A device driver or software driver is a computer program allowing higher-level computer programs to interact with a hardware device.

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bcmwl-kernel-source driver issues on install

I am installing Mint 17.1 (MATE) on my MacBook Pro Retina (due to it having much better hardware than my PC, on which I successfully installed Mint 17.1 in the past). I followed the instructions on ...
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Device shown using lspci but udev not loading the driver

My nic shows using lspci -v but udev is not loading the driver for it. Links to screenshots of diagnostic output are below. dmesg insmod lspci pacman -Qi ls /sys/class/net uname -a original ...
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r8168 connection drops randomly

I have a Realtek RTL8168 ethernet card built into my computer (HP ProBook 455 G1), running Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon 64bit. Before you tell me to replace the preinstalled r8169 module with the r8168 ...
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installing netgear wireless usb driver help

I am trying to install the wireless USB driver from the CD and i keep getting a message saying An error occurred while loading the archive. i try downloading the driver off the internet and installing ...
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Beginner Having Trouble with X Server [on hold]

I want to install Linux on my PC. I made it past formatting my drive, then installed Linux Mint. I seem to have a problem with the interface, possibly the X Server. My screen turned White. I thought ...
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How to obtain the whole disk activities triggered by file systems under linux?

I want to record the disk access activities called by OS. Such data I want to record are received by disk from OS, including disk sector number, request length, arrival time, read or write. To be ...
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Wi-Fi slow, then, inexplicably, fast

First some info: Laptop = HP Probook 450 G1 i5 Dual Boot Windows 7 Professional / Deepin (a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu) RAM = 8 GB Wi-Fi = Intel 3160 Okay, so I installed Ubuntu, but my ...
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Why Gentoo detects no network devices? [closed]

I've faced the problem installing Gentoo: after the installation is seems to be completed and LiveCD is extracted, network becomes unreachable: gentoo~ # ping 8.8.8.8 connect: Network is unreachable ...
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Printer drivers

I hope this is an appropriate question. (If not, I'll be happy to delete it.) I run Linux exclusively (home and business). I have standardized on HP printers because the HP driver works well. I don't ...
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Delete and recreate of NTFS file format in Extended partition will maintain driver letter?

One of my computer system is having the disk partition like below 1-Primary (NTFS) (boot) 2-Primary (NTFS) (Windows C: Drive) (windows XP OS) + (software installed) 3-Primary (NTFS) (Windows D: ...
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Is it possible to tell what source loaded a Linux kernel module?

In my Linux distribution there are a number of modules loaded during boot up and I'm trying to find where they're loaded from. [root /proc]# lsmod Module Size Used by ...
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Switching to Linux permanently [closed]

I have searched through the forum for similar answers but I had no success in finding a satisfactory one. Windows and I had a fight last night and I decided to break up with 'it'. :)) Therefore I ...
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How to determine if the kernel sources are installed?

I just bought a USB 3.0 Gigabit ethernet adapter. It uses an ASIX ax88179_178a driver. I need to build the driver and the readme says: ...you need the Linux kernel sources installed on the build ...
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Install AMD Proprietary Drivers on Manjaro

I'm using Linux Manjaro 0.8.13 on my laptop and want to install proprietary drivers. Here is what i have: efog# lspci | grep VGA 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation ...
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Failed to load module “glx” (module does not exist, 0)

I'm trying out arch for the first time in a virtual box following this guide. All went well and I wanted to install KDE. According to these steps I've picked the nvidia driver suite when running: ...
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Error with GNOME and AMD Catalyst

I have two computers, both with AMD video card. I'm trying to install them Fedora 22 with GNOME, I followed the same steps on both, but when I turn on the computer, only one works, while the other ...
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How to (really) disable NCQ in Linux

I implemented my own Serial-ATA Host-Bus-Adapter (HBA) in VHDL and programmed it onto a FPGA. A FPGA is chip which can be programmed with any digital circuit. It's also equipped with serial ...
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How to install AMD Catalyst 15.3 (fglrx 15.20.1013) on Fedora 22

I need help installing the AMD Catalyst 15.3 driver in Fedora 22, since that is the only driver that supports the X11 server 1.17, does anyone know how to install it?
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Find drive for SCSI device

This is the first time that I am working with storage devices. When I run cat /proc/scsi/scsi on my server, I have the following result: Attached devices: Host: scsi0 Channel: 00 Id: ...
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How to find the configuration differences between two identical usb audio dongle devices?

