Questions related to physical hardware, and how it interacts with Ubuntu.

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How to show notification when a usb device is inserted?

It would be good to know that when you connect a USB device like a web-cam, it notifies me that it works or not.
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System76 using ATI cards in their laptops — good or bad?

I've purchased several System76 desktops and have been pleased with them. They can only be configured with nVidia cards. That's why I was surprised to see that their Pangolin Performance laptop can ...
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“A hard disk may be failing” , but no additional info via gdu-notification-deamon (suggestions?)

Got this message after logging in: A hard disk may be failing One or more hard disk report health problems. Click the icon to get more information. On WUBI and 10.04, there was no icon to click, ...
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How to generate unique hardware hash?

I wanna know that is there's a way, by which we can generate a unique hardware hash of particular machine? The hash should be unique to the machine and hash should be different even two machines are ...
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ERROR no room on ep ring with USB 3.0 device

Just did a clean install of mythbuntu 12.04 yesterday on a brand new machine. ASRock Z77 Extreme4 with Intel video chipset, 8gb ram. I'm seeing google references to this as a USB 3 issue in this ...
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Which should I choose : Asus UX31 vs. Macbook Air

I'd like to replace my netbook (Samsung N210) by something a little bit more powerful while keeping my machine weight low and long battery life. I currently hesitate between two machines I consider ...
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How can I enable the power button on my server?

The power button on my headless 11.10 server appears to do nothing unless I hold it in for 5 seconds or so, in which case it switches the machine off instantly. What I'd like it to do if I press it ...
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Best graphics card brand/ drivers for gaming on Ubuntu? [closed]

I'm making up plans for when I eventually want to build my own gaming desktop with Ubuntu installed and use the steam client Linux version. The only thing I'm having problems with is what are the best ...
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How to map Ctrl/Shift to thumb buttons of Mouse?

I have an Microsoft Sidewinder X8 mouse and I wish to use 8 for Shift and the 9 for Control. Can anybody please tell me how?
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“Enable Wireless” option is disabled in network settings

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 (dual booted with Windows 7) but I'm unable to access Internet wireless even though I can do so on Windows 7. The output for rfkill list all is given below: rfkill list all ...
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Tearing intel HD 3000 with Ubuntu 11.10 (AMD 64)

Good evening, I have a problem to eliminate the annoying "tearing" of my current video card intel HD 3000 (Sandy Bridge CPU). Installing Ubuntu 10.11 (AMD64) the bug is now known (but does not seem ...
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How do I enable video decoding on gpu (ATI) and XBMC?

I just built an HTPC / homeserver, I used ubuntu 10.04 lucid lynx and combined it with xbmc. The hardware I'm using is Asus e35m pro (embedded low voltage cpu and HD6310 gpu). However if I run ...
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Better drivers for SiS 650/740 integrated video?

I installed Xubuntu 10.10 on an old box today and the graphical performance is horrid. According to lspci, the video card is this: 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] ...
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How does Ubuntu detect hardware?

Are there any common actions that user have to do after installing new hardware? Is Ubuntu makes some hardware-dependent adjustments during installation (except generation of /etc/fstab file), that ...
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USB Microscopes

I'm interested in getting a USB microscope for my kids. So, to get to the point, does anyone know what microscopes are available that work with Ubuntu? Ideally, they should be available in the UK.
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I can get the Apple Magic Mouse to pair, but the mouse stays in discover mode

I've got a Magic Mouse, using an Asus Bluetooth dongle. This is a description of trying it on Natty a few months ago on a Lenovo laptop with Unity, though trying again on Precise on a desktop with ...
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How to get Elantech trackpad to be identified properly, curently has no extended functionality

I have a Samsung RF510 laptop computer. Upon installing Ubuntu 10.10 onto it I could not get the trackpad to function properly. It works as a basic mouse (point and click) but had no functionality for ...
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MSI VR601 laptop won't resume after suspend

I know that you're probably sick with this issue, but I promise you all that I searched for a solution for this annoying issue, but couldn't find a thing. When I suspend my laptop, normally the power ...
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Configure Trackpoint sensitivity using a GUI

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T61, which uses a Trackpoint. Every time I reinstall Ubuntu, the default sensitivity settings are much too low (it feels like I really have to push to move the cursor). I've ...
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Dell studio 1555 overheating and fan problem

The model of my laptop is Dell studio 1555 (ATI graphic card and A06 BIOS). I am using dual boot (Vista and Ubuntu). There aren't any problems related to heat and fan while using Vista. However with ...
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Browser automatically refreshes and Home folder window opens

I am facing a very strange problem. Out of the blue, my browser starts refreshing itself infinitely. My first guess was firefox is messing up. I installed chrome. But, it happens in chrome as well. ...
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How do I install my Wacom Intuos 2 serial tablet?

I've seen many topics on the subjects but they are too complicated for me. I'm not confident in compiling stuff. Is there some headache-free way to make it work under Ubuntu? Where do I start? Edit : ...
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Can't get my Blue Snowflake Mic to work [closed]

It was working fine when I bought it. I think it was an update or something that made it stop. I don't think the Mic is broken, at least I hope not. Can anyone help? Please? I need it before ...
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My system time resets to January 2007. How can I solve this?

I am facing a weird problem that my system clocks resets to jan 1 2007 to 0:00. Can anybody help me to rectify it? The bios show the same time. What should I do?
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How do I tell what type of touchpad is in my notebook

I'm trying to determine why horizontal scrolling isn't working for me on Ubuntu 10.10, but I'm not sure how to tell what type of touchpad is in my Lenovo thinkpad T400. I tried running lspci and lsusb ...
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How to check what kind of video card is mine?

