General :: Get Dell System Motherboard BIOS In System?

Dec 24, 2010

How to get Dell system motherboard BIOS for a linux machine ?

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General :: Command To Find Dell System Motherboard BIOS?

Jan 7, 2011

Can anyone tell me the command to find Dell system motherboard BIOS for a linux machine ?

i tried find dmidecode but that does not fetch me appropriate output.

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General :: System Compatible With MSI Eclipse Plus Motherboard I7?

Dec 5, 2010

Is Linux compatible with MSI eclipse plus motherboard i7 with Geforce 9800 GT graphics card?

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General :: Drivers - BIOS Updates And Flashing With New Motherboard?

Apr 11, 2011

I'm thinking of buying a new motherboard for my desktop. I've chosen a model and I've read some reviews on it. A couple of the reviews talk about BIOS updating/flashing and stuff like that. As a moderate hardware guy (I've built computers, but only know the basics of hardware and how they work together) running Linux, should I worry about this. I've never updated/flashed my current mobo's BIOS

So are all these reviews specific to Windows users? I've never had much driver issues in Linux (other than ATI graphics cards), nor have I had to update BIOS.

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General :: Install CentOs5.5 On A New Dell Without Operating System?

Feb 23, 2011

I will receive a new Dell without any operating systems. I will need to install CentOS-5.5 on this machine. How can install it? What files do I need to download?

My computer will have no OS installed. Which is the easiest way to install, using CentOS-5.5-i386-LiveCD-Release2.iso or CentOS-5.5-i386-bin-DVD.iso? What are the basic procedures?

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Fedora Installation :: System Hangs On M3A78-T Motherboard?

Mar 1, 2009

I got an Asus M3A78-T motherboard last year, along with a Phenom 9650 CPU and 2GB of RAM. I originally tried to install Sabayon, but it would occasionally hang while running. I decided to give Fedora another try (wasn't happy with FC4 a few years back) at the constant chiding of my friend.

My first try was with the x86_64 Fedora 10 ISO, using an IDE hard drive and CDROM. It would hang a little bit into something like 'copying system files, at the same place every time. Thinking it was a bad burn, bad iso, or something (checksum and image verification passed) I went ahead and got the DVD ISO. The DVD would always hang a little bit into "Formatting file system." At this point, I have tried EVERY other combination of hardware - swapped out ram, CPU, PS, bought SATA hard drive and DVDROm drive, unplugged the mouse, and even the case pigtails for USB and Firewire. It always hangs in the same place. Somewhere along the process, I took the motherboard back and exchanged it for a new one. Still fails, and in exactly the same place.

The system hang is a hard lockup. Mouse freezes, no keyboard activity (even LED status changes.) The drive activity LED will go out and the progress bar stops advancing.

I'm surprised I'm not seeing anyone else with this problem - I thought this board was a bit more prevalent, but I'm guessing not! What's my next step? I would create a bug report, but I don't know what subsystem is causing the hang. I suspect SATA drivers, but I'm not sure how to test that.

And one other clue - I get a scrambled video screen before it comes up to the first X install screen:

It only lasts for 5 seconds or so, then comes up okay.

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Ubuntu :: Identify System's Motherboard From The Command Line?

Jan 12, 2010

How can I identify my system's motherboard from the command line?

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OpenSUSE Install :: Find Hard Drives On System - Motherboard With Two SATA Controller Chips

Aug 2, 2010

I just finished a build of a new GNU/Linux boxen with openSUSE 11.2. I have a MSI Big Bang Xpower X58 motherboard which has two SATA controller chips, one is the standard Intel ICH10R chip for SATA 3.0 Gb/s and one is the Marvell 9128 chip for SATA 6.0 Gb/s. The BIOS recognizes the Western Digital Caviar Black 6.0 Gb/s drive on either SATA controller chips, /however/ I am unable to install (and boot) when the drive is connected to the Marvell controlled ports. As you can guess, I'd like to boot from the faster interface!

