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

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Ultrabook or Thin Laptop with great battery life for Ubuntu [closed]

Any recommendations on a great ultrabook or thin-enough laptop with great battery life for running Ubuntu?
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How to send an email when laptop battery is low?

Is it possible to send an email to myself when the laptop is on low battery power? I'm always online with my Android phone, but not always in front of the laptop, and sometimes I'm missing the ...
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ext[34] `commit` option and filesystem integrity

I'm running a fairly fresh and vanilla 10.10 install, built from scratch about a month ago on an Acer Aspire 5742 laptop. I use openbox as my window manager and run neither the KDE nor Gnome desktop ...
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How are USB ports related to the computer power, and why would they cause my computer to freeze?

I have an issue with my new Toshiba laptop. Whenever I plug in an external USB device, if the laptop is not plugged in to the wall, the laptop freezes. However, nothing happens if the laptop is ...
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Laptop drains of quickly with battery

I am a Ubuntu user since years and I have not come across this problem till date. My battery drains off immediately after I unplug my AC power. The options I tried: 1) I checked the battery state ...
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How to analysis the output of powertop to increase battery lifetime

I'm new to ubuntu using 12.04LTS .Please help me by steps.Thanks all. anoy@ubuntu:~$ cat /proc/sys/vm/laptop_mode 5 PowerTOP 1.97 Overview Idle stats Frequency stats Device stats ...
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Is there a way to run the laptop only on AC power without removing the battery?

Is there a way possible to run a laptop only on AC power without having the need to remove the battery i.e. to disable the charging as it is possible in Windows 7.
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Using your laptop as loudspeaker for your mobile

I'm thinking on how to use my laptop running Ubuntu (with its loudspeakers) as "headset" for my Android mobile. For instance: I listen to some music on my mobile and I want to connect my laptop as a ...
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Laptop Screen won't stay off when connecting to an external monitor

When at home I prefer to plug my laptop into an external monitor, attach an usb mouse and keyboard, and pretend I'm not working off of a laptop. Works great at first... However, my laptop monitor ...
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Can I adjust the minimum brightness for my laptop's LCD?

I'm running Ubuntu Gnome 15.04 on my Dell XPS 13 (9333, 2014 model). The LCD brightness can be controlled by the keyboard, and if possible I'd like to adjust the minimum value and/or adjust the ...
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Ubuntu 13.10: Broadcom 43142 not finding bluetooth devices

I have a Lenovo B590 laptop. The laptop is Ubuntu-certified for Ubuntu 12.04 64bit, so I wasn't expecting any problems. First I tried to get the Broadcom 43142 wifi/bluetooth module working on Ubuntu ...
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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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How can I enable microphone mute button on Thinkpad W520?

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04. I've read Enabling Mic Mute button and light on Lenovo Thinkpads but the acpi_listen doesn't produce any output in the terminal (for any of the media buttons, Even the working ...
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Why is Ubuntu so power-inefficient? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Battery drain on ubuntu is fast I'm currently getting 7–8 hours of battery life whilst using Windows, but I only get about 3 hours in Ubuntu? Why the big gap? Some ...
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How to enable GPU switching

How do I enable VGA switcheroo? Is there any way I can do it with a UI? I am setting it up for someone who is not at all CLI friendly. See the kernel module switcheroo if you don't know it yet. It's ...
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Laptop works fine with ac adapter, hangs after login screen using battery [closed]

I did an Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop Edition clean install (amd64 version) on a notebook Medion Akoya E1311. With AC adapter everything works fine, but using battery, it hangs after login screen. I can ...
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How to make ubuntu support touchpad scrolling?

I have a dell (inspiron n5110) laptop and manual book said that i can scroll using two fingers on the touch-pad and scroll up, down, left, and right it workd in windows but that didn't happen in ...
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Setup suspend-on-lid-close/Fn+F4 outside of KDE/Gnome?

On current Ubuntu (10.04) suspend-on-lid/FN + F4 only works if some powermanagement-applet of KDE/gnome is running. But what about suspend-to-lid if you are working on the console or using a ...
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Problem after close the lid of my laptop

I am using xubuntu and I upgraded from 13.10 to 14.04 today. Now, when I close my laptop and I reopen it it show the login screen (as normal). When I enter my credentials, it show a black screen. I ...
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how can I force the screen to stay at maximum brightness in a laptop running on battery?

I have a laptop with Intel integrated drivers running on battery and I would like to force the screen to remain in maximum brightness even when it's idle, for example, when reading a document without ...
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How do I get support for a DELL Ubuntu laptop?

Hopefully this experience will improve with DELL. I have a DELL M3800 Precision Workstation Laptop factory installed with Ubuntu. When calling into DELL technical support (1-800-999-3355), when I ...
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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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Keyboard not working on a Samsung 300e5a laptop

I tried to install Ubuntu 12.04 on a Samsung 300e5a laptop. The keyboard was not available during the installation, i don't know why, so i thought that it was just a glitch, and i used to virtual ...
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Where can I get Ubuntu Stickers

Where can I get Ubuntu inside or Powered by Ubuntu or any Ubuntu sticker for that matter to stick on my Laptops?
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Which is a normal temperature for a laptop?

