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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 to setup “Creative Sound Core 3D” on Debian Jessie correctly?

I justed installed Debian Jessie and was happy to see (or hear) that my Creative Sound Core 3D (as onboard chip on my Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming 7 WIFI mainboard) worked out of the box when trying to play ...
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Linux Mint keyboard and mouse take a long time to work after boot

I turn my computer on, select my linux harddrive, and then I end up at the Linux mint encryption password area. I have to wait about 1 minute just for my keyboard and mouse to actually light up and ...
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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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why do some network cards need to load external firmware?

I have read this question/answer, but I still do not understand why some network cards work perfectly well without any additional firmware, whereas others need to load firmware to work. As a specific ...
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What is causing a pause during the system device probe?

I am running FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE. During the boot device probe there is a two-times 30 second pause. The output relevant to this is # dmesg ... (aprobe0:ata0:0:1:0): ATAPI_IDENTIFY. ACB: a1 00 00 ...
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Set NetworkManager to ignore rfkill

My notebook does not have a hardware button to disable wireless. But NetworkManager and rfkill see wireless as hard blocked. Wicd and iwconfig works well. Is there any way to disable hard block check ...
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Wireless LED indicator issue

The question itself: is there any way to make this indicator be turned ON and OFF depending on wireless status (not just blink when there is wireless activity)? After having installed Linux, I saw ...
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Debian Sid, AMD RS880 [Radeon HD 4250], black screen on boot

My computer booted under Debian Wheezy (3.2 kernel) with no graphics problems whatsoever. After updating to sid (3.10 kernel), the screen goes black (that is, the display flashes a bit and then goes ...
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Log and plot temperature-time curve over given time intervall

How can I log and plot a graph of all available hardware temperatures (CPU, SSD, etc). CPU load over a given time (say a day or a week) in linux? The CPU is i7 haswell if this matters, I have ...
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Problem with former RAID hard drive settings in Linux Mint 17

I'm new to Linux, just installed Linux Mint for the first time. I have two hard drives which were previously in a RAID configuration. Now before I have installed Linux I've changed them to individual ...
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What does mt -f /dev/st0 erase do exactly on a tape drive?

What does mt -f /dev/st0 erase do exactly with a (LTO-6) tape drive at /dev/st0? It takes hours and seems to write many times. Does it write random data on the tape several times to delete the ...
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Linking two hardware serial ports

I have two micro-controllers which are connected to my computer(ubuntu 12.04) through serial-USB cables. One of the controllers (ttyUSB0) is programmed such that it sends data serially and another ...
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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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Prevent encrypted partition from running on other PC

Concise question: Is it possible to somehow bind partition encryption to hardware so it is impossible(very hard) to copy system to another PC and run there? Full story: We have a small embedded PC ...
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Installing an unauthorized wifi card in a Lenovo thinkpad edge 14

I took out a my Intel dual band Wireless AC 7260 card model number 7260HMW from another laptop. I wanted to install it in my thinkpad. Upon doing so and rebooting, the computer said unauthorized wifi ...
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Check for hardware damage (GPU)

I need to check for damage to my graphics card. I suspect I have done damage to my gpu through overclocking. Now, whenever I do anything graphically intensive my screen will flash various colours 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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Retrieve device manufacturer without sudo

I need to retrieve the manufacturer model of a linux device (laptop or desktop). I saw that you could use dmidecode | grep -A3 '^System Information' but it needs admin rights. There is any way to do ...
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How to get the Adaptec 1200A to work under Linux at UDMA/100 (instead of 66)

A while ago, I got myself a used Adaptec 1200A controller card to keep my onboard slots free for easier connect/disconnect of drives and now I am wondering why this card will only operate at UDMA 66. ...
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List All Network Printers (including ones not installed)

It is easy to list the printers you've already installed with this command: lpstat -a However, this does not list network printers you have NOT installed. nmap will scan for all open ports on the ...
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MCE error: MCA: Internal parity error

I have an unstable machine running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS which passes 9 hours of memtest86. I get these: Hardware event. This is not a software error. MCE 0 CPU 1 BANK 0 TIME 1414735539 Fri Oct 31 ...
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How to check the life left in SSD or the medium's wear level?

We all know that SSDs have a limited predetermined life span. How do I check in Linux what the current health status of an SSD is? Most Google search results would ask you to look up S.M.A.R.T. ...
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How can I get the Bluetooth working on my Lenovo Yoga 3?

