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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Huawei E353 Driver for Linux

Does the Linux kernel that comes with Ubuntu 12.04 support the Huawei E353 modem? I'm using it on Windows currently but want to know if it works on Ubuntu.
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What driver is behind a certain device file?

Given a device file, say /dev/sdb, is it possible to determine what driver is behind it? Specifically, I want to determine what driver my storage devices are using. fdisk -l lists 2 devices: /dev/sda ...
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How to find the best monitor resolution and put it to work? Fedora

In this question I'm asking how to install a compatible driver to a Fedora machine, but, the main problem is a bad resolution. So, how can I find the best resolution to my monitor and put it to work? ...
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How to install a specific video driver on Fedora?

I need to install a compatible video driver on a Fedora machine. The resolution proportion isn't very well and I can't change the brightness and contrast (xbacklight and xgamma) either. Please answer ...
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Sound not working in Debian except in google chrome and test utilities [closed]

Yesterday, I had Archlinux on my Dell Latitude E6520 and the sound was working perfectly fine (I even had the loud beep I couldn't get rid of). Today, I installed Debian and alsa. The first surprise ...
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Writing a driver to fool *nix systems about having a GPU

I'm into something about writing a "Mock GPU driver" for *nix based systems. What I mean is that, simply I want to write a driver (Behind X-server obviously) to answer X's API calls with some ...
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Why are Linux installs bigger than I've read? Some beginner questions

I've read in different textbooks that say Linux is light-weight(e.g. It could fit on a 1.4MB floppy). So why is the download from the Ubuntu or Fedora CD sized or larger? Do the device drivers extend ...
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debian does not detect serial PCI card after reboot

I have installed a PCI card with two serial and one parallel port on it. the chipset is MCS9865. I downloaded the latest driver(V1.0.12) from here. I ran make and make install. now the two serial ...
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Cannot create “Hello World” module (and NVIDIA, and VirtualBox)

First off, the details. BEFORE: kernel: 3.2.0-2-amd64, nvidia driver: 295.59 AFTER: kernel: 3.2.0-3-amd64, nvidia driver: 302.17-3 My Debian wheezy is kept recent at all times. Actually, doing ...
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Xorg.conf, which modules should be loaded for better performance?

In general what is supposed to be in the Module section of the Xorg.conf file in order to get maximum performance from a graphic card? At the moment my Module section is empty... also because I didn'...
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Trouble getting iwlwifi driver working

I just installed Debian and I am having issues getting my wireless working. I installed Squeeze and also the nonfree firmware for iwlwifi. I thought I did everything right but I am still not getting ...
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Linux thin station

I have this pc that I just installed and set it up as Linux thin station. I did all the formatting procedures and copying of image to the HD. When I boot it up, I get these, which I think are driver ...
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nVidia drivers in Xorg / KDE - performance and stability for different cards

I have a GeForce 250 GTS card and I am using the proprietary drivers in Linux (KDE on Debian Testing). Unfortunately recently I had a lot of issues with stability and performance - I had quite a few ...
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Can hardware be accessed directly from user space?

At work we have some embedded devices controlled by DOS software. I have been tasked with the responsibility of assessing the use of Linux as a replacement OS for DOS on a next generation of hardware. ...
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lsmod returns nothing on my embedded device

I have put a vendor supplied embedded Linux installation (called X-Linux) onto a hardware device. I ran lsmod to see what modules are loaded and nothing at all is shown. Also there is no /proc/modules ...
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Where can I find the wireless driver for BCM4311 for OpenIndiana 148?

I know that OpenIndiana 148 doesn't have the network driver (BCM4311) for the laptop. I wonder if anyone out there can help, or point the way to me where I can get the driver?
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Raspberry Pi Wireless USB stick

I recently acquired a Raspberry Pi, and have installed Debian Squeeze on it, and after doing a small bit of research (I'm not too proficient with Linux) I found and ordered a USB wireless dongle ("...
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can't initialise/detect 16550A UART at unusual io port address

I've got a board based on the Vortex86DX CPU which is an x86 based microcontroller. It has five 16550A UARTS, four (COM1-COM4) of which are at the usual io port addresses (0x3f8, 0x2f8, 0x3e8, 0x2e8) ...
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Extracting only the module and the libraries from the AMD ATI proprietary drivers

I need to use this drivers in a Linux based system that is highly customized and so I'd like to know if there is a way of having this pieces just ready to be manually installed and/or used. In other ...
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differences between vesa and fbdev Xorg drivers?

What are the differences between the 'VESA' driver and the 'fbdev' driver for Xorg? Both have no hardware acceleration a.f.a.i.k.
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A problem with mknod when logged in as root

I am trying to load a char device driver written by myself. To achieve this I use a modified bash script published on this site: http://www.makelinux.net/ldd3/chp-3-sect-2. Here is my version of the ...
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wireless is disabled by hardware switch even when not

I have a spartan computer. It has a built-in wireless module that up until recently I've had no issues with. The current problem is this. Everytime I shutdown the computer and it boots back up, I am ...
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ubuntu usb sound card sometimes recognized and sometimes not at boot

I have a linux ubuntu 12.04 server machine which works with an usb sound card. When rebooting the machine, sometimes the usb sound card is recognized and sometimes not, I cannot figure out a reason ...
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Bumblebee (Optimus) Service Won't Start w/ 3.4 Kernel on Fedora 16

I'm using an ASUS laptop (MUXless graphics) w/ a GT 630M (re-branded 540M) GPU and only Fedora 16 installed. I installed bumblebee and the NVIDIAdrivers using the instructions described here: http://...
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Xorg with Intel G41 videocard

My PC has an integrated Intel G41 video. I have been running Debian Squeeze for several years without any problems. Recently I upgraded to Wheezy and now after my computer wakes from sleep, X appears ...
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changing xorg driver for netbook with cedarview integrated graphics

So I was messing around. I installed debian, everything worked fine. I had to re-install debian for whatever reason. It decided to do something different and now I'm stuck with a 800x600 resolution (...
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Why need drivers for both x server and the linux kernel?

