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

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laptop screen won't show up

I just installed ubuntu 12.04 on my laptop, and for some reason I can't use the laptop screen WITHOUT an external monitor; it functions fine as the only monitor in windows 8, and it functions fine as ...
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How do I decrease the display brightness an Acer 5830TG?

I am facing a problem with display brightness in ubantu or other versions of linux. Runing a linux distro as live or HDD installation or inside installation, display brightness is automatically set to ...
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Disable touch drag

I am using touchpad on my laptop, but sometimes when I move pointer around it starts dragging (touch drag). I prefer to drag while holding it down. Can this touch drag be disabled?
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Why does my Acer 4310 run so slowly with Ubuntu 12.04 when it was lightening fast with Ubuntu 10.?

Since I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my Acer 4310 laptop I have noticed that the system freezes on occasions and the screen showing the program I am running shows a grey colour. I have done a clean ...
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Continous heat issues with notebooks

My HP ProBook I bought 2 years ago had to be sent in because of heat issues. It worked for a while, now it's getting too hot again. Just shuts itself down. I bought a new Notebook, a much cheaper and ...
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How to burn Ubuntu to disc for a pc that has no operating system?

How do you burn Ubuntu to a cd 700MB for a laptop that has no operating system?
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Brightness function keys not working

I have an ASUS X55A-SPD0204O laptop. The rest of the FN+Fx (where x = number) like sound + - mute, screen turn off, wireless etc. work perfectly. The problem is with the 2 brightness keys. They just ...
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Why does powertop still detect tunable settings on >12.04?

According to this Q&A laptop-mode-tools and powertop are not needed anymore with ubuntu 12.04 as the power savings are now included in the kernel. So I decided to remove laptop-mode-tools from ...
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How do I install Ubuntu on to a blank laptop

I downloaded Ubuntu to one laptop and burned it to a blank dvd. Then I put the CD to the blank laptop on start up and nothing happens. There was no Windows image disc burner software on the laptop. ...
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Temperature soars when glxspheres is off-screen

My laptop Samsung RF511 is overheating. I noticed this problem while playing minecraft: my computer would suddenly shut down. I checked /var/log/kern.log and sure enough the system reported ...
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Wrong battery state reading cause brutal shutdown

I have an Asus Zenbook UX31A, the Asus 13" unit from first generation ultrabooks. I run Ubuntu 12.10 up to date on it. Before a week or two I used to enjoy more that 5 hours of battery life, ...
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Creating scripts

I'm following advice from LessWatts to lower battery drain with the following commands: mount -o remount,noatime / hdparm -B 1 -S 12 /dev/sda echo 3000 > /proc/sys/vm/dirty_writeback_centisecs ...
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Screen resolution repositioning? (Broken laptop screen)

I have a laptop with the top left corner's screen being broken - I can't see anything there. However it's just a small corner, so I'd like to know if there's something I can do to make Ubuntu not use ...
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How to collect laptop hardware information?

So I'm entering the business of buying and selling laptops. For me, it's convenient to boot up a laptop in Ubuntu to see some of the hardware still works. The screen, hard drive, wifi, bluetooth, ...
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After resuming my laptop it is unlocked for a while before locking

When I close my laptop lid and it is suspended, when I open it again it is resumed but without showing the lock screen which is set to come up. It resumes with access to web pages or programs that ...
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Can i install/run Ubuntu 12.10 on my laptop (ACER 5755G)?

I currently have a acer 5755g running windows 8 and specs are as follows: intel core i5-2430M nVIDIA GeForce GT540m 1GB VRAM 8GB RAM 750GB HDD it also has intel graphics card, so is it possible to ...
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Trouble installing Ubuntu 12.10 alongside windows 7

I have a windows 7 laptop. I downloaded the Wubi.exe from ubuntu and whatnot, and ran it. After all that went well, I rebooted to finish the install.Then I get a screen that says " Try (hd0, 0): ...
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Horrible grafical error, unusable

Hi I am brand new to Linux and Ubuntu and I recently attempted to install Ubuntu 12.10 on a really old laptop I found in my basement, a Presario 2700T. THe installation went well but then it went to ...
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Where is the configuration for laptop-mode-tools max CPU frequency?

