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

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Files being destroyed without consent

My computer is an ASUS G7VW. While running windows7, my files started disappearing and being moved and even copied, without my consent. I did a full install of ubuntu 13.01 (it gave me the option to ...
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My laptop monitor does not turn on in KDE and I only have display when docked

I use Kubuntu 12.04 64 bit. Currently using the nvidia drivers for my Dell E6510. When the laptop is docked the two multiple monitors are working perfectly. When I restart when I am undocked the ...
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No battery status icon on Lenovo B570e

I am using Lenovo B570e with Ubuntu 13.10 and my desktop won't display the battery status icon. I have already tried to add the icon in the system settings, but that has not worked.
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Can I install Ubuntu 12.10 on an Acer Aspire laptop?

I just downloaded Ubuntu 12.10, and I want to install it on my Acer Aspire laptop. Here's my Acer specifications: Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor @ 1.86 GHz 2,5GB of RAM 500GB HDD Mobile Intel ...
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battery discharges in a strange way on Lenovo Ideapad Z500

I've a Lenovo ideapad Z500 laptop with Windows only energy management software (my battery stop charging at 60% for long lasting life). Setting the threshold from Windows, it remains also with Ubuntu ...
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Can someone help me with my Asus laptop? [on hold]

I have an Asus laptop. Dont know anything about them just know how to get on them. So i need some real help. Now i had Windows 8 on my laptop. Its a newer one. My friend wiped the whole computer ...
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Can't Connect To A Wifi on 13.10

So few days ago i got a new Laptop with Ubuntu 13.10 installed on it. It works fine when i connect with wired ethernet, it even sees the wi-fi just when i double click it, it tries to connect and then ...
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Lubuntu 13.10 - Laptop Loses wireless after sleep

I'm running Lubunu 13.10 on an hp G62 - I'm new to Lubuntu having used ubuntu previously, but I've made the switch as my laptop is now getting toward the lower end of acceptability, and I'm delighted ...
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Dell laptop display brightness problem

I am using Dell inspiron 15 and Ubuntu 13.04. I have hot keys on my keyboard to adjust display brightness and they work fine.But the problem is, as soon as I switch on the laptop the brightness is set ...
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A small problem at laptop-mode-tool

vas@LenovoZ580:~$ sudo laptop_mode [sudo] password for vas: Laptop mode enabled, not active [unchanged] What Does it mean? I had TLP and have removed it and the problem wasn't solved. What I can ...
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Disable laptop monitor when there is an external monitor

How can I configure Xorg so that when a certain external monitor is attached to my laptop via HDMI, that external monitor becomes the main monitor and the laptop monitor is switched off? Obviously I ...
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14.04 Screen Freeze [closed]

This has happened twice now, and when it gets this way it it so wrapped around the axle I have to power off and reboot. It fails when I try to ctl-alt-del - something about can't find folder/file. I ...
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NEC Laptop fan always running

I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my netbook(Dual Boot with Win XP). It is mostly running fine, however, I have one problem. The fan seems to be constantly running at high speed, even if I am not ...
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Ubuntu won't start unless laptop is plugged in. This has happened on 2 different laptops

So, I've been using Ubuntu on an off again for a few years, and I decided to permanently install it on a spare laptop that was gathering dust. It worked fine, but I did notice one little quirk, that ...
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usb to serial - what comport?

I have a usb to serial adapter because my IBM Thinkpad T41 has no built-in serial port. It works OK as COM3 in Win xp, but not in ubuntu 10. How can I find what port it is emulating?
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Ubuntu 12.04 - Keeping dolphin open hogs CPU by kdeinit

I use Ubuntu 12.04 on a Dell inspiron laptop. If I open and keep a dolphin open, one of my cores is used 100% and this quickly leads to high temperatures. When I use htop and see what is hogging the ...
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How to boost volume in lubuntu 11.04 on laptop

The audacious audio player volume is fine, but when I try to watch videos on youtube the volume is far too low. Is there a way to boost the overall sound? THank you for your time.
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Wifi not working on Acer Aspire 5570Z

The Ethernet works but the wifi does not. I have updated everything and it had no help. And I know that it works because less then 24 hours ago it had windows vista on it and would work. I am running ...
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Can I turn off the power LED in my netbook?

I have a netbook LG x110 and I'd like to turn off the light of its LED power button, because his light bothers me in the night: Is this possible? Thanks in advance!
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Do Dell Laptop Touch Screen Monitors Work with Ubuntu 12.04/12.10?

I'm about to buy a Dell Precision m6700 that I plan on dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 (or 12.10, feel free to comment) and I'm wondering if I should get the touch screen monitor designed for ...
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Does Ubuntu work on the 2013 Dell XPS 15 (9530)? [closed]

What hardware components work, and what doesn't work?
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XBMC and Power Saving

I have set up my XBMC system on my ASUS X401A laptop. I am now getting towards the stage where most of my film collection is on an external hard drive and as such I will be putting it closed on a ...
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MSI FX600 003US Ubuntu 12.04LTS Camera

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04LTS in my MSI FX600 003US laptop and the OS seems to be unable to detect the device itself. I'm not really familiar with Ubuntu so I might need some guidance in here in ...
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Thinkpad X1 Carbon won't suspend after upgrade to 13.10

I upgraded to 13.10 and have since had problems with suspend when I close the laptop lid. Prior to the upgrade, if you closed the lid it suspended the computer and all was well. After the upgrade ...
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Suspend/wakeup takes too long

Xubuntu Sacucy on a Dell laptop with Xscreensaver takes too long to go to standby or wake up (around 10-20 seconds) after the lid is opened or closed. Wasn't like that at the beginning. Is there any ...
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Computer won't shutdown?