I have two units of the same headset model that use a wireless USB dongle (Logitech H800). Each headset only pairs with its own dongle, but I want to get the same dongle to work with both headsets. ...
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Writing drivers for Oracle Solaris

I understand that Oracle doesn't provide sources for Solaris any more, as was done via OpenSolaris in the past. However, they do offer live CD images. How much does a system installed with such ...
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Dual Monitor Support in Kali Linux

I have a native install of Kali Linux on my custom PC which has an Intel Core i5 4690K CPU and an NVIDIA GTX960 GPU. The monitor plugged into my DVI port is working but my 2nd monitor plugged into ...
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ppd file for deskjet 1050

I'm on manjaro, I have deskjet 1050 printer/scanner. I installed hplip from AUR for the scanner to work. It asks me for ppd file for deskjet 1050, what's a ppd file and how to get it? It's this one, ...
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How to install driver for Alfa AWUS036NHA adapter on OpenSUSE?

I have tried to figure out how to install the driver for this adapter but with no sucess. I know it has a Atheros AR9271 chipset. If I understand it right, it use a Ath9k-htc driver, correct? But I ...
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multiseat dual gpu, can I have 2 different drivers?

I have 2 radeon 7950, set up my multiseat, everything is working fine. I use the free radeon drivers, and I'm pretty happy except for one thing, I can't test the gpu mining of bitcoins.... I'd like to ...
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How to deal with tearing in Gentoo on NVIDIA?

See Why is video tearing such a problem in Linux? for the reasons behind why tearing is a problem in the first place, and why the usual "tricks" usually suggested (like "disable compositing", ...
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Is there a way to expose extra settings through sysfs using the IIO framework?

The driver I'm developing has a number of settings I want the user to be able to change that don't really fit into the IIO framework. For example, using the IIO_CHAN_INFO_SAMP_FREQ enum in my read ...
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d-i netinst hangs after detecting network hardware due to driver issues

I'm trying to install Debian 8.0.0 from a USB using a preseed. I created the USB using UNetbootin and manually placed the preseed file into the uppermost level of the USB drive. Then in the UNetbootin ...
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Disk configuration options, what can affect performance

I have 2 disks, the same model and vendor, first one , probably performs faster. We do write into multiple files. Can you compare 2 configurations and tell what can affect performance? 1. (faster) ...
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Console weather station WH1080 not reconized

I've attached my WH1080 console weather station to my OpenWRT linux but it doesn't show up. I was expecting this line on dmseg: Bus 001 Device 002: ID 1941:8021 Dream Link WH1080 Weather Station / ...
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Manually set USB data pin value?

I'm making a USB device that will only have an active/inactive state. Not having to interpret serial data will reduce the size/cost/complexity of the device significantly. Is there any reasonable way ...
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Wifi is not working on Linux Mint

I have a Dell Latitude E4310 laptop which ran Ubuntu for the last 4 years (with various versions). Recently I have installed Linux Mint (version 17), and afterwards the WiFi is not working. It was ...
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No sound on detected headphones (arch)

alsamixer and pavucontrol shows everything is detected and unmuted. The speaker on my Laptop are working, only the headphones are detected and on mute or unmute I hear a short crack and nothing ...
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Arch Linux SMBus and Display Controller

I have installed Arch Linux on an Acer Extensa 5620 Notebook. I installed xf86-video-driver, but when a run lshw -html > report.html I'm getting these sections marked red. Does it mean I don't ...
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Which driver/file ( deb or rpm ) should I download for printing and how to install it?

