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Is there a way to use a laptop as a physical console?

If I have a server with only power and ethernet coming out the back, and suddenly I need to adjust BIOS settings, I gotta plug in a keyboard/monitor/mouse somehow. Either the servers are all on KVM ...
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IT solution for 4 sites & 20 users

I'm shopping for a complete laptop "solution" for a staff of 20, in four cities, including hardware, software, service, support, data transfer, training, backup, etc. We need it to "just work", and we ...
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Power and fans but no post, no nothing…sometimes

I'm troubleshooting a laptop. If I let it sit for a couple hours and turn it on, I get a post message, and it boots up just fine. However, if I turn the computer off then back on or reboot, it has ...
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backup solution for notebook users on network

i have a client where we have 10 notebook users. we want to back up their email (pst files), no option to install exchange at this location, and a common folder on their notebook named like their ...
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What's the deal with “business” netbooks?

An IT company is trying to sell me netbooks, but because they're "business" rather than "home" they're twice the price for less than the same specs. Adding insult to injury, we're quoted separately ...
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Set Proxy on the Office and Automatic Outside

I am in a situation where I need the computers to use my proxy server for internet access but I still want laptops to be able to connect outside of the Office. right now I push the proxy on the ...
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Flash Performance on Ubuntu

I just reformatted my laptop and installed Ubuntu 9.04. Everything is working great except Flash. YouTube videos play but are horrible quality and choppy (was fine when Vista was installed) and I ...
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Roaming Laptop accessing CentOS LAMP Box - Security Concerns!

Let me preface this question with some information - I am a developer working for a small startup. The company can not afford to hire a proper *nix sysadmin at this time; Subsequently, I have been ...
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Disable User Account Remotely

I work for a highly distributed IT based consulting firm with approximately 150 users in the field at different client sites at any given time. As we have grown we have needed to ability to disable a ...
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non-laptop thin client for lap?

Yea I know its a weird question title, but what I am looking for is something like a KVM that you would see in a server rack, only to server as a laptop kind of device. I am imagining having a ...
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Deep Format of a Harddrive on a Linux System

I've got an original Asus Eee PC Netbook that I'd like to sell. When I've sold old computers in the past, I've typically done a deep/secure/zeroing out style format. How can I do this on a Linux ...
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On having my own way on a Compaq Presario F700 [closed]

Besides the work laptop, I just got to keep a Compaq Presario F700 for 3 months after which I need to return it "just like I had got it". There are a few emotions involved here however that makes ...
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Imaging Sony Viaos — Missing drivers

I've been given several Sony Viao VGN-BX760's from old software engineering students. I'm supposed to install Windows, drivers, necessary software, and image the other laptops with it. The problem is ...
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Notebook for Sysadmin

For those of you who still not tired of "XYZ for sysadmin" questions: This subject is bothering me for a long time. I had number of problems selecting notebook for job. For example: Notebook vs ...
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HP Tx1000 laptop : no LCD panel or HDD activity

A HP TX1000 Series laptop PC is unresponsive to the power-on event. What was a previously working machine, the LCD display panel suddenly switched off while the machine was in normal operation. When ...
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Are there any vendors making a Gigabit Fiber solution for laptops?

I'm trying to build a laptop system that can connect to just about any network you might come across in a large enterprise. I realize I can use a media converter to go from twisted pair to fiber but ...
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Windows XP page file on laptop second SSD drive [closed]

I saw a question on moving hyberfile.sys to a different drive from the boot partition, which I was considering as I have an SSD as the second drive in one of my laptops. All the answers say you can't ...
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Hibernation - affect the HDD?

I use a laptop with 2*120 GB 7200 RPM drives running windows vista home premium with sp2. Does using Hiberanation decrease the life of the hard disk? I usually have visual studio, sql server, 10 tabs ...
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Powering netbooks with Servers

I have limited knowledge of servers. I had an idea that I wanted to get evaluated. With netbooks becoming cheaper, I was wondering if I will be able to do complex video editing and running heavy ...
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Am I damaging my battery by never using it?

I have a MacBook Pro that stays plugged in for weeks or months at a time. Am I damaging my battery by not using it? I know you should cycle it monthly to recalibrate it...is that good enough? Should ...
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Netbook vs Notebook for Remote Monitoring

Good evening all, As I mentioned on my first question to this great community, due to World Economic problems I was fired from a great job at Sony Design. I am currently working as a SysAdmin for a ...
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What tool do you use to monitor your clients?

Well, we had "What tool do you use to monitor your servers?", and I wondered, do you (and should you) monitor your clients (desktops and laptops)? What tools are useful for this? It seems to me that ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of ARM vs x-86 processors in future laptops [closed]

Recently I’ve started reading about ARM processors coming out on low-cost and low power laptops, such as these unveiled at computex in Taiwan. I’m one of the Tech people at my company, and often I get ...
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Connecting two laptops through wireless adapters without wireless router

I want to connect two laptops through their wireless network adapters. I dont want to use any wireless router or access point. How can I do that. Both are running windows xp, where one has sp2 and ...
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Switching from piecemeal machines to leases

I'm the IT admin for a company with a small number of users (15-20). We currently run an astonishing array laptops, each bought sometime in the previous four years. Because of this, no two are alike, ...
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Website where one could find list of certified notebooks for OpenSolaris?

Is there website where one could find list of certified notebooks for OpenSolaris 2009.06?
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Using a laptop as an external monitor and keyboard for a server?

Is there a way to use an old laptop as an external keyboard and monitor for my rack servers?
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hp 6716s, 6715b, and 6710s laptops on linux wireless problem

A year ago we bought several HP Compaq's laptops. Different models, from 6715s, 6715b, 6710s, 6735 ... (not all of them have gone through my hands so I don't know every one of them). They came with ...
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How do I adjust mouse sensitivity on Dell Mini9 running Ubuntu?

I recently picked up a Dell Mini9 netbook running Ubuntu 8.04. It runs great and I love it, but there's one glaring issue out of the box. The trackpad mouse and mousewheel are way too sensitive. ...
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Is it possible/advisable to run VMware Server ESX/ESXi on a laptop?

The idea of having a small footprint hypervisor as the primary OS on a laptop or desktop where every "real" OS is a guest appeals to me. Now I realize this software is more typically used on blades ...
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HP laptop wireless network problem

I have a fairly new HP Compaq 6715b laptop. It is running Windows Vista Business 64-bit with the latest drivers and HP updates for the Broadcom network adaptor. My problem is that I can only get the ...
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Turbo Memory Cache - Worth it for Laptops? [closed]

I am buying a new laptop (big fan of Lenovo, so will probably stick with it), and see an option that for about $40 I can add a 2GB Intel® Turbo Memory hard drive cache. I am wondering whether it's ...
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What do you do to protect company-confidential data on laptops?

There usually is a lot to do about the security of servers since a lot of sensitive information is stored there but I think it's more important to make sure the company-laptops (and USB-Sticks) are ...
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Laptops - RAM vs Disk for performance

In the perfect world I could get everything I want, however budgets for new laptops are low so I normally can get a user a laptop + additional RAM (to at least 4Gb). This has been mostly motivated by ...