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Surface laptop 2 Sound issue on ubuntu

I have installed Ubuntu on my SL2, and everything is working except my audio. When I connect my headphones with the headphone jack. The headphones are detected, but it comes from the Sl2 speakers ...
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How can i access grub with windows 11 on my surface go 2?

i installed ubuntu 18.04 on a micro SD Card in the back of my surface Go 2. The installation was sucessful, but i can´t boot in ubuntu 18.04. I tried to change the boot order in the BIOS with no ...
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Anker USB-C to HDMI dongle 4k@60hz

I bought an Anker USB-C to HDMI dongle that supports 4k@60hz. However I have only been ever able to coax 4k@30hz out of it from my Surface Laptop 3, both from the onboard USB-C port as well as either ...
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Turn off screen Ubuntu Server on Surface Pro 4

I am running Ubuntu Server 22.04 on a Surface Pro 4 and I would like to turn off the screen after the server boots (or reboots). Currently, the only way I can do this is by running the command setterm ...
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Bad Audio on Surface 3 with Xubuntu and linux-surface kernel

I'm experiencing some bad audio issues on my Surface 3 device running Xubuntu with linux-surface kernel. After the installation of the O.S. I found that I couldn't hear no sound. Issuing alsamixer I ...
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Install Surface Kernel on Try Ubuntu USB

I want to install Ubuntu on my Surface Pro 4, but I'm concerned. I've created a bootable USB with Ubuntu 21.10 and can successfully boot and explore the OS. It looks really good...BUT some of the ...
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How do I change touchpad scroll speed?

I just installed Ubuntu on my Surface Laptop 3, and the first thing I noticed is that the scroll speed is incredibly fast. To change this, I tried many things, most of which didn't work. When I tried ...
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Grub only boots second Linux partition (UEFI) from firmware

Here's my somewhat strange multi-boot config: Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 4 (no secure boot) Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on /dev/nvme0n1p5 partition Lubuntu 21.10 on /dev/sda2 (SD card in built-in slot seen as /...
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Internal cameras not detected

I recently installed Ubuntu (20.04) on my Surface pro (2017). I had to install this kernel thing to stabilize some stuff that's probably unrelated to the camera issue and followed this guide to even ...
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Error "401 Unauthorized" with apt install on Surface Book 2

I’m trying to set up my Surface Book 2 using Ubuntu 20.04. I first used following commands: wget -qO - https://raw.githubusercontent.com/linux-surface/linux-surface/master/pkg/keys/surface.asc | gpg --...
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Want to make a custom Ubuntu bootable USB with a specific kernel

I have a Surface Pro 4 and want to try Ubuntu on it. I made a bootable USB using the website's instructions, and tried it on my Surface but I couldn't get the touchscreen or WiFi working, two things I ...
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Grub doesn't recognize linux-surface kernel

I have a Surface Pro 6 with Ubuntu Studio (low-latency kernel) installed. $ uname -a Linux ctrl 5.11.0-38-lowlatency #42~20.04.1-Ubuntu SMP PREEMPT Tue Sep 28 21:54:36 UTC 2021 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 ...
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Tearing issues Intel Iris plus surface laptop 3

I have a big tearing problem on my screen, even when using an external display I'm using a Surface Laptop 3 with the surface kernel from this github (the latest one) I have tried this method who didn'...
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howto patch a surface lapotop kernel

I found that my system needs at least 2 patch for making it works with no errors, so ive found this howto for installed patches and all seems clear: How to apply patch from git.kernel? The note that i ...
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amd Surface 4 not boot with20.04 lts

I have this laptop, and installing 20.04 lts give me a system almost impossible to use. Then I have found: https://github.com/linux-surface/linux-surface/ And after it almost works, but the boot is ...
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Surface laptop 3 + ubuntu 21 keyboard and touchpad not working

I was installing the latest version of ubuntu and since the installation the Keyboard and touchpad are not working, I had to used and external device to continue, but now that its installed and ...
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My xubuntu partition of my surface go dual boot boots into command line

I have Windows 10 and Xubuntu linux installed on my surface go. I also use rEFInd boot manager. After some time (days, weeks, etc), my Xubuntu partition stops loading its GUI. I'll just boot into ...
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Keyboard, wifi, graphics card and trackpad not working in Microsoft Surface Book 3

