Can This USB Stick Resurrect Your Old PC?

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  • jgh fun-run
    jgh fun-run 2 hours ago

    Yah, I've made these myself. Don't buy it. And if you need it preloaded, multiple Linux companies have them for ten - twenty dollars. This is exactly what I expected. A worthless piece of Carp where they give you free stuff for $50. DON'T BUY THIS!!!!!!! WASTE OF MONEY!!!!!!
    7:52 I totally agree. It litterally takes a google search or two and 20 minutes of leaving you pc to download files, then you tell it to copy those files while reformatting the drive.

  • NoL1up
    NoL1up 3 hours ago

    Dude sounds like cricket from always sunny

  • the PRO
    the PRO 6 hours ago

    But linus,WHERE IS MY GOOGLE BING?!?!

  • Félix An
    Félix An 16 hours ago +2

    This looks pretty much like Lubuntu (Ubuntu with LXDE) on a USB stick. You could just install it yourself for free!

  • mmcblk05 studio
    mmcblk05 studio Day ago

    They sell linux, and that's bad. Also, FileRez could just mount NTFS and just search for everything, modern debian has NTFS support out of the box.

  • XorgAdmin231 Happy2Support

    You: "Giving Linus Linux is a bad idea"
    Me: Linus made Linux lolololol thats where Linux's name comes from

  • RDS Kidon
    RDS Kidon Day ago

    So this is not a computer "booster" it is just a USB bootable Linux. No access to your previously installed programs right?

  • Fred Gassit
    Fred Gassit Day ago

    If gran has been rocking the same PC for 6 years and its getting a bit slow it probably just needs a fresh windows install to get rid of all the crap that's accumulated over the years.

  • Bert Sw
    Bert Sw Day ago +1

    I still would prefer a puppy linux version.
    (running from memory is way faster than running from usb)

  • In Vino Veritas
    In Vino Veritas Day ago

    *Pentium D refers to two series of dual-core 64-bit microprocessors with the NetBurst microarchitecture, which is the dual-core variant of Pentium 4 "Prescott"*
    God damn that was a bad processor back in the day.

  • z3r0 r17411n
    z3r0 r17411n Day ago

    if your cpu temps go up to 100 as soon as you start windows these linux fixes are maybe at best a thing to keep your old laptop alive.. but thats about it and let a friend do it for you instead of getting scamazzed by a estore fag who doesnt like working a real job, grandma would ask her children etc. how to do so, anyway

  • Paul Yoder
    Paul Yoder Day ago

    better off selling the old system and using the money you woulda put in that gig stick all into another machine..makes no sense to me why it was created

  • lollchand
    lollchand Day ago

    - What is this ? A Core 2 Quad or something ?
    - No is a Pentium D.
    - ..... ouch !
    I laughed.

  • Julio Camacho
    Julio Camacho Day ago

    👵🏻✶ 🎀 𝒢𝓇𝒶𝓃𝓃𝓎 𝓌𝒾𝓁𝓁 𝓂𝒾𝓈𝓈 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝘼𝙊𝙇💗 𝓉𝒶𝓈𝓀𝒷𝒶𝓇𝓈... 🎀 ✶

  • AZTechVideos
    AZTechVideos Day ago +1

    Xtra pc vs my grandma

    Who will win?

  • Waylen
    Waylen 2 days ago

    Mentions ubiquitous predatory software,then goes to a commercial on questionable software...Nice!

  • Classic80sStuff
    Classic80sStuff 2 days ago

    7:59 It took him an hour to make a bootable USB linux? How? You download the iso then use something like Universal USB Installer to copy it to the USB drive. It is as automatic as you can get. Actually I think if you just extract the contents of the ISO onto a USB drive it will also work. It is as easy as can be and it took this guy an hour to do that?

    Then there is the fact that they both act like it is a decent product even though it is obvious junk to anyone. This channel kind of sucks don't it? lol

  • A Game's Channel
    A Game's Channel 2 days ago

    Help, every time I reboot im disconnected from internet and my pc freezes a lot. Like, a lot. Also, why does chrome say that literally every website is unsafe? Yeah. Even google search.

  • DESTROYER Of Youtube

    Wtf man, you sound like LEPRECHAUN :"I WANT ME GOLD" :O

  • Mickey Mouse
    Mickey Mouse 2 days ago

    More Anthony!

