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

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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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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 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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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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How to check for errors in RAM via linux?

I have ubuntu 11 running off a 3.6gb usb flash/stick drive. System has 4gb ram and blank harddisk (wiped using DBAN tool). How do i check if there are no errors in my RAM ? Is there a guaranteed way ...
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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 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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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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“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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to light up back-lit keyboard?

I recently got a backlit keyboard, and I LOVE to write late at night. But I cannot for the life of me figure out how to light it up...It lights up when first plugged in, but nothing happens after ...
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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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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 ...