Can This USB Stick Resurrect Your Old PC?

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Comments • 6 103

  • Frank Featherstone

    are we gonna ignore the big boys nipples poppin thru his shirt

  • u235u235u235
    u235u235u235 Day ago

    reason linux failed: companies require enterprise level support from software OS maker. microsoft and apple provide that to fortune 500 companies, linux does not at the same level.

    OS support is not something that can be left to chance or hack companies. it needs to be rock solid when you run a multi-billion dollar company.

  • Austin The Terrible

    I want linux to win.

  • SirThunderek
    SirThunderek Day ago

    Well, you can Do It Yourself! Buy 16GB or 64GB and put on it modified Linux distro. Boom! You have the same thing for smaller price.

  • J. Wolff
    J. Wolff Day ago

    I realize this comes off a bit helpless, but I'd of been interested more in other dude abbreviating the steps to make his own bootable USB. Yes, I realize there's a whole internet full of step-by-steps. In my mind however, if they're going to bring it up in the video it should at least skim over the topic some.

  • Pure Mops
    Pure Mops 2 days ago

    literally my computer

  • Willow Mouse
    Willow Mouse 2 days ago

    I taught my grandma how to use Ubuntu, she really liked it.

  • Anthony Morassutti
    Anthony Morassutti 2 days ago

    8:50 Safari Technology Preview????????????????????
    10:18 LOL
    11:12 Linus are you supporting a device that's 1) Lower storage capacity than my PC from 2003 (80GB), 2) Not much faster, and 3) $70. Seriously?!?!! Plus the programs are SO OLD and so is the GUI!

  • CommandrX
    CommandrX 2 days ago

    Grandma should download more ram.

  • TheMc2nv
    TheMc2nv 3 days ago

    So pretty much linux live disk....

  • Yevgeny Kungurov
    Yevgeny Kungurov 3 days ago

    And now try Q4OS

  • Thinking Impaired
    Thinking Impaired 3 days ago

    I like the challenge of making a bootable linux usb. However the truth is, time is money and a quick fix is well worth the time saved for those not familiar with linux. I remember the days when I did core dumps to look for loops.

  • Matt Mills
    Matt Mills 3 days ago

    Whats Linux?

  • Adam Crawford
    Adam Crawford 3 days ago

    Super weird that anything video-related looks like choppy shit...gotta love that driver "autodetection."

  • youtoober2013
    youtoober2013 3 days ago

    "Well, it's a good segue!" "... Into what?"

  • John Sickinger
    John Sickinger 3 days ago

    I believe a few years back they were stick called project Black Dog which actually had its own processor

  • Jerry Smith
    Jerry Smith 3 days ago

    or you can just buy a preloaded linux live usb for under 20$.

  • Charlie Hopkins
    Charlie Hopkins 3 days ago

    Someone needs a bra

  • MrTitaniumDioxide
    MrTitaniumDioxide 3 days ago

    'LIB-RAY' Office? Why do anglophone Canadians generally insist on pronouncing words using short vowel sounds? It's obviously 'LEE-BRAY' Office -- the French or Spanish word for 'free' 'or 'at liberty', from the Latin 'liber' 'LEE-BEAR' for 'free' or 'unrestricted'. What's _that_ quirk all 'AH-BOOT'? Same for pronouncing automaker Mazda as 'MAZZ-DA' instead of the more proper 'MAHZ-DA' (the supreme deity or 'God of Light' in Zoroastrianism, BTW) -- though to be fair, the Japanese pronounce it 'MA-TSU-DA'. 'TOE-MAY-TOE', 'TOE-MAH-TOE' I suppose...

  • Christopher Sebastian

    I'm glad this product exists. It's a good solution for many situations.

  • Dana V
    Dana V 4 days ago

    Why would Google drop the WPS?!?!?! I use this everyday. They just deopped the usefulness and the advantage of my android note8 phone by 50% (no hyperbole). I need that feature and I had that feature until THEY decided to remove it! PUT IT BACK NOW!!