  • Mlglogan 2000
    Mlglogan 2000 3 days ago

    The clapping at 2:10 was so satisfieing

  • Mike Boehm
    Mike Boehm 3 days ago +1

    ROFL at the Shut down and Update. That's exactly how I feel.

  • Igor Grodzki
    Igor Grodzki 3 days ago

    Thanks for reminding me.

  • Joshua Taylor Madison

    How do we know it isn't sending your files and passwords to the programmer?!!

  • MemeBois
    MemeBois 4 days ago

    My Mac almost runs this slow

  • Deborah Hubers
    Deborah Hubers 4 days ago

    my laptop is ALOT SLOWERrrrrr eror but im serious

  • The Awesome Nate
    The Awesome Nate 4 days ago

    Is that windows 7!?

  • Aadam Sherazi
    Aadam Sherazi 4 days ago

    I’d recommend puppy Linux which basically just loads itself to ram... super fast on pretty much anything, even with only 2-4 gigs of ram which is typical of the pc you’re looking to give a speed boost

  • Chipper Maggee
    Chipper Maggee 4 days ago

    And I'm watching this via a usb stick with Windows 10 on it... ...On my iMac.

  • James Meredith
    James Meredith 4 days ago

    Peggle is for OG's. G being synonymous with grandma and geek.

  • M!stake
    M!stake 5 days ago

    TFW you pay for linux

  • Jiro MacOS
    Jiro MacOS 5 days ago +15

    Why pay for this when you can do it cheaper.
    (I am using ubuntu off a usb stick right now.)

    • jgh fun-run
      jgh fun-run 2 hours ago

      I installed XUbuntu to my pc off of a USB to RESURECT IT!!! I got the USB litterally for free.

    • mmcblk05 studio
      mmcblk05 studio Day ago

      f.....g normies reeeeeeeeee

  • Patrick Howie
    Patrick Howie 5 days ago

    Now that's a nerd right there

  • James Mathai
    James Mathai 6 days ago

    Watching this on a computer which was bought in 2010. It has 2GB Ram and pentium IV I think. Creating the installer using unetbootin and Installing it took, like 20 minutes. I use it to download torrents, mostly.

  • Falling Flying
    Falling Flying 6 days ago

    Feels like this has been done in the past, just re-uploaded!

  • roblox108
    roblox108 6 days ago

    That computer is literally my pc speed I have a core i3 4th gen I’m pretty sure and I have a Radeon r5 220

    • gamingonthego
      gamingonthego 3 days ago

      Actually, no, pentium D is before the core 2 quad came out. Your i3 would be MUCH faster than a pentium D processor.

  • Apollo13 Cozy
    Apollo13 Cozy 6 days ago

    How will gran boot from the stick?

  • Alphenhous plays games!

    an athleon based pc is REALLY REALLY cheap i would suggest using that 80$ towards a pc.

  • Landau David
    Landau David 7 days ago +1

    Grandma you type way to fast for me

  • NaeMuckle
    NaeMuckle 7 days ago +2

    So this is what i did when i didn't have my own pc but borrowed time on friends and family machines with a Linux usb.... 10 years ago!

  • lyiriyah
    lyiriyah 8 days ago +1

    It's just a fucking four year old version of Lubuntu, which can be obtained for as little as FUCKING NOTHING

    KEITH KUHN 9 days ago

    Very interesting I like the fact that you had another person involved in it. For a second opinion.
    But like you say it all boils down to hardware. Well maybe not call but a lot correct ?
    Keith Kuhn

    KEITH KUHN 9 days ago

    I love your videos you're so enthusiastic I'm going to wait till after the glassware and then I'm going to find out if the xtra-pc really works.

  • OtterGauze
    OtterGauze 9 days ago +4

    Were the editors on crack? This is amazing.

  • Light Joshe
    Light Joshe 9 days ago

    I have A Cruzer Blade

  • garlicbread
    garlicbread 9 days ago +1

    Bro that little SanDisk flash drive I paid like 5 bucks each at Wal-Mart and I bought like 20

  • The Undaunted
    The Undaunted 9 days ago

    How do I resurrect my old Sony Vaio laptop Y2K for writing my movie scripts on?

  • Tim Gentz
    Tim Gentz 9 days ago +2

    I actually like cloudready (chrome-O.S. like). Most linux distros dont like popular usb 3.0 external hard drives - works great in cloudready. And also runs great from flashdrive, so you dont have to even mess with your existing setup.

