and install a free Linux distribution. Kamil
Robert from New Hampshire writes on July 24, 2015:
I love your system and Linux Mint. As I wrote to you before my purchase, I am very disappointed and frustrated with Windows , because of it's clumsy and difficult updates, software strangeness, applications that always request more and more money for renewal, and so many Windows Pop Up's that I felt like I was becoming a trained monkey. None of these aggravations exist on your machine. Bravo!
So, I now have your machine in my office on the wall opposite my Windows machine. I wouldn't dare place them next to each other for fear of contamination from the Windows machine. Viruses you know. I now use my Windows machine about 1 or 2% of previous use and soon to be 0%.
After receiving your email, I was thinking how much I appreciate using Linux Mint and then made a donation to Linux Mint. I plan on making scheduled donations to them because I won't go back to Windows, especially Windows 10.
Thank you for great value and excellent service.
Terrific stuff Robert, thanks! Kamil
Gary from New York writes on July 23, 2015:
Kamil walked me through building a Sense mini-PC custom machine, step-by-step. Envisioned as a family project for my son and I, Kamil was extremely accessible for any questions and problems that we faced. It was an absolute pleasure working with him and I would highly recommend his services
Gary added "Btw, Linux Mint 17.2 has been great. Really enjoying it as my primary OS."
Gary your can-do spirit and resourcefulness was most impressive. Thanks for the kind words. Kamil
Barry from New Hampshire writes on July 23, 2015:
Hello, The computer is fine. It is rather a pain that Adobe Flash for Linux is no longer being supported though a bug fix is still available.
Hi Barry, thanks for the feedback, and glad the computer is fine. Barry, Adobe Flash is mostly a browser issue, not Linux. I use Firefox and Chrome on Linux and Flash works on both. Are you updating your Linux and the installed apps from Update Manager. Every so often there is a browser update and also a Flash update. If you install the updates that should take care of all bugs and security updates. Let me know, thanks, Kamil. P.S. I think Flash is on its way out anyway over time being replaced by HTML5. Remember when Steve Jobs told Adobe that Flash was a problem, he was right.
Dick Hamlet from Washington state writes on June 17, 2015:
About a month ago, you assembled a Sense PC for me. I've been using it since then, and I wanted to tell you how pleased I am with the configuration and your attention to the details of assembling the hardware. Everything worked "out of the box" (well, actually "inside the box"!), and my only complaint is that the fan noise is a bit louder than I hoped it would be. But I was used to a system with no fan, and you did warn me. Your service could not have been better, and it was wonderful to have an expert filter through the many choices and deliver a combination that is close to optimal.
In the rest of this e-mail, I'll collect some notes about the Sense configuration, which might be helpful to another customer.
1. I ordered 250GB of flash memory along with the 1TB hard disk, and although it isn't cheap, I'd recommend it for using multiple operating systems and reducing load times. Having two distinct "hard disks," one fast, one slower, allows the customer to create multiple partitions on each, and place files and file systems for optimal performance. I use mostly Linux systems, and so I placed all of the root ("/") file system on the flash drive, except for "/var" and "/home", which are large and encompass the bulk of files that will be rewritten often.
2. You delivered the system with Linux KUbuntu installed as I requested, and it was nice to have it ready to boot, and to have the CD of KUbuntu that you provided. However, there are many options in an installation, and probably many customers will want to re-install. In particular, I thought I wanted to use Logical Volume (LVM) partitions, but with KUbuntu (and even more with Puppy Linux), LVM is not a help, so I undid your work. Some advice about that: to undo LVM, don't try to gently uninstall it; just wipe all the partition content with the gparted program.
3. The one bit of software difficulty I experienced was an occasional "freezing" of the display for several seconds. The Internet and its forums are really good for diagnosing such problems, and I learned that there is a bug in the Intel GPU driver that causes repeated "graphics resets" that make the windowing system restart. (This happens in lots of systems and applications, not just Kubuntu.) The internet suggests there is a fix on its way from Intel, but that the 3.18 Linux kernels fix the problem. I added the 3.18.13 kernel, which seemed to work. There are lots of sites telling how, e.g..
Please feel free to use any of this e-mail in your promotional literature. I wish you the best of luck with your enterprise -- Well done!