1. The BIOS allows me to select the Western Digital drive as a secondary boot device, so I know, at least at the BIOS level, it's there. This is true whether I have the drive connected to the Intel or Marvell ports. (The DVD drive is the primary boot device.)

2. When trying to install openSUSE 11.2 from DVD, the installer says that it can't find any hard drives on my system when I have the drive connected to the Marvell port. The installer finds the drive fine when it is connected to the Intel port.

3. I installed everything with the drive connected to the Intel port. I switched the drive to the Marvell port afterward and the system refuses to boot completely, stalling at some point where it starts to look for other filesystem partitions. This led me to conclude that perhaps the problem is with openSUSE and not hardware weirdness with the system having two separate SATA controllers?

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Ubuntu Installation :: XP Dual Boot With 10.10 After Upgrade The BIOS On Motherboard

Dec 12, 2010

I reinstalled XP to do a dualboot with 10.10 yesterday. All was fine. Today I went through and installed everything windows needed, and everything seemed fine. Then I upgraded the BIOS on my motherboard, and suddenly everything isn't fine. I can boot to Ubuntu just fine. But when I select Windows from the GRUB menu, it just sits there with a cursor on the screen now.

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Ubuntu :: Gigabyte Motherboard BIOS Locked Even With Correct Password Inputted

Nov 6, 2010

I could change and manipulate all the bios features before I put an administrator password on the bios. Now that I have put a password on the bios, even when I log-in with the correct password 90% of the motherboard settings are locked and un-changeable.

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Hardware :: Dyncamically Update System BIOS HP Proliant DL385 X86-64?

Feb 18, 2010

Is it possible to dynamically update the x86 system BIOS via dmidecode, the HP iLO utility (hponcfg) or another tool? System boards have been replaced but serial number was incorrectly set.

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Fedora Hardware :: BIOS Broken Message When System Starts / Restarts

Jul 1, 2010

Since I have installed fedora 13 in my system (HP pavilion 1506tx) I rtsam getting this error every time my system starts/ restarts. I don't know how to correct this error. Here is the message displayed in Automatic Bug reporting tool

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WARNING: at drivers/pci/dmar.c:647 check_zero_address+0x7d/0x191()
Hardware name: HP Pavilion dv4 Notebook PC
Your BIOS is broken; DMAR reported at address zero!
BIOS vendor: Hewlett-Packard; Ver: F.55; Product Version: 039B140000241210100020000
Modules linked in:
Pid: 0, comm: swapper Not tainted #1
Call Trace:
[<c0436df5>] warn_slowpath_common+0x65/0x7c
[<c09d92a3>] ? check_zero_address+0x7d/0x191
[<c0436e40>] warn_slowpath_fmt+0x24/0x27
[<c09d92a3>] check_zero_address+0x7d/0x191
[<c05edc18>] ? acpi_get_table_with_size+0x53/0xa1
[<c09d93c8>] detect_intel_iommu+0x11/0x69
[<c09bd888>] pci_iommu_alloc+0x8/0xa
[<c09ca721>] mem_init+0xe/0x245
[<c09b776a>] start_kernel+0x1bf/0x34b
[<c09b73e7>] ? unknown_bootoption+0x0/0x18e
[<c09b7099>] i386_start_kernel+0x99/0xa0

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Ubuntu :: System Won't Boot When Software / Hardware Remapping In Bios Enabled / Fix It?

Sep 29, 2010

I have 4GB of memory but i just found that if i enable Software/Hardware remapping in the bios the bios will then show all 4GB usable from 2.5GB but then Ubuntu refuses to boot up saying a kmiser type message but it will if i disable those 2 options. is there any way to fix it apart from reinstalling ubuntu?

