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How good is the support in Intel Skylake Core M processors?

I've been starting to think about upgrading my 2-in-1 tablet/laptop. My eyes caught the new Asus UX360CA which sports a nice Core M 6Y30 processor (it seems that the specification is very close to the ...
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Problems with laptop cooling fan

This is what's happening: I decide to set up my laptop sensors for watching my processor temperature, and I then use pwmconfig to get my fan cooling my processor right. It all works out, but here's ...
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Kali Linux with Dual Monitors on Docking Station

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad P50 (Running the latest Kali OS) docked to a Thinkpad Docking station and the issue I am having is that it seems like the monitors and the laptop keeps switching from Mirror ...
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Dual monitor setup on a laptop: internal monitor peeking through on external display

Recently I began to use my laptop (Dell Inspiron N5020) with an external display. I use the displays side-by-side, internal on the left, external on the right. The problem is, however, that the ...
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Debian 8 (Jessie) - Laptop stops working after closing the laptop lid

I have a HP15 r007TX laptop with Debian 8 (Jessie) installed. Whenever I close the lid and then reopen, the laptop stops working. It get's stuck showing a blank screen. From there nothing happens and ...
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Can I still use a GUI on a headless laptop (used for storage)?

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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fglrx causing “fixing recursive fault but reboot is needed” on Intel/AMD hybrid graphics

I am currently using Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon 64-bit on my laptop with hybrid graphics (Intel/AMD) and I can't get the AMD proprietary graphics drivers (fglrx) running properly. They always put my ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 (Lenovo Thinkpad Sl500) wireless driver not working

I just installed Ubuntu 16.04 on a Lenovo Thinkpad SL500 but the Wifi is not working, although the wired connection is still fine. Pastebin: http://paste.ubuntu.com/16020359/ Here are the results of ...
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Cannot boot GRUB bootloader just shows 'GRUB' with blinking cursor

When I boot normally (or try to boot from a USB), all I get is GRUB with a blinking cursor. No command works, even CTRL-ALT-DEL. If I try to boot from a USB/DVD, I get the same error more or less. ...
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Laptop sleeps by itself - in logs “Sleep requested” - requested by what?

I left my Linux laptop on with the lid open while it was on battery power for several minutes, and it went to "sleep" (according to the systemd journal) - I assume this means the same as hibernation? ...
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Bluetooth scan does not find any bluetooth device

I am running Linux Mint 17.2 64bit on a Acer Aspire-VN7-791G. Bluetooth seems to be working - at least I can turn it on - but when scanning for other devices nothing is found. lspci returns the ...
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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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About Fedora and NVIDIA (laptop)

I am using Fedora to program and I need the power of my Nvidia card. I have been unable to install the proprietary driver. How can I install Nvidia-Settings (like *buntu) in my laptop? (Packard Bell ...
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Acer Aspire touchpad not detected

I have been searching for days and can only find threads about the touchpad not working or not being enabled but it seems Kali cannot find it all. I have both Windows and Mint and the touchpad works ...
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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 /etc/...
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Backlight control doesn't work in Manjaro with nVidia GF108GLM [NVS5200M]

I have just scrapped Linux Mint 16 for Manjaro (kernel 4.1.15) on my Dell Latitude 6530. I have installed NVidia proprietary drivers in the hope resume from hibernate would work. It does but now I'm ...
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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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Puppy Linux has problems with mouse.

I have an old IBM Thinkpad (I think it is the X40) that my dad bought refurbished thinking he was getting a great steal on a modern computer. What I am trying to do is get it running Puppy Linux form ...
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Linux on Lenovo Z575 - no display after installation

I am trying to install Linux on Lenovo Ideapad Z575 (AMD). When I run Ubuntu or Fedora from a LiveCD, I got some initial screens (purple screen with small icon for Ubuntu, some information screen ...
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Linux distributions specifically for non pae CPU and no internet [duplicate]

I will try to word this so that it doesn't sounds like a request for recommendation, but it might not work well. Anyway: I have an old (about 12 years) with Windows XP. 256 mb ram 20 gb ...
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Fan Speed in Macbook running Linux

I am currently running arch on an older generation macbook; 2009 with a core2duo processor. One of the common issues with the machine is that it runs hot (70-90 while browsing and playing videos on ...
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Kali Linux: Manufacturer says they do not provide drivers

I am using Windows 7 on my Toshiba Satellite series laptop. I want to install Kali on it, but when I checked the Toshiba website, I found they do not provide device drivers for Linux. So, does this ...
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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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Linux Mint OS always freezes when laptop is not charging

I'm using Linux Mint 17.3 OS on my HP Compaq nc6400 laptop. The OS always freezes after a while if I'm using my laptop without charging it but never does so if I'm charging my laptop while using it. ...
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Xubuntu touchpad button issues

I have a Sony Vaio VGN-NR260E laptop running Xubuntu 14.04 LTS and the left mouse button works sporadically. Sometimes it clicks, sometimes not. I tested Debian Jessie with the touchpad and it worked ...
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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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Blue Fn + Function keys not working with Lubuntu on my Thinkpad