I would like to ask which driver/file ( deb or rpm ) I should download for printing and how to install it on Crunchbang? Canon PIXMA MG2450 First I tried to try out System > Printers> Install ...
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intel_pstate driver drives me crazy

i've got some problems with the intel_pstate driver. Problem 1) I can't disable Turbo. It's disabled in the BIOS & via: root@think:~# cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/intel_pstate/no_turbo 1 ...
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How to setup “Creative Sound Core 3D” on Debian Jessie correctly?

I justed installed Debian Jessie and was happy to see (or hear) that my Creative Sound Core 3D (as onboard chip on my Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming 7 WIFI mainboard) worked out of the box when trying to play ...
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Linux driver privileges

I've loaded a custom driver to linux via mknod. However, now any programs I write to use it need to be run using sudo, which is difficult to do when I'm using an IDE. Is there any way to adjust the ...
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“Distribution not supported” during installation of Intel drivers

Trying to install Intel drivers on my Elementary OS system based on Ubuntu 14.04, using the 1.0.7 64 bit installer, it comes up with an error saying this Distribution is not supported, after a quick ...
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Installing huawei Linux driver on fedora 20

I want to use huawei e303f data card on fedora 20 32 bit. I have downloaded the Linux huawei driver. But when I try to install it , it pauses for an indefinite period after the line that's reads '1:4 ...
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Platform Device Drivers

I was just going through the code of kernel. I have a raspberry Pi board. I want to interface the touch screen with my board. I want to develop the Platform driver for that. As per the documentation ...
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Need Debian driver for DWA-130 rev F1

Can't get my wireless adapter working. It's D-Link DWA 130 rev F1. There's a good deal of discussion about this in the Ubuntu world, but it doesn't seem to work on Debian. The chip-set appears to ...
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Linux Driver for USB “reverse” mass storage device

I'm developing a USB device that I want to read and write in virtual filesystems that are in my computer. Basically the device needs to be able to read, write and get the virtual filesystem size. Some ...
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How to make controller driver work with new system

I have an old SuperMicro server: X7DB3 From the link I can find the AIC-9400 driver for old version of CentOS/RedHat and SuSe driver. It works with CentOS5.4. But when I install newer version it ...
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in realtek 8139cp driver code, where does the start_xmit function triggers the chip?

Hope somebody could give me an explanation. I was looking at http://lxr.free-electrons.com/source/drivers/net/ethernet/realtek/8139cp.c#L731 and found in cp_start_xmit(..) function, there are all ...
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why do some network cards need to load external firmware?

I have read this question/answer, but I still do not understand why some network cards work perfectly well without any additional firmware, whereas others need to load firmware to work. As a specific ...
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Linux - rendering performance after switching from nvidia to nouveau drivers

I use UBuntu 14.04 LTS. I have purged all nvidia proprietary drivers and currently my system use Nouveau driver. Here is an output from glxinfo | grep OpenGL : when using nvidia propietary drivers ...
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Set NetworkManager to ignore rfkill

My notebook does not have a hardware button to disable wireless. But NetworkManager and rfkill see wireless as hard blocked. Wicd and iwconfig works well. Is there any way to disable hard block check ...
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UBuntu 14.04 LTS - switching between nvidia proprietary driver and nouveau driver

I use Nvidia proprietary drivers but I also have installed nouveau driver. How to switch to nouveau driver and then back to nvidia driver without uninstallling drivers ? Reboot is acceptable. By ...
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Debian 8 Jessie and NVIDIA drivers

I am in the process of installing Debian 8.0 on a laptop with NVIDIA graphics cards. After a successful installation and reboot I use this guide to install the proprietary NVIDIA drivers; essentially ...