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what log files in Linux to search for hardware errors

As an administrator what other log files, besides /var/log/messages, can you look through to see if there are any hardware errors or anomalies happening? For example, you power on a Linux server at ...
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High CPU Usage and lag in LinuxMint: performance Issues and Solutions

I open some programs (maybe limited to games, or maybe the problem lies deeper) on my Linux Mint, and when I check their status using the top command in the terminal, I see that they completely use 3 ...
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Issue connecting my Bluetooth earphones. The device is found when in a live session (same distro)

I've been using Pop!_OS for a while and recently bought Bluetooth earphones. It's on desktop PC without an integrated Bluetooth. I bought a supposedly good Bluetooth dongle. The Bluetooth recognizes ...
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How to prove that the eMMC on my single-board computers have a hardware defect?

Some of my single-board-computers (SBCs) are printing errors to the kernel log (dmesg) and most of the time show malfunctioning behaviour afterwards. On the same device some boots can be successful ...
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Bottom row of keys will not type, unless they are held down for a random(?) amount of seconds, to which they then work for a bit before regressing

System $ uname -r 6.6.23-1-rt28-MANJARO $ cat /etc/*release Manjaro Linux DISTRIB_ID="ManjaroLinux" DISTRIB_RELEASE="24.0.0" DISTRIB_CODENAME="Wynsdey" ...
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CPU running well under maximum frequency

I use my computer for very CPU intense simulations, but no matter what I do the actual CPU frequency wont ever come close to hardware capacity. I have an i9-13900K, which maximum CPU freq. is 5.8GHz. ...
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file system on an emmc damaged by a power surge?

I'm running a Quartz64 (Model A) booting off an eMMC drive, and it recently suffered a file system corruption after a power outage due to a lightening strike.  After this, it wouldn't boot up.  I had ...
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What is the difference between driver name and kernel module name for lshw?

Using lshw to query my WiFi USB adapter shows the following: $ lshw -C network *-network description: Wireless interface physical id: 12 bus info: usb@3:7 ...
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Does Linux Log Unreadable/Unrecoverable Sectors from Drives?

Occasionally a drive sector is so corrupted that even the controller cannot fix it, and the data is lost. It may then be marked as a bad sector. Does Linux make a log of such lost data in journald or ...
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OS detects less memory than BIOS

I have OpenBSD 7.5 installed on a Beelink SER5 MAX Mini PC. The product has 16 GiB memory, and the BIOS detects Total Memory: 16384 MB (DDR4). However, OpenBSD top only reports Memory: Real: 169M/...
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Fedora 39 - Is it hardware or software problems?

Quite often my system freezes. I've experienced two instances of this "freezing": The first type is when all of a sudden the whole display freezes, the keyboard and mouse are still lit up ...
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Editors crashing with certain characters, programs crashing, how to diagnoze?

I'm having strange problems with my PC and don't know what to do. It all started with the fact that certain characters (Devanagari characters) could no longer be displayed in my Emacs. Whenever I ...
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Why do the lights of keyboard turn on after standby?

What causes the keyboard to stay turned on (or turn back on a few min later) after standby and how to make it turn off on Debian? There are a few lights on my USB keyboard and for a long time after ...
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USB recognized in docking station when booting Windows - but not when booting Debian

I have a USB mouse and keyboard plugged in a Dell notebook which is connected to an I-Tec docking station. The docking station is connected to two monitors. In addition, two external USB harddisks are ...
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HDMI port not detected in CentOS 7

I purchased a new Lenovo ideapad 3, Core i7 decent laptop with Linux Mint. Had to backwards install Centos 7 to run an AWIPS weather program. Now the HDMI external port to run an external monitor ...
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Is it correct to physically remove a PCI-E device after 'removing' it via sysfs?

