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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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*nix working on eBox 3300

I'm not sure if hardware questions are alright here, I didn't see many. I am trying to install any Linux operating system on an eBox 3300. I am having trouble, and the only thing I have been able to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I find out what hard disks are in the system?

I need to know what hard disks are available, including ones that aren't mounted and possibly aren't formatted. I can't find them in dmesg or /var/log/messages (too much to scroll through). I'm hoping ...
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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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How can I tell if my hard drive is PATA or SATA?

I have an ATA hard disk in my laptop, running Fedora 11, kernel 2.6.30.10-105.2.23.fc11.i586. I am looking to upgrade the disk in here (would love to get an SSD) but I forgot if it's a serial ATA or ...
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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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How do you use badblocks?

I need to do a destructive (rw) test on a new drive, and a read-only on a drive that fell out of my RAID array. I want to see if it finds problems and how far along it is.
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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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Small inexpensive *nix box?

I'd like to learn more about Unix & Linux and would like to set up a little home test server/ headless box. (I'm thinking of compiling from scratch, to learn how that works; either Gentoo Stage II ...
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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 ...
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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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Capturing OS/hardware communication / reverse engineering drivers

This may be too broad of a question, but I'm not really sure what exactly I'm looking for. My main question is how the open source community reverse engineers windows drivers (for say, video cards) to ...
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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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Is my USB 2.0 device running at full speed?

How can I tell if my USB flash drive is running at full USB 2.0 speed? Currently I'd just like to verify that the drive is plugged into a 480 Mbps port, but in the past I've been unsure if a given ...
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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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How to flash firmware under Linux in practice?

Well, I am feeling too old for jumping through several burning hoops to upgrade several firmwares via the usual vendor-specific way: Download some DOS tools, waste some time creating a (Free-)DOS boot ...
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How do I make my disk unmap pending unreadable sectors

I have a disk with some pending unreadable sectors, according to smartd. What would be the easiest way to make the disk remap them and stop smartd from complaining? Today, I get two of these every ...
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Linux-compatible 56k modem

I have a client who wants to set up a fax server in their office. I'd like to use HylaFAX under Ubuntu, but I'm a little shy to spend money on hardware for Linux, particularly a modem given the whole ...
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Remove a corrupted file in a Linux system

How to remove a file that is corrupted? In Linux (Fedora based), when I type: ls -l I get drwxr-xr-x. 2 dmiller3 dmiller3 4096 Jul 26 13:57 SomeFile ?????????? ? ? ? 4096 ...
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DVD drive constanly spins up/down when idle

DVD drive constantly spins up/down when idle on notebook. I cannot track what is causing it. The process of spinning up/down is quite noisy and disturbing. lsof cannot find anything that have device ...
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Installing a second hard drive

My system currently runs an XBMC live install. I am installing a second hard drive in my system, but I am somewhat of a linux newb and only know the basics. Since it is XBMC I believe I need to do ...
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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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How to verify hardware acceleration settings on Nvidia GeForce 9800

How can I verify whether hardware acceleration is available and whether it is enabled for my video card. If it makes a difference I am using Ubuntu 10.04.
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Linux kernel 2.6 on ARM

I have compiled and installed the 2.6 kernel on an ARM board. I am using the ARM mini2440 board. I would like to know if there is already a way to access the General Purpose I/O port pins? Or will ...
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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) ...