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Ubuntu :: Need To Make System Stop Updating BIOS Clock To UTC Time

Jan 22, 2011

I have Ubuntu 10.04.1 32bit installed on my flash drive so wherever I go I can have my own mini personal computer, but one problem I'm having is every computer it is run on the next time it's rebooted to the OS on the hard drive it has UTC time instead of the actual time for the timezone you're in that Windows uses. So is their a way I can make Ubuntu not automatically change the clock to what it wants?

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General :: Dell Studio 1535 Screen Resolution - System Won't Get Past The Loading Screen Anymore

Aug 4, 2010

Unfortunately my experience in the Unix* based world up to this point has only been using web servers and administrating them, no GUI experience of any kind so I am completely unfamiliar with the setup and entire usage of Xorg or any other Window manager at this point. The issue I am having is with the screen resolutions I am being allowed to chose for my Dell Studio 1535 running Fedora Core 13 and the KDE 4 desktop GUI, thus my issue since I am not really familiar with how to run a Unix* based GUI in the first place.

The basic information, if there is more needed just advise what and what command gathers that info (or what conf/log I should look into in order to find it). Laptop is a Dell Studio 1535 Video is the Mobile Intel GMA X3100 ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics. LCD interface is the LVDS.

So far it seems to give me modes for 1024x768 and on down, nothing above this. I believe I am supposed to use the radeon driver being that is the type of card it is but every time I change the xorg.conf file to use this instead of vesa the system wont get past the loading screen anymore upon reboot and nor can I seem to find a way to bring up a command line so I can hit up the Xorg.0.log to see what is wrong or change the xorg.conf file back to the original driver it had listed.

I am going to assume this is a missing driver or something else it hangs on but without being able to get access back to the system and having to rebuild it again (re-install via live CD) I am basically out of luck at this time. Sorry for the rather poor post but I do hope to receive some basic directions on where to go from here with this issue

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Ubuntu :: Use The External Drive To Plug Into Any Machine And Run By Just Changing The Needed Bios Mods In That System

Jun 17, 2011

I was just thinking about installing an operating system like ubuntu or ubuntu server on an external harddrive. this being possible , i would like to know if we can use the external drive to plug into any machine and run my ubuntu by just changing the needed bios mods in that system. and without further having to install the necessary hardware specific devices into my os.

Because each machine would have its own hardware set, how would the os handle it or would it have to install the necessary drivers and so on everytime it comes across a different system from the immediate previous hardware it was used with. and i know this was why laptops were invented even maybe to have that portability to use with but this without a laptop, just an external hard drive that can make up and help us use the hardware at hand with ease without any installations of any kind.

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CentOS 5 :: Best System OS For Pentium 4 Class Dell Precision 340?

Sep 5, 2009

I am looking to install Linux on a Dell Precision 340 with unpartitioned 17G (scsi) disk space available.
It is a 4-5 year old workstation with Nvidia Quadro2 MXR/EX video controller.
It has a Windows XP Pro installed on the primary partition.
Which OS should I download and install?
Is the X86-64bit CentOS 5.3 an option?

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OpenSUSE Install :: Moving A Moderately Complex System From An Old System To A New System

Sep 25, 2010

My problem is that I need to move a moderately complex system from an old system to a new system. The old system is a core 2 duo running on an asus p5k-se (p35 chipset) M/B, Nvidia 8500 gt, 3 x sata II hard disks, 1 x sata dvd, 1 x ide hd, 4GB ram. It runs opensuse 11.1 kde 4 as a desktop system + samba server, apache server, database server + other non-opensuse software. In addition some of the opensuse software is not the default 11.1 versions as later versions were required. The nvidia driver is from the nvidia repo. There are several file systems, some under LVM.

The new system will be a core5 760, asus p7p55d-e M/b (p55 chipset), nvidia 240, 3 x sata II HD, 1 x sata dvd, 4GB ram and possibly 1 x ide HD. This M/B also includes USB 3 & sata III. I have no USB 3 devices but this may eventually change. I have no plans for sata III and believe that it may be better to attach any sata III SSD to the sata II bus.

