Can This USB Stick Resurrect Your Old PC?
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  • James Mathai
    James Mathai

    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

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

  • roblox108

    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

  • Apollo13 Cozy
    Apollo13 Cozy

    How will gran boot from the stick?

  • Alphenhous plays games!
    Alphenhous plays games!

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

  • Landau David
    Landau David

    Grandma you type way to fast for me

  • NaeMuckle

    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

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


    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


    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. Yippee

  • OtterGauze

    Were the editors on crack? This is amazing.

  • Light Joshe
    Light Joshe

    I have A Cruzer Blade

  • garlicbread

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

  • The Undaunted
    The Undaunted

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

  • Tim Gentz
    Tim Gentz

    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

    $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

    2:10 LOL what the heck

  • Özer Tayiz
    Özer Tayiz

    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

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

  • vidyaWolf

    "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

    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

    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

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

  • Snow Man
    Snow Man

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

  • Shadowhunter

    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

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

  • Matthew MEL
    Matthew MEL

    9:20 OW MY EARS

  • Tigran margaryan
    Tigran margaryan

    For 49.99

  • Tigran margaryan
    Tigran margaryan

    Your better off buying an ssd ang some extra ram

  • Joseph Upton
    Joseph Upton

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

  • php developer
    php developer

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

  • alex joseph
    alex joseph

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

  • Pokémon Freak
    Pokémon Freak


  • Hitler

    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

    Who edited this? 😂

  • Lincoln Loud fan432
    Lincoln Loud fan432

    we #lovelinustechtips

  • B4D-W0LF

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

  • B4D-W0LF

    A Segway into MEMES

  • Edgar Renje
    Edgar Renje

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

  • Chuos Game
    Chuos Game

    He sounds like Michael Scott

  • Ali Mohammad
    Ali Mohammad

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

  • HDTVStreamers

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

    • B4D-W0LF

      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.

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

    • tgmforum tgmforum
      tgmforum tgmforum

      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

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

  • Niko Bellic
    Niko Bellic

    just do puppy linux

  • richard klegin
    richard klegin

    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

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

  • Aquelite

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

  • Plonk Plonk
    Plonk Plonk

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

  • Sp1du

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

  • Juxe Beats
    Juxe Beats

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

  • CodfishCatfish

    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

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

  • Atryix 717
    Atryix 717

    Me:*opens video* Linus:LETS SAY IM YOUR GRANDMOTHER

  • Julian Gaming waters
    Julian Gaming waters

    15:09 (Ignore This Comment)

  • Shovan Roy
    Shovan Roy

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

  • Alexander Nähring
    Alexander Nähring

    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

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

  • Conor Haddock
    Conor Haddock

    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

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

  • darcipeeps

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

  • Petriccione's Channel
    Petriccione's Channel

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

  • nccrawford

    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

    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

    "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

    Puppy Linux is FREE and better

  • Duck Fischer
    Duck Fischer

    I like you new friend hes chill....

  • Dancer2016

    Seems everything on that USB stick are free programs, even the free Ubuntu or Linux OS. Wow, people will get burned with that.

  • flyl0

    Damn your voice is horrible lol

  • Voiceborne

    >CNN >MSNBC >"dat _news_ from all da sourcez"

  • Hans Nyström Pastor
    Hans Nyström Pastor

    anthny is getting slimer lol, gj

  • AI Probably
    AI Probably

    I am sure that you wasted 130 dollar just to get a bootable pendrive. I could have done it for you in cheaper cost.

  • joolian feline
    joolian feline

    Oh man I remember the old Firefox logo.

  • Eric Cholico
    Eric Cholico

    Honestly, it's not worth spending $80 to buy a bootable and portable usb when you can just make one yourself

  • Archaic Self
    Archaic Self

    The hosts friend looks like he lives and breaths PC Knowledge

    • Ethan D
      Ethan D

      He does that's his job

  • Emailmesoicanignoreu

    Get a Mac for granny

  • Iceak99

    i dont even know what Resurrect means

  • Richard the Wolf Schleich
    Richard the Wolf Schleich

    Grandma Linus

  • Firewalk

    so sick of your channel coming up on autoplay..