Is there any command line or program in Ubuntu 9.04 to discover which is my video card?
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What is a good system/hardware utility?

I want some new memory for my computer and I can't find out what type of memory my computer uses and needs. When I was using Windows I used Belarc to find out what hardware was on the computer. Now ...
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Smooth fullscreen 1080p playback

My computer has a PCI Express x16 socket on the motherboard. What is the minimum graphics card I need to get smooth fullscreen 1080p playback?
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Will 11.10 or 12.04 run on my system?

I have an old pc,so i am curious about runing ubuntu 11.10 or 12.04 on my configuration. Is it possible to run them on this: Processor :AMD Athlon +2200 1.8GHz overclocked to 2GHz. Motherboard: ASUS ...
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Can Ubuntu (or server) run a 64 core (4X16) server (one motherboard)?

We've been doing graphics rendering using Maxwell Render on a Ubuntu box with a 6 core AMD Phenom II Processor. Ubuntu handles all 6 cores brilliantly, but a 4 core laptop is almost as fast. We'd like ...
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Support for hardware components

How can I find out if Ubuntu supports a particular hardware component, that is, if it works in Ubuntu? I am going to put together a computer and I am choosing components. How do I know if Ubuntu ...
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Is ubuntu installation binded to the installed-on hardware?

If Ubuntu was installed (full installation) on a USB flash memory, and then tried to boot that flash memory on another PC, will it boot? I am trying to decide whether to use full installation or use ...
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How to disable integrated webcam and still be able to use an external one

I am looking for a way to disable the webcam that is integrated into my laptop. The webcam is using uvcvideo module but I do not want to blacklist it since it is also being used by an external webcam ...
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Where can I find a list of compatible audio cards?

I have a creative SB X-Fi Xtreme Audio, And i faced so many problems with this card regarding compatibility with Linux. Now i am looking for a new audio card and want to make sure that this time it ...
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How to make xinput settings persist after devices are unplugged, replugged, and after shutdown, restart, etc?

I successfully followed the answer to this question to set different sensitivities for my touchpad and my USB mouse. Only problem is, once you unplug and replug the device or shutdown, restart etc., ...
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Looking for an ultra portable laptop for Ubuntu

I'm in the market for a new laptop, and portability is important since I really only use it when I'm travelling to and from work - primarily for programming. I've been searching high and low for ...
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How can I get my Epson v500 scanner working?

I have a v500 scanner, but it doesn't show up in simple scan. I've turned it off and on a few times to see if that was the problem. Here is the usb information: Bus 002 Device 008: ID 04b8:0130 Seiko ...
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Is it possible to import DV video using Firewire?

I know there are several video editing programs: PiTiVi, Openshot, etc However I am unsure if I can transfer video footage from a DV tape to my computer. In other operating systems (with the correct ...
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Will a laptop with hybrid HDD + SSD run Ubuntu?

So my ol' X71SL is starting to show its age and as much as it saddens me, I think I'll need a new daily driver and I am very intered in the Asus UX32VD. I intend to dual boot if I end up buying it, ...
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How do I install a cx8800 TV tuner's firmware?

The cx8800 TV tuner is supported in the kernel but when computer starts it says that firmware is not found. There is an unofficial firmware that can be downloaded and copied into /lib/firmware to make ...
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Is it possible to use a small LCD to display load?

I'm putting together a super cheap rackmount server and it would be nice to have a little lcd in the 5.25" bay. I'm looking for the cheapest lcd that I can write out the cpu load to. Anyone done this ...
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How to make HP IR6 remote control work?

I've been using an HP Pavillion dv4-1430us laptop with Ubuntu 10.04 installed on it. I want to use the IR6 remote control that comes with the laptop on my Ubuntu. However, I've failed to do so after ...
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How do I enable all four cores on my Toshiba P70-A notebook? (only one enabled now)

I recently noticed my computer is highly sluggish (recent install of Kubuntu 13.04 by the way). I have a Toshiba Satellite P70-A PSPLPC-01Y007 laptop with an Intel i7 quad-core, 16 GB of ram. It ...
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Is Bumblebee-Project that lets you configure Nvidia Optimus completely safe to use?

It's working as expected (Ubuntu 12.04 x64) and I have no problems. However I'm slightly worried about any possible damage to the hardware, I know it's far fetched but it's an unofficial workaround, ...
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Sluggish/unresponsive trackpad on pre-unibody MacBook Pro

I am running Ubuntu Natty Narwhal on pre-unibody MacBook Pro (2007 I believe). There seems to be a problem with trackpad - it barely works, in order to move cursor you have to move your finger a lot, ...
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I am looking for help with my GMA500 in a T91MT

I have been working (on and off) for about 2 weeks now and I'm still stuck in 800x600... I followed this guide as well as i could but when I got to: sudo apt-get install xorg-emgd emgd-dkms It ...
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How do I know when the system recognizes a PC card device?

I have a bunch of old ethernet PC cards that I am not too sure about (whether they are any good). I want to test them in my laptop to see if they still work (out of curiosity, and because I want to ...
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How do I install drivers for an AMD Radeon HD 6450?

I bought new computer. The Graphics card is AMD Radeon HD 6450, on Windows 7 it works fine but I try to install driver on Ubuntu, and it says that "No supported adapters detected". I downloaded the ...
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Does 12.04 support the Dell Perc 6i RAID card?

I have a Dell Perc 6i RAID card currently used under Win 2K3 and I am going to transit to Ubuntu Server 12. Since Dell only provides driver for Ubuntu 10 Server yet Dell servers with this RAID card ...
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How do I choose the right parameters when using badblocks?

I'd like to use badblocks to check my new drive for bad blocks, but I'm not sure how to choose the values for block size and number of blocks to test in parallel. The man page just says: -b ...