What I would like to do is to move the hard disks from old system to the new system. What I would like to know is, if the system is left at 11.1, is the system likely to work with the new hardware. If the answer is no, if the system was upgraded to 11.3, would the transfer of the hard disks then work? In order to upgrade from 11.1 to 11.3 using the DVD i believe I should get rid of all non-default repos. I assume that I should also get rid of anything that was installed from them, e.g. the nvidia driver and any software versions installed manually outside RPM. Also is there any default 11.1 software that should be removed either before or after the upgrade to 11.3

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Server :: Dell R310 System - Scientific More Stable Than CentOS

May 25, 2011

I am setting up a Dell R310 server system with a raid controller. Has anyone installed either of these OS on this server. Is Scientific Linux more stable than centOS these days.

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CentOS 5 Hardware :: Dell Tower UPS 1000W Not Recognized By The System

Mar 15, 2010

i've got a DELL Tower UPS 1000W which i would make work with a Linux CentOS 5.4 64-bit (kernel 2.6.18-164.11.1.el5) system using USB connection.Dell claims that this UPS is 100% working with RHEL 5.x (w/ serial and usb), but they don't provide support for CentOS (even if it's quite the same linux distribution)...When i plug in the USB cable the system reports:

usb 6-2: new low speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 3
usb 6-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice

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General :: Is There System Admin Tool For RHEL On Montioring And Logging System Memory

Apr 20, 2011

Is there a system admin tool for RHEL on montioring and logging system memory used and released that can dump to a log file?I'm having an issue with memory not being released when an application is closed. I need to have a tool monitor and log so I can troubleshoot to verify that it's an application not the OS.

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General :: Copy And Paste Between Local System And The Remote System When Using Rdesktop?

Dec 22, 2010

On Linux I do:

rdesktop remotepc

How do I copy and paste between my local system and the remote system?

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General :: Files (system & User) Created After Login To System In RHEL 5.0?

Jun 4, 2010

How to find, what are the files (system & user) created after login to the system in RHEL 5.0?
Any single command available?

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General :: Diagnosis An Unstable System / Seeing File System Is Not Clean During Boot?

Feb 22, 2010

So 2 days ago everything was all fine on my machine. Has been for about a month, but all of a sudden as of yesterday I have no sound, I am seeing IRQ interupts on boot, During boot I am seeing file system is not clean, , and swap space is being used for the first time while doing normal task, etc. These are 2 new hard drives in RAID 1 with ReiserFS. I should have used a newer FS but thats a whole other argument.

Anyways here we go.
The system is Debian Lenny amd64
Physical RAM 4GB + 6GB swap

Feb 21 07:35:09 Sarah kernel: imklog 3.18.6, log source = /proc/kmsg started.
Feb 21 07:35:09 Sarah rsyslogd: [origin software="rsyslogd" swVersion="3.18.6" x-pid="3994" x-info=""] restart

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General :: Booted Up System And It Stated Please Insert System Disk Press Any Key?

Oct 28, 2010

Booted up system and it stated please insert system disk press any key.So it sounds like my startup got corrupted? I running centos 4.5 on it (old yes) Is there a repair I can perform by a disk? Would it matter if I chose i386 or x86? I cant remeber which version was installed on it.

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General :: Security - Let Any User Perform Administrative Tasks On A System Irrespective Of His / Her Privileges On That Particular System?

Sep 26, 2010

I often get responses from people who first say: "Are you sure? You want your network to be exposed to the outside world?" I am not experimenting on a Production Server of NASA or any Security Concern Department. Friends, there is no harm in experimenting on your personal computer or on a test computer which is isolated from the production environment. Look at hackers! What do they do? If they don't know how security is breached then how would they come up with security measures?

