Use this tag when referring to preforming diagnostic actions (testing,etc.) on a computer.

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USB ports fried? How to diagnose/fix?

i've just run into a probably serious problem. Was working on a hardware project where a short circuited component was involved and it's possible i've fried two usb ports with a 12V on my laptop ...
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Where can I followup with my system test results?

I ran the by-default-installed "System Testing" tool and submitted the results but I don't know where can I followup with it on launchpad ? I can't remember exactly if I submitted it while having an ...
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about Ubuntu “System Testing”

I have a question. I want to do a full hardware diagnostic on my PC and test every piece of hardware possible. So I was wondering what hardware components does 'System Testing' app cover. Are all ...
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How to identify process that's sending error messages to terminal?

The following error message occasionally appears in my terminal: Failed to open VDPAU backend libvdpau_nvidia.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory ...which is pretty ...
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programs to interact with hard drive and RAM from terminal

To give you an idea of what I am looking to, for example, I have a gsm modem connected to a serial port of my machine. I can run a program called minicom and be able to directly communicate with the ...
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No luck on installing .bin file (For Dell 32-bit Diagnostics)

I'm trying to install Dell 32 Bit Diagnostics (Graphical User Interface version) To test my fans.. Now..I download a file from Dell which is meant for Linux. the file format is: GnuPG Signature ...
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How do I know which RAM I'm using?

I want to buy some extra RAM but Hardinfo wont tell me which brand, model, latency and speed I'm currently using to buy the same kind. What else can I use?
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How to find the cause of a GUI freeze? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should I do when Ubuntu freezes? From time to time Unity just freezes. It works just fine again after I restart the GUI with sudo service lightdm restart ...
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Diagnoses Live OS

I was wondering if there is a live ubuntu or linux in general OS built for running hardware and software diagnostics no matter what condition the hardware is in.
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Main differences between fsck and chkdsk?

What are the important differences between fsck and chkdsk, and which command will reduce and correct the most hard disk errors?
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How to determine hardware?

Is there a command to detect the type of processor, type of graphics card, type of hard drive, just the basic hardware my computer is running? I'm running 12.04.
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microphone trouble

I am trying to use my Google Voice and the other party cannot hear me. So I tried recoding something and it did not work. So how do I run some sort of diagnostic to check to see of my microphone is ...
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Tools to diagnose Ubuntu problems

Over time a user will have several problems with Ubuntu as any other OS in the world. What tools and terminal commands exist in Ubuntu to help diagnose how the problem occurred and help solve it if it ...
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Wifi can't connect before wired. How to diagnose what could be going wrong (which logs, etc)?

I think this is a problem related to another I've had, but here's the first situation: When I boot up and connect to wireless, I am told I connect to my wireless network. However, I am unable to ...
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Which information to provide on a wireless bug report?

I own a Belkin wireless USB adapter. It seems to be supported by the rtl8192cu driver in 11.10 betas, which is great, because in 11.04 the driver had to be compiled/installed manually. But, nobody is ...
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How do I find out which driver a piece of hardware is using?

Today I'm trying to figure out which driver is best for my USB wireless dongle. Everywhere I look I just see Ralink STA but this isn't telling me which module this actually is. I'm sure there's a ...