Questions about laptops in relationship to Ubuntu. Common subjects are trackpads, batteries and wireless cards.

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Installing Ubuntu on Lenovo Yoga 500 [duplicate]

How can I install Ubuntu on my Lenovo Yoga 500 Laptop? Is there a better way than a virtual machine? I have to use Ubuntu for my work.
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Ubuntu 15.04 suspend freeze

I use Ubuntu 15.04 with stock kernel on my laptop. When I boot up my laptop and then try to suspend, everything works perfectly. But when I work for few hours and then try to go to suspend, it almost ...
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Ok, after knowing what i need to, is it right for ME? [on hold]

After all of you wonderful people helped me figure out if my pc was good, now i just need to know; Is it worth it? Is it as wonderful as they say? Is it really right for me? what are the perks of ...
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Crazy Haunted Cursor [on hold]

To begin with, I originally was using windows OS which came preinstalled on my laptop. While using windows my cursor began moving on its own and making it impossible to use the laptop. After using ...
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14.04-15.04 Randomly shutdown/restart

As it says, Ubuntu randomly shuts down at times. Common occurrences that involve these shutdowns include... Playing games Streaming video with tabs in background Playing movies in VLC Specs of my ...
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Disable “Could not switch the monitor configuration”

Is there a way to disable the popup that says "Could not switch the monitor configuration"? I am only interested in disabling the popup, not fixing the underlying problem. I am constantly ...
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15.04 on laptop

I have 15.04 installed in a laptop. From regular and normal operation machine just shutdown without any warning and/or notification. I ve checked syslog but havent been able to find root cause. Can ...
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battery is not being charged or used

My battery is 89% charged, but as soon as I pull out the power cord from my laptop the laptop electricity supply is killed (and the computer shuts down). Here are my battery stats: So basically, ...
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Ubuntu crashes during installation

So I have been trying to install Ubuntu on my old Laptop (HP pavilion dv6) However during the installation of ubuntu my it seems to crash and restart to windows when I choose 'Install inside of ...
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Automatically shutdown when switching to battery

I'm recently made my old laptop into a server using Ubuntu Desktop 15.04. But because my laptop has an almost dead battery I want Ubuntu to save all data that it's on (or at least close the running ...
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Disk errors while trying to boot LiveUSB on laptop

I made an Ubuntu 15.04 LiveUSB and now am trying to boot it to install on a SSD. While trying to boot from it the following errors happen: [ 7.027548] ACPI PCC probe failed. starting version 219 ...
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Starting version 219 whenever discrete GPU is used

I'm getting a black screen with nothing but "starting version 219" on the screen. This happens if I install FGLRX drivers or if I use the discrete GPU with open source drivers. I'm using ubuntu gnome ...
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Why can't I select Suspend as on-lid-closed action for AC?

When I go to "Power" and try to select "suspend" when laptop lid closed, on AC power, I find that suspend is greyed out, disabled. I don't understand why. Suspend works fine when on battery. I'm ...
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Why Linux-based-laptop has slower wifi connection that windows-based-laptop?

I had ever tried many distros: ubuntu, debian, xubuntu, freya, fedora, etc. And they all have slower wifi than when I was using windows. Is there any explanation about this? How to find appropriate ...
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i just bought an HP HSTNN-105c laptop online from the previous owner. KNOW NOTHING…HELP [closed]

I just bought a laptop knowing nothing about this software! Anyhow what im wanting to know is how to work this darn thing. It was wiped clean with the exception of Libre office, firefox browser and ...
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Laptop won't wake from suspend mode using wireless keyboard or mouse

I'm new to Ubuntu, just loaded the operating system because I want to learn more about it. I'm using a laptop as a desktop with a second monitor (used as my primary) and a Microsoft natural ...
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Intel P-State: Stuck at 900 Mhz after unplugging power supply, even if plugged in again

when i start my laptop without power supply or unplug it later, the frequenzy gets stuck at 900 Mhz. If i change the governor to performance it is stuck at 2.5 Ghz. After a restart it works as ...
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getting issue when booting system in Ubuntu 14 in laptop

