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New-installed debian system hangs on boot (probably a hardware issue, likely USB, maybe Ethernet?)

I recently migrated an entire system from Crunchbang 11 to vanilla Debian 8.1 (in the cleanest way possible --- backed it all up, blew away the old install, reinstalled the old /home and /usr/local, ...
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Switching to Linux permanently [closed]

I have searched through the forum for similar answers but I had no success in finding a satisfactory one. Windows and I had a fight last night and I decided to break up with 'it'. :)) Therefore I ...
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PCIe card and x8/x16 lanes [migrated]

I have a card that says it is PCIe x8 card (which means 8 lanes, if I'm not mistaken). Can it be physically plugged in a slot x16? Will it work, assuming drivers/OS support ? The motherboard is ASUS ...
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Fresh install Debian Jessie over existing Debian Wheezy on laptop

I am very new to Linux and any sort of communities for that matter so if I'm posting to the wrong place please let me know. I was hoping I could find a solution to my "problem". I installed Debian ...
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How verify server's hardware before install it into data center? [closed]

could anybody help to understand me how is it possible verify and validate server's hardware configuration that I'm going to install into datacenter? The problem is that the customer bought noname ...
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How to check firmware version in solaris?

I have searched in /usr/platform/sun4u/sbin path. But not sure how to get the firmware version.
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X server error due to possible hardware issue?

I am running Linux Mint 17, and have encountered an X server error that prevented the OS from booting, similar to the error described here. Typically, such an error suggests a problem with the ...
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SSD installed, but shows as HDD in command output

Strange issue here. I have a 480GB SSD drive installed in this server. I installed it myself. I see it, it's there. But, I'm getting an incorrect output on a typically used command to determine if ...
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Intel 6300 wireless card won't work on CentOS 7 - worked during install though!

I installed centos 7 on a laptop with an intel 6300 wireless card in it. During the install, the wireless card was available and I was able to connect to my lan. After the install, I don't see the ...
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Enable virtualization with gigabyte ud3 990fx

I'm trying to get the virtualization running : I have the following settings: Mainboard: gigabyte ud3 990fx CPU: fx-9590 Kernel: 3.11.0-12-generic Linux Mint 17 In the bios both svm as well as ...
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How to setup “Creative Sound Core 3D” on Debian Jessie correctly?

I justed installed Debian Jessie and was happy to see (or hear) that my Creative Sound Core 3D (as onboard chip on my Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming 7 WIFI mainboard) worked out of the box when trying to play ...
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Linux Mint keyboard and mouse take a long time to work after boot

I turn my computer on, select my linux harddrive, and then I end up at the Linux mint encryption password area. I have to wait about 1 minute just for my keyboard and mouse to actually light up and ...
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why do some network cards need to load external firmware?

I have read this question/answer, but I still do not understand why some network cards work perfectly well without any additional firmware, whereas others need to load firmware to work. As a specific ...
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Set NetworkManager to ignore rfkill

My notebook does not have a hardware button to disable wireless. But NetworkManager and rfkill see wireless as hard blocked. Wicd and iwconfig works well. Is there any way to disable hard block check ...
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Log and plot temperature-time curve over given time intervall

How can I log and plot a graph of all available hardware temperatures (CPU, SSD, etc). CPU load over a given time (say a day or a week) in linux? The CPU is i7 haswell if this matters, I have ...
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Wireless LED indicator issue

The question itself: is there any way to make this indicator be turned ON and OFF depending on wireless status (not just blink when there is wireless activity)? After having installed Linux, I saw ...
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What does mt -f /dev/st0 erase do exactly on a tape drive?

What does mt -f /dev/st0 erase do exactly with a (LTO-6) tape drive at /dev/st0? It takes hours and seems to write many times. Does it write random data on the tape several times to delete the ...
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Linking two hardware serial ports

I have two micro-controllers which are connected to my computer(ubuntu 12.04) through serial-USB cables. One of the controllers (ttyUSB0) is programmed such that it sends data serially and another ...
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Prevent encrypted partition from running on other PC

Concise question: Is it possible to somehow bind partition encryption to hardware so it is impossible(very hard) to copy system to another PC and run there? Full story: We have a small embedded PC ...
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Installing an unauthorized wifi card in a Lenovo thinkpad edge 14

I took out a my Intel dual band Wireless AC 7260 card model number 7260HMW from another laptop. I wanted to install it in my thinkpad. Upon doing so and rebooting, the computer said unauthorized wifi ...
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Retrieve device manufacturer without sudo

I need to retrieve the manufacturer model of a linux device (laptop or desktop). I saw that you could use dmidecode | grep -A3 '^System Information' but it needs admin rights. There is any way to do ...
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Check for hardware damage (GPU)

I need to check for damage to my graphics card. I suspect I have done damage to my gpu through overclocking. Now, whenever I do anything graphically intensive my screen will flash various colours and ...
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How to get the Adaptec 1200A to work under Linux at UDMA/100 (instead of 66)

A while ago, I got myself a used Adaptec 1200A controller card to keep my onboard slots free for easier connect/disconnect of drives and now I am wondering why this card will only operate at UDMA 66. ...
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How can I get the Bluetooth working on my Lenovo Yoga 3?

