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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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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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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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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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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 determine bitness of hardware and OS?

Output of uname -a on my RHEL 5.4 machine is: Linux <machine name> 2.6.18-164.el5 #1 SMP Tue Aug 18 15:51:48 EDT 2009 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux Does it mean that hardware is 64 bit ...
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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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List All Network Printers (including ones not installed)

It is easy to list the printers you've already installed with this command: lpstat -a However, this does not list network printers you have NOT installed. nmap will scan for all open ports on the ...
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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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How to check the life left in SSD or the medium's wear level?

We all know that SSDs have a limited predetermined life span. How do I check in Linux what the current health status of an SSD is? Most Google search results would ask you to look up S.M.A.R.T. ...
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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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Unique hardware signatures in BSD?

What unique hardware signatures can you get from, for example, a FreeBSD system? I am right now using the ethernet mac address (getifaddrs(3)) but as we all know this can easily be changed with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...