I am getting these kind of errors when booting system: READ FPDMA QUEUED (DRDY ERR) READ DMA EXT What I need to do for this? Is this HDD issue? I should replace it with new HDD?
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Keyboard is not working on PC with Ubuntu

I have a Toshiba laptop running Ubuntu. I got it from my friend that way. I don't know much about Ubuntu. It look nice and stuff but the laptop keyboard is not working on it. When i click the caps ...
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Steel Series Laptop Keyboard

After installing Linux 14.04 on my new MSI GT72 gaming laptop I can not seem to figure out how to get my back lite LEDs to work on my keyboard. The laptop has a steel series keyboard. I have searched ...
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How do I get the touchpad to work on an Asus notebook?

I recently installed Ubuntu on my aunts Asus laptop, now the touch pad does not work. I did all the updates and it still does not work. ⎡ Virtual core pointer id=2 [master ...
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Alienware laptop Built in sound card headphone and microphone jack not working

I have an Alienware m17x r4. My speaker's are working just fine.But when i plug my headset in the sound does not come through the headset and still comes through the speakers I have a creative ...
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I have a trouble with my wifi

i have a laptop lenovo g50 my distro is ubuntuu 14.04 trusty thar i can't connect with wifi my English is bad sorry
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Recommended distribution for my laptop (problems with Ubuntu on HP Probook 655 G1)

I'm very new to Linux and after I installed ubuntu, I was pretty satisfied and could handle it pretty well. But I had several problems with my HP Probook 655 G1. Sometimes when I boot up, it won't ...
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USB Devices stopped working on laptop

A few days back, all USBs stopped working. If a mouse is plugged in, it lights up but that's it. If I plug in a flash drive I get the following messages in dmesg: [ 112.117019] usb 2-1.3: new ...
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Laptop - Boots to black. Turn off, turn on - grub screen shows? Why?

I have a strange problem. As diverse and varied and redundant as boot-problems can be, and as odd as a sentence that uses "diverse" and "varied" together can be -- which in itself is redundant -- I'm ...
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How to fix Ubuntu touch screen problems on Sony Vaio laptops?

I have a Sony Vaio laptop which has Touchscreen enabled. And I have ubuntu installed alongside the windows 8.1. But I can't use Touchscreen as I can in Windows 8.1 in my Ubuntu 14.04. I want to use ...
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Is there a way to have the screen turned off while I type? [duplicate]

I want to type out raw ideas in an environment that's as distraction free as possible. Is there a way to turn the screen completely off with a hotkey, and have it stay off until I hit that same ...
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CPU usage becomes extremely high after opening laptop lid after upgrading to kernel 3.19

So I recently upgraded my kernel to 3.19, and now, whenever I close my laptop's lid and re-open it, the CPU usage will spike to ~75% on all four cores of my CPU. However, Activity Monitor doesn't list ...
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How to Remap Brightness Keys

I have a Dell laptop which has some fairly standard media keys along F1-F12 as well as three special keys by the power button. For the longest time, my brightness down button hasn't worked. For some ...
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CPU usage spikes to 75% and stay there after resuming from sleep mode?

So I recently upgraded my kernel to 3.19 (as part of a failed GNOME install that I have since undone), and now, whenever I close my laptop's lid and reopen it, CPU usage will spike after to minute or ...
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Why am I being repeatedly asked for swap partition password when apt-get upgrade?

I installed recent kubuntu on a laptop, and choose to encrypt / and swap. Works fine. But very often, when I do apt-get upgrade, I get questions about password for swap partition. I could understand ...
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Why is Ubuntu not as fast when it was freshly installed?