  • Frieslick14

    Squeaky voice syndrome

  • SuperSaood

    this is the usb killer's brother

  • Tamas Kajfis
    Tamas Kajfis

    Rly? tech tips? Power Off because we don't know nothing??? Pathetic" IT" guys, this was the last video what I watched and also unsubscribe, just idiot kids with tons of money playing "pros"... FYI Click on Start menu press ALT+F4 and choose shutdown!

  • Alwyn van Deventer
    Alwyn van Deventer

    It's just a live USB with persistence. And everything isn't Ubuntu - Ubuntu is based on Debian, and then there are many distros based on Debian. In turn, there are many distros based of each of those distros based on Debian. Hard to keep track of all the flavors. Also, since linux is opensource and free to use, so.......what exactly are people paying for? The FileRez program? The only way they can make people pay for something which is literally free to use, is to put in some kind of proprietary software which is non-free, which in turn means that THAT is what you're paying for. How does this work with the GNU license? Doesn't it break a few rules here? On a different note, would you pay that much money for a piece of software that literally just finds your pictures and documents, something which you can do by default in all linux systems anyway?

  • Adam Neulander
    Adam Neulander

    Xtra pc is so extra

  • WolveRyan PlaysStuff
    WolveRyan PlaysStuff

    Didn't it turn out those old desktop widgets were a security risk?

  • Tylerrr

    At that price. Might as well spend the extra $20 for Windows 10. Just my personal opinion tho

    • Matthew Aazimox
      Matthew Aazimox

      LOL, yes Windows 10 on that Core Duo or Pentium D... xD If your grandma likes slideshows maybe?

  • solidsteak02

    Is this an Ubuntu liveUSB modded to the colours of X-traPC, with LXDE installed on it? :D

    • MrLeonardo3111

      Nope, is a live usb with an arch distro called Manjaro

  • Gianna Giavelli
    Gianna Giavelli

    is manjaro better than mint?

  • Yulek

    That is what I would call a scam. You want to get new life out of old hardware - put in SSD drive.

  • cmz8706

    this Anthony guy has the looks of a winner

  • Muhammad Abdullah
    Muhammad Abdullah

    Linux saved me a lot of bucks every time by using old machine and not buying a new one. Linux is so good for old PC

  • slybunda

    you need hardware accelerated graphics to work otherwise its always gonna be crap. get proper drivers installed if even possible for that distro.

  • Infallible Reviews
    Infallible Reviews

    Why not install an inexpensive SSD instead like Kingston A400?

    • Infallible Reviews
      Infallible Reviews

      @Matthew Aazimox - Grandma typically take services from local PC techs to get them installed. Why would you use an SSD in a slow USB 2.0 port? If she gets help from local PC tech or a techie in family, SSD may cost significantly lower than this junk and get huge performance jump just like the latest PCs if they ran atleast a Core 2 Duo 45nm Processor with 4GB DDR2 or DDR3 RAM

    • Matthew Aazimox
      Matthew Aazimox

      Because grandma has difficulty working out how to mash her shiny new SSD into the USB ports on the front of her machine.

  • SodomySnake

    Guys, guys... What if... You got TWO usb flash drives, and used one to run Linux, and the other to "speed up my system" 0.0 You could probably run Crysis if you did that.

  • Cammypie64 Hook
    Cammypie64 Hook

    9:01 listen

  • TheBlueReptile

    This channel has really gone to trash. Shame

  • Don's Game&Tech
    Don's Game&Tech

    9:00 Did I hear a fuck there or is that just me? 🤔

  • Riley's Alias
    Riley's Alias

    Linux is hard

  • Sprez

    Why would a grandma use facebook

  • blahdelablah

    The time it takes to "faff about" setting up setting up a bootable USB Linux distro is about much less than one hour. Insert USB stick, install Unetbootin, select the latest Ubuntu distro listed in the options and let Unetbootin take care of downloading and installing it. If you're willing to pay a $50 premium for a few minutes work you're either lazy and/or rich, or you're not confident enough to try.