  • Chris Curran
    Chris Curran 4 days ago

    The reviewers don't realize is that the device captures most of the user data from the harddrive and copies it to the OS on the USB memory stick. You can then move the USB memory stick from the ~12 year old Pentium D to a newer computer, even a ~5 year old computer lying around and have all of your data on the faster hardware computer. If a PCI-E to USB 3.0 Expansion Card could be added and autoconfigured by the Linux OS it would be a significantly faster user experience with very little work by an engineer. The USB memory stick could be removed after shutdown and brought with them to a family member to be worked on. Grandma could use your computer in your home without having to use your OS.
    This device has its use cases.

  • RoboHobo
    RoboHobo 4 days ago

    wait are you saying that my computer isnt supposed to run like ass when i open 4 tabs in chrome and play games at the same time

  • Jamie Maclellan
    Jamie Maclellan 4 days ago

    Linus, what about a scenario where the PC hardware isn’t terribly outdated, but the PC is really bloated with spyware and maybe viruses? Would this solution allow you to run the extra pc fairly well on the original base hardware?

  • Chris Hanline
    Chris Hanline 4 days ago +2

    Before this video even starts:
    I'm guessing the answer is "No, this USB stick can't resurrect your old PC" based solely off the sh*t-eating grin on your face in the thumbnail.

  • Monttukani
    Monttukani 4 days ago

    My granny's had Xubuntu for years. Just set a large DPI and icons for internet, solitaire and shut down.

  • Jack Kraken
    Jack Kraken 4 days ago

    You could try reloading windows, which is what most people would do.

  • Caleb Smith
    Caleb Smith 4 days ago

    I liked the dual screen views in this.

  • Zuleika D’Emilio
    Zuleika D’Emilio 4 days ago

    Get a chromium one... I put it on an old laptop of mine and it works like new

  • Hotsauce Tacos
    Hotsauce Tacos 4 days ago

    hey nice skinny jeans i'll trade you my black Levis 511s for that pair :)

  • Rene Valdez
    Rene Valdez 4 days ago

    PLEASE HELP!! When i create a desktop shortcut or app directory from google chrome then try to go back and open it it takes me back to the google home page and not the url or web page I originally created the shortcut for. How do i change the settings back to where I set a desktop shortcut from google chrome to direct it's target to the correct web-page? (Windows 10 ) Dell Optiplex 780

  • TheFlat Joker.
    TheFlat Joker. 5 days ago

    666 door bell and 6 tho comments.hmmm

  • innocent lemon
    innocent lemon 5 days ago +1

    what is this video???

  • cY4n
    cY4n 5 days ago

    Uhhhhhh creating a bootable linux is actually painfully easy, Linus. YUMI got you covered. Or you could even get CloudReady on a pendrive!

  • unfa
    unfa 5 days ago

    I did not expect that!

  • unfa
    unfa 5 days ago

    I'm paused at 3:17 - I want to make a guess at what this is about.
    I think the product is supposed to create a swap file on the USB drive to "give the PC more RAM" (not really, but let's go with that simplification for now).
    It's going to create a "fast startup" disk that 'll contain everything Windows needs to boot up neatly packaged so it can load that faster (but that'd actually suck with USB 2.0).
    Ok, I'm gonna watch further to find out if I'm right.

    • unfa
      unfa 5 days ago

      I'm at 4:18 - ok I know what this is. It's a Linux distribution on a USB drive. Probably based on Linux Mint as far as I can tell by the look of the plymouth (boot up) logo.

  • Mathijs Groothuis
    Mathijs Groothuis 5 days ago +7

    Such a techy grandma, opening chrome instead of that blue E.

  • Smackerlacker
    Smackerlacker 5 days ago

    I found a compute stick on google for $13. Running Ubuntu. No setup.
    And another one for $35.

