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Acer Aspire S3 or Asus Zenbook Ultrabook for running Linux (Ubuntu / Debian)

I'm curious if anyone has had success with running Ubuntu or Debian on the latest Ultrabooks. Specifically, the Acer Aspire s3 or the Asus Zenbook? I have had an Asus UL30a since they came out, ...
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Install r5u87x on FreeBSD

I need to install Ricoh r5u87x webcam loader on FreeBSD, because it solve not suspending in unix/linux boxes on my vaio laptop as I try it in UBUNTU, but the loader is simply for Linux, I think. Is ...
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Switch off syslog on laptop?

Is there any point in keeping logs on my laptop? This is not a server to debug problems via syslog. I occassionally want to look at dmesg | tail but that does not mean I need anything on disk. Wastes ...
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Toggle going to sleep when laptop lid closes?

I'm running Fedora 15 Gnome on a laptop. I can't seem to find an option to toggle if the laptop goes to sleep when the lid closes. There are certain times where I want to put the laptop away or close ...
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Powertop tunables: what does it do?

I just installed Powertop 1.98 on my laptop (T420 + FC15). There is a section called "Tunables". Half of my devices show as Bad. I see I can toggle from Bad to Good? What this section is for? What ...
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Fedora 15 address collision on Compaq CQ41?

I keep getting an address collision warning at boot time, between ACPI and Video Rom. If I add acpi=off to grub.conf the error goes away, but then I have no power management (battery icon, proper ...
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If I close the laptop lid the next boot fails

I never shutdown my laptop. I use hibernate instead. Hibernate and suspend are working, but if I close the lid after clicking "Hibernate" the next boot will crash. I see a black screen that never goes ...
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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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fedora on the asus transformer?

Can you run fedora on the Asus Transformer? The form factor looks great, battery, having a tablet, etc; also, if/when gnome3 gets all touchy (sorry for the pun there), it'll be perfect for the ...
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How to configure Xorg for a dynamic dual monitor setup

I have a laptop usually (!) connected to an external monitor. Now I want to configure (if possible without any scripts and/or xrandr) xorg such that If the external monitor is connected AND the ...
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Make laptop to wake up by keyboard and mouse

The only way I can wake up my laptop (HP Elitebook 8460p) from suspend is by pressing the power button. Neither the built-in keyboard/mouse nor the external ones (connected via USB) wake the laptop ...
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How to extend my desktop to a second connected screen

I'm sure the answer to this question was already presented here in some where, but a quick search (here + Google) didn't find it. I connect a screen to my laptop, and it's blank. How do I extend my ...
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Laptop web cam not recognised by Linux Mint

I am new to Linux and I have a 64-bit Linux Mint 10 but it does not recognise my Lenovo Y650 camera. When I try to open the Video4Linux Control Panel, I get the following error: Unable to open ...
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No sound when attached to docking station

I have been using Linux and Ubuntu only since the last two months on my (2006) Sony Vaio VGN A617S laptop which is going pretty well on Ubuntu 10.10. When installing Ubuntu audio did get installed ...
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I can't adjust screen brightness of my laptop anymore

My laptop has keyboard buttons for adjusting screen brightness. After a Debian Squeeze re-installation, they don't work no more. [laptop] Acer TravelMate 6592; I use Fn< to decrease the brightness ...
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Ideal Hardware for GNU/Linux Laptop

What's the best way to find a laptop with hardware that is amenable to installing and running GNU/Linux? I'm looking for something that will ideally work with GPL'd drivers and/or firmware. I took a ...
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How to use three monitors on a laptop?

I have a laptop running Ubuntu 9.04 with a dual-head setup: laptop panel + external monitor. I'd like to add another monitor but the laptop has a single VGA port, so my question is: what are my ...
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Grub error 21 unless both sd card and live-usb are present

I'm not sure exactly how my EEE PC got to this point, but I have Backtrack (an Ubuntu-based distro) on the SD card, and a few different Ubuntu LiveUSB distros on different USB memory sticks. If both ...
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What is the Linux equivalent of the Windows registry?

I have a DVD+-RW drive that has quit working. Apparently many users of this laptop model experience the same problem under windows and are required to edit the registry to correct the problem. So ...
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What distributions work out of the box with tablet computers?

I recently got my hands on a tablet computer. I tend to at least dual boot my systems. While doing some research about tablet computing and *nix most of the information was from the 2004-2008 era ...
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Advice on running a headless laptop

My current laptop is falling apart, specifically the screen hinges. Once (or ideally before) they break, I'd like to run the machine as a storage device. I strongly prefer using GUIs over CLI. Any ...
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Which laptop is most compatible with Linux?

I've always been unlucky with regards to choosing a laptop that I can install Linux on. If it's not the wireless card that's not working out of the box, it's the video card. Also, I'm still not able ...
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Looking for ARM- or MIPS-based computer (netbook or similar size) to play with

I am bored and want to play with a netbook or other small computer. Can anyone recommend something? Requirements: ARM or MIPS CPU Can run Windows CE 6 and/or Linux (preferably dual-boot) Linux ...