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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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 ...
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Installing Epson Stylus SX115 printer on Archlinux

I have a printer 'Epson Stylus Sx115' plugged into my USB port. It is detected because it is listed in lsusb Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub Bus 002 Device 001: ID ...
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OpenSUSE can only boot into Failsafe mode

I installed the latest version of OpenSUSE and tried to install the driver for my touchpad. It would not install, so I installed it in this way: zypper install ./filename_.rpm After that my ...
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mptscsih: ioc0: task abort: SUCCESS (rv=2002) causes 30 seconds freezing

I/O to my software RAID6 often freezes for around 30 seconds after which everything is back to normal. After the freeze is over this is put into syslog: Mar 14 18:43:57 server kernel: [35649.816060] ...
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What's the easiest way to find out relevant video card/driver information

I need to know my video card/chipset, X11 Driver, driver version, and Xorg version. It seems to me that finding this information is always scattered throughout various utilities. Is there an easy way ...
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NVidia driver for the 3.2.9 kernel

I upgraded the kernel on my OpenSUSE 12.1 64bit from 3.1.9 to 3.2.9, and when I rebooted, X-windows refused to start, and I got into shell. I tried to run it manually with startx, but still no good. ...
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What log files to include when reporting a bug report for my wlan card?

I'd like to report a bug with my wireless card cutting out (seemingly) randomly, but I don't know what log files to include. I know a tail -F of a particular log file when the card cuts out would be ...
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getting an old logitech webcam to work in Linux

I'm trying to get an old Logitech QuickCam Web to work in Linux. There's a kernel module, but the last time it was updated was in 2006 and it doesn't compile against a recent kernel anymore. In ...
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Wireless not showing a network in the scan results

I have a weird problem of connecting to a wireless network. I am connecting to a network named "C-202" with WPA-Personal. This network shows up in the scan results some time and won't show some time. ...
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Which driver for USB enclosure should I install?

I'd like to connect my old harddrive to my laptop via USB enclosure. I connected it but it only produced strange sounds, so I thought that the enclosure is corrupted. I connected the enclosure to ...
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Have working headphone controller under Linux?

I have headphones with a controller (+/- volume, play/pause). They work when using an iPad. My question is if it's possible to make it work under Fedora 16 (using GNOME 3)? I assume some drivers ...
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Linux friendly TV tuner/receiver

My USB TV tuner (an ENUTV-2) just stopped working and now I have to buy a new one. While I was browsing options, I realized my biggest priority was to get one that had Linux drivers (lack of them was ...
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Finding the best working driver for a video card

where can I look for the best working driver for a video card (and if available at all)? In my case it is a "Nvidia Geforce GTX 580", because I've read that the drivers are better for Nvida than for ...
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200ms latency between TCP send and tcpdump only with large messages

In our REHL server, latency between application send and tcpdump log is always very large for large messages, about 200 milliseconds (see below 697572-488690=208882 microseconds), whereas latency for ...
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nVidia proprietary driver

I successfully installed NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-290.10.run on my Debian Squeeze desktop but I do not see /var/log/nvidia-installer.log clearly stating which file(s) have been added/replaced. Does anybody ...
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How to install drivers on Linux

How can I install a driver on any Linux? I have XG-762 Sagem adapter on USB with the ZyDAS 1211B chipset, and I don't have drivers for it. What should I do? PS: Despite it should be in my file ...
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FreeBSD 9 Sound Driver

I installed FreeBSD 9. I'm trying to make a sound to work but no luck. My Sound Card: Realtek ALC898 Can someone help me how to make it to work (I'm creating custom kernel)? Base on FreeBSD ...
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Difficulty with mobile broadband device being recognized (registered as CD ROM)

I am running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a Samsung n150 netbook. I have bought a vodafone pay-as-you-go mobile broadband dongle. It is a Huawei device. I have *usb_modeswitch* installed. I installed betavine ...
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How to find out which X11 driver system is using?

How to find out which X11 driver system is using? For my chip openchrome is the best driver but I suspect that system is not using it. I just need at least 2D acceleration. How can I check? Here is ...
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How to enable force feedback in kernel 2.6.34 - 64 bit?

The wheel is Logitech driving force DFGT. The platform: linux-dopx:/home/anisha/ # cat /etc/issue && uname -a Welcome to openSUSE 11.3 "Teal" - Kernel \r (\l). Linux linux-dopx ...
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How do I display the name of my audio card driver from the command line in Lubuntu 11.10?

I am running Lubuntu 11.10 and I want to display my Audio / Sound Card Driver from the command line.
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Chrooted drivers

If the host has the kernel drivers properly loaded, would the chrooted enviroment be able to use them (ex. wireless, power)? Does the chrooted enviroment need its Xorg drivers to be configured or ...
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How to port printer settings between different distributions?

My wife's netbook has two distributions installed on it: OpenSUSE 11.4, which she no longer uses much, and Debian testing. The only reason why OpenSUSE is still installed is that, for some odd ...
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Best method for testing android kernel

I would like to test some of the features of android kernel like inserting a module and collecting certain parameters for research purpose. What would you think the best method for that?
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Why do Linux and OSX require no driver to connect to an Android device?

I asked the dual question at superuser and didn't really get an answer - thought I might have better luck here. I've started down the path of tinkering with my Android phones. What's curious to me is ...
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SD card reader on Linux: SPI or SD protocol underneath

I've a notebook with a SD card reader and I was wondering if the GNU/Linux driver is using the SPI protocol or the proprietary SD protocol (one or four bits). I'm asking this because I'm testing a SPI ...
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What's the difference between the drivers r8169 and r8168?

Realtek provides the source code for the r8168 driver which is based on the r8169 driver from the kernel tree if I may believe their source: /* * This driver is modified from r8169.c in Linux kernel ...