Sometimes I have to replace a PCI Express device, for example a network card (NIC) on a Linux server. I was always wondering if it is possible to do without downtime. I had success with adding new ...
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Linux 6.7: /sys/class/graphics/fb0 is missing

What happened to this node/symlink? It used to be there for ages, linking to the primary display adapter, and I cannot find it any longer with Linux 6.7.4. I've not found anything relevant in the ...
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Screen glitches / artifacts / flickering on all modern distros and kernels. I haven't been able to find solution for over half a year [closed]

Description of the issue: Horizontal lines, glitches, black or white horizontal bars appear randomly on the screen. It's very, very random. Sometimes it's barely noticeable, sometimes it's like on two ...
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How are data organized when written in the Micro SD cards? [closed]

How are data organized when written in the Micro SD cards as there are no mechanical spinning platters like hard disks?
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wifi stops working on linux 6.6 on fedora kinoite and says "no connections" when i to use the kde applet to connect to wifi i get nothing at all

I've tried turning it off and on again,rolling back and reupdating it,i even reseat my net card but nothing changed. the network adapter i'm using is the ralink corp, RT 2790 wireless 802.11n 1T/2R ...
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Do these hardware specs support Linux working system? [closed]

I have a PC with the following specs: Processor: AMD Phenom II x6 1055T Processor, 2800 Mhz, 6 Core(s), 6 Logical Processors RAM: 6GB Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology GA-890-FXA-UD5 Adapter: ATI ...
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Why is Debian 12 crashing to login screen?

Situation: In the last month or two, occasionally while browsing with either Brave or Firefox I click a hyperlink and the machine crashes back to the login screen. After logging again, anything ...
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Why do Browsers crash on my machine with Nvidia Drivers?

For a while now on my system browsers crash very often (between 3 times in a row when opening and once every hour). Sometimes the entire browser crashes, sometimes its only one tab. I normally use ...
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Hardware controller for Laptop in Linux

I have a Asus gaming laptop and I want to format and use it with Linux (I'm new user) but there is some problem: The main one is Asus doesn't have Armoury Crate and without some kinda of controller (...
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MSI laptop touchpad stops working on Linux

I have a MSI Prestige 14H B12, bought in july. I'm having troubles with the touchpad, which stops working after a while in the login screen. The situation has been the same, but with different ...
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Find out what MAC addresses are connected to each physical LAN port of router

I'm managing a router running Linux 3.10.87-rt80-Cavium-Octeon On the router's GUI, there's a "Switch ports" page where I can see all ethernet ports (4 LAN - 2 WAN) and their corresponding ...
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Compile and install Linux "ms912x" driver for device "534d:6021" (USB 3.0 to HDMI adapter)

I know that the best option would be to use the manufacturer's website, but let's see what we can do with our knowledge about Linux since the manufacturer doesn't care about 🙄 ... I was able to ...
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My PC is producing a mystery tone on occasion. I think my HDD is beeping?

I am using Fedora 38 spin Plasma. I have a Western Digital Blue 1TB HDD that I've been using for some time as bulk storage, though I got it new a couple years ago. Just recently, I started hearing ...
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Unable to remount/import ZFS Pool drive

I have got a 3TB WD HDD which I used zfs to create a pool using proxmox. I was copying data to the drive before a power failure occurred. Now i am unable to remount or import the drive at all on my ...
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Unable to enumerate USB device - RHEL 7.9

I get this error when booting up: usb usb5-port2: unable to enumerate USB device Its a Gigabyte server, any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you
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Turning Ethernet port LED off in Linux

In linux I'm using "ip link" command to turn DOWN specific ethernet port on my PC. When doing this the port LED turn off for a bit then turn again ON (but the connection is still DOWN if I ...
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FileSystem becomes read-only on Samsung HDD

I have a issue with my btrfs filesystem it boots fine, but some time during usage while running some programs it suddenly gives this error in the terminal. I/O error brfs unable to open /dev/sda5 read ...
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With what command is possible know the RAM's DDR type, Speed and Frequency by each slot? [duplicate]

For a computer, such as laptop or server used for developing and server purposes respectively and taking in consideration that can't be opened. With what command is possible know the following specs ...
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With what command is possible know the mainboard requirements about the RAM?

