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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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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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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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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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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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Debian laptop suspends periodically

My Debian laptop (current release: testing) today started to suspend periodically for some unknown reason. It happens either I'm trying to type something, use mouse or make any other activity. What ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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WiFi not working - wlan0 FAILED

My Arch (3.6.5-1) is exhibiting a rather peculiar problem: when wifi is set up, all logs indicate that the setup was successful and that the interface is up and functional. However, when attempting to ...
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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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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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Lenovo T440s battery status unknown, but charging?

I'm trying to configure my Lenovo on arch linux. The last thing I need to do is get the battery 100% working. Right now it appears that the main battery's state is unknown: ...
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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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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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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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How to use Sony VAIO buttons to lock the screen?

I have a Sony Vaio VPCEG laptop, like this. I'm using Lubuntu 11.10. I'd like to use those 3 buttons (Assist, WEB and VAIO). They work with Windows 7, to recover the system and to open the browser. ...
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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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LXDE not turning on laptop monitor where VGA disconnected

I'm using LXDE (on Lubuntu 15.04) on my laptop (which is a Lenovo X201). When I connect the laptop to an external monitor and tell LXDE to use only that (and blank the laptop monitor) - it obliges me. ...
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XMobar-friendly low-battery warning?

I'm in the process of setting up a laptop running Debian Jesse with xmonad as the display manager. I use xmobar to display information about the current state of the system, including the battery ...
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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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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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Diagnoising a hardware issue on linux

I have a laptop that completly turns its self off after an unpredictable amount of time. It also doesn't allow for its self to turn it back on after a period of time. To me this sounds like an issue ...
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udev does not see drm subsystem changes on laptop resume

I am using udev to manage setting up monitors on my ThinkPad T400. I use a docking station, and the desired behavior is that when I dock the laptop, the LVDS output is turned off, and the DVI-0 output ...
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How to disable nvidia ion on Asus eeepc 1201NL?

It seems that my netbook consumes battery too aggressively. I've been told that Nvidia ION videocard embedded into it has 2 cores and one of them is consuming battery all the time in Linux, since 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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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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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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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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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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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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Plugging an external screen turns off backlight on laptop

I use lightdm on my laptop Asus F200MA running Debian 8. When I plug an external VGA screen (actually a beamer), the backlight of the screen goes off but the VGA display is not turned on ...
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Invalid frequency found for processor

I have installed Linux on a Dell inspiron 1150 laptop, dual booting with Windows XP. In Linux I have a mouse lag problem dragging windows on the desktop, but I do not have this problem in Windows. ...
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My ext4 partition is corruption-prone possibly because of suspend

I'm using an encrypted ext4 main partition on a Lenovo i7 laptop running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, currently using the 3.13.0-53-generic x86_64 kernel. After running for multiple weeks without shutting down ...
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Ethernet adapter not recognized at all (Steam Os)

I have an issue where my Ethernet adapter(realtek TL8118AS-CG0) in my Samsung np365ec (amd a8-4500m Quad core 4gb of RAM) is not recognized at all. The wireless card works fine but is only 2.4ghz, and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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upstart-udev-bridge is using 100% CPU (and a known fix doesn't help)

I'm running Linux Mint 12 on a Latitude D630 and every time I start my laptop (and sometimes when I come back from being suspended), top shows that upstart-udev-bridge is using 100% CPU (and if I do ...
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Network Interfaces Don't Exist After Loading Modules

I installed SourceMage Linux on my laptop and the ethernet and wireless interfaces don't exist after loading the required modules (tg3 and ath9k). On other distros (Xubuntu, aptosid) the networking ...
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Intel 4400 Multi screen problems

So I have a Dell Inspron 15 with a i3 processor and intel 4400 graphics. I have just installed debian 8 (jesse) and when I plug in my monitor, the laptop flickers for a second and then goes blank. The ...