I bought a Microsoft Surface Book 3 and tried to install Ubuntu, but the keyboard, wifi, graphics card and trackpad didn't work. I tried to install the custom kernel for Surface but it didn't help. ...
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Ubuntu-desktop not running on boot

I am sorry that the info will be vague at the start. But I don't know what to give, so sorry for that. I started my laptop and now it is not booting into the GUI. I can do Ctrl+Alt+F2, the terminal ...
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Ubuntu 20.04 cannot detect the battery in Surface pro 6 laptop

I installed Ubuntu 20.04 (kernel 5.10) on my surface pro 6. Everything works with no issue except the Battery status/percentage is not detected (I already have played with the 'tweaks' battery ...
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Surface Go Trackpad reset after reattaching

Im using Ubuntu 20.10 on my Surface Go (Also tried POP!_OS by System76 based on Ubuntu) but I've got a issue that bugs me: When I detach the typecover and then reattach it, the trackpad gets reset. It ...
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About installing new desktop environment on Ubuntu

I am a new user of Linux. I recently install surface linux kernel following this so that i can use touchscreen on my surface pro. Now i want to try a new desktop environment (maybe KDE) on it. So here ...
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Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS CPU1 always at 80% no matter what

I'm a completely new user. I installed Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS on my Surface Book 2 and I've been having a couple of problems. The most annoying one is that it is extremely slow. CPU 1 is AT LEAST at 80% ...
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Boot from micro SD card in Surface 3

Is there a way to make Surface 3 device boot from the micro-SD port? I recently installed Ubuntu 20.04 on a micro SD card (128GB). I carried out the installation process on a Microsoft Surface 3, with ...
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How can I get update-grub to recognize linux-surface kernel

I have a Surface Pro 4. The linux surface kernel (github) provides better hardware support than the stock kernels, but unfortunately, update-grub doesn't recognize it. I am able to put an entry in /...
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Surface Laptop 2 Keyboard

I installed Ubuntu on my surface laptop2. I am able to boot into the system. The touch pad works, but the keyboard doesn't. I am able to attach a USB keyboard and that works. I followed instructions ...
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How can i fix keyboard and trackpad on my Surface Laptop 3?

I don't know if this is the right place to ask this question, but i have some problems with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on my Surface Laptop 3. In the GRUB all works but ,when the OS starts, the keyboard, the ...
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Surface pen keeps jumping to the same spot while drawing but not with a finger or the eraser end

I'm using a Surface 3 with a Surface pen (the newest one) to try and draw in Krita. The problem is it believes the pen keeps jumping to the top: I suspected it was just a problem with the touchscreen,...
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Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (Core i7) Ubuntu compatibility?

I know a few threads were opened regarding this question a while ago and was wondering if anything changed since then? Especially after the release of 20.04? What works/is supported and what doesn't? ...
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Surface Go will not boot from USB

I have a 128GB Microsoft Surface Go (the non-LTE version) running Ubuntu 19.10 ("Eoan Ermine"), and I am trying to "clean" install Ubuntu 20.04 LTS ("Focal Fossa")... But I have not yet been able to ...
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How do I disable filesystem checking on boot in 20.04?

Whenever I boot Ubuntu 20.04 on my computer, I get a message saying "Press Ctrl+C to cancel all filesystem checks in progress." is there any way to stop auto disk checking? This happens with and ...
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CPU1 80-90% After Installing Ubunto on Microsoft Surface Book 2

I'm a new linux user. Searching for solutions I found this is a kworker problem, however I couldn't find a solution that I understood and could implement well or actually worked. I spent all morning ...
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Ubuntu won't start from USB surface pro 6

I have downloaded Ubuntu and used Rufus to load this ISO and create a bootable USB drive. Everytime I go to reboot my computer in USB mode--ubuntu will not run. It keeps defaulting to Windows 10. I ...
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installing ubuntu 18.04 on Microsoft surface pro 5

I have prepared the bootable USB disk with Rufus and Disabled the secure boot (Secure Boot Certificate keyset is selected None). However, when I restart the laptop a page name BitLocker (recovery key) ...
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Ubuntu 18.04.4 VM running on Surface Pro 7 through Oracle Virtual Box Type Cover Keyboard not working