  • Erik Kimes
    Erik Kimes 5 days ago

    So you're telling me I can buy a $10 usb stick, throw a live persistent version of Lubuntu on it, brand it as my own and sell it for $40?! Heck yes!
    Doesn't it violate the ethical standpoint of Ubuntu/Linux in general? Not the "personalization" or sharing of it, but rather selling an OPEN SOURCE operating system period, much less as a pc "rejuvenator"... smdh

  • ammr alhalabi
    ammr alhalabi 5 days ago

    I have a friend actually who had a Toshiba satellite laptop with a core i3 3rd generation, his hard drive was like almost dead and the laptop was too slow, in the end, I gave him a 3.0 bootable Ubuntu flash drive and he has also a 3.0 port, the results were amazing and it was like magic for him, he was able to play yt and work on libre office pretty easily, I think those computers are what this product intended for, and those computers are probably more than the one u showed, keep up the good work folks xoxo

  • iownasia
    iownasia 5 days ago +1

    Peggle on steam is highly unoptimized, when I had a gtx 580 is maxed it out at like 20fps

    • Auburok
      Auburok 3 days ago

      +Mathijs Groothuis I don't think you understood what you were replying to. A GTX 580 should be able to handle Peggle.

    • Mathijs Groothuis
      Mathijs Groothuis 5 days ago

      I think people underestimate these old games, they all benefit hugely from GPU acceleration. I used to play "light" games like Trine, but then I needed to sell my GPU and it was barely running on my onboard Intel HD Graphics.

  • KingConker101
    KingConker101 5 days ago

    For the price you can just buy a cheap smartbook for your granny lol. Their like 100 bucks online at walmart. And certain retailers.

  • Pankake Frier
    Pankake Frier 5 days ago

    At 0:09 It says "Let's say I'm your grandmother" and my video buffers!

  • CallMeKee m
    CallMeKee m 5 days ago

    Killer queen has already touched that USB

  • PrinceOfCreation
    PrinceOfCreation 5 days ago

    Love you @TaranVH 2:10

  • Biak Hui
    Biak Hui 5 days ago

    These two assholes are doing grandmas, ringing their special doorbell and when they open, banging them up !

  • Richard NZ
    Richard NZ 6 days ago

    Bulshit same price buy a ex lease i3 , don't brown nose these RIP off scum

  • GamerGuy51
    GamerGuy51 6 days ago +1

    I've been ressurrecting old laptops for years with lubuntu and the like.

  • Cat Jacks
    Cat Jacks 6 days ago

    the os looks like ubuntu

  • X Fade
    X Fade 6 days ago

    Grandma should've bought your 69 dollar gaming pc.

  • BeyondToWolves
    BeyondToWolves 6 days ago

    Reviews storemi by amd

  • Arvin Dev
    Arvin Dev 6 days ago

    Linus sounds like he just inhaled helium

  • gaby de wilde
    gaby de wilde 6 days ago

    This video completely fails to demonstrate real usage and the real difference. With the amount of advertisement inserted in your videos and the size of the audience it is a truly pathetic job.
    Where is the series of old computers? You should have bought 10 of them.
    You should have concluded and demonstrated that lubuntu runs circles around for example windows 7.
    In stead of just deleting and re-recording the part where you accidentally say open office and in stead of wondering out loud if Thunderbird is still usable (?? LOL?? WTF?? NOOB?) you should have opened it.
    Did we really just watch you sit there and gaze at the desktop without doing anything?
    Then with some minimal research you could have shown the actual video capabilities of the machine by downloading a youtube video.
    Then grandma can see that it is not her system that is old but it are the software people who ruined everything.
    Why did youtube work just fine 10 years ago?

  • AL James
    AL James 6 days ago

    The video stutters because Firefox doesnt support hw accelerated video decoding, even on chrome. Tho you can install chromium from this (ppa:saiarcot895/chromium-dev) that supports vaapi for intel gpus, nvidia most likely requires vdpau to installed, but other than that, it works for me.

  • Mr. Randall
    Mr. Randall 6 days ago

    But Linus, you ARE our friend.

  • The Midnight Monks
    The Midnight Monks 6 days ago

    I found one on Amazon's holiday gift ideas list last year that would have literally just downgraded your OS to Windows XP. I wonder how many people got did by that..

