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Laptop & compatible distro wanted: Sub £250, low power, SSD HDD, only CLI interface required [on hold]

I'm currently looking for a new laptop that is known to be compatible with Linux. I think I'm being reasonable with my specs where I'd like something that fulfils the following: Low powered (Intel ...
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couldn't ping router, although it offered an IP-address

I've installed Linux Mint 16 on my HP envy 6. It activated automatically the proprietary driver, which recognized the WiFi interface and called it eth1. I could connect to my router, I get the IP ...
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Linux distros unresponsive/unstable on my ASUS X550LN laptop

So I've had this problem ever since I got my laptop last year, it's an ASUS X550LN (Intel i7 4500, 8Gb RAM, Nvidia GT 840M). I'm originally running Win 8.1 64bit and I wouldn't mind dual booting a ...
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How can I make hybrid graphics(AMD/Intel) work on Ubuntu?

I own a HP ProBook 450 G0 laptop, running Ubuntu 14.04 (3.16.0-33-generic x86_64). This particular laptop has two GPUs and I want to be able to switch between them. I'm looking for a free driver or ...
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Which Linux Kernel supports a Thunderbolt display port in a PC laptop?

I recently got a PC laptop with a Thunderbolt display. I would like to install Linux but which Kernel version can support a Thunderbolt display?
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Can I use my SIM card slot to telephone?

My laptop (a Thinkpad T440) has a SIM card slot which is meant to be used for internet, though I haven't tested that yet since I don't have any SIM cards with internet contracts. However, is it ...
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How to set up RTLinux on x64 laptop to behave realtime?

I have to set up RTLinux and run a real-time ST language interpreter. The official RTLinux has been abandoned and its official download site does not work. I decided to use community RT_PREEMPT patch. ...
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aura ash vs x windowing server

I don't completely understand the underlying technology very well, but it seems to me that Chromium OS is based on Aura and Ash and Ubuntu currently uses X Windowing Server with Unity/KDE/Gnome/etc on ...
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Unable to make touchpad work

I'm trying to find here a solution for my long-time touchpad problem. I tried one year ago at ...
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Enable access to WLAN

I was given a Acer Aspire One A110 Netbook (ca. 6 years old) with Ylmf OS. It's the first time I own a computer running on LINUX. So I am unexperienced with it. So far I get along quite well, but one ...
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Why doesn't Linux shutdown cleanly?

I'm running Linux Mint with LXDE on Dell Inspiron 1501. Whenever I issue poweroff command, or reboot or shutdown the computer via the graphical menus, it doesn't seem like a clean shutdown. In ...
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Black screen at boot with Mint and Ubuntu live CDs

I just bought an HP pavillion g6 laptop, with the hope of installing Linux on it. I have now tried both Linux Mint (my first choice) and Ubuntu, and both simply give me a black screen from the moment ...
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How to adjust brightness in Fedora 17 on Sony Vaio

I have a Sony E Series laptop with Fedora 17 and Windows 8 in dual boot. The brightness adjusts just fine on my Windows8 but not in Fedora. If I change it with the brightness slider in the power ...
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Wifi not working on compaq 6715b running ubuntu 14.04

I'm trying to get WIFI running on an old compaq 6715b laptop. It does not show up in iwconfig, so I assume that I need to install drivers. I've tried using ndiswrapper, and tried "sudo apt-get install ...
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WMI-based hotkeys on not working

On my Dell latitude e6540, the WMI hotkeys Fn+Up and Fn+Down are not working. I have all necesary modules compiled in my kernel: CONFIG_DELL_LAPTOP=m CONFIG_DELL_WMI=m CONFIG_DELL_WMI_AIO=m On the ...
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System Boot Order not found (Secure boot is not enabled)

I have this problem http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=299306. Although this thread is not mine, I experience this problem in familiar way. Also when I put live CD, it cannot boot from the ...
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Ubuntu 12.04.5 laptop not detecting external monitor

I am running ubuntu on my work laptop. When I plug in my external VGA monitor it mirrors part of the screen (different resolution) but does not appear on my monitor list under System Settings > Screen ...
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Script for “battery level reminder”

I want to plug in the laptop battery charger when the battery level goes down to 40% and then plug it out when the battery charge level reaches 80%. And for that reason, I need a script that would ...
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Laptop restarts after lid closed

My laptop restarts everytime I close the lid and open it up again. In System Settings->Power there is no option for what the laptop should do when the lid is closed. The laptop never did this before ...
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nvidia driver [discrete graphics] on Optimus laptop doesn't load

I'm trying to use my ThinkPad W520 with external monitors in a docking station. When I start my computer with [Discrete Graphics] set in the BIOS, systemd loads and then the computer just hangs as if ...
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How to detect the presence of a battery?

I'm trying to automate desktop setup, and as part of that I'd like to install a battery monitor package only if the machine currently has a battery attached (UPSes and other external batteries are not ...
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Linux on HP Laptop

I have an HP Pavillion p027 TX Notebook PC with the following hardware: Intel core i3 4030@1.90 GHZ and 4 GB RAM NVIDIA GEFORCE 830 M Broadcom 43142 Bluetooth Broadcom 43142 b/g/n wifi adapter ...
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TCP, UDP, etc. works, HTTP(S) does not

I have been trying to set up Debian Jessie on an old Dell Inspiron 300m. Right now the problem I have is, the ethernet connection only works partially. ICMP works. I can ping IPs and FQDNs. UDP ...
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Brightness keys not working on 3.14+ kernel

I have a dual-boot installation: OpenSuSE 13.2 & Linux Mint 17.1 on Asus k55vd, both 64-bit. I am running a 3.14 kernel on Linux Mint and 3.16 on OpenSuSE. I had encountered that kernels above ...
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Why is laptop screen called eDP1?

