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How to mount a hard disk in Linux mint? [closed]

I have a laptop with the 298gb hdd but yesterday a mad kid hitted his hand on my laptop and everything got messed up. The windows os which was intalled is not starting so I started using live usb ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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How can I tell what woke my laptop from suspend? [duplicate]

On other operating systems, there are ways to see what process or event woke them from suspend. I leave my laptop often for multiple days in suspend, sometimes to find that it has woken itself up and ...
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How can I install Ubuntu 13.10 on Asus n56dp-dh11

My laptop has uefi and when I open the bios there is no clear way to tell the computer to boot from USB or CD. I'm very confused on how I'm supposed to install anything, even windows 7 can not load ...
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Black screen after installing Arch Linux, conventional fixes don't work

I recently installed Arch Linux on my HP Pavilion dv6 (Radeon HD 6770m graphics card) to dual boot with Windows 7 by following the beginner's guide found on the Arch wiki. After grub loads, I choose ...
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How to make sure that Thinkpad discharges external slice battery first?

The thing is that when an external slice battery pack is connected, the laptop first discharges the internal one. This is a problem because then it is impossible to switch between multiple external ...
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Changing systemd HandleLidSwitch setting during run-time?

The setting HandleLidSwitch is defined in /etc/systemd/logind.conf as follows: HandleLidSwitch=<hibernate,ignore,...> The setting is applied successfully on boot. However, I would like to ...
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Backlight powersaving: Working in X11, but backlight does not turn off on virtual terminal. Gentoo, Asus EeePC 1015bx

I'm facing a puzzling issue on my laptop, an Asus EeePC 1015bx, which has an AMD C-60 APU and is running Gentoo. Although the screen powersave functions are working in X11, the backlight does not ...
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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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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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Writing a systemd service to be executed at resume

my Dell laptop is subject to this bug with kernel 3.14. As a workaround I wrote a simple script /usr/bin/brightness-fix: #!/bin/bash echo 0 > /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightnes ...
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How to disable auto suspend when I close laptop lid?

I'm using archlinux. It never auto-suspend before a recent system upgrade(maybe I updated the kernel?). I think it is related to laptop-mode or acpid, so I stop them: /etc/rc.d/laptop-mode stop ...
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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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How can one make a laptop remain pingable and continue running its daemons even after the lid is closed?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 server on a laptop, and I'm pinging it from another machine. Whenever I close the lid, the pings stop getting responses, and when I open it again, they resume receiving them. ...
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How can I automatically update my monitor layout in XFCE?

I have a laptop that's normally docked to a large monitor. When docked, I want to use the large monitor as the primary display, with the laptop screen as a secondary display off to the right. When ...
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How to disable energy saving on notebook screen when using Scientific Linux 6.3?

So there is a notebook that has Scientific Linux 6.3 installed with GNOME 2. If we don't press any button on the keyboard or move the mouse, the screen of it turns black. But: if we move the ...
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Dell D610 6.5 CentOS Installation - Undetected Network Adapters

I've spent the better part of the day attempting to install CentOS 6.5 on an older Dell D610 laptop, using everything from a Minimal Install to the Full DVD. After multiple attempts I was able to ...
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I can't get any internet connection on Crunchbang, how can I download and manually install the drivers?

I recently installed crunchbang on my Lenovo G505 Laptop, it uses broadcom drivers and I can't get any type of connection. I have tried connecting it with an ethernet cable every way that I could and ...
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How to read the messages during power off

I'm using Lubuntu 11.10. Every time I turn off my Sony Vaio I can read FAIL in red letters. But I can not read. I tried to take a photo, but not success. Well, I was not worrying about this but ...
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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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Having driver load after lid opens

I am running crunchbang OS, I need to load the wifi adapter's realtek driver when open the lid since it removes itself every time I close the laptop. Is it better to put the start up script inside ...
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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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Boot desktop from laptop connected by USB

Would it be possible to have laptop with some Linux, that I would be able to connect to any desktop with USB-USB cable, and boot something from that laptop? (its actual OS or something different ...
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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 long system has been awake / running / since restart

First and foremost I want to know how long my laptop (unix, apple, OSX 10.9 mavericks) has been 'awake' (i.e. how long its been open, or since it last 'slept'). I' also be interested in how long ...
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How to make my laptop safe & secure from any accidents like deleting by mistake?

This should be a general question. This Q sprung my mind yesterday late evening because I accidentally deleted files from another partition rather than from the partition I was intending to do. I'm ...
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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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Stop laptop keys acting as a numpad with numlock on

I have bought an USB number pad and it's working as expected. Anyway, to use number keys, I need num lock on, and if I turn it on, my keyboard numpad sends numbers instead of the letters... How to ...
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SSH proxy laptop

I run a simple ssh proxy and I am always on the move with my laptop. Having to restart it every time I open the lid and connect to the internet. sshpass -p password ssh -D 9999 root@myvpsip Is it ...
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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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Wireless mouse freezes frequently for a second on laptop, when on battery

I have Samsung NP360E5A-A07PL laptop with ELAN Smart-Pad (ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad, according to gpointing-device-settings), and a Logitech M195 wireless mouse (with an USB receiver). On Linux ...
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Trying to get started with Unix on a Windows laptop [closed]

I caught a cold and my brain hurts just looking at the pc screen but I wanna get started learning Unix asap. Basically, I've acquired another laptop and I want to install Unix on it so I can try it ...