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How to install a TP-LINK network adapter?

How can I install a TP-LINK network adapter? I have 8 files for Linux driver they are: compat.h, crc32.h, ethtool.h, Makefile, mii.c, mii.h, sundance_main.c and readme.txt. I am new to Linux and am ...
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Can hardware be accessed directly from user space?

At work we have some embedded devices controlled by DOS software. I have been tasked with the responsibility of assessing the use of Linux as a replacement OS for DOS on a next generation of hardware. ...
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Wireless mouse freezes frequently for a second on laptop, when on battery

I have Samsung NP360E5A-A07PL laptop with ELAN Smart-Pad (ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad, according to gpointing-device-settings), and a Logitech M195 wireless mouse (with an USB receiver). On Linux ...
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Modern distribution on old hardware

I have an old system currently running ubuntu jaunty. The main harware specs are: Processor: AMD Athlon 1,2 GHz RAM: 512 MB Graphics: [SiS] 65x/M650/740 (output from lspci) HDD: 40 GB Now jaunty ...
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File size of 60.0 PB is wrong. Can deleting it cause data loss?

While backing up some data (a 200 GB home directory) with rsync, I got an I/0 error for a particular file, after which rsync continued on "normally" with its backup. The problem source file showed as ...
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Which system configuration setting(s) on HP Compaq dc5750 need to be changed if “running Unix”?

HP Compaq dc5750 small form factor Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 2.0GHz 2GB 160GB On starting the system it displayed this message: If you are running Unix, you need to configure your system using the ...
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RTL8139 not being detected on openSUSE 11.3 - can installing openSUSE 11.0 on VirtualBox help?

http://en.opensuse.org/HCL:Network_(Wired) This hardware is getting shown in BIOS, but lspci dosn't show it on openSUSE 11.3. So, if I plant openSUSE 11.0 on the VirtualBox on 11.3, will that get it ...
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Choose kernel for specific hardware

I have old system with an AMD Athlon 1,2 GHz processor and [SiS] 65x/M650/740 graphics (output from lspci). Recently I discovered on a german ubuntu page that since version 10.10 some older ...
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Linux/UNIX for older (Pentium 4) laptop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Linux for low-end hardware and internet browsing What UNIX or Linux would be the most suitable for my old laptop HP Compaq nx9010 hardware? Hardware specs: Chipset: ...
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How to find information about the RAM using the Terminal? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I identify my RAM without shutting down linux? I need to know it to check the compatibility... I wanna know the type/size/model, etc. Can someone help? Thanks.
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How to know if /dev/sdX is a connected USB or HDD?

How can I know if /dev/sdX is a local HDD or usb key ? best doing this without root privileges. OK , udevadm helped a lot: For local HDD: udevadm info --query=all --name=sdb | grep ID_BUS E: ...
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Encryption of home directory for securing data after harddisk corruption

Always when I install Linux OS (e.g. Ubuntu), there is a possibility to encrypt the home directory. I was asking myself why is this useful. Is it good in the case when my harddrive is corrupted and I ...
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Find out exact CPU model, Mainboard, RAM / server model? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Getting information on a machine's hardware in Linux I have an "older" system here, something before 2005. 1) cat /proc/cpuinfo gives Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU ...
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System Management Mode in embedded systems

I wish to install Xenomai which works on Linux providing a kind of hard real time environment. x86/64 architectures are supposed to contain the "System Management Mode" which prevents them from being ...
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Can I use a parallel port as a CUPS input device?

I have an old piece of a hardware that does diagnostics on medical equipment. It prints out results over a parallel port. Is there any way to have CUPS accept jobs from a parallel port and redirect ...
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How can I reserve a block of memory from the Linux kernel?

I have a device that needs a block of memory that is reserved solely for it, without the OS intervening. Is there any way to tell BIOS or the OS that a block of memory is reserved, and it must not ...
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Understanding different fields of output of sensors

Here's the output of sensors command: thinkpad-isa-0000 Adapter: ISA adapter fan1: 3414 RPM coretemp-isa-0000 Adapter: ISA adapter Physical id 0: +50.0°C (high = +86.0°C, crit = +100.0°C) ...
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Can't Get Synaptics Touchpad Disabled

The touchpad comes back to life after a few seconds. The Windows driver had a disable-entirely option. I do not want to use the touchpad at all, so anything up to and including a hardware fix is now ...
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Generate a key (number?) based on part of the machine's hardware components

I'm wondering what is the best way to manually generate a hardware key based on certain components of the machine. Here's the thing: I want only certain type of machines to be able to communicate ...
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How much RAM can an application allocate on 64-bit x86 Linux systems?

Is it true that a single application can not allocate more than 2 GiBs even if the system has GiBs more free memory when using a 32-bit x86 PAE Linux kernel? Is this limit loosened by 64-bit x86 Linux ...
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Low Cost, 2 Ethernet Ports & Runs Linux [closed]

Looking for an inexpensive embedded device that contains 2 Ethernet Ports, runs Linux (or some other type of Unix), and is under $50. My main concern is cost. It must be under $50 and have 2 Ethernet ...
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Can an interupt be processed by software, without hardware support? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can an interrupt be soley processed by software without harware support? Can an interrupt be processed by software without the need for hardware suppport? Assume a x86 ...
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Can an interupt be processed by software, without hardware support? [closed]

Can an interrupt be processed by software without the need for hardware suppport? Assume an x86 architecture.
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What's the easiest way to find out relevant video card/driver information

I need to know my video card/chipset, X11 Driver, driver version, and Xorg version. It seems to me that finding this information is always scattered throughout various utilities. Is there an easy way ...
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listing all hardware details on Linux [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: checking hardware on linux I want to list all the hardware details about my system. To start with I've following things in my mind. processor memory bios hba I've got ...
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No framebuffer device: how to enable it?

