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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 ...
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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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How to check why the cdrom cannot be open exclusively

Sometimes when I try to burn an ISO image, the message that "/dev/sr0" cannot be open exclusively appears. lsof does not shows any program that opens "/dev/sr0" (I checked for aliases too).
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Easy way to use hardware mixing?

My sound card supports hardware mixing. What's the easiest way to use this feature (rather than on an app-by-app basis, hopefully)?
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Compatible Wireless Router? [closed]

I'm looking for a wireless router for personal use. I have a small apartment and need the router primarily for my android phone connection. I might need it for streaming video as well. I'm running ...
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Fedora 14 touchpad issue

I have an HP 3031-et series laptop. My hardware is: Intel i5 460M 3 GB DDR3 RAM Graphic Cards: ATI READON 5650 HD and Intel HD Graphic I installed Fedora 14 on my hardware, and after installation ...
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Linux: Interface/control 3.5 mm Headphone or Microphone port? [closed]

This might sound crazy, but bear with me ;) I am making a DIY camera trigger, and I would like to see if I can trigger it remotely by plugging it into my Microphone or Headphone ports. It's a basic ...
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CentOS 5.6 x86 64 Not seeing all my memory

So I installed CentOS 5.6 on a box at my house and it is not recognizing all my memory. I have 2gb in the machine but when you run a 'free -m' or a 'top' or a 'cat /proc/meminfo' it only shows that ...
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Support for usb 3.0?

I could not seem to find the question here but I was wondering what experience if any users have had with USB 3.0? My asus p5x58d has usb 3 on it but I have yet to try it out and also do not know ...
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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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How to detect memory type under Linux?

Which Linux utility can tell me if I have registered or unbuffered ECC memory in my server? Lshw and dmidecode do not work for me; dmidecode provides no information about registered vs. unbuffered: ...
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Why does one linux distro run hotter than another on laptop?

I had been using Arch Linux 64 bit on a Gateway P6860FX for about two years, and recently switched to Ubuntu (also 64 bit). When I type on the keyboard, my left hand feels a lot more warmth than ...
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How do I determine the make & model of my storage devices? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I find out what hard disks are in the system? I'm running a CentOS 5.5 system. This system has 4 disks and a 3ware RAID controller. How can I determine the make ...
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Why does Linux scale so well to different hardware platforms?

Why does Linux run well on so many different types of machines - desktops, laptops, servers, embedded devices, mobile phones, etc? Is it mainly because the system is open, so any part of it can be ...
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Can driver installation procedures be made into a single package?

Here is an example of the instructions for installing a Brother printer: http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public_s/id/linux/en/instruction_prn3.html and this just a part of the procedure... ...
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What distro for an old HP (Celeron/384MB)

An old HP desktop just came my way for service. Was running XP, but the install is trashed. User would like to switch to Linux, but the box it's only a 950mhz Celeron with 384MB RAM. It does have a ...
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How to retrieve monitors configuration from the command line?

I am making a script that needs to access the computer's monitor(s) configuration. How can I do that? Is there a command or a file I could read where I can access this information? At the moment, I ...
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simultaneously share /dev/videoX with multiple applications?

the goal is to use the same webcam for video chat apps and for home security at the same time. Currently, the webcam is working just fine with either VLC (or mjpg-streamer) and with Kopete - just not ...
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Linux advice for datalogging machine

I've been asked whats the cheapest/easiest/most reliable way to use Linux as a webserver/mysql DB machine. Is it going to be buying a really old PC and putting Linux on it or what i'd rather do is get ...
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Hard disk labels

How do I add a label to a partition on a disk, and how do I then mount it by label (manually and via fstab)? note: this is an external hard drive
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Serve files over USB

I would like to be able to serve a section of my box's file system over USB to another computer. For example, if the files are on box A and I am reading from box B, then B would mount A, see those ...
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External tablet input devices for Linux (Inkscape/Gimp)?

What are good external tablet input devices for Linux? It should be used for more convenient use of Inkscape and Gimp. Some characteristics that are useful, I guess: connected via USB included pen ...
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Linux Distro specifically for benchmarking?

At my current position, we use some outdated proprietary software in order to benchmark new computers that the company is testing and evaluating for purchase. We would like to move on to something ...