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

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Thinkpad T530 with Optimus and Docking Station

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T530 with Optimus video, which is not supported on 12.04.1. I don't normally need the discrete (nVidia) graphics, so I turn it off in the BIOS settings to achieve longer ...
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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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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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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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How can I change audio output to HDMI from command line?

Backstory This thread suggests pacmd list-sinks and switching to a different sink with pacmd set-default-sink "SINKNAME", but my laptop only appears to have 1 sink, so that didn't help me. This ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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laptop (thinkpad x201t) with i7 overheats and shuts down. how to manage turbo boost?

i have lenovo thinkpad x201 tablet with ubuntu 11.04. when i run mathematica or stress, the laptop overheats and shuts down. i loose all my work. I would think that turbo boost (for intel i7) turns ...
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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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“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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Getting MSI GT70 GT60 ONC LEDs on SteelSeries keyboard working?

I have an MSI GT70 ONC laptop. The laptop comes with steelseries keyboard that has LEDs in the keys. On windows 7 I can use change the LEDs to light up any colour. I would like to know how to find ...
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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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Battery time decreased on an HP ProBook 4530s

I have HP ProBook 4530s. In Windows 7 after installing all HP drivers the 6-Cell battery works perfectly for 2+ hours but in Ubuntu 11.10 and now in 12.04 the battery time is not sufficient. It works ...
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12.04 runs my CPU up to 99%

12.04 runs my CPU up to 99% and then lags to the point of having to shut down the laptop to restart it manually.Why is my CPU running so high and what can I do to fix it?
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Dell Studio 1737 Overheating

I am using a Dell Studio 1737 laptop. I have been running Linux and have ran Windows recently for a very long time. I upgraded to the 10.10 distribution and since that distro, it seems that for some ...
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Acer touchpad multitouch not working

I tried to get my Acer laptop's touchpad working properly. I installed driver package (psmouse-alps-dkms_0.10_all) which made the side scrolling working. However, the touchpad supports multitouch ...
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Does the Thinkpad X41 Touchscreen work with Ubuntu?

I was just wondering if laptop touch screens, such as the one on the ThinkPad X41 were compatible with Ubuntu. I have my new stylus coming in the mail, so I can't see for myself yet.
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Hybrid graphics Intel/Radeon HD 6630M

I bought a Dell Vostro 3450 with hybrid GPU and I don't know how to configure properly, I think the fan is running at full speed, also I'm really new in this OS, so I would appreciate all the help you ...
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“panic occurred switching back to text console”

I installed Ubuntu on a HP Mini 210, and everything was fine. However, after using the laptop for a while I got the error: panic occurred switching back to text console What could be the reason ...
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Why Does Unity lag Often That I have To Manually Shutdown/Restart my Core i3 Laptop?

I did a fresh install of Ubuntu then do did some upgrades. After my next restart when I try to open Ubuntu Software Center it took about 20 seconds for the window to load then 10 more seconds before ...
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How to set which monitor the menu bar appears on?

I'm running on a tiny netbook attached to a 22" monitor. When I'm using it without the monitor it makes sense to have the menu bar on the laptop monitor but when I have the big monitor plugged in I ...
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How to get back the brightness-notification when changing brightness via hotkeys?

Some Ubuntu-versions ago, there was a Popup that showed up while changing the brightness on my Asus V6V with FN+Key. It has been gone since (I guess) 9.04. When changing the Audio-Volume, I still have ...
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Fix for blinking Nvidia GTX 460m?

I have an Asus G73-JW Laptop and on official drivers, it will blink every time that the Powermizer will change the speed of the card. The only workaround I have found so far is to set it to maximum ...
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How do I fix an internal laptop monitor showing up as unknown connection?

I'm new to Linux and Ubuntu and trying it out but installing 10.10 via Wubi on to my old Samsung V25 laptop. For the larger part, the system seems to be working fine, apart from one key point, its ...
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Modify Monitor Color Profiles / Settings

I can't seem to find this anywhere but every other OS has this... How can I just modify the color settings on my monitor, e.g. white balance, gamma, etc? Also, just in case, i'm on a Lenovo ...
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Laptop power saving or management in Ubuntu 14.04

Is there any sort of installation that can be added to provide power options for when I am running on battery? I wouldn't want to always be on power savings, so I would hope I could switch between Eco ...
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Will Windows 8 removal and secure boot disable cause no problem in using Ubuntu?

I heard that recent laptop computer with Windows 8 operating system enables secure boot which can cause problem while installing or using Ubuntu, and worrying because I have a plan to buy laptop with ...
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Why does Ubuntu think that my iMac is a laptop?

I recently installed Ubuntu 13.04 on my late-2010 iMac. I am dual-booting OS X 10.8.3 and Ubuntu. For some reason, Ubuntu thinks that my system is a laptop. Under the "Displays" settings, it only says ...
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Remaining time for laptop battery in system tray with xfce4-power-manager?

I'm using xubuntu on my laptop, and I wonder if there's a way to have the remaining time of my battery displayed in the system tray with the xfce power manager? It tells me how much time I got left ...