For a computer and/or laptop used for developing and as server purposes, of course, it according with the hardware itself. Question With what command is possible know the mainboard requirements about ...
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Command(s) to know If the current RAM installed by slot is ECC/Non-ECC and Buffered/Unbuffered

About RAM for laptops I did realize that is available ECC Non-ECC Buffered Unbuffered It according with: Kingston Technology KVR16LS11/8 8GB 1600MHz DDR3L (PC3-12800) 1.35V Non-ECC CL11 SODIMM ...
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"structure needs cleaning", hardware failure?

The drive that my /home folder lives on is showing signs of failing, and I'm trying to migrate to a new drive.  I purchased a 4TB SSD, formatted it with ext4, mounted it as an external drive with a ...
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Keyboard no exist `¬´

Some time ago, my Linux computer stopped recognizing the keyboard. No matter what type of keyboard (PCI, USB), it just doesn't work. But in those same ports other peripherals do work (Mouse, Pendrive, ...
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LG Gram: writing to /sys/class/leds/input3::capslock/brightness doesn't do anything

Usually on Linux you can turn your LEDs on and off by writing an ASCII number to /sys/class/leds/*/brightness, where * depends on the LED. The caps lock key on my LG Gram has an LED, but I can't turn ...
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Hard drive issue on Linux

I'v recently bought some old hard drives from a company that barely used them and wanted to use them to create a RAID 1 array. When I connect them to my linux desktop it doesn't reconise the drives at ...
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list available PCIe slots in my laptop

I want to add a second Graphic card to my laptop but I want to know if there is any PCIe slot available without having to open it. Does it have any command I can run to get this info? lspci lists a ...
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unreadable SD card repairing - possible?

Does it possible to mount and refresh broken SD card? i had SD card, which doesn't readable by the system. It was happened while testing process, i had write to card files 1GB value, and after about ...
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Why is blkdiscard not erasing all data of the whole drive?

I have an old mSATA SSD (model name: Plextor PX-128M6M), which is installed to an mSATA-to-USB enclosure with ASM1153E controller. I want to (just logically, at the SSD controller level) erase all of ...
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Hardware error from APEI Generic Hardware Error Source: 5

This appears in my Dell XR12. I am using an Intel ACC100 (PDF download) acceleration card . But I dont understand the error. What is happening here? Any help is appreciated! [Thu Sep 7 08:43:27 2023] ...
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Why are serial ports losing bytes after Linux upgrade?

I have an embedded Linux system built using Yocto. Recently I upgraded from Dunfell (kernel 5.4) to Kirkstone (kernel 5.15) and I started having problems with the serial port. Large chunks of bytes ...
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How can I troubleshoot OS sluggishness?

I have a Dell G5 5590 (more specs listed below) which originally had Windows (10, I believe) installed on it. I have tried to install multiple versions of linux OS (one at a time - no dual boot at all)...
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Moving hard disk from one laptop to the other: how to update OS drivers?

I have moved a hard disk containing openSUSE Leap 15.5 from one laptop to the other. The two laptops are from two different manufacturers. The OS runs fine on the new laptop. But there are some ...
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DELL R730XD 256GB memory but just showed 251GB on linux with command `free -h` and `htop` , why?

A DELL R730XD server with 32GiB * 8, totaling 256GB of memory, is correctly recognized as 256GB in the BIOS. When checking the memory information using "dmidecode -t memory" in Linux, the ...
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What hardware problem does a video signal shift on hard lock imply?

I'm running a pfsense router on a PC architecture desktop system (AMD FX-8120 CPU with 16GB RAM). It's running version pfsense version 2.7.0, which is based on FreeBSD v14. Every day or two the router ...
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Do I have to buy old hardware if I want to use an old Linux Kernel?

I don't currently have access to a computer to boot my ssd and add drivers before trying new hardware. I want to buy a new mini pc with a processor released this year but my OS is rhel 8.6 and I'm ...
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Are Intel or AMD processors generally regarded as "better" for Linux [closed]

Are there any differences between Intel and AMD processors in how Linux runs? Specifically in terms of performance, optimizations, and driver support? To simplify things, I am just talking about the ...
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