I just installed xubuntu 13.10 on a Gateway mx3216 laptop. Amongst other problems I'm facing (wifi, graphics, etc), the machine wont shutdown. It goes to the blue Xubuntu screen and just thinks. Any ...
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Keep keyboard from waking laptop?

I have an Ideapad Y400 running Ubuntu 13.10. I have been having a problem where, while I am carrying the laptop, the screen will push one of the keys and wake the laptop up. Is there any way to: ...
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Touchpad scroll not working on HP Pavilion dm3 laptop

I have an HP Pavilion dm3 laptop running Ubuntu 11.10. My touchpad works perfectly fine, but with one exception, the scrolling does not work. Does anybody out there know of any sure-fire fix that ...
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Laptop fans go wild after waking from suspend 13.10

When my laptop wakes up from suspend the fans start running at 100%. I've look around all over the place but I can't find an answer. Only a reboot fixes the problem. It is a HP ProBook 4510s I've ...
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Dell Inspiron N5010 Bluetooth doesn't work

I have problem with bluetooth on my laptop. I will be grateful for any advice. cat /etc/lsb-release; uname -a DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu DISTRIB_RELEASE=13.10 DISTRIB_CODENAME=saucy ...
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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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Changing Brightness Xubuntu [13.10]

I cannot change the screen brightness on Xubuntu 13.10. I am running a Toshiba Satellite Laptop, using the proprietary fglrx AMD drivers, and have tried the acpi_vender etc. kernel parameters (do not ...
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Laptop screen blank when I connect an external monitor (which works)

I have connected an external monitor to my laptop via VGA. However I can't get both working at the same time. What I wanted was for the external monitor to be a continuation of my laptop, however when ...
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Laptop battery capacity reduced to 85%

I have a Dell Inspiron 5521 and have Ubuntu 13.10 on it. I noticed that my battery capacity reduced to 85.2%. Is there a solution for this? Thanks, Leo.
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How can I limit battery charging to 80% capacity?

I just learned that some Lenovo laptops include a utility that offers to limit battery charging capacity to within 0–80% in order to slow the attenuation of the battery lifespan: How can I do this ...
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Turn off Graphics card and HDMI output Ubuntu Server

I have an old laptop which I am turning into a server. Its graphics card is a Mobility Radeon. I am trying to turn off the card as well as the HDMI, VGA outputs. I narrowed the name of the PCI device ...
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Laptop shuts down immediately upon starting game from Steam

I have just reformatted Ubuntu, and have updated the drivers. Games from Steam crash and the computer shuts down immediately upon loading or starting the game. This happens both on Windows 7 and ...
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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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no back light on my acer aspire 5734z

I installed Ubuntu (12.04) on my acer aspire 5734z and the back light stopped working. I have tried the fix by editing the grub file posted on here a couple of days ago but that hasn't fixed it. I ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy false low battery warning

When I unplug my charger from the computer, about 80% of the time, I get a low battery warning saying my computer is about to suspend (when I'm fully charged with a brand new battery. Clearly the easy ...
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I'm a total noob and need to know if Ubuntu will work properly in my laptop [duplicate]

So, as the title says: I'm not very tech savvy, but I tried Ubuntu and loved it! The thing is: I don't know if my laptop can handle Ubuntu or if I need to do something special to make it work ...
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How-to stop computer locking when lid closes?

Here are my power settings: How do I stop the computer locking when I close the lid?
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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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How can I stop my Dell Inspiron laptop from dimming the screen when I plug in the AC adapter?

I'm using a Dell Inspiron N5110 laptop with Ubuntu 13 and I find that every time I plug the power in to charge, the screen brightness dims. If I go into the brightness settings window the brightness ...
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Lenovo IdeaPad Linux compatibility

Does anybody know if the Lenovo IdeaPad V570-1066AJU Laptop is Ubuntu compatible? It has terrific specs (i5, 6GB, 750GB hd, HDMI and good-looking screen) for the 600$ price, but I want to make sure ...
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Wifi speed drop when pulling out charger

I can surf the web when I am charging my laptop ,but when i pull my charger out to run on battery power, it looks like the internet speed drop to 0kb/s. I tried to turn acpi=off in grub.cfg this ...
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Facebook only wont load on ubuntu 13.10

Facebook is the only page that wont load properly on my laptop. It just loads the basic text version . No matter what internet connection or browser I use the problem still exists. And even booting a ...
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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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Keyboard doesn't work after waking Ubuntu from suspend, wakes automatically after opening lid

I have Ubuntu 13.10 installed on Toshiba P55-A5200. The keyboard doesn't work after waking it up from suspend, so I have to restart it. Also, whenever I open the lid it wakes up without me pressing ...
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Why do no wireless networks appear when I use Ubuntu or Kali Linux live CD on my Laptop's Windows 8 Qualcomm Atheros AR8162 driver?

My Toshiba C-55 A5286 laptop detects WiFi networks fine on Windows, but when I boot up a Kali Linux or Ubuntu 13.04 live cd, my Toshiba's Atheros Wifi doesn't detect any WiFi networks. My terminal ...