I use laptop-mode-tools for power management on my laptop and for the life of my I cannot find where to configure the CPU frequency limits. When I'm on battery it sets the maximum limit, regardless ...
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How to install external monitor?

So,I have a Philips 190c monitor and an Acer Aspire 57321zg with AMD HD 4570 and I want to know how in the world I can connect those to work properly? I connect the monitor the following occurs: ...
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“on demand” LAMP stack

I'd like to install a LAMP stack on my laptop in order to be able to locally develop PHP websites. However, since my computer is a laptop, and since I don't always need having apache and MySQL server ...
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Can't install Ubuntu for several reasons

I'm having some issues installing Ubuntu on my Samsung NP-RV520-S02SE Laptop. First off, I'm getting error: failure reading sector somethingsomething when booting the CD and hitting "Install Ubuntu". ...
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How can I change brightness on Toshiba Satellite c855-21m?

I can't change the settings for brightness. In fact, it doesn't matter if the Fn keys work or not. I would like just to decrease brightness. For example, using brightness-indicator I get a message ...
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How can you play Steam games with nvidia-optimus laptop?

What is the best way to start a Steam game on a NVIDIA Optimus laptop with Ubuntu 12.04 installed and the latest version of bumblebee installed? If I call Steam with optirun steam and then choose the ...
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Wifi doesn't work on Lenovo B590 with Broadcom BCM4313 [duplicate]

My son bougt a laptop. I installed Ubuntu 12.04. First wifi worked fine now it keeps searching but can't connect. I tried some solutions but I think I need help. lspci -nn | grep 028002:00.0 ...
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Resolution and screens not detected properly

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my laptop with integrated Intel graphics (Intel i5 460M CPU). The screen resolution is set to 1024x768 and can only be changed to 800x600, while my screen is 1366x768. ...
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Would Ubuntu 12.10 on a Dell Inspiron e1405 (Intel Core Duo T2300 (1.66 GHz/2MB L2 Cache) be too slow? [closed]

Would Ubuntu 12.10 on a Dell Inspiron e1405 (Intel Core Duo T2300 (1.66 GHz/2MB L2 Cache) be too slow? also, it only has 1GB RAM
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kubuntu 12.10 amd 64bit and lubuntu 12.10 amd 64 bit not booting through live usb on dell inspiron n5050 laptop

wen i tried to make live usb of lubuntu 12.10 and also of kubuntu 12.10 i come up with same stuff only boot scrren appears and wen selected in live mode kubuntu/lubuntu start screen appears and ...
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Dim/dark screen back after latest update [Ubuntu 12.04]

I booted a few minutes ago and everything was fine, update manager notified me about new updates so I decided to install them, and then poof, dim/dark screen is back in action. I did update grub, I ...
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Laptop screen stays blank after lid is reopened

I have an Acer Aspire One KAV60. Beginning with 11.10 through 12.10, every version of Ubuntu causes the screen to stay blank after I open the lid. The only way I can get out of the problem is a hard ...
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Very High CPU usage on HP dv7 Laptop when IDLE

I'm pretty new to Linux computing. So I finally thought of giving Ubuntu a try, by dualbooting it with Windows 8 on my hp dv7-6006tx laptop. Laptop Specs But after installation, I immediately ...
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Laptop brightness keys have a delayed effect or none

My laptop is a Gateway NV52L03H, Amd Radeon HD 7520G using the AMD FGLRX drivers. Most of my laptop's Fn (function) keys are working properly and as they should. The only one misbehaving are the ...
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How do I disable dual screen after connect HDMI cable?