  • Liam Evans
    Liam Evans 6 days ago


  • Tryhardninjaas
    Tryhardninjaas 6 days ago

    But can I download more ram?

  • B Cuz
    B Cuz 6 days ago

    His face got even fatter at the end for a few seconds

  • Matt Vanden Heuvel
    Matt Vanden Heuvel 6 days ago

    Not going to lie, I'd be pretty comfortable giving my grandma Ubuntu 18.10 if I could set up in OEM mode first. The Snap Store (via Ubuntu Software) and GNOME have made things way more user friendly imo.

  • Lorenzo De Marco
    Lorenzo De Marco 6 days ago +1

    Did you know that you could shut down your PC and skip the updates by hitting CTRL+ALT+CANC, clicking the power button dropdown in the bottom-right corner and clicking "Shut Down" ? ;-)

    • Bxr
      Bxr 6 days ago


    • Lorenzo De Marco
      Lorenzo De Marco 6 days ago

      +Bxr I think it does on Win 10 too. If clicking that button triggers a drop-down menu, you can do this trick. It saved me many times from frustration 😉

  • Ganimidis
    Ganimidis 6 days ago

    Blah Blah Blah... Them USB creator's do just the same thing Y do, just in an other way, lmao... Linus Tech Tips... lol... live is all about ads and views uh?

  • Truffler
    Truffler 7 days ago +3

    You know you got a good laptop if it’s faster than a desktop that Linus owns

  • Perfect Human Interface

    I think the idea is that if you ruin your OS install with bloat and malware then it's going to run faster if you install a fresh OS.

  • abdusamad mokeddem
    abdusamad mokeddem 7 days ago

    yep, just get an 80 buck usb sh@t
    im geetting a pc for 69 bucks that can run some esport casual games

  • GabGamer Pro
    GabGamer Pro 7 days ago +1

    Spam 8 if your on a pc.

  • Kevin Straud
    Kevin Straud 7 days ago

    Hey, what usb was that? The one you used for Manjaro.

    • Carlos Q
      Carlos Q 6 days ago

      It seems to be a Nvidia's GeForce GTX G-Assist. A 2017 April Fool's joke.

  • SapphFire
    SapphFire 7 days ago +1

    For the same price you could sell an ssd that has a better distro pre-installed. Grandmas would need help with installing it but I don't think they'd know how to boot from a USB stick either.

  • Charley Vox
    Charley Vox 7 days ago

    My mother-in-law awhile back calls me up because her computer is broken. She can’t explain to me what’s wrong so I went over.
    Problem: Her desktop icons were not where they were yesterday. For this 75 year old lady to have her Facebook & email icons moving from, let’s say, the 5th & 16th spot on the screen to the 9th and 25th spot was a “Broken” machine.
    I spent 2 hours because how she was identifying her problem to me just had me perplexed beyond reason. When I finally understood the dynamics of her problem and fixed it, she spent another hour freaking out about how something like this could happen. She was insisting she’d been hacked, and then she went on about “Viruses, Spams & Russian Collusion”.
    Take all of this into consideration and you tell me “Linux? No biggie”? You’ve got to be kidding.

  • Moon Guardian
    Moon Guardian 8 days ago

    it's not command shift p r but command option p r

  • Ames Construction And Painting

    plz do a review on this and tell me what you thank

  • Ames Construction And Painting

    hay check this out EnGenius Technologies Outdoor Long-Range N300 2.4GHz Ethernet Bridge

  • Randy R
    Randy R 8 days ago

    To protect myself, I put everything on a flash drive when I first bought my computer and put it in my safe

  • Paul Christensen
    Paul Christensen 8 days ago +1

    I did a bootable USB with Linux Mint on it, and it seems to run just as well as the windows on my hard drive.