When I freshly installed Ubuntu on my laptop, it was blazing fast, but now it is very slow.... Games like TF2, MInecraft, DOTA 2, where working fine for like, 1 month, severe lag and lag spikes ...
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laptop powers off on its own when under load and battery only (ubuntu 14.04), but works fine on windows

Well, the title says it all. My battery works fine for 1h until it is depleted on windows. But under stress on ubuntu, the machine powers off and doesn't start up again unless I plug it in. The ...
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All my pictures have disappeared without deleting?

All my pictures have disappeared without me deleting them? I use a Sony Vaio laptop with Ubuntu 14.04. Where are my pictures?
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How can I easily control CPU speed on Ubuntu?

I would like to know how to change (lower, in my case) CPU speed easily to adjust my needs. I have done research on the internet and it appears the same answers come back... "there is no need to lower ...
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smartctl shows hard disk problem

I face a problem concerning my hard disk drive. I have a Lenovo laptop z710 and I get an error message about bad sectors. I have re-installed several distros in case it is a bug, but the problem ...
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Power options interface always shows as running on battery with 14.04

I've just completed a fresh install of ubuntu 14.04 and performed a complete update. My battery status indicator in the top menu bar always says that I'm running on the battery, even if it's plugged ...
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cannot connect to any new wifi ubuntu 14.04

I have got very strange problem , I am able to connect any wifi which is remembered in my system . But it is not opening up dialog box to enter password for new wifi ssid. Even I tried external wifi ...
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Fresh Install of Ubuntu, After Windows 10

I have a Windows 8.1 HP Pavilion model 2000. My younger brother decided to put Windows 10 on it, he didn't partition or back up the Windows 8.1 OS... I've tried reverting back to Win8.1 but can't. So ...
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QHD+ (3800x1800)

Going to buy a new laptop with QHD + resolution 13.3 "- the laptop is completely clean, so considering running Ubuntu 15.04 on this, but it will be worthless in terms of screen resolution - Anybody ...
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Ubuntu installer for Dell laptops?

I found a version of ubuntu on this link: http://linux.dell.com/files/ubuntu/precise/12.04-OSP1/ Can anyone tell me if it is the installer for Dell laptops. Or what is this? :O Have a nice day guys. ...
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Laptop Charger offline?

I run Ubuntu 14.04.1 Lately my charger has been taking a while to detect that the charger is in. Even when it is in, it goes back and forth from charging to running off battery. When I check the ...
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Launching i3lock when lid closed/power button pressed?

I'm using Ubuntu MATE 15.04 on a Mid-2010 13inch MacBook Pro and the i3 window manager (efficiency, woo). I have everything working just like I did on MATE, except I want the screen to lock using ...
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Keyboard layout on laptop is messed up after full system update

Keyboard layout on laptop is messed up after full system update. Running Linux Mint 3.11.0-26 on an HP Pavilion. Example of problem: When pressing the o button it returns a 6, and m=0, j=1, 0=/, ...
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Y messed up my hard drive

So this is the order of the events: I triyed to install ubuntu on my laptop. During instalation it froze or something and i (been stupid) restartes the pc manually using the power buttom. 3 Ubuntu ...
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Backlight control broken on 14.04 on Lenovo U310

I'm unable to change the backlight brightness under 14.04. habefaro@habefaro-Lenovo-U310:~$ uname -a Linux habefaro-Lenovo-U310 3.16.0-34-generic #47~14.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Fri Apr 10 17:49:16 UTC 2015 ...
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do no administrative password [duplicate]

I have a used DelL latitude 2120 laptop with Ubuntu o/s I do not have administrator password and can not get past the screen that says this computer is protected by password authentication system?
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Ubuntu 14.x install on Alienware mx18 R2

I have Win7 x64 installed on the primary drive and I intend to keep it there. Been trying (and failing) to simply install Ubuntu on a separate drive. But I cannot even get that far. I am ...
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need to make the factory recovery after installing windows7

How can i recovery or restore my HP255 G1 as it issued from the factory if i replaced ubuntu 12.04 by windows7? ubuntu is the software install at the factory. please help me!