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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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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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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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What determines whether an interrupt is IO-APIC-edge or IO-APIC-level?

Looking at the contents of /proc/interrupts on an x86 Linux, I see that some of the interrupts are IO-APIC-edge while others are IO-APIC-level. I wonder what determines the interrupt type, is it the ...
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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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“Northbridge Error (node 0): ECC Error in the Probe Filter directory”

I've received an e-mail from a user worried that the following errors on one of his servers is indicative of a serious problem. The trouble is, the errors below are all that I have to go on. I ...
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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 can I find the hardware model in Linux?

I used a system information utility to take the model number of a system, and also of the motherboard. DMI System Manufacturer LENOVO DMI System Product 2306CTO DMI System Version ...
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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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generate consistent machine unique ID

Can we generate a unique id for each PC, something like uuuidgen, but it will never change unless there are hardware changes? I was thinking about merging CPUID and MACADDR and hash them to generate ...
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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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How can I get this proprietary low-vision camera working in Linux?

I am a visually impaired Computer Science student, and use a special USB camera to zoom in on the board/projector during lectures. The camera only officially supports Windows, and I've been using it ...
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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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How do I find out what hard disks are in the system?

I need to know what hard disks are available, including ones that aren't mounted and possibly aren't formatted. I can't find them in dmesg or /var/log/messages (too much to scroll through). I'm hoping ...
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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 ...
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Get monitor make and model and other info in human readable form

I have extracted the shorthand version of the current monitor attached to the computer. Here is an example: vendor "VSC", prod id "18500" In Ubuntu's Monitor Preferences, it is identified as ...
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What does it mean when my wireless lan is “hard blocked”?

I am attempting to setup wifi on my beaglebone. root@beaglebone:~# rfkill list all 0: phy0: Wireless LAN Soft blocked: no Hard blocked: yes unblock does nothing: root@beaglebone:~# rfkill ...
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How to stop CPU fan in Linux?

I use an old computer. CPU fan creates big noise. Sometimes CPU fan suddenly stops and does not work for a long time, and CPU does not get heated in these long periods, because I use very light-weight ...
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email alerts when serious system errors occur

I was greping syslog on a server for errors and noticed these lines that had nothing to do with what I was looking for but was alerting enough: kernel: [8456851.218586] ata2.00: irq_stat 0x08000000, ...
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How to monitor RAM ECC errors on Ivy Bridge Xeon E3 processor in Linux?

How can I monitor if there are any errors in RAM that get corrected by ECC? The processor is an Intel Xeon (Ivy Bridge) processor, the operating system is Scientific Linux 6.3. On a previous system I ...
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Does the NICs have any kind of log?

Recently I had an issue with my server, my nagios couldn't ping it and lost connection with the NRPE daemon, in my host provider interface I could see the server was ACTIVE but either I couldn't ping ...
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How to use INSIGNIA USB bluetooth adapter on Debain (Kali Linux)?

I've just purchased a USB Bluetooth adapter for my computer the brand is Insignia and I was wondering if it's possible to use it on Debian (Kali Linux)? Ok I got it to recoginze the usb device by ...
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Are the major, minor number unique

Are the major, minor number Unique? Do we have any citations and reference to it? NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 465.8G 0 ├─sda1 8:1 0 298.2M 0 ├─sda2 8:2 0 ...
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How to test an ethernet card?

I have a USB->Ethernet card that may or may not be somehow broken. The problem is I don't really know how to test it. I have a normal Ethernet port as well, so I can hook a (already tested) cable from ...
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Hardware problems, can I reinstall OS?

I have managed to break physically break my internal screen on my laptop, I have a sony vio E17 which is connected to a external screen. Yes I have unplugged the internal screen. My main and root ...
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How to create a fingerprint of the hardware from a dedicated root server? [duplicate]

Recently our ubuntu root server has been replaced after some failures. Unfortunatelly we cannot confirm if it really has been replaced or just some parts. What is the best and most thorough way to ...
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Obtaining information about system hardware

If I want to accurately save information about the hardware I am using as a reference, what is the best way to do it? Are the contents of /proc/meminfo sufficient?
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Is there anyway to get the hardware information on a hardware RAID 1 while inside of the OS?

