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

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Is a NVIDIA GeForce with Optimus Technology supported by Ubuntu?

I am considering buying a Dell XPS 15 laptop. The laptop has a Nvidia 420m card which should work with Linux but I keep reading that the Nvidia Optimus technology isn't supported on Linux. I am not ...
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How can I find my hardware details?

Is there any built-in software or terminal method allowing me to view the hardware profiles on my system? Windows equivalent of such a feature would be Device Manager.
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Nvidia driver activated but currently not in use

I have just finished an install of ubuntu 11.04 beta 2. At the end of the installation I got a message informing that I do not have the required hardware for unity, and that I should choose "ubuntu ...
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Where can I find information about ubuntu compatible or certified hardware/PC models?

I am buying a new desktop PC in early 2013, anyway this question should apply to someone intending to buy a new laptop/ultrabook as well. This machine is not meant for gaming, and if I ocasionally do ...
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Who makes laptops for Ubuntu?

I'm looking for a laptop and would like to avoid the whole 'is this [specific configuration of hardware] compatible with Ubuntu?' process by finding a laptop manufactured with Ubuntu in mind. I know ...
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How can I check my RAM and hard drive for errors?

What tools can I use to check that my memory and hard drive are still working correctly?
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How to quickly and thoroughly use a LiveCD to test for hardware incompatibility?

Often people wanting to know if Ubuntu will run on a potential hardware purchase are advised to use the LiveCD, perhaps in-store, to check hardware compatibility. For example, this answer suggests ...
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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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Analog and digital audio output at the same time

My speakers use a digital input, but my headphones use an analog input. I have them both plugged in, and when I want to use the headphones I just turn off the speakers and switch on the headphones. ...
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Which hard disk drive is which?

I want to know which hard disk drive corresponds to which device path. It's trivial to match the hard disk stats (brand, size) with the dev path, but I want more. I want to know which drive is which ...
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How to set up multiple hard drives as one volume?

I am about to set up box to basically be a file server. I plan on having multiple drives in the box, and would like to set them all up so that they appear to be a single drive. So I could essentially ...
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List the hardware info and status in my computer

I was wondering how to list all the hardware info in my computer? Both terminal and GUI solutions please. Is there a single utility to monitor most hardware's working status? Just like some ...
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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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How resilient is Ubuntu to repeated “power-off” shutdowns?

My company is considering the use of Ubuntu as an OS for use on a hardware device. It would be installed on compact flash drive - apparently this is not standard flash drive but a specific type of ...
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How do I fix a “Wireless is disabled by hardware switch” error?

I just updated to Ubuntu 12.04 from 11.10 but soon after updating I was disappointed to see that Wireless is disabled by hardware switch. I can not click the button 'Enable wireless' which is ...
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What is the best way to configure a Thinkpad's TrackPoint?

The previously useful ThinkWiki pages appear quite outdated. I am trying to permanently change my TrackPoint sensitivity and speed settings and enable middle mouse button scrolling. I have tried ...
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Touchpad not working on HP Pavilion dv6

Everything worked fine in Ubuntu 10.04, flawless in fact, I admired the way the Operating System had handled such a unique touchpad so well. I have an HP Pavilion dv6. The touchpad and left, middle, ...
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What is the equivalent of Windows System Properties or Device Manager?

I am new to Ubuntu. In Windows, if I want to know my system properties/configuration, I can see it by going to Control Panel and clicking on the System icon. I can also get a detailed list of the ...
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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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Keyboard not working 100% after Ubuntu 13.10 upgrade

If this has already been asked, my apologies, I did not find it before writing this. So please do point me to the correct page. Anyway, I have this weird issue on my laptop right now. The keyboard ...
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Numeric keypad not working

I am running Ubuntu 10.04, fully updated, from an external USB hard drive. Everything works really well, except the keyboard. The numeric keypad is not working. The keys don't do anything, with or ...
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Can I use the Logitech Touch Mouse M600?

Can I use the Logitech Touch Mouse M600 with Ubuntu? Specifically, will the swipe and scroll capabilities work? If not, can I still use it as a normal two-button mouse? I do not want speculative ...
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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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Which is the best way to install new hplip versions?

