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Frequently Answered Questions

Auto-Mounting Second Hard Drive

If you ordered your computer with additional storage, it comes pre-formatted and ready for use. For instructions on automatically mounting an additional hard drive, check out this extra drive documentation.

Create and Use a Live Disk

You can run Ubuntu from a USB or DVD for hardware testing, recovering your environment, or reinstalling.

Diagnose Hardware Failures

If the computer won’t start, boot, or otherwise operate normally, there may be a hardware issue. Follow these steps to diagnose hardware failures.

Learn Linux Terminal Basics

Linux offers users a lot of flexibility. There’s always more than one way to complete a task, and using the terminal is one of them.

Learn Ubuntu Basics

Learn how to navigate your new Ubuntu desktop environment with a few easy tips.

Upgrade Ubuntu

Get the newest version of Ubuntu on your System76 computer! Check out our upgrade directions.


Change the Desktop Environment

Ubuntu comes with Unity installed by default. Don’t like it? Follow these instructions to install additional desktop environments.

Configure Your System76 Server

Purchased a new server? Check out these instructions on setting up a System76 server, including initial login credentials.

Enable Webcam

If you can’t see the image from your webcam or you receive a “No device found!” error, see these instructions.

Find Windows Drivers

If you are trying to install Windows on a System76 computer, here are some instructions for locating the drivers.

Fix Audio Issues

Here is how to fix several common audio issues with your computer.

HiDPI Multi-Monitor Support

Mixing HiDPI and LoDpi displays can be complicated. Learn what to do and how System76 automates this for you!

Increase Battery Life

Here are several ways to stretch the battery and create amazing things for longer.

Install Steam

Want to game on your super awesome new System76 machine? Take a look at these instructions to install Steam, a marketplace for hundreds of Linux games.

Move the Launcher In 16.04+

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS introduced a way to move the Unity Launcher to the bottom of your display. Learn how to do that (and how to move it back).

Reset Your Password

Forgot your main password? Locked out of your computer? Follow these instructions to reset your password!

Setup CUDA On Ubuntu

Complete instructions on setting up the NVIDIA CUDA toolkit, including compiling CUDA samples.

Solve Wireless Issues

If you’re having problems with your wireless Internet connection, take a look at the suggestions in this article.

Switching to Ubuntu From Apple

If you are coming from Apple’s operating system and just using Ubuntu for the first time, we can help make the transition a little smoother.

Watch Videos and Play Music (MP3, DVD, etc.)

Ubuntu does not ship with playback support for some proprietary multimedia formats, such as MP3 files and DVD-videos. To enable playback of these media, please see this Multimedia Playback Support documentation.

Known Solutions

Problems Joining WiFi On First Boot

If you try to join a WiFi access point after setting up a new user and then logging into the computer, the WiFi network will show “device not ready” instead of access points. Here is the solution to this problem.

Community Articles

The following documents have been graciously submitted by community members. They have not been checked for accuracy, completeness, or style. Please contact the contributers through their GitHub account for any questions.

Install cjdns

Connect to the meshnet! Cjdns uses an ipv6 allocated space public key encrypted routing system to protect privacy.