I'm trying to make a PCMCIA tuner card work in my headless home server, running Debian Squeeze. Now, as I have very big troubles finding the correct command line to capture, transcode end stream the ...
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How to Determine the Amount of RAM Slots In Use?

I forgot how many RAM modules are installed on my laptop. I do not want to unscrew it but want to look it up on the console. How do I gather this information?
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Physical Terminal (DEC VT220) issues with ZSH

I recently purchased a VT220 and all the hardware necessary to hook it to my macbook pro. After several hours of fiddling I got it working with a shell - my only problem is my shell of choice, ZSH, ...
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azap from LinuxTV dvb-apps strange signal behavior with Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 950Q

What I want to do I have a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 950Q USB-TV-Stick. I want to use this stick to successively tune to and read in a certain live TV stream. What I do I trigger a scan and save the scan ...
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ACPI conflicts with ACPI region SMRG

During startup, I noticed some error. I found this in dmesg: i801_smbus 0000:00:1f.3: PCI INT B -> GSI 21 (level, low) -> IRQ 21 ACPI: I/O resource 0000:00:1f.3 [0x400-0x41f] conflicts with ...
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Sony runs which operating system? Oracle Linux or Crestron Extron or Minix or OS X?

Sony has TV, PlayStation, Camera random hardware's. Where many of those have GUI available too. I want to run my BASH script there with ncurses. But how do they drive there devices? Which operating ...
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Which driver for USB enclosure should I install?

I'd like to connect my old harddrive to my laptop via USB enclosure. I connected it but it only produced strange sounds, so I thought that the enclosure is corrupted. I connected the enclosure to ...
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Does brand/hardware limit the distributions that are safe to run?

I recently tried running Fedora 16 on my laptop and had problems with the fan. In particular, the fan would start, run at full power, and never turn off. I spent a few hours online looking for ...
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Why FOSS 3d performs so badly, compared to proprietary. Trying to understand

I know this is not the best question, I'm just trying to understand what needs improvement. I just read a Phoronix article, which compared the FOSS radeon drivers a 5 years old FGLRX catalyst. As ...
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Any relatively new binary distro causes kernel panics

I'm having trouble using any relatively new binary distro on this machine. The last binary distro to work without issue was Ubuntu 8.04. I'm currently using Gentoo with the latest 3.2.1 kernel and ...
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Autodetect modem in Linux?

Is there a way to autodetect modem devices in Linux and then symlink them to /dev/modem using a udev rule? Currently, I wrote a program that probes each serial port, sending AT and waiting for OK. I ...
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How do I display the name of my audio card driver from the command line in Lubuntu 11.10?

I am running Lubuntu 11.10 and I want to display my Audio / Sound Card Driver from the command line.
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System freezes when browsing internet

About a week ago my system began to freeze (deadlock, only manual shutdown with laptop button helped) from time to time. The frequency of deadlock is increasing. Today it was about 10 deadlocks with ...
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How to identify if there is some power saving setting that powered down a processor in Linux

I have a linux server that apparently has two Intel Xeon X5670. /proc/cpuinfo shows 12 CPUs but dmidecode shows only one CPU and the other one is in the Unpopulated status like it is showing that ...
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Disable detection of certain hardware?

I have a computer with two PCI TV cards. One is Compro (Win friendly), another is Leadtek (Linux friendly). Now, I'm trying to optimize my Ubuntu boot process and I would like to disable detection of ...
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How to troubleshoot a computer freeze from liveCD?

I'm helping my dad fixing his old computer. I am now running it from Fedora 16 with XFCE Live CD. If I try to install, as soon as it gets to the part where it writes partition to disk however, the ...
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Music Server for WLAN-Speakers

There are several systems with WLAN-Speakers for sale. Most of them consist of several Boxes with WLAN-Recievers and a WLAN-Router/Storage-Device to spread the sound information. The WLAN-Speakers ...
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Buying a Linux Machine [closed]

As a budding dev, I'm looking to buy a linux machine to work with. What are my options in buying a machine that comes installed with linux? EDIT: I guess my question really was, is there such a thing ...
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Hardware code(s) from “sensors” command

When running the sensors command in the terminal, the output contains what appears to be some sort of unique identifier for each piece of hardware listed. This is the output, as you can see below, for ...
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What tool(s) should I use to test my hardware for errors?

Are there any Linux tools (command line, or Live CD) that will test hardware components for errors (hard drive, RAM, CPU, graphics card, buses) and show me some detailed output with wrong parts etc.?
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Setting CPU frequency guidelines

I'm changing my CPU frequency because of noisy fan. I used sudo cpufreq-selector -g powersave for this purpose, but I replaced my Linux system Xubuntu with Lubuntu because it utilizes better ...
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Detecting computer models , e.g the vendor

How can I detect the model of a computer, like Leveno or Sony? Is there any program can do this, for both PC & Laptop? (I just want to load a specific driver when the target model is detected.) ...
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Detecting headphone connection/disconnection in Linux

I am trying to detect a signal when a headphone is connected or disconnected from the system. What is the best way to do this? If there is a special board with drivers, that will be my preferred ...
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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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What can I use that is small, has linux, an ethernet port, and a hard drive?

I see that David Braben has created a $25 USB stick that can run linux. Check out the website at http://www.raspberrypi.org/ That's not available yet - so what's a low power *nix device that I can ...