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Laptop is on then screen goes black a few seconds later [migrated]

I am not really sure whether this is the right place to post my question but it was the most relevant category. I opened (deassembled) my laptop for periodic cleaning but after reassembling it, when ...
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Newbie to ESXi, Can I run my VM on a laptop with ESXi and get to VM desktops?

Looking for a solution to use a hypervisor that allows access to the VMs that are running on itself. Basically, I would like to setup a laptop that can run 10 to 15 VMs that are already built, but to ...
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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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How to implement a dead man switch in Windows 7?

I am looking for a way to make domain-joined Windows 7 laptops brick themselves after 90 days of no-contact with a domain controller. I do not want the laptop to wipe itself or anything severe like ...
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How can we remotely administer our “fleet” of Windows 7 laptops?

I'm working with a startup that's teaching kids to program. We've just obtained our first "fleet" of laptops - half a dozen refurbished thinkpads running Windows 7 - and I'm looking for the best way ...
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McAfee Drive Encryption issues with HP Elitebook 755 G2

Hi all (Sorry if this isn't the right forum to post on), I have a slightly frustrating issue involving a small collection of HP laptops and McAfee Encryption. We can encrypt the laptops absolutely ...
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Powertop reports “Bad” “Runtime PM for PCI Device”

I've noticed that powertop utility reports "Bad" "Runtime PM for PCI Device" for several devices. Seems that powertop can fix the issue but it won't tell what exactly it does to fix it. What should I ...
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Business case: managing company laptops

I've been searching and reading on this topic for a few weeks now, and this is my current understanding of the situation: Use case: employees working on company laptops. They need to be able to work ...
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Any tips on wiring up a laptop cart?

We are shuffling laptops between schools during the summer and rearranging laptop carts. We've used various methods of wiring in the laptops (some of which depend on the specific model and power ...
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How to recover the strength of a laptop battery? [closed]

I got a laptop, which I brought a year ago, which has a battery that can last for 3 hours. 6 months ago, the battery's life dropped down to roughly 15 minutes (Windows says its supposed to last for ...
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What do you do about staff and personal laptops?

Today, one of our developers had his laptop stolen from his house. Apparently, he had a full svn checkout of the company's source code, as well as a full copy of the SQL database. This is one ...
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Caching OpenLDAP credentials for offline use on laptops

Our clients (Ubuntu 14.04) can login with there LDAP login. As soon as they have no network they cannot login with LDAP. Is there a way to cache those passwords and usernames, so that the laptops ...
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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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What's the best external hard drive configuration for a software developer laptop? [closed]

I've got a Dell laptop that I use as a software developer box at work and find that the drive is usually the bottleneck. I'd like to hook up two 10k RPM drives that are striped for performance. I've ...
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Should laptops be put away at night?

We have a policy that everybody who leaves their laptop at the office must put it in a cupboard or cabinet when they leave for the day. To make this easier, all laptop users are also provided with ...
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Need help setting up user and computer management for small business

I work for a small business, which currently has 4 PCs, and everyone else uses laptops (about 10 other people). Some of us use Mac, but the vast majority of us are on Windows 8. We are currently ...
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Minimum Processor Requirements to set up Openstack on a Laptop/Desktop(not for Devstack setup)

I am planning to do a POC and setting up OpenStack in nonCommercial setup.I do not want to go with Devstack.I am confused as to how much is the minimum processor requirement if i plan to setup ...
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Some laptops USB not working on docking station

This is an odd one. I have two laptops (on an estate of 250) which won't recognise the USB ports on the docking station. Have swapped out hardware, and tried the disks in a new chassis and it is down ...
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OpenBSD firewall - netbook hardware option - pros and cons

I'm considering putting OpenBSD on a netbook for use as a firewall. I am entertaining the idea of using a netbook because it has a built-in screen and keyboard, built-in battery backup, and a ...
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Could the Input/Output or some other difference between adapters/chargers cause this? [closed]

I have a laptop and my adapter/charger could not be used anymore as the cable was cut. So I bought a new adapter but it was slightly different than the original. My original had (Toshiba's original): ...
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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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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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how to safely loan or share a laptop [closed]

I want to share my laptop with kids and (probably idiots) friends. In order to keep it secure (without rootkits, virus, keyloggers, etc) i am planing to change my windows shell to a custom one that I ...
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Why Can't I Use Laptops in 24/7 Server Environment? [closed]

I've built an Internet service that's going to handle a few hundred simultaneous users. It'll run smoothly on a grid of VMWare+Windows 2008 servers. Why can't I use laptops instead of traditional ...
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Should you discharge a Li-ion battery all the way?