Can someone explain why two sets of drivers are needed, one in the Linux kernel and one in X? I understand that the device drivers are in the kernel, but what is the role of those in the xserver? ...
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Choose kernel for specific hardware

I have old system with an AMD Athlon 1,2 GHz processor and [SiS] 65x/M650/740 graphics (output from lspci). Recently I discovered on a german ubuntu page that since version 10.10 some older ...
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RT2800USB wireless adapter stops scanning

I have a Linux machine, and I'll switch between using an RTL8187 based card, and a RT2800USB based card (the cards are both USB dongles by the same manufacturer). I've loaded the drivers for both ...
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Where to find source code of Linux NTFS driver?

Brief description : Linux driver gives us a chance to interface with an NTFS filesystem. Thanks to this driver, we can use built-in Linux commands on an NTFS filesystem. Ex : ls, chown, chmod, cd, ...
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What's the difference between CONFIG_R8169 and CONFIG_R8169_VLAN?

.config from /usr/src/linux-2.6.38.8 contains: CONFIG_R8169=m CONFIG_R8169_VLAN=y What's the difference between CONFIG_R8169 and CONFIG_R8169_VLAN?
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How to know whether the Linux driver for the real-time network device was built into the kernel?

From here: http://www.xenomai.org/index.php/RTnet:Installation_%26_Testing#Debugging_RTnet The Linux driver for the real-time network device was built into the kernel and blocks the hardware. ...
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Where can I find the Linux driver for headphones in the kernel tree?

I have headphones with three buttons on them which allow me to control my music player with my phone. I want to write a driver for my headphones to make it control my music player on my pc (Ubuntu ...
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how to enable sound support in linux kernel without recompile?

I have recently compiled linux kernel 3.2. But at time of compiling in make menuconfig, I had disabled sound support. Now, I want to enable it without recompile it. I don't want to use stock kernel ...
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Why don't you need to update drivers? (Or do you?)

In my life I've not once updated drivers on any of my Linux systems, though they have all been desktops. A friend was asking me why one does not need to update Linux drivers and I found myself unable ...
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How do I install a device driver provided as a .bin file?

I am a new Linux user and am struggling installing a driver for a usb WiFi device I want to use on an embedded system (BeagleBone). When I download the driver for the chipset (Ralink 2070), it is ...
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How do I install drivers for AR9271 on Centos 6?

I'm trying to get a USB wireless card that runs off of the AR9271 chipset to work with Centos 6.2. I read this description for compat-wireless and wanted to use a package manager (i.e. yum) because I ...
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Understanding character device (or character special) files

I am trying to understand character special files. From wikipedia, I understand that these files "provide an interface" for devices that transmit data one character at a time. My understanding is ...
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Achieving full resolution with PowerVR SGX454 on Ubuntu 12.04

I have a Mini-PC with an ASRock AD2700B-ITX motherboard, which has an Intel PowerVR SGX545 on-board graphic chip. I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on it today. Everything is working properly and is quite ...
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Reload xserver-xorg-input-mouse

Can I reload xserver-xorg-input-mouse driver on the fly? For example, after I modify and recompile the source
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Installing driver on Debian Squeeze laptop

I'm trying to activate the wireless chipset on my Debian Squeeze laptop by following this tutorial. I detected the type of wireless chipset I have built in my laptop using lspci and now I am trying ...
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ndiswrapper wireless driver does not connect to detected Wifi network

I am running Slacko Puppy v5.3.1 and am trying to use my Wifi dongle with it. I have a Windows .inf file for the driver for my USB dongle. I used the Puppy network wizard to load the driver using ...
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/lib/modules/2.6.37.6/build missing in linux puppy? what should I do?

I am new to linux as of yesterday. I'm using linux puppy to try to get the most out of a 10 year old, slow laptop. I installed it fine, no problems there, but as soon as I try to use my usb dongle's ...
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Out of range error on monitor after installing video card drivers

I have a dual boot system with windows xp and a fresh install of linux mint 12 lxde. I installed the video card drivers for my ati radeon (hd5570). After this I get an out of range error on my monitor ...
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360 degree scrolling with Apple Magic Mouse in Linux?

I read that there is out of the box support for the Apple Magic Mouse in recent Linux kernels, but does that include full functionality such as multiple mouse buttons and multitouch?? For me the two ...
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Can't Get Synaptics Touchpad Disabled

The touchpad comes back to life after a few seconds. The Windows driver had a disable-entirely option. I do not want to use the touchpad at all, so anything up to and including a hardware fix is now ...
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Activating Audio System in Arch Linux

I wanted to get the audio system going on Arch Linux, and I followed the very concise instruction I found on Archlinux.org, but it didn't help. Has anyone done this personally, therefore knowing the ...
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/sys/class/drm directory structure

Who is responsible for creating the "/sys/class/drm" directory structure, more specifically the "/sys/class/drm/card0-LVDS-1" directory? I am using kernel-2.6.38 and an nVidia card.
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Eye-FI SD Card not working with inbuilt card reader

I am tring to get my cardreader to work with and eye-fi SD card. My System is as follow: #uname -a Linux computer 3.2.0-0.bpo.2-amd64 #1 SMP Thu Mar 15 20:46:44 UTC 2012 x86_64 GNU/Linux Debian ...
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Linux I/O shared memory access

I'm pretty confused on how linux manages I/O shared memory to communicate with devices that use it. If I understood it correctly linux kernel starts mapped at 0x100000 (to avoid the first megabyte ...