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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 ...
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Getting input from a USB device listed with lsusb

I have a CF-1KB barcode reader connected to an RS232 to PS/2 adaptor and a PS/2 to USB adaptor. I'm not sure how the device works so I'm trying to figure it out by looking at what information I'm ...
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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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Reference material about device management

Can anybody recommend materials about device management in the Linux environment? From the point where I insert a cdrom or usb device to the point where it is mounted in /media/somedir. I know that I ...
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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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Worrisome HD related messages after power outage

Had a power outage two weeks ago on my BSD server that my UPS decided then was a good time to fail. Just fired it up this evening only to have the following errors show during what I would assume is ...
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GRUB won't boot, live CDs either

First, my computer crashed slowly, as if all the files were being deleted, then when I tried to reboot, GRUB just didn't show up. I also tried to boot on a live CD but it doesn't work either (yes, ...
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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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TWAIN API support on FreeBSD

Does FreeBSD support in any way the TWAIN API? If not, what is the API that could be used to read data from imaging devices (webcams) - preferably in a portable way.
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How do I disable or change the caps lock key on my keyboard?

We have ergonomic keyboards at work which I'm not entirely used to. I seem to keep hitting the capslock key while I'm in vim and it's starting to annoy. How can I disable this key, and or change to to ...
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Linux compatible motherboard

Where can I find a list with Linux compatible motherboards. I want all features of the motherboard to work reasonably well with latest valilla Linux kernel (ie, clearly document that I need external ...
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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 ...
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Set runlevel at boot via hardware (analog) input, switch, etc.?

I've got pretty solid Linux experience, but little in the embedded/small system area, and this one has me baffled. I've agreed to help a friend work on a project using a tiny little x86-compatible ...
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Pluggin a bunch of USB hard drives into a Linux system?

I've got a Linux system with two USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port, and I would like to know how many USB hard drives I could plug into it. On the performance side, what would the I/O access be like ...
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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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How to check which GPU is active

I have 2 GPU's in my netbook. How do I know which one I'm actually using at any given moment?
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Debian Squeeze not booting anymore

My machine is not booting anymore. It is a debian squeeze server on amd64 with 4 hard disks and 2 software raids (md4 and md5). You can watch this video of the screen after switching it on. (The video ...
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First steps: installing a compatible Bluetooth card to my laptop? [closed]

I'm looking to install a Bluetooth card to my laptop, as it currently doesn't have Bluetooth support and I'd like to get away from having to use an external USB dongle. I own a Gateway NV51 series ...