I have a Samsung series 5 my temperature is around 77-80°c when i am playing, and 48-54 on normal use it laptop don't have a month and I am not sure if it is normal. Intel® Core™ i5-3210M CPU @ ...
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Is it normal for laptop fans to completely turn off (sometimes)

I have noticed significantly lower CPU temperatures on 11.04 as compared to 10.04 on my Dell Studio 15 laptop. And this is a really good thing. So good, that sometimes, my laptop fans completely turn ...
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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 ...
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How can I prevent anything from happening when I shut the lid of my laptop?

I have a laptop running 12.04 Server Edition, and I'd like to be able to shut the lid without anything happening. I need it to remain pingable and sshable and continue to run all of its daemons and ...
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remove disks or other media during installation

im trying to install 12.04 on my lenovo T60 via a usb stick. I downloaded the latest iso, loaded it on the usb stick after i formatted it and now im trying to boot from it to start the installer. ...
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How to make the brightness keys work on an HP Folio 13?

In my HP Folio 13 laptop with Ubuntu 13.04 the brightness control works with the slider in the system Brightness & Lock settings, but the brightness function keys don't. Also, the brightness level ...
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Update BIOS in Asus K55 laptop

I would like to update my laptop BIOS from ubuntu, cause I have no other OS in the machine. The problem is that Asus provide only a windows bios-update program: ...
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Why are most laptop wireless and dedicated graphics drivers are proprietary?

Why are most laptop wireless or dedicated graphics drivers proprietary? I have searched the Internet for this but I have found no answers.
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How to make the internal subwoofer work on an Asus G73JW?

I have an Asus G73JW laptop which has an internal subwoofer built-in. Currently, the system detects the internal speakers as a 2.0 system (or I can change do 4.0 is the only other option). I found a ...
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The battery indicator in Unity panel not showing up

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 with Wubi. Well after being completely dazzled with the amount of free content in the Software Centre, I decided to go deeper and start messing with settings. Well after ...
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Boot problems after upgrading to 11.04

After updating from Maverick to Natty (complete reinstalling, without saving personal information), i had issues with booting. I'll try to describe: First reboot after installation of Natty, system ...
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Ubuntu 15.04, pm-utils do not look into /etc/pm/power.d/ anymore, what instead?

Since upgrade from 14.10 to 15.04 my custom script which I used to setup proper thermal profile mode for my laptop ceased to work, which I believe is because pm-utils do not respond to AC/BAT ...
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Is laptop-mode-tools still relevant on 13.04?

Do they make some difference? I read in Ubuntu wiki that actually it has good power configuration management out of box.
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Ubuntu not is hibernating when lid is closed

I use Ubuntu 12.04 in my laptop. I'm trying to configure to hibernate when lid is closed. However, not is working. I did the following steps to solve the problem: I enable in ...
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Laptop on ubuntu-com logo

I want to ask one, maybe a little fun, question ) What laptop (model) is in the picture on the http://www.ubuntu.com/? I see that this is Acer, but what model? Does anybody know?
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Advice for a high-end Ubuntu-friendly laptop?

Since I figure the collective computer knowledge on these forums is pretty high, I was wondering if someone could give me advice for buying a new laptop. I'm looking for something with: -High linux ...
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Why does waking up from suspend take a long time?

Sometimes when I suspend my laptop it wakes up instantly, but other times it takes around 5 minutes to wake up - in any case way longer than a cold boot. While the laptop is waking up I can hear the ...
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Bluetooth hardware is not detected after and upgrade to Ubuntu 15.10

I used to have windows on the same laptop and Bluetooth worked fine, but after Ubuntu 15.10 installation, it doesn't recognize the hardware, what can I do to get the proper driver? This is my ...
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Graphic artefacts on the screen

I am running on a relatively old laptop, HP Compaq Presario CQ61 303sv, with relatively old hardware. Recently, the blurs and defects in the screenshot below started to appear in all the Ubuntu ...
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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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How do I stop Xubuntu 13.10 from suspending when I close lid?

I just upgraded to 13.10 and tried configuring at the Settings Manager, but it doesn't seem to work. So I tried configuring xfce4-power-manager/lid-action-on-ac and it didn't work eiter. Then, at ...
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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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display port not working for Dell XPS 14z

I am trying to hook up an external monitor to an XPS 14z on ubuntu 11.10. I realize it has an optimus card, but everything I can find says that the displayport is hooked up to the intel card, and HDMI ...
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Why is there no laptop certified under 64-bit?

Ubuntu has a hardware certification program (http://www.ubuntu.com/certification). If you search under Release 11.10 and laptop, you will find that all are certified under 32-bit and none under ...
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How to enable an extern keyboard using ps2 to usb adapter on a notebook?

I have a laptop (IBM T60) and I want to connect an extern keyboard to it. Because the keyboard is a ps2 keyboard I bought a ps2 to usb adapter and plugged the keyboard into the adapter and the adapter ...
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thinkfan control doesn't use the fan full potential when needed

I own a Thinkpad x201 and is overheating very fast because of the environmental temperature and eventually kills himself without notice (and it really grinds my gears). Outside there are 34 degrees C ...