I'm trying to run Ubuntu 18.04.4 as a VM through Oracle VirtualBox on my Surface Pro 7. Virtual Box installed fine and Ubuntu installs fine up to when you have to enter account info to finish setup. ...
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Ubuntu on Microsoft Surface Book 2, the battery percentage doesn't work

I have just installed Ubuntu on my laptop but I can't see the battery percentage. How could I see it?
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Surface laptop keyboard not working [duplicate]

Is there any update on if there is a fix to get the keyboard working. I have tried installing the latest kernel.
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No option to install Ubuntu alongside Windows on Surface 2017

I'm not seeing an option to install Ubuntu alongside Windows on my Surface 2017. I made a bootable 16GB (14.7GB) USB drive with Ubuntu 18.04 using Rufus. I have done the following: Turned off Secure ...
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Grub screen remains at "Minimal BASH like line editing is supported" after installing Ubuntu on Surface Pro 4

I know there are a bunch of questions similar to mine, but I don't know what went wrong and how to fix it :( Now, some back story. I have managed once to install Ubuntu with my Surface Pro 4 on an ...
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Surface Pro 18.04 dosn't suspend to memory

Somehow I can't manage so suspend my Surface. I tried this steps in monty47's answer to Ubuntu 18.04 - Dell XPS13 9370 no longer suspends on lid close: cat /sys/power/mem_sleep [s2idle] Any attempt ...
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Can't install Ubuntu on Surface Pro 4 after latest Windows updates

i'd been running ubuntu 19.10 (and 19.04) on my Surface Pro 4 since January. Recently I started having wifi problems (not finding my wlan adapter at all) so i thought i'd reinstall fresh 19.10. Now I'...
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Cannot install Ubuntu 18.04 on Microsoft Surface Pro 7

The installation USB launches, but stops with the following screen: "hw perf events fixed 4 > max(3), clipping!" I read somewhere, this is Linux's issue with the Intel Gen 10th. Ubuntu 19.10 and ...
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Ubuntu 18.04 and 19.04 very slow on surface

I have recently installed ubuntu on Surfacebook 2 (1793). The laptop comes with Geforce GTX 1060 Mobile, an intel uhd620, 16gb of rams and 512 gb ssd. After I install cuda and nvidia toolkits, the ...
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Keyboard and touch screen not working at all on MS Surface laptop

I've just downloaded Ubuntu 18.04 on a flash drive and have gone to install it alongside Windows but my keyboard is not responsive at all. Every time I try to type something in it doesn't work and my ...
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Jakeday Kernel invokes the grub menu at startup

I am Linux beginner using SP3 with Ubuntu 18.04 and I tried installing the Jakeday kernel and it shows the grub menu each time on startup. This also happened when I wasn running 19.04. I followed ...
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bashrc volume changes do not always work

I've just installed Ubuntu on my SP3 and I have no regrets. I just have a few problems that I'd like to fix. My problem is with the volume and I made the following changes to my bashrc file based on ...
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Changes to wifi-powersave does not always work

I am an Ubuntu newbie. I've just installed 18.04 on my Surface Pro 3 and I have no regrets. But that doesn't mean I'm not running into issues. I had a problem with the wifi's poor connection, slow ...
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Updated to Ubuntu 19 and now wifi keeps disconnecting

I have a surface book 2 with Jakeday kernel which i have signed. I updated to Ubuntu 19 the other day and now the wifi disconnects, it still says the ssid but the icon is with a "?" instead of signal ...
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ubuntu losing time with no Inetrnet

Ubuntu 16.04, i5-Surface Pro-2. Hi, I have an older Surface Pro-2 that dual boots Ubuntu and win8.1. It runs 24/7 almost entirely Ubuntu and always on mains power. This thing never sees the Internet ...
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Unable to get my GTX1060 to work on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - help!

I have a Surface Book 2 with: i7-8565U 16 GB RAM Intel UHD 620 Graphics Nvidia GTX1060 Graphics I recently installed Ubuntu 16.04 for programming on ROS using Gazebo and RViz. I noticed that I was ...
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