Many thanks Dick. Everyone, see how a lot of our customers are so knowledgeable about Linux and their systems. I use it as an opportunity to learn something new and pass it on. Excellent feedback and thanks for taking the time and caring to share it. Kamil
Don from Hawaii writes:
I can't decide what I'm happier with or more satisfied with, the computer I bought or the man I bought it from. From the very beginning when I was shopping for a computer Kamil could not have been more helpful and pleasant to deal with Instead of trying to take advantage of a "rookie" user and total newcomer to Linux and upselling me to things I didn't need he actually explained to me why I was adding some things I didn't need. In the end I got the perfect computer for my needs, for a fantastic price , and with the great support that I know will always be there. Within days of receiving the computer and being a total Windows guy I proceeded to mess up the entire operating system, sitting there looking at a blank screen unable to do anything. Kamil, although he had no obligation to do so, spent his time helping me, with great patience and understanding, to repair all the damage I had done and then helped me to do things the right way, and even following up on how I was doing. In this day and age it is truly a nice surprise to deal with someone who actually enjoys what they are doing instead of just trying to make money. Should you need any additional information or have any questions, feel free to contact me at: email@example.com .
Thanks Don, what a guy! Kamil
Andy from New York writes:
Kamil - I am so happy you built my computer. You took the time to help me select the exact parts I wanted. The computer is so fast at start-up and during operation. You fully supported me through the entire purchasing process. You have continued to be available after I received the computer as well. Using a Linux operating system and not buying a video card separate from the CPU saved me from buying items I did not want or need. Again, thank you so much! Andy
Andy, it was great fun working with you, thanks. Kamil
Leo from California writes:
I bought a Mini Sense with Linux Mint because my old XP machine died the death of a thousand curliecues of smoke and I was just not going to have Windows 8, an OS I despise, decry and deplore. Linux is a new OS to me, so despite a few glitches with the chair to keyboard interface I just love the system. Kamil was extremely helpful and went above and beyond the call of duty to help this Linux-spastic newbie understand the treasure that this system has turned out to be. The only thing I would have done differently is bought extra RAM, it seems I am still addicted to too many open tabs, but that's for another day. Thanks, Kamil!
Roy from Washington D.C. writes:
The performance of the PC's is wonderful - lightning fast. The service was even better. There was always a quick and informative response to every inquiry along the way. CurrentBuild is our vendor of choice, now.
John from New Hampshire writes on the Sense mini PC:
LOVE IT !!!
Thanks so much for this nifty little setup ...
Comcast tech helped w/ my wireless connection, which was expected...
My IT friends were all "oooh and ahhhh" .....
Paul Navarro from Illinois writes:
I am extremely pleased!! I started using my new linux right out of the box. It is everything that you said it would be! and more. I haven’t had the time to take a deep look at all the things that i need to learn on the tutorials and information sites yet, but will do so a little later.....and i will be making a contribution to the linux community....what a great way to learn and use the internet. Thank you.!
Erick from Washington state writes:
All is working really smoothly. The speed is very good. The computer comes on line soon after it is turned on and shutting also turns off rapidity. Using chromium I did find I could not download Adobe flash but then it can be used with FireFox. And just last Sunday my brother let me know I could download Google Chrome which I was using with my Microsoft computer. Your contact and service are very impressive. I would highly recommend the Currentbuild Dream computer to anyone. The video also is much improved downloading from youtube also. The computer fan is also very quiet...
Will from California writes:
My son assembled the pc without a hitch as it is pretty straight forward. He is saving his allowance because he now wants to build another pc. Thanks for providing a venue for new pc builder.
Elena from Oregon writes:
I'm having a blast with my new system
Russell W. from California writes:
Yes, I am happy with the computer you put together. It is fast and easy to use. Thank you.
Tony R. from Colorado writes:
Hi Kamil, I received my dream pc... Very nice, works like a charm, so thank you! The Ubuntu Linux OS is excellent, the system is easy to use, and is running fast.
Nagendra Goel from Virginia writes:
Kamil is knowledgeable about desktop processors, motherboards and various configuration dependencies. CurrentBuild helped me choose a configuration, and integrated a desktop for me that suited my requirements, and delivered it to me in a timely manner.
Richard from Texas writes:
Our experience with Mr. Kamil Rehman: My grandson was 14 years old and wanted a computer that would allow him to play computer games with his friends. He was working and saving his money to make his purchase. But as his Papaw, I thought of a way that might be a learning experience for him. So as I Googled the internet, I found Mr. Kamil Rehman to answer my many questions about the equipment I needed. I asked if it would be a beneficial to buy a computer kit for my grandson to assemble. I asked what I might use as a teaching tool for him. My purpose was to get him more involved in the computer than just game playing. Mr. Kamil assured me a computer kit would be an excellent tool. After doing more research I decided to buy one. It worked! Nathan read all the literature that came with the kit. In addition, he searched the internet for more information. As a bystander, I watched him put it all together. He was excited, but it as he finished up, there were several wires he couldn't figure out how to hook up. I suggested he write to Mr. Kamil, send him the pictures of the loose wires, and hope for a response to the call for help. Nathan wrote the letter explaining his problem. (This was another lesson I hadn't counted on.) Even though Mr. Kamil was out of the country on a business trip, he took time to respond to my grandson's questions. What a pleasant surprise for both of us when we received Mr. Kamil's helpful answers! The computer was up and running! After saving more money, my grandson added additional memory and is planning to upgrade the graphics. Who knows what other additions he will make to his equipment? Thank you, Mr. Kamil, for your time and help.