Hplip is the software that drives most hp printers. Usually new printers are only supported in newer versions of the software. Canonical doesn't backport new versions packages to older Ubuntu ...
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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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Where can I buy a keyboard with an Ubuntu logo on the super key?

Anyone knows where I can get a keyboard to buy with the Ubuntu logo on the super key? If not where can I get some durable small plastic Ubuntu logos about 8 to 9 mm in diameter that I can use to glue ...
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How do I install drivers for an AMD Radeon HD 6450? [closed]

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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Is there a way to check if specific hardware is supported under the kernel?

I'm planning on building my first PC and I've decided on an ASRock z77 extreme4 motherboard. I've searched on google, but I haven't had any luck finding whether it's supported. Is there a new list of ...
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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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How do I install drivers for the Alfa AWUS036H USB wireless adapter?

I bought this network adapter from Amazon and I don't know how to install the drivers. The adapter comes with a CD for drivers and when I put it in, it has .autorun.exe autorun.ico autorun.csp, and ...
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Why is my Wacom Intuos tablet not detected?

I need a little help trying to install a Wacom Intuos tablet, model number CTL-480/S. My installation of Ubuntu 13.04, 64bit, doesn't seem to be able to detect the device. I've tried an few different ...
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How to get sensor readings for recent hardware?

How do I best update lm-sensors to work with recent hardware? I have a fresh install of Ubuntu 10.10 server, and get the following: $ sudo apt-get install lm-sensors $ sensors No sensors found! ...
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What's the maximum amount of RAM I can use on an specific hardware

I've an Asus U31SD Notebook with an i5-2430M CPU. The Asus site says that the maximum RAM is 8 GB, but Intel's says my CPU supports 16 GB. What is the maximum RAM I can use on this system ...
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Do I need to replace my hard disk?

Whenever I start my computer Ubuntu pops up the following error: A hard disk may be failing one or more hard disk report health problems A friend of mine ran some test and it was found that my hard ...
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What webcam can I buy that works out of the box with Ubuntu?

I need to set up a video conference, yet I have no webcam. I'm looking to buy something that works out of the box with Ubuntu 10.04, and as many possible conferencing apps as possible. Can anyone ...
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inxi installation on ubuntu

I have migrated from Linux Mint to Ubuntu 64(KDE installed). I want check my hardware with inxi -F command but it returns : inxi: command not found and as I want to install inxi (sudo apt-get install ...
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Can you get computers with Ubuntu preloaded in the UK?

I found some places which sell computers in the US that have Ubuntu preloaded but not in the UK. Can you buy computers with Ubuntu preloaded in the UK? Thank you!
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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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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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Sometimes keyboard & touchpad work… sometimes not [closed]

When I first ran Ubuntu from CD on this Dell Inspiron 2650, it worked for about ten to fifteen minutes, then it hung (I was probably trying to do too much at once from a Live CD). The next time, my ...
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When will we get Sandy Bridge support?

I'd like to build a machine running Ubuntu and using the new Sandy bridge (i5 2500 specifically) intel cpu's. I heard that 10.10 doesn't have the best support (or simply won't work) with the new cpus ...
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Very slow graphics performance after upgrade 12.04 => 14.04

I upgraded from 12.04 to 14.04 and the performance is extremely sluggish; windows open and close in slow motion. Presumably my graphics hardware has not been recognized by the system. I think that I ...
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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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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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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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Well supported Hardware Raid Controller

I am currently planning to buy a hardware-raid controller. This became necessary since I am running Linux and Windows in parallel and now need the redundancy for both OS (Im am going to use RAID1 / ...
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Looking for USB VGA Adapter that works for sure?

I can't seem to get a straight answer on this. I would like to add a 3rd display onto my laptop + external monitor setup. While my current setup (Thinkpad X201) has an open VGA port (am using the ...
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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 completely shutdown Ati card [duplicate]

I would like to know how do i prevent my Ati card from turning on when i enter on ubuntu 11.10. My bios only lets-me shutdown intel hd card or leave the both on but i want to know if is possbible to ...
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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 ...