Is there any way to see the information on a hardware raid while still being in the OS? Things to note: I am remotely connected to this machine (so I cannot physically see the information of both ...
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Journal commit I/O error for Seagate Expansion external USB hard drive

I am using Debian 7.6 (amd64) and for some reason when I am trying to read or write to my Seagate Expansion 1TB external USB drive, I am getting input/output errors ... Here is what the output of ...
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Lenovo T440s Fingerprint reader in Fedora 20

I just got my new Lenovo T440s and installed Fedora 20 with Gnome 3 on it. Everything runs smoothly, except for the fingerprint reader. Its got a Validity VFS5011 (138a:0017) device which is not yet ...
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What are PCI devices?

In Linux, the lspci command lists all the devices in my laptop (including AGP, USB, SATA, SCSI, bridges, ethernet, etc.). The man lspci command gives me this information: lspci - list all PCI ...
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APEI Generic Hardware Error

Over the past week my server (running Debian Jessie) has rebooted twice. In the syslog I see this before each reboot, and at no other points: Aug 15 13:32:58 hoshimiya kernel: [296512.005355] ...
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Mouse pointer moves on its own

When I leave the mouse (Logitech Performance Mouse MX) alone, it moves (somewhat continuously) ever so slightly on its own! This causes several issues: when watching a video full screen, the seek ...
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How to detect a possible hardware error?

I'm running Debian Wheezy on a HP Pavilion dv7 laptop and it freezes every now and then, requiring a reboot. One time it didn't even load the operating system, but it wasn't I who was using it so I ...
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Getting capabilities of my CD/DVD drive when wodim --devices doesn't work

I used to be able to run either commands successfully on my Fedora 14 Thinkpad T410 laptop: $ wodim --scanbus $ wodim --devices However since upgrading to Fedora 19 this no longer seems to work and ...
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Does BIOS device whitelist affect Linux?

Starting with 2002, Lenovo (actually, it was IBM back then) started whitelisting the wireless adapters and other devices allowed to be used in their ThinkPad laptops. Some other manufacturers are ...
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How can I know the max possible trasmit power of my wireless card?

Is there any way for me to tell the maximum possible power of my wireless card from within Linux? Or do I need to find the product number of the card, and search for specifications like that online?
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Keyboard is disabling

I stuck with a strange problem on OpenSUSE 13.1, after some random uptime my keyboard is disabling. I'm not even sure how to concretize this problem, this happening randomly and I can't see any ...
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Figuring out physical cache layout in FreeBSD

I'm trying to figure out they physical cache layout of my CPU in FreeBSD 10. I see the following from sysctl kern.sched.topology_spec kern.sched.topology_spec: <groups> <group level="1" ...
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Are there any issues using 2TB hard drives with 4k sectors

I'm thinking of purchasing a 2TB hard drive (probably a Seagate F4), but I've read reports of Linux not being compatible with 4k sectors on these drives. Do I have to do anything specific when I ...
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Debian disables IRQs

It's been two days that my Debian Wheezy 7 randomly disables IRQs apparently with no reason. After the IRQs are disables, I'm unable to mount hard disks and I have to reboot. This is the output of ...
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How do I know from a BeagleBone Black if it is connected via USB (as a client/slave)?

BeagleBone Black has an USB port which allows the user to access it through ssh. In general, we could say that when you plug it to a PC, the PC is the USB host and the BBB is the USB client. On the ...
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Linuxwacom xsetwacom/xorg.conf

I have a CentOS 6.2 workstation with linuxwacom 0.21.0 installed. I am trying to map a button on a cintiq tablet to a keyboard key. I can do it successfully using: xsetwacom set "Wacom Cintiq 24HD ...