Should you discharge a Li-ion battery all the way before plugging it in? Is it especially pertinent when you get a new battery / laptop? Should you keep draining it all the time, or leave it plugged ...
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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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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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How to connect CentOS 6.3 CLI server to wireless LAN?

I'm migrating from an openSUSE (12.x) CLI home office server to CentOS 6.3. I can install the CLI CentOS 6.3 fine, but then how do I connect that to my home wifi? There is a "Configure network" ...
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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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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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X220 support for iAMT and vPro

While browsing through the lenovo PSREF (tabook) for X220 model number 4287 (page 69) I noticed models that support iAMT and vPro and models that do not. Can anyone shed some light on this. Some ...
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Intro to Laptop Hard Drives

I've had my first notebook hard drive death (well, actually, it's currently dying... clicking noises, super slow windows boot up ...) Anyway, I now I realize I don't know anything about laptop hard ...
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How to Pre-Configure Shared Laptops' Microsoft Outlook 2010 Accounts to Connect to Exchange Server 2007 SP3?

Our IT environment provides 10 shared, Microsoft Windows 7 laptops for an office staff of several hundred people. After checking-out and logging into a laptop with an Active Directory domain account, ...
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Laptop as server [closed]

My client wants to use a cheap AMD E-300 ,5400 rpm disk,4gb memory laptop as a POS server and music player at the same time with dual screen. I couldnt convince him that this wouldnt be a good choice....
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What's the best ThinkPad regarding Linux support? [closed]

Currently Mac user but will switch to ThinkPad soon, with Arch Linux, Debian or some BSD loaded on it. Everything except T and SL series is out of the consideration for me. I am leaning towards T500. ...
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Netbook vs. Notebook for Programmers? [closed]

I have an IT question, I hope that's the place to ask it. I'm building a team for a specific project and am considering buying Netbooks for the first time, the reason being cost-reduction (we are a ...
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How do I detect a WiFi Repeater on my network?

I work in a RV/Mobile home park in deep south Texas. I want to know how I can find the person or persons using a WiFi repeater. Is there a type of software or hardware (other than a laptop) that I ...
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Backup Laptops/Desktops To Server Fast/Simply

Is there anyway to backup various laptops/desktops connected through my network to my server. I can put any kind of operating system on this server. I was thinking maybe there is some type of ...
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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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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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How to troubleshoot the suspected ethernet card failure [closed]

Sometimes one of the laptop when attached to the dock would drop the ethernet connection. By constantly pinging the default gateway usually there are no packet drops but sometimes, it results in ...
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Connecting to a Server with Laptops

We have a small office with 7 staff that work in it. We have recently got hold of a server in the bid to keep office work separate to private work. What is the best way for the laptops to connect to ...
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CPU - Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) in a Laptop [closed]

I have a Dell laptop I bought in 2006 and it has Virtualization Technology option in the BIOS. My CPU is an Intel T7200. For me, the VT option is used to use ESXi or Hyper-V on a machine, but on 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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Windows Server 2003 becomes inaccessible to certain users / machines

Windows 2003 SP2 file server - no recent network / hardware / software updates suddenly becomes inaccessible to laptop users running Windows 7 Pro. Don't know if this is relevant. Other users on ...
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Is there a software solution to plug off the laptop? [closed]

Is it possible to plug off the laptop by a command from the laptop, rather than by removing the adapter from power source? I am on Windows Seven, but I will also welcome any note regarding the ...
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irc2-ircd NickServ and ChanServ

I just set up an IRC server on my laptop for the local network. however, ChanServ and NickServ don't seem to be installed/available. How might I get them?
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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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How to assign different ip address on devices connected to router?

Is it possible to assign different ip address to the devices which connect to my router? When I visit cmyip.com from my psp and laptop, I see that they're the same. I need this because I'm working on ...
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Hardware Recommendation for Hospital O.R [closed]

We need to choose hardware for our operating room within our hospital for our new medical informatics system. The hardware does not need to be extremely powerful, as it's basically acting as a thin ...