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad X201 (if the submodel matters, please say so), with Lubuntu 15.10 running on it. I use LXDE for my desktop environment (as the name suggets). Now, as you may know, Thinkpads ...
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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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Get current screen brightness level

The brightness keys on my laptop work ok, and gnome shell displays a level bar when changing it. But the level bar doesn't display any values (absolute nor relative). How can I retrieve the current ...
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Linux doesn't detect Fn + F6 (toggle touchpad) combination on Lenovo V580 laptop

NOTE. Sorry for reposting this question. It was originally asked on superuser.com but there is no an answer or a comment there. Now I'm not sure what better site to ask such questions. Though there ...
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Mint 17.2 KDE sluggish after login

I'm running Linux Mint 17.2 KDE on a four-year old Dell XPS 15z laptop. After login, the computer is sluggish for about ten minutes, and then it goes back to normal. I've checked CPU usage and it's ...
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Linux or Unix for old Notebook (Benq 7000) with Pentium 4 m [closed]

I own an old notebook with 1GB of ram and a pentium4m cpu. It's still running m$-win-xp. I*d like to replace this "os" with a real one. I use it for general use: writing (open-office), mailing (...
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Primusrun not launching Steam game

I have an Arch Linux laptop with Bumblebee. If I launch a game with the default parameters, it has horrible FPS since it is using the integrated graphics. I downloaded bbswitch and Primus (both 64 and ...
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GDM not launching GNOME

So, I installed everything including Bumblebee, nvidia, intel drivers, and GNOME on my laptop. It worked fine at first. I noticed it said XServer could not be found while running nvidia-settings, so I ...
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ASUS ZenBook Linux install fails

Trying to install a linux distro (CentOS/Ubuntu) on ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T fails so far. I've used bootable usb, created by pendrive/unetbootin from range of iso files (centos-minimal/ubuntu-...
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Is there a way to control the battery charging port of a laptop?

So here's the idea, i want to be able to control this so as to keep the battery wear level to a minimum. At >25% , the battery will be in discharge 'mode' and as the battery reaches <25%, I will ...
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Laptop slow and unresponsive when running on battery

My laptop is slow and unresponsive when running in battery; it works fawless when connected to ac power. In the past I used to have tlp/laptopmode-tools but since Linux 3.x I have uninstalled both. ...
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Debian live USB has no EFI boot driver and cannot be installed on an Acer laptop

I have created two live USBs in two separate pendrives: The first one has an ISO image of Debian. The second one has an ISO image of Fedora. Equal conditions My laptop: Aspire V11 Touch (aka ...
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Dual monitor setup with xrandr: extending without/with disabled scrolling

This is not a question, but rather a work around for a problem under Ubuntu, I encountered. Setup: Given a laptop screen (e.g., "LVDS-1-0") and a second screen (e.g., "DP-1") with the second screen ...
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Reduce CPU wakeups by cinnamon and i915

In order to reduce my notebook's power consumption I am using PowerTOP 2.5. hardware: Thinkpad W540 os: Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa kernel: 3.16.0-38-generic I noticed that cinnamon and i915 are the ...
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AMD HD 8850M doesn't work

I have a laptop Dell Inspiron 3537 with AMD Radeon HD 8850M on it. I use Debian Linux Testing (x86_64). When I try to launch applications by command DRI_PRIME=1 <app_name>, they start with ...
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Laptop screen dims after 20 seconds, cannot change that

On my HP laptop with Fedora 23, screen dims after 20 seconds when using batteries, and I couldn't find a way to change that. I've set gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power idle-dim ...
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How to disable suspend on close laptop lid on NixOS?

I'm using NixOS on a laptop and want to disable auto-suspension that happens every time I close the laptop lid. Approach described in “How to disable auto suspend when I close laptop lid?”, that is, ...
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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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Installing Linux on hard disk that will be used by another computer with different hardware

I was given a laptop with a totally dead display. I do not want to pay to replace the broken display, but I would like to use the laptop as a server and connect to it via SSH to control it. I have ...
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Configure linux laptop to switch off screen but otherwise remain running when lid closed

Hi i'm trying to set up an old laptop as a 'server' for testing purposes. As such, I don't want the screen on all day, however i do want the cpu running 24x7. Can the 'lid close' switch be ...
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debian not shutting down properly

I have an acer aspire e1-572 with intel core i5-4200u, intel graphics HD 4400, 8 gb ram and a 500gb samsung 840 evo ssd. In this machine there are windows 10 and debian testing + gnome shell 3.18 in ...
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How do I enable laptop settings in debian?

I have just installed debian jessie and have installed laptop-mode-tools. However, looking on the Laptop Mode Tools page, not only is there a plethora of options, but it also says this software should ...
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My laptop shuts down every time I unplug it

I am using a Lenovo G580 with Linux Mint 14 updated. My laptop shuts off every time I unplug it as if there is no battery even when I am using the BIOS. But, It detects the battery as "84% charging" ...
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Can a laptop battery explode while using Linux?

I have a 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, and I really want to install Debian on it. I have the know-how and have had at least three Debian systems before this. I am very knowledgable with the command-line ...