If my question reads... "How to let any user perform Administrative Tasks on a Linux System irrespective of his/her privileges on that particular system?" then I would not get the right answers in the first place. They will say... "You are letting everyone destroy your system... are you sure you want to do that?" My question is: Why should we restrict ourselves from experimenting even if it sounds weird to other people?

I give you an example where it is desirable to let an unprivileged user perform certain tasks. You want to know if there are any employees in your office who are storing videos in their home directory and filling up the disk space to a great amount. You have a department called "Command Center or Data Center Operations or Help Desk" call it whatever you would, whose work is to monitor such activities, and you create an account "monitor" for them to monitor such activities but they are not able to do them:


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General :: Recover Raid - LVM On Non System Drives After System Failure

Jan 19, 2011

I have (had) Debian Testing running on a 250GB IDE hard drive, partitioned normally.

I also have 4x 1TB drives in a raid 5 using mdadm, and 2x 500GB drives in a raid 1 also with mdadm.

I put the two arrays in lvm using:

I then used "lvcreate" to make storage/backup 300GB, and the rest went to storage/media (approx. 2TB usable). I put an xfs filesystem on both and mounted them.

All was working fine until the system drive shorted out and died on me this morning. As far as I can tell, all my other drives and everything else is fine. I do a daily rsnapshot of the filesystem, which of course is residing on storage/backup (stupid, I know). So I have full backups of everything, but I'll have to put a new hard drive in and reinstall Debian before I can restore everything.

I've reinstalled before and simply reassembled mdadm arrays and remounted them before with no problems, but this is the first time I've used lvm, so I'm not sure what I have to do to restore everything. Is it as simple as reinstalling the system then doing a:

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General :: Run System File Checker On Ubuntu 10.10 Without Damaging The System?

Apr 9, 2011

I am getting occasional errors during the boot process.One at the beginning and one or two when I switch to single user mode.I 'd like to run the system file checker to fix any possible errors.But when I run fsck in the terminal I get the message:Code:

mansour@ubuntu-notebook:~$ fsck
fsck from util-linux-ng 2.17.2
e2fsck 1.41.12 (17-May-2010)


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Jan 31, 2009

I have installed Fedora 10 on a Dell M6400. It has 2 disks in a mirror raid. It came with Windows Vista, but I am not doing a dual boot setup. I have formattet the disk with this installation.I downloaded, burned the DVD and did the install check. It passed the check.The installation went fine, but after the first reboot I am getting "Missing operating system".

I have no idea where to begin... Could the installation media be faulty after all? I there anyway to get passed this, without reinstalling? I know this may have something to do with the boot loader, but I don't know anything about it.I have installed Fedora 4,5,6,8,9 and this never happened to me before, but then again, I did all these installations on my old Dell Latitude.... Could this have something to do with the new hardware?

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Apr 19, 2010

Has anyone successfully installed openSUSE 11.2 on a Dell PowerEdge 1850 system?Undoubtedly, it wasn't wise to attempt to upgrade from 10.2 to 11.2 but I was forced into it by a security audit of DMZ systems.It didn't go as smoothly as the jump from 9.3 to 10.2.I've spent the better part of a week getting an openSUSE 11.2 system installed.I went back to reiserfs and managed to get through and apply all the updates to openSUSE 11.2 today.When I got to the final reboot, it failed when I attempted to log into the system.Basically, the keyboard and mouse became inoperable.The only way out of this situation is to mash the reset button.

Rebooting into safe-mode and adding level 3 to the safe mode boot options, I get to the point of starting sshd when the lock-up occurs.It looks like X11 is the culprit.Booting a forensics DVD, I find that there is an xorg.conf.installation but no xorg.conf file.The ATI Radeon VE chip set is used on the PowerEdge.From another openSUSE system that I haven't upgraded, I see that X11 was configured for VESA mode. This is, probably, the mode that is needed as console access is, normally, through a KVM.Can anyone provide a way to get past this problem with a workable keyboard and mouse?

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