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

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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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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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Recommendations for a Wireless-N USB dongle?

Please advise which wireless-N usb adapters should work seamlessly with Ubuntu 10.04. I have tried SMC and Linksys, but they all need to have drivers compiled for them.
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Name of detect keyboard layout tool

What's the name of the program used to detect keyboards layout during ubuntu installation ? Is there another tool I can run after installation in other to discover the correct layout for a keyboard I ...
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How to disable the notebook Touch Pad when a wireless USB mouse is connected

I have a Logitech MX Anywhere wireless USB mouse which works very well with Ubuntu. However, I would like to disable the touch pad when this mouse is connected. I keep hitting the touch pad with my ...
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How to configure an USB DDR dance pad for Stepmania?

I have Stepmania running and my official Dance Dance Revolution dance pad from DDR Universe 2, but I can't get the former to work with the latter. lsusb says: Bus 002 Device 003: ID 12ab:0004 Honey ...
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Is it possible to use more than two monitors?

Is it possible to use more than two monitors in Ubuntu? If so, which graphics cards are known to work for example with three monitors in Ubuntu?
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What is the current status of the performance of nVidia vs ATI video cards?

Which is probably better for a new machine running Ubuntu?
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How do I get rid of a ghost printer in Gnome?

When I try to print from a Gnome application, the print dialog has non-functional printer listed. It is called "duerqxesz5090 -- Basement Utility Room -- Rejecting Jobs". Here is a screenshot of ...
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Controlling Bluetooth mouse gestures that register keyboard events

tl;dr I just bought a Logitech T630. It's a Bluetooth mouse that supports several keyboard events via gestures (PDF). These gestures are fine and dandy but I have little use for them. I'm having a ...
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Size of partitions during Ubuntu install [duplicate]

I think it would be very helpful to users, if they could know beforehand exactly how much disk space they should allocate while opting for advanced partition method during an Ubuntu installation. ...
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USB Device No Longer 'Powering' Up In Ubuntu [closed]

I've run across a weird issue that I was wondering if anyone had seen before. We run a custom version of Ubuntu 10.04 at work and we've been testing some software that uses webcams recently, which 90% ...
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How to control fan speed on my desktop?

I found a post on "How to control the fan speed on my laptop" but nothing about the same thing on a desktop. I'd like to replicate the same thing on my desktop but till now I had not such luck. I ...
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How do I configure a fingerprint scanner?

I have a HP dv6-3079tx. One feature I like about it is the fingerprint scanner, Is there a utility out there that will allow me to swipe my finger whenever I am required to enter my password?
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How to find out if my system is i386 or x86_64 before installing Ubuntu?

I am using Windows as of now and want to install Ubuntu. I want to find out if my system is i386 or x86_64? How to do that? Thanks.
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Speed up booting time without losing choosing capability in grub

to speed up my boot time, I would like to get rid of the grub timing, but I would like to still be able to choose between different OS. Is there a way to do so? I was thinking to tweak something so ...
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I am using Edgy Eft (6.10). If I switch to 10.04, how will it affect performance?

On my laptop (hw info below) I currently run Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft). The computer has been my work computer since 2006. I am considering doing a reinstall to get something more recent. What can I ...
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Anything like SiSoftware Sandra?

SiSoftware Sandra is a hardware diagnostic tool for windows: http://www.sisoftware.net/ the time update my little note book has come, and i encountered the problem of not knowing what is the model of ...
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11.10 x86 - memory RAM problem (shows 3.4 GB when 8 GB are installed)

I recently installed Ubuntu 11.10 x86 on a new computer that has 2 x 4 GB RAM installed (8 GB total). But when I go to the Ubuntu system monitor it only shows 3.4 GB of memory (and ...
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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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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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“mce: [Hardware Error]: Machine check events logged” appears in syslog. What should I do?

I have installed the latest version of OSSEC (2.8.1) and I have also enabled email notifications. And I am getting loads of these sorts of notifications saying that there is a Hardware Error and ...
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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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why is network interface loaded as “rename3”?

My ubuntu 13.04 machine (ASUS M2n32SLI deluxe mobo) is loading one of two interfaces on the motherboard as "rename3". The other interface is eth0. No cable connected on eth0. Why is this so ? How do ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Memtest86: Has my RAM gone bad?

I did a memory test with memtest86 on boot, and I'm seeing this: Is my RAM defective? PS : My Ubuntu PC doesn't boot. Shows options in GRUB and then says there are errors in / and failed loading ...
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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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Is there database of Linux compatible hardware?

I want to know if there is a centralised community site where all Hardware is listed in terms of compatability with Linux. Something like AppDB for Wine.
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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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Unable to install Arduino

At the moment, I try to install Arduino on my Ubuntu 10.04 (32 Bit) computer. I downloaded the latest release at http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software, cd'ed to the directory and unziped the package. ...
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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 do I set up an HP remote control?

I have an old receiver (USB) and remove control that i am trying to get working on Ubuntu with Boxee. Any suggestions for setting this up? software I need.
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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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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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Using Adobe Digital Editions to transfer books to the Nook, or a workaround

I've successfully installed Adobe Digital Editions using Wine in Linux Mint 10, and it appears that the program operates normally for the most part, as I can open eBooks and view my library. However, ...
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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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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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Why does my USB mouse seem to randomly quit working? [duplicate]

While I am doing stuff... doesn't seem to matter what, my USB mouse just stops working... sometimes it will be the keyboard as well but usually not as often. Ubuntu forces me to press my power button ...
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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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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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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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Crackling and feedback with Presonus AudioBox USB on 12.04

I'm using the Presonus AudioBox USB with the packaged microphone and headphones (AudioBox Studio Bundle with M7 High-Definition Condenser Microphone and HD7 Professional Monitoring Headphones). I ...
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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 ...