  • Eexpers
    Eexpers 9 days ago +5

    $80 is worth the "effort" of creating a live USB to linus? for real? LiLi takes like 10 mins what have you been smoking linus? UNIVERSAL USB INSTALLER will even download the iso for you its literally point and click

    many other simple easy tools too requires no skill -

  • William Mulreed
    William Mulreed 9 days ago +1

    2:10 LOL what the heck

  • Özer Tayiz
    Özer Tayiz 9 days ago

    Yeah, I would simply use a Lubuntu live USB. And then you can even backup files to an external hard drive, and install Lubuntu on the hard drive. Then it would work even faster...

  • Rln Bnvds
    Rln Bnvds 10 days ago

    Great Videos and as always, the dumbest (face) thumbnails.

  • vidyaWolf
    vidyaWolf 10 days ago

    "The extra time to create a bootable Linux USB drive"
    ummm.... about 5 minutes. If you don't know what you're doing.
    For that price you can get a NEW computer that's reasonably fast.

  • Ob Fuscated
    Ob Fuscated 10 days ago

    I've converted a couple of older folks to Linux because it does what they want and does it reliably. Remember when Redmond changes shit Windows users have to learn a "new" OS too.

  • tgmforum tgmforum
    tgmforum tgmforum 10 days ago +1

    Ok, I know what this thing really is, and it's sickeningly ingenious. When tech-challenged folks end up with their PC slowing down to TRS-80 levels, they don't think in terms of malware and plain ol' software updating itself out of your physical memory capacity. So they see this turn-key system and suddenly they have an albeit slow but usable computer and they think it somehow fixed their existing computer.

  • David Crabb
    David Crabb 10 days ago +3

    I'd just clone the disk to SSD for 45 bux.

  • Snow Man
    Snow Man 10 days ago +5

    "Is this tab still loading?!" :( my gaming pc takes this long to load tabs

  • Shadowhunter
    Shadowhunter 10 days ago +1

    I dunno, $50 is still way too much for essentially a live usb. A 10-20% markup is one thing, but this is 5-10 times the price just for burning a linux image on it. (I recently got a 32 GB flashdrive -- non sandisk -- off Amazon for 4.99 American rupees)

  • fona mcjimmyjimmy
    fona mcjimmyjimmy 10 days ago +1

    I wanna buy the version you made because my laptop is probably worse than that usb

  • Matthew MEL
    Matthew MEL 10 days ago

    9:20 OW MY EARS

  • Tigran margaryan
    Tigran margaryan 11 days ago +1

    For 49.99

  • Tigran margaryan
    Tigran margaryan 11 days ago +1

    Your better off buying an ssd ang some extra ram

  • Joseph Upton
    Joseph Upton 12 days ago

    Does anyone else think that Anthony should have his own channel? "Computing cool with Anthony".

  • php developer
    php developer 12 days ago

    lol u can throw that usb to trash / offer you CNN and msnbc fake news on fake usb lol

  • alex joseph
    alex joseph 12 days ago

    hi linus can u make a video about System 76 Linux hardware beast ( Please

  • Pokémon Freak
    Pokémon Freak 12 days ago +1


  • Hitler
    Hitler 12 days ago +2

    I don't trust my grandma with any Electronics she's just going to end up sending money to some Nigerian prince or download more RAM

  • Aaron Votan
    Aaron Votan 13 days ago

    Who edited this? 😂

  • Lincoln Loud fan432
    Lincoln Loud fan432 13 days ago

    we #lovelinustechtips

  • B4D-W0LF
    B4D-W0LF 14 days ago +1

    I have an idea. Get a lenovo t550, grandma!

  • B4D-W0LF
    B4D-W0LF 14 days ago +1

    A Segway into MEMES

  • Edgar Renje
    Edgar Renje 14 days ago +5

    2:30 How they just used a SanDisk USB drive and put a sticker on it....

  • Chuos Game
    Chuos Game 15 days ago +2

    He sounds like Michael Scott

  • Ali Mohammad
    Ali Mohammad 15 days ago +1

    The people that linus brings in from his team are the ones you see in the movies

  • HDTVStreamers
    HDTVStreamers 16 days ago +2

    Actualy I have set up NUMEROUS elderly people with Linux Mint. All of them were overjoyed!