  • Dustin Rodriguez
    Dustin Rodriguez 8 days ago

    What would be really interesting is if someone made a USB stick packed with software that would actually do problem diagnosis and potential fixes, or otherwise point out fixes that need to be done. For instance, something that would do memory tests, disk tests, then move on to more OS-specific tests, automatic removal of blacklisted malware or PUPs, etc. It would certainly take some work to implement and maintain, but an automated tool where you could just plug it in and tell the technically illiterate owner to just leave it running until it finishes would really be quite nice.

  • Ironsteal Fightin'man!-_-Farted

    7:20 is the point

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    Tutorial for how to get pinball on windows 10

    DAVID GREGORY KERR 8 days ago

    That sort of install will take 5-6 hours.

  • Nishant
    Nishant 8 days ago

    No no no no no no. It's not reasonable at all. The reason it took 1 hour is because you went ahead and pre-installed bunch of apps on the drive. If you had just gone with a basic distro like linuxMint's older version, it wouldn't take as much as of your time. It might take around 30 mins to finish it but the actual setup only 4-5 mins.

  • Nishant
    Nishant 8 days ago

    As expected.

  • TheJewishHeart
    TheJewishHeart 8 days ago

    It would be a lot cheaper to install Ubuntu 18.10.

  • Rc1136Darman1
    Rc1136Darman1 8 days ago

    "Isn't giving your grandma linux a bad idea?" where the heck is the difference for granma? in fact, i'd rather let my granma use linux than an outdated windows which doesn't even get security updates anymore

  • MineMC
    MineMC 9 days ago

    Bootable usb can be created rly fast. Just download distro, download some iso burner, and you are done. 30 min max including downloading large distro. And i could write that file recovery on my own very easily. Its just a scam.

  • Truth Syrup
    Truth Syrup 9 days ago

    Grandma isn't gonna know how to change the boot device.

  • Truth Syrup
    Truth Syrup 9 days ago

    CNN is fake news.

  • surfzombie2
    surfzombie2 9 days ago

    It is way over priced and it is super easy to just buy a flash drive and make your own for almost any distro. Linux mint is super easy to use like windows. I did it for a family member and they wer good to go in less than an hour.. You can get a 128gb flash drive for $20 and DIY it yourself for a hell of a lot less.

  • DerParadonym
    DerParadonym 9 days ago

    My Parents almost never use apps on their phones. They say: "I access that services using the webbrowser on the PC anyway, why not on the smartphone too?" - and it works. My dad is changing from an ancient iphone - like a second gen iPhone, because it can't display HTML5 and most of his websites can't be accessed anymore.

  • Nejson TV
    Nejson TV 9 days ago

    2:52 WTF

  • XXxFandundanxXX TheRedstoneMinecart

    Well, I don't like both softwares but only I love Windows and Apple.

  • MNpale
    MNpale 9 days ago

    Terrible idea--this USB cannot even be considered to speed up a PC. The only solution is to put in an SSD and clone the drive. If you don't clone the drive, she'll be complaining forever that she can't find her files. That Rez software was trash for the base it is selling to. Nobody wants to look through a whole bunch of pictures from program files x86... c'mon now. I mean, what happens when somebody unplugs the drive? You're driving over to granny's house again, and again, and again.

  • Paradise Decay
    Paradise Decay 9 days ago +2

    Linus seems to have a fascination with dead things?

  • Scream Scream Scream

    Linux screws up Hardrives GRUB crap

  • Rajan Hoxha
    Rajan Hoxha 10 days ago

    If you're on a computer, try continuously pressing the 0 key while watching this video

  • David Anders
    David Anders 10 days ago

    Need more Anthony he really knows what he is doing and it's great they are not hiding him because he is a little fluffy.

  • Tori Cooper
    Tori Cooper 10 days ago

    you totally missed the point linus, grandma's computer is full of bloatware and crap from years of clicking on things you dont, this install would at least be clean...

  • Swarm
    Swarm 10 days ago

    Damn granny got some fire looking mouse

  • catfishrob1
    catfishrob1 10 days ago

    "normally steam is only available on Ubuntu"
    Well, actually it is also available on fedora out of the box now, you just have to enable the repo.