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What does “DMA: Out of SW-IOMMU space” error mean?

First the link: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1060268 Since this affects the kernel and other Distros, what does this type of error mean and why it happens?
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Share files via bluetooth

I'd like to transfer files located on the harddrive of my laptop Acer Travelmate 4002 WLMi to my smartphone via bluetooth. My system is Ubuntu 12.04. I tried so far. $ sudo service bluetooth start ...
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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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Run Python Portio script as normal user without root access

I know there are risks running a root script as a normal user, but in this case I don't have a choice and what I am doing is machine related. I have an Small Board Computer that has GPIO ports and I ...
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Can lvm2 volumes based on device names like sda, sdb etc be mounted if their names change?

Lets say I would like to make a large volume from external usb drives. I create the lvm volume on drives that have been given certain device names sdf sdg or whatever and at some point they are ...
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How do I test hardware components to find out which one is bad?

Question How do I test hardware components to find out which one is bad? Details I have an old machine running debian as a file server using samba. The other day I was unable to login to my file ...
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Information about a laptop fan

Can you help me with finding all the hardware information (parameters) and configuration files about the fan in my laptop? I'm interested of the fan's parameters and configuration files that I can ...
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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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Installing a .ko module on an embedded Linux system that does not support modules

From the answers to this question I have discovered that the embedded Linux distribution provided to me, by my hardware supplier, was not built with kernel support. If I am to use this distribution I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Getting information on a machine's hardware in Linux

How can I check what hardware I have? (With BIOS version etc.)
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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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no network device found after Kernel update

So I managed to install Debian 5 on an eBox 3300MX (an embedded type computer). I added a custom kernel after getting a basic install done. That was to get the network card to work. After that, I ...
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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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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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Linux Programmable Controller

I'm looking for a programmable Linux controller for home automation and general fun projects. Requirements: Controlling electric appliances - On/Off switches and dimmers (perhaps using relays) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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CCD cam to USB - AV grabber for linux

I was wondering if there is an AV Grabber that supports Linux. I have IC-348 model I.C.U (international camera unit) camera made in P.R.C, which uses a Sony CCD 420TVL. I want to grab the video output ...
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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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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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Slow down the CPU

I tried to slow down my CPU with powernowd and cpufreq-selector. I hoped that with lower frequency it will be less hot and I won't hear my fan every time I will run internet radio. I used the ...
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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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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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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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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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Things to consider when buying a desktop to use dual screens in linux

I'm about to buy a new desktop. I would like to be able to use two monitors. I am not sure what features will be most important here. I will probably run Ubunbtu, although I haven't decided (I might ...
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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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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 ...
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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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My laptop cannot adjust brightness

I have a problem adjusting my laptop's brightness. This is a hardware problem but I can solve it with ccsm, but other programs do not work for me, e.g., xgamma, etc. Now I am running Fedora 15 and ...