I have a Lenovo Yoga 3 that apparently has a new Broadcom Bluetooth device. The bluetooth is detected at boot and when I try to pair a something in gnome, I can see a list of devices but none of them ...
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HW RAID10 without TRIM support with SSD

Recently we purchased new server for Database with 1TB x 4 SSD in Hardware RAID 10, but my Hardward RAID doesn't support TRIM so you think it is going to be big deal? Is there anyway i can do ...
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how to choose appropriate linux hardware - poor graphics performance

I can't believe I am asking this question here myself. Apologies if this is not the right place for this question. I've been using linux since 1996, SuSE version 4.1... And yet I am still not able ...
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searching for hardware via lspci

I just bought Lenovo ThinkPad X201 t. I have installed Debian Jessie (testing). I was able to make working all of its hardware, but with one exception. And that is mobile broadband modem. I have ...
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shell command to know computer manufacturing date [closed]

as object, I would like to know when a computer was built and also last OS installation date
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Understanding “Hardware error from APEI Generic Hardware Error Source” error message

Summary: I'm trying to understand exactly what the following error message means: [17016.923750] {4}[Hardware Error]: Hardware error from APEI Generic Hardware Error Source: 1 [17016.923758] ...
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How can I make the pairing of the 'ltunify' program permanent?

I have used the ltunify pairing tool for Logitech Unifying Receiver, written by Lekensteyn, on my Logitech M510 mouse and K350 keyboard, which works perfectly. However, when I reboot, these changes ...
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Bluetooth Dongle Connection refused .

I have a bluetooth dongle (something that costs around $2) from which I want to send serial data to my android phone. i have installed : sudo apt-get install bluetooth bluez-utils blueman on ...
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Lightest hardware accelerated desktop system

I need a list of lightweight desktop environment that uses hardware acceleration either natively or from being on top of another library like Xlib, GTK+, etc. What I'm actually looking for is a ...
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DirectFB does not write to /dev/fb0, embedded device

I am developing a Linux based port for a custom board based off the Atmel at91sam9261-ek demo board. Processor core is arm926ej-s LCD (board customization) is VGA, 640x480, 24 bit packed true color. ...
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install just goes to a blank or black screen

ViciBox is built with OpenSuSE v.13.1 64-bit, while the current version looks to be 13.2, not 13.1. This is the only reason I can find to explain why this distro fails to install onto this particular ...
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Should I install the AMD/Intel microcode packages when running Debian?

Should I install the AMD/Intel microcode packages when running Debian? What exactly do they do, and when should/shouldn't I install them? Why are they in non-free?
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hardware accelerated window manager

i got a hand me down lenovo thinkpad and i was pleased that it was still comparatively fast as it was running windows 7 very smoothly... but since i switched to CrunchBang (i'd like to think i'm ...
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SSD dedicated to swap-only fails on Debian or Ubuntu

It did not happen to me yet, but if I dedicate a single SSD (non-RAID) to swap-ONLY and the server system is using it to full capacity - what happens next? How am I to recover, assuming I have an ...
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Random system Freezes on two different machines in the same room

I am at my wits end and looking for suggestions. I have been encountering a problem with 2 desktop workstations in my home office. This problem began on an old dell machine, and when I finally gave up ...
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What is the difference between HAL and udev?

As far as I understand, if I have 3 different network cards, then HAL will cal each of them eth0, eth1 and eth irrespective of their brands, manufacturerers etc. But it seems to me that udev precisely ...
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Right clicks not detected after burst of right-clicks

I am having a problem with right-clicks going undetected when I do a "burst" of right clicks (e.g. 2 or more per second for a short duration). This is really annoying when playing DotA2 which requires ...
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How to prevent automatic external hard-drive unmount

I am running some simulations in Matlab on a Linux machine (running Debian Gnome v3.4.2). All the scripts and heavy .mat files are in an external 1TB Toshiba hard-drive connected through USB 3.0 to ...
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How to enable second SIM slot in ALIX6F2 and how to switch 3G to it from the 1st one?

I am trying to enable the SIM slot under the RF card but with no success whatsoever. I'm using Voyage 0.8 (a stripped off Debian distribution) as an operating system. A bit of searching landed me to ...
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is this a keyboard hardware limitation?

I have remapped Caps_Lock to Ctrl_L on an ancient mechanical keyboard. It is still impossible to use the caps lock key to produce key combinations like C-e. xev shows the following sequences are ...
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How to diagnose CPU performance problems?

Recently I bought a new netbook based on AMD A4-1200 CPU and installed Linux Mint 17 with XFCE. RAM is 4GB So, testing some of my programs, I found very strange behavior. On random intervals, the ...
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Debian Squeeze: TCP/ICMP stops working suddenly (R8169 Driver)

we suddenly see our NETWORKING stops (TCP/UDP/ICMP) in our client system. tcp: We tried reaching our server every 5 seconds.But , there was no connection establishment TCPDUMP REF: ...
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Do different distros (but same kernel ver) have same hardware support

As far as I know the device drivers are located in the Linux kernel. For example let's say a GNU/Linux distro A has the same kernel version as a GNU/Linux distro B. Does that mean that they have the ...
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Is there any way to know the size of L1, L2, L3 cache and RAM in ubuntu?

Is there any way to know the size of L1, L2, L3 caches and RAM in Ubuntu?
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MCE error: MCA: Internal parity error

I have an unstable machine running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS which passes 9 hours of memtest86. I get these: Hardware event. This is not a software error. MCE 0 CPU 1 BANK 0 TIME 1414735539 Fri Oct 31 ...
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Oculus Rift on Linux

Sorry if this isn't the right place for this question. I do realize this is a somewhat experimental piece of hardware. Still, it would be nice to see how much progress can be made here. I'm running ...
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How to find out if F20 (Linux) is reaping the maximum benefit from my hardware

I have a new laptop HP Pavilion x360 and I wiped out the windows 8 and replaced it with Fedora 20. My question is if there is a way for me to find out if my display driver can be improved or if any ...