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Fun with fsck on Fedora – avoiding mounted partitions and handling LUKS encrypted ones

I run Fedora on a few of my machines, and inevitably over the course of time the filesystem will need to be repaired because of orphaned inodes, wrong free byte counts, etc. Typically when EXT4 errors are detected during boot, Fedora will detect this and offer to drop you into “Emergency mode” or continue. example: […]

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Brightness Controls not working on Dell Inspiron Laptop with Intel Graphics

On one of my personal laptops (Dell Inspiron 17R), my attempts at using the function key combinations to change the brightness did not yield any results on Fedora 20, Linux Mint 17, or Ubuntu 14.10. The LCD brightness was stuck at “can barely see, but must conserve battery because I’m stuck on an island mode” […]

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How to fix Dell XPS 13 Touchscreen on Fedora 20

I recently purchased a Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook with the touch screen and immediately wiped the blazing fast SSD free of all Microsoft garbage. After installing the latest Fedora 20 64 bit, I was pleased to see that most all of the hardware worked out of the box… Except the touch screen – one of […]

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