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generate consistent machine unique ID in c programming

Is it possible to generate a unique ID that wouldn't change over time unless there is hardware changes. The hardware must be generated with a c program. That also would be great if it were robust to ...
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Network acting crazy… How can I know whether it's hardware?

I have a homeserver, with a built-in network card, ASRock E350M1 Motherboard. On the computer there's a Debian Jessie system on an SSD, and 4 HDDs in raid configuration for my data. I usually have ...
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Hardware error in syslog after gaming

Sometimes when I'm playing a game I'll get the following message from syslogd: [16789.554414] [Hardware Error]: Corrected error, no action required. [16789.554418] [Hardware Error]: CPU:0 (15:2:0) ...
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Can a laptop battery explode while using Linux?

I have a 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, and I really want to install Debian on it. I have the know-how and have had at least three Debian systems before this. I am very knowledgable with the command-line ...
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laptop with bad monitor turned into server: how to disable monitor

I have a laptop with an absolutly useless monitor (well, probably video card), so I put an Ubuntu 14.04 server on it. Of course if I turn it on, the monitor still turns on and blinks in vivid colors, ...
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how to find out how much power my external hard drive is using?

I want to monitor the power usage when plugged into my laptop (specifically voltage and current) of my hard drive during various activities. How do I find out if I am on Linux? (right now I am using ...
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xhci_hcp module constantly detecting devices

Problem I want to start getting into GPGPU work, so I got an ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition gaming motherboard. I thought it would support multiple GPUs well. However, I have had nothing but trouble ...
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How can two identical virtual addresses point to different physical addresses?

Following a fork() call in Linux, two processes (one being a child of the other) will share allocated heap memory. These allocated pages are marked COW (copy-on-write) and will remain shared until ...
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What is the difference between I2C and PS2 mode?

On my Dell XPS 13 9343 my touchpad can work with I2C bus or in PS2 mode. What is the difference between those two modes ? Why are they both available ? The output of xinput is : Virtual core ...
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Enabling graphics acceleration for OpenGL over remotely via VPN from Ubuntu client(my laptop)to Windows server(computation is here)

I have an access to Internet via a Wifi. Then, I have a VPN connection established from my Ubuntu laptop to a LAN network. My Windows Machine where computation happens using OpenGL is on the same ...
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A/D pins always read max (1023)

I am using the Aria G25 board from Acme Systems. I have their Terra board breakout. I have also asked this question on their google groups but thought it might be a more general issue so have posted ...
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Hardware specs for Linux machine for cluster administration [closed]

I have just started as cluster system administrator and was asked to choose some features to get bought a personal machine to work on, and most intensive calculations will be perform in the cluster. I ...
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Server hardware errors?

I have a large data server running ZFS-on-Linux under Debian 6.0.10, which has been running stably for several years. In the last two weeks, however, it's been crashing every few days and throwing ...
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PCI Device Missing After Reboot

I have a DVBSky T9580 PCI tuner card. My problem is that after rebooting,, the device dissapears, lspci does not list it any more. I tried rebooting with reboot command as well as shutdown -r 0. ...
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Random pieces of ancient hardware not working together (Mac G5, Sun network adapter)

This is probably some kind of weird esoteric hardware combination but it's not why I did it. It's just what I had lying around. I have a 2x 2ghz Mac G5 and I can't really bring myself to part with it ...
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External monitor script has become unreliable

I have been using the following udev rule and bash script to automatically configure my external monitor for some time now, however recently the script has become unreliable, usually doing the ...
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Use NVIDIA graphic card as regular resource

I don't use my graphic card anymore, but it is still laying there, idle. Is there a way I can turn it back on and use it just a regular, additional CPU/RAM for my laptop?
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How and when is keyboard data encoded from keyboard to application? [duplicate]

I hope this is not the wrong place to ask this, if it is, please point me in the right direction. As the title says, how and when is keyboard data encoded? I just wanna know in basic terms the ...
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Why are the up and down arrows keys not always working on multiple platforms?

Very recently, maybe within the last two weeks this issue has started cropping up: once maybe every two days or so, the up and down arrow keys simply stop working for a while - I can move the cursor ...
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Problem with internal USB hub & my smartphone

I have a problem when plugging in a smartphone, as journalctl shows below: jul 19 17:28:43 newhope.belkin.home kernel: usb 1-1: new full-speed USB device number 2 using xhci_hcd jul 19 17:28:43 ...
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lsusb shows USB devices that are not connected

I have the weird issue that lsusb shows USB devices that are not connected. We have a couple of devices connected via USB. To disconnect them from the system we disable the power to the USB port with ...
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Chrome with YouTube uses a lot of CPU on Asus Eee PC

Is it possible to play 480p videos smoothly on my Asus Eee PC 1025CE with LM17 onboard? I've seen discussion about this on other sites online, but nothing here. PC: Asus Eee PC 1025CE Chrome: Version ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 - Multiple Griffin Technology Powermate Knobs

I am running Ubuntu 14.04, and I want to run multiple griffin powermate knobs: https://store.griffintechnology.com/powermate. I want to map them to different keys other than audio control. I want to ...
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Get device's bus port

How can I get a list of device bus ports? For example the parallel port is the 0x378. Is there a command to list each port and its device? On Windows it is possible looking device detail in the ...
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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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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 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 it'...
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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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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] {4}[...