I recently installed Mathematica 10.3 on Arch Linux. I activated my license, and all seemed to be well, but when I reboot my computer, the MathID changes, and it shows that the software is not activated, so I activate again. I repeated this process about 5 times now, requesting a system transfer for my activation key, but it just keeps changing. What's weird is that it doesn't happen after every reboot. Sometimes I reboot, and it's still the same. Other times, it goes back to a previously activated MathID and I can use the software, after it had changed to another one on a previous boot. Anyone has any idea how to deal with this issue? Much appreciated.

  • $\begingroup$ Does a reboot potentially change the hardware that is available to the system? $\endgroup$
    – user21
    Commented Jan 5, 2016 at 2:36
  • $\begingroup$ Are you installing new drivers for anything? Do you have any... strange peripherals devices attached to your computer? Any chance it switches back and forth between multiple MathIDs? $\endgroup$
    – Searke
    Commented Jan 5, 2016 at 2:37
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    $\begingroup$ This is the kind of thing that I would contact Wolfram Technical Support about: wolfram.com/support/contact/email/?topic=Technical $\endgroup$
    – Searke
    Commented Jan 5, 2016 at 2:38
  • $\begingroup$ @user21 No, it doesn't. Nothing changes. All hardware is the same. $\endgroup$
    – mawoltest
    Commented Jan 5, 2016 at 3:27
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    $\begingroup$ Did you solve the issue? I have the same problem under Manjaro (Arch Linux derivate) and Mathematica 11 and thought it was due to the new Network Manager 1.4 automatically randomizing the WiFi MAC Address. But you had the problem before MAC Address Randomization was introduced... $\endgroup$
    – dan-ros
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 17:11

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It’s perhaps the WiFi-connection. On a Toshiba KIRA-107 (8 GiB RAM) with Debian-Knoppix the MathID stays stable, even between boots, when the WiFi-card is on and connected to the same wireless network. Don’t know if this helps.


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