Greg from Georgia writes:
I got the CurrentBuild unit on-time and it arrived configured as requested. I immediately opened the case to add a 2Tb drive that I was relocating from another computer and was impressed with the neatness of the build. The internal wires, SATA cables, etc. were all tied down where necessary and routed cleanly with right-angle bends. Frankly it looked much better than the computers I’ve built myself. Very happy with the purchase!
Edik from California writes:
My Dream PC with Ubuntu works like a dream. I did a lot of search on the Web for a configurable Linux machine and CurrentBuild was the only one I found that offered a great customer support. I highly recommend CurrentBuild and wish Kamil continued success.
Lloyd from Florida writes:
Hi Kamil. I am very happy with the "Dream PC with Mint 16" installed. Every thing that was installed is working great. If asked I would recommend this to anyone. Thanks again. Lloyd
Peter from New York writes:
"Kamil, I am more than happy with my new PC from CurrentBuild. It has been
working great and I have recommended your company to anyone who asks my advice.
A great product at a great price! The linux mint 16 is working great also. I
use it now at work, too."
C. M. from Texas writes:
"Kamil, I enjoyed working with you on my computer build project. You have
been extremely patient and helpful in working out some problems in the process.
I thank you for that. I am very satisfied with the product and the service I
received. I would highly recommend you and your product to others. Thanks again
and I know you'll be there in the future if I need your assistance."
David Rashid from Wisconsin. Attorney Counselor at Law writes:
"I couldn't be happier with my new Current Build desktop! It was set up in a
snap and ready to go out of the box. Kamil was great to deal with, and
everything was just as advertised! He was very helpful after the sale as well.
I will buy my next unit from Current Build. Thanks!"
B.F. from Ohio writes:
"Always a pleasure..Thanks again P.S. Try to get service like that from HP
or Dell etc !! Post this if you wish!!!"
C.F. from Georgia writes:
"When I first started researching buying a new computer it was overwhelming!
I needed just the basics but didn't know where to start. I came across
CurrentBuild's website and found it very easy to use. I had lots of questions
and really didn't have time to search the internet. Kamil was a great help. He
answered my questions promptly, thoroughly and in a language I could
understand. We purchased our system from CurrentBuild and Kamil walked us
through the set up and getting it running as well as subsequent questions. I
plan to continue to do business with Kamil. Thanks for all you do!"
R.L. from California writes:
"My desktop was doing weird stuff and I knew it was about to blowup soon. I researched the Net and found CurrentBuild's website which had the right amount of info on their customizable computers. I sent them a quick email on my woes, not expecting much response, but was pleasantly surprised! Kamil was fantastic by being so patient and having the skill to communicate with such thoughtful detail, I knew I was going to get the right computer for my needs and more.
He really went the extra mile to make sure I understood everything about
setting up my computer with my old hard drive and I was getting what I needed.
The service and product are impeccable and I recommend CurrentBuild without
hesitation. Ten stars!!"
L.B. from Texas writes:
"Thanks! Everything worked out really well. My son assembled the computer
and it works great! It proved to be an excellent learning experience for
Ken from Nevada writes:
"Thank you very much for a great deal and smooth transaction on a great pc.
It was crafted beautifully and runs very well. I work in the IT field and will
definitely keep you in mind for future purchases. Keep up the great work!"
Ed from Oregon writes:
"I just wanted to thank you for a very positive experience in purchasing and
setting up my new Sense pc. I received an excellent computer with quality name
brand components for a very good price. By phone you quickly resolved the two
problems I encountered in setting it up. I am a happy customer and you will be
highly recommended to anyone I talk to. Thanks again."
P.B. from California writes:
"Hi Kamil The Dream PC, AMD build II is a fantastic computer for the price.
Also, the technical support and customer service are both excellent. I'd
recommend CurrentBuild to anyone."
R.W. from Chicago, IL writes:
"My CurrentBuild is a great PC and Kamil has been very helpful. If you're
looking, look no further. Once you see what CurrentBuild has to offer (i.e.
performance, flexibility and economy) you'll most likely agree. I could not be
more genuinely enthusiastic. Thank you Kamil. Thank you CurrentBuild."