I have a Lenovo Yoga 3 that apparently has a new Broadcom Bluetooth device. The bluetooth is detected at boot and when I try to pair a something in gnome, I can see a list of devices but none of them ...
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Understanding “Hardware error from APEI Generic Hardware Error Source” error message

Summary: I'm trying to understand exactly what the following error message means: [17016.923750] {4}[Hardware Error]: Hardware error from APEI Generic Hardware Error Source: 1 [17016.923758] ...
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HW RAID10 without TRIM support with SSD

Recently we purchased new server for Database with 1TB x 4 SSD in Hardware RAID 10, but my Hardward RAID doesn't support TRIM so you think it is going to be big deal? Is there anyway i can do ...
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how to choose appropriate linux hardware - poor graphics performance

I can't believe I am asking this question here myself. Apologies if this is not the right place for this question. I've been using linux since 1996, SuSE version 4.1... And yet I am still not able ...
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searching for hardware via lspci

I just bought Lenovo ThinkPad X201 t. I have installed Debian Jessie (testing). I was able to make working all of its hardware, but with one exception. And that is mobile broadband modem. I have ...
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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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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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shell command to know computer manufacturing date [closed]

as object, I would like to know when a computer was built and also last OS installation date
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How can I make the pairing of the 'ltunify' program permanent?

I have used the ltunify pairing tool for Logitech Unifying Receiver, written by Lekensteyn, on my Logitech M510 mouse and K350 keyboard, which works perfectly. However, when I reboot, these changes ...
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Harddisk serial number from terminal?

I have multiple harddisks which get connected to my server and I'm not sure which one is what in the view of sdXY . If I can see the serial numbers of my harddisks from terminal, I can easily identify ...
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Bluetooth Dongle Connection refused .

I have a bluetooth dongle (something that costs around $2) from which I want to send serial data to my android phone. i have installed : sudo apt-get install bluetooth bluez-utils blueman on ...
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Lightest hardware accelerated desktop system

I need a list of lightweight desktop environment that uses hardware acceleration either natively or from being on top of another library like Xlib, GTK+, etc. What I'm actually looking for is a ...
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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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DirectFB does not write to /dev/fb0, embedded device

I am developing a Linux based port for a custom board based off the Atmel at91sam9261-ek demo board. Processor core is arm926ej-s LCD (board customization) is VGA, 640x480, 24 bit packed true color. ...
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install just goes to a blank or black screen

ViciBox is built with OpenSuSE v.13.1 64-bit, while the current version looks to be 13.2, not 13.1. This is the only reason I can find to explain why this distro fails to install onto this particular ...
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Should I install the AMD/Intel microcode packages when running Debian?

Should I install the AMD/Intel microcode packages when running Debian? What exactly do they do, and when should/shouldn't I install them? Why are they in non-free?
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hardware accelerated window manager

i got a hand me down lenovo thinkpad and i was pleased that it was still comparatively fast as it was running windows 7 very smoothly... but since i switched to CrunchBang (i'd like to think i'm ...
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Random system Freezes on two different machines in the same room

I am at my wits end and looking for suggestions. I have been encountering a problem with 2 desktop workstations in my home office. This problem began on an old dell machine, and when I finally gave up ...
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SSD dedicated to swap-only fails on Debian or Ubuntu

It did not happen to me yet, but if I dedicate a single SSD (non-RAID) to swap-ONLY and the server system is using it to full capacity - what happens next? How am I to recover, assuming I have an ...
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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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What is the difference between HAL and udev?

As far as I understand, if I have 3 different network cards, then HAL will cal each of them eth0, eth1 and eth irrespective of their brands, manufacturerers etc. But it seems to me that udev precisely ...
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“Northbridge Error (node 0): ECC Error in the Probe Filter directory”

I've received an e-mail from a user worried that the following errors on one of his servers is indicative of a serious problem. The trouble is, the errors below are all that I have to go on. I ...
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Right clicks not detected after burst of right-clicks

I am having a problem with right-clicks going undetected when I do a "burst" of right clicks (e.g. 2 or more per second for a short duration). This is really annoying when playing DotA2 which requires ...
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How can I find the hardware model in Linux?

I used a system information utility to take the model number of a system, and also of the motherboard. DMI System Manufacturer LENOVO DMI System Product 2306CTO DMI System Version ...
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How to prevent automatic external hard-drive unmount

I am running some simulations in Matlab on a Linux machine (running Debian Gnome v3.4.2). All the scripts and heavy .mat files are in an external 1TB Toshiba hard-drive connected through USB 3.0 to ...
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generate consistent machine unique ID

Can we generate a unique id for each PC, something like uuuidgen, but it will never change unless there are hardware changes? I was thinking about merging CPUID and MACADDR and hash them to generate ...
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How to enable second SIM slot in ALIX6F2 and how to switch 3G to it from the 1st one?

I am trying to enable the SIM slot under the RF card but with no success whatsoever. I'm using Voyage 0.8 (a stripped off Debian distribution) as an operating system. A bit of searching landed me to ...