In my new laptop, using i915 and the intel driver of Xorg, the laptop screen is called eDP1 in Randr $ xrandr eDP1 connected 1024x768+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 277mm x 156mm ...
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How can I fix/install/reinstall grub?

So I started out with a 250GB HDD, the stock drive from an EeePC 1015pem that I am trying to turn into a MintBook. The drive is physically operable, but all data has been nuked, including the old OS. ...
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Where are pm-powersave settings on OpenSUSE 13.2, and are they used?

I am trying to sort out powersaving for OpenSUSE 13.2 running on a laptop. I found this guide: https://en.opensuse.org/Powersaving for understanding Powersaving on OpenSUSE. However, it appears to ...
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How can I save/restore window positions when I undock/dock my laptop?

I have a laptop with a docking station that has a large monitor connected to it. When the laptop is docked, I use the monitor as my primary display, and the laptop screen as a secondary display. ...
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OpenSUSE overheating

I've newly installed OpenSUSE with GNOME and LXDE on my Laptop. But suddenly I realised that my Laptop is overheating. Before my Linux Distro was Ubuntu with the Unity desktop and LXDE. Ubuntu wasn't ...
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DVD not mounted automatically in Linux Mint Debian Edition

I just installed LMDE on a brand new laptop. When I inserted a movie-dvd for the first time, it was loaded not causing any trouble. But since then, there seems to be no automatic mounting of dvds ...
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Debian systems seems to recognize speakers but not the headphones for Lenovo laptops

First of All, I know there are lot of questions out there on same topic but still I could not figure out the solution. Being a average system level programmer (beginner in kernel programming) I would ...
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Disabling hibernation in debian testing (lxde)

I have a dell inspiron 6000 laptop running debian testing lxde. I can't figure out how to disable hibernation once the lid is closed. Do I modify the systmd files or the lib/systemd/systemd-sleep ...
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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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How do I make Powertop's suggestions permanent?

When I run Powertop, and look at the Tunables screen, about twenty things are listed as Bad. I can toggle these to Good by pressing enter, and when I do so, projected battery lifetime doubles. How ...
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Suspend to RAM not working

I get following error when I try to suspend my laptop: failed to check authorisation: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.Service.Unknown: The name org.freedesktop.PolicyKit1 was not provided by ...
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How to check if my battery is healthy?

My Lenovo ThinkPad T61 is rather old, and a couple of years ago I had to replace the battery as the old one was dead. Now the replacement battery seems like dying a slow death, but I get conflicting ...
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how to fix key lag on laptop on startup in battery mode?

I have an XPS 13 Developer Edition Dell Laptop running Debian GNU/Linux Jessie (testing). When the laptop starts up on battery power, the keyboard is so unresponsive that it is a real struggle to ...
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why is my laptop-mode configuration being ignored?

I am running Debian GNU/Linux Jessie (testing) on my laptop. I enabled the systemd laptop-mode service: $ sudo laptop_mode Laptop mode enabled, active [unchanged] and in my ...
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Switch monitors on ThinkPad W520 while docked

I'm trying to make my (ThinkPad W520) laptop monitor turn on (by itself, with the other monitors turning off) using xrandr when docked and connected to external monitors. My end goal is to ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS - USB 3.0 Low Output or not working

I have a problem with my laptop. Since I've installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in dual boot, my two USB 3.0 don't work anymore. Maybe you need to know: My Laptop has 2*USB 2.0 and 2*USB 3.0. One of the USB ...
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Determine status of laptop lid

I have a weird problem where my laptop will wake when it's closed, generating a lot of heat and causing much frustration. Is there a way that I can tell if the laptop's lid is closed so that I can ...
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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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Does BIOS device whitelist affect Linux?

Starting with 2002, Lenovo (actually, it was IBM back then) started whitelisting the wireless adapters and other devices allowed to be used in their ThinkPad laptops. Some other manufacturers are ...
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Hard disk drive spins up on laptop sleep/wake, can I stop it doing this?

I have in my Arch Linux-running laptop an SSD and an HDD; the latter I use seldom. It is mounted as /mnt/sdb5 and configured to spin down proactively when on battery (/etc/default/tlp, ...
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How to provision software across multiple laptops [duplicate]

I've got a bunch of laptops for my classroom and I'm using Ubuntu. I want to be able to add/update/remove software across them as easily as possible and I'm not sure how to go about it. I was ...
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External VGA monitor port not working on HP Elitebook 2540p running RHEL 6.5

I'm running RHEL 6.5 on an HP EliteBook 2540p. When I connect the external VGA port to a projector or external monitor and press Fn+F3 to switch to the external port, nothing happens. Under System ...
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Which distro for this ancient laptop? [closed]

I have ancient laptop and need a distro for it which will do basic stuff mainly Word processing, Web Browsing, Playing some songs and movies on it. The specs are: Intel Celeron M 440 @ 1.60 Ghz ...
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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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Strategies for userland file encryption without FDE

There are cryptography experts that are concerned over using Full Disk Encryption (FDE) on *nix platforms due to attack surface exposed due to reverse engineering of encryption algorithm when looking ...
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How to 'simulate' a Fn key

I want to 'simulate' a Fn key of an ASUS laptop running Ubuntu when using a normal external keyboard. How can I do this?