I plugged the HDMI connector and turned on the computer, but when the log in screen appears the laptop screen appears split in 2, one top and one bottom. The external monitor connected via HDMI works ...
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Option to connect to WiFi disappeared after upgrading

I installed Lubuntu on to my Presario V5000 today off my old 12.04 disk. I installed all the updates then upgraded to 12.10 I was hooked up to an Ethernet cable to update it and before I saw firmware ...
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Is there any list of laptops/desktops that fully work with Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where to find information about ubuntu compatible or certified hardware/PC models Support for hardware components I bought a Dell XPS 15 (l502x) and i always have some ...
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PC freezes after long period of inactivity (~> 30 min) [duplicate]

My Ubuntu system is configured to turn off the screen and lock itself after 10 minutes of inactivity. (System settings ---> Brightness and screen lock). If I leave the PC for about 10 mins or 15 mins, ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 wireless network disconnects with Samsung NP350E7C-S05NL

I have just installed Ubuntu 12.1O on my new Samsung NP350E7C-S05NL laptop. The problem is that it wireless internet keeps disconnecting, after a few minutes working, and I have to continuously ...
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Passive cooling on laptop

I have a Dell XPS 15 laptop (model number l502x). In both windows 7 and windows 8, I have been able to select power options (power saver, high performance, etc.). In the configuration settings for ...
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Black screen when trying to play video games

I run a wined version of steam (mostly because most of my steam games aren't avaible on the steam beta yet) and I had problems in the past with this black screen/dim screen but I fixed it, the problem ...
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Inspiron 14R energy

The battery of my notebook is ending very quickly when I use ubuntu. I have a Dell Inspiron 14R with 6 gb memory, 1tb and NVDIA gt630m hd. Someone can tell me what I can do to improve it?
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Lenovo u310 will not charge when turned on

I've looked around and had several friends have a look but we cannot figure this out. I am running Ubuntu 12.10 on a Lenovo U310. The laptop charges fine when the laptop is off but it will not charge ...
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Is it possible to manually define the usable space on my laptop's trackpad?

I have an Asus UX21A ultrabook. It's really sweet in most respects. However, there is one issue which to me is a design flaw, though maybe some people think it's a feature. The tracking area of the ...
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Can't connect to a wireless WPA2 network with group cipher CCMP from a T40 laptop with ipw2100

I have got the following problem. I am trying to connect my Ubuntu machine to a wireless network (WPA2 Personal). I am sure that I am providing the correct key, however I am not able to connect to the ...
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closing laptop lid does not shut all applications down

Well i was just thinking of having an app or a feature which enables you to play music even the laptop lid is shut close. what i want is that the screen should be locked ie no one should be able to do ...
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Black screen during installation ubuntu 12.10 via wubi on HP Pavillion g6-1273s1 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: My computer boots to a black screen, what options do I have to fix it? I tried to install ubuntu 12.10 alongside win7(64bit) on HP pavilion g6-1273sl. The installation ...
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Changed Laptop Screen (Thinkpad), FN-Key Brightness control stopped working

I just replaced the broken screen on my Thinkpad Edge 13". Now the brightness-adjustments via the FN keys don't work anymore (the brightness indicator bar goes from Low - Full, but nothing actually ...
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How may I improve my boot / shutdown time?

I have a pretty decent laptop (Intel Core i7-3520M CPU @ 2.90GHz, SataII SSD from Samsung, 8GB Ram), but I not satisfied with my boot and shutdown times... I have installed bootchart, and am trying to ...
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During installation, do I need an ethernet cord to connect to the internet?

I have a Dell inspiron 1525 and was wondering if I needed an ethernet cable to connect to the internet during installation of Ubuntu? Or is an ethernet cable required to connect for the first time ...
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Brightness not working Acer Aspire One 756-2623 [duplicate]

Brightness not working Acer Aspire One 756-2623 with Ubuntu 12.04. Also the mousepad right-click isn't working ether. I'm completely new to Ubuntu and Linux in general. How do I fix it?
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How can I fix my Dell laptop's wireless connection?

I've just installed Ubuntu on my Dell laptop, and the wireless is not working. How could I fix it ? Is there any driver I should install? Note: I'm also running windows 7 on the same laptop and the ...