    • HDTVStreamers
      HDTVStreamers 4 days ago

      You know wjen windows 8 came out microsoft moved to the teletubies interface , taking away all of the traditional menus in apps. This to me was the single biggest deterrent for not continuing to use windows for anything. It meant that many functions became hidden instead of obvious . in most distro of linux those menus remain as they also do in osx . If you ask me, microsft is making windows harder to use with each release

    • B4D-W0LF
      B4D-W0LF 14 days ago

      a good version of pre-installed stuff on a Linux is badass for old grannies. problem is, you really need some bang for your buck pc for some good performance these days. and that's why you need linus tech tips division dedicated for old grannies

  • MarcellPick.
    MarcellPick. 16 days ago +3

    My grandma uses Windows 7, only using Thunderbird, and Chrome

    • tgmforum tgmforum
      tgmforum tgmforum 10 days ago

      I've been trying to wean people off of old-fashioned locally stored MUA's for decades now. Gmail is really the safest bet, especially when you're the tech go-to in your family.....everything is fixable from traveling.

  • Niko Bellic
    Niko Bellic 16 days ago +3

    puppy linux = Rufus bam you got a grandma frendly linux distro

  • Niko Bellic
    Niko Bellic 16 days ago

    just do puppy linux

  • richard klegin
    richard klegin 16 days ago

    steam is only in ubuntu , bullshit you are dumb as hell . before you talk about shit you do not know do your research

  • richard klegin
    richard klegin 16 days ago +2

    how about buy a usb for $15 and install linux to it or any other distro

  • Aquelite
    Aquelite 16 days ago

    What's the thing on the bottom right thing during the screen capture in the beginning

  • Plonk Plonk
    Plonk Plonk 16 days ago

    why evryone trys to market a cheesy deal ... e.g. demonstrating using google

  • Sp1du
    Sp1du 17 days ago

    Im a simple man, i see 3d pinball i press like

  • Juxe Beats
    Juxe Beats 17 days ago

    This guy sounded like a girl at the very beggining. "lEtS pLaY"

  • CodfishCatfish
    CodfishCatfish 17 days ago

    Hasn’t Gran got learn to alter the boot configuration in the bios.... good luck as with most Sony laptops as it’s locked down with a non disclosed password. Only Sony have the password!! FileRes is like VoidTools -Everything search which works with Wildcards. My opinion .... granny should stick to her old PC, roll a spliff and enjoy a good joint while she’s waiting for Windows to load. These guys should have run Conky on their distro and seen how hard it was processing.

  • Pauluz de Boskabouter
    Pauluz de Boskabouter 17 days ago

    Hehe the first 2 secs I thought I've heard a Chipmunk haha

  • Atryix 717
    Atryix 717 17 days ago +4

    Me:*opens video*

  • Julian Gaming waters
    Julian Gaming waters 17 days ago

    15:09 (Ignore This Comment)

  • Shovan Roy
    Shovan Roy 18 days ago

    What's your typing speed... That was damn fast how you typed 😮

  • Alexander Nähring
    Alexander Nähring 18 days ago +3

    Creating a Linux Live USB Stick took a tech guy 1 hour, oh my ;-) More like 5 minutes I'd wager. And please use HW acceleration

  • Mythical DJ
    Mythical DJ 18 days ago

    The Linux has a malware installed... CRHROMIUM THE ANNOYING BROWSER

  • Conor Haddock
    Conor Haddock 18 days ago

    Linus, you know what youre talking about, but what is this shit? Did you need the money? Everything you say is suspect after this

  • GalaxyStar
    GalaxyStar 18 days ago

    I finally found out what that game was 9 years ago! 3D Pinball

  • darcipeeps
    darcipeeps 18 days ago

    It’s a nice transition...
    To what?
    *video ends*

  • Petriccione's Channel
    Petriccione's Channel 18 days ago

    My gran was pretty happy using ubuntu for a few years after I set up chrome and the this is a reasonable idea.

  • nccrawford
    nccrawford 18 days ago +2

    Anthony seems like the sweetest person at LTT- and perhaps the most knowledgable... I'd always rather listen to him than ANYONE else there.

  • Balla21
    Balla21 18 days ago

    Remember the days when if you had a computer that was as fast as Linus is using now your job had the floor because it was so goddam fast not to date myself but I remember those days clearly

  • MrLeonardo3111
    MrLeonardo3111 18 days ago +2

    "Normally Steam is only available in Ubuntu" LIES, steam work on much all linux distros debian based, arch based, suse, solus, etc...

  • Dale Cee
    Dale Cee 18 days ago

    Puppy Linux is FREE and better

  • Duck Fischer
    Duck Fischer 18 days ago

    I like you new friend hes chill....