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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Help to install the Ralink RT3070 wireless driver on kali?

i've downloaded latest kali linux (amd64) and installed it on vmware workstation 10. after installation i upgraded kali's kernel headers to the latest version.(now i have v3.16) apt-get update ...
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Mint 17: Touchpad recognized as mouse

I recently installed Mint 17 on my recently bought laptop, messing with the menus I noticed no options under the Touchpad tab on Mouse and Touchpad work, so I can't disable the touchpad while typing ...
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Ext3 file system became read-only and server reboots spontaneoulsy

We noticed ext3 file system in our CentOS 4.9 server became read-only. We got the following error in dmesg: EXT3-fs: INFO: recovery required on readonly filesystem. EXT3-fs: write access will ...
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Remove a manually installed driver (wireless usb)

I downloaded and installed a driver for my wireless usb dongle as it wasn't detected by linux (KDE). I wasn't very sure which model it was but apparently it is a Ralink RT2870 (Brand name IPTime ...
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ElementaryOS desktop messed up after trying to get NVIDIA drivers to work.

I've been trying to get the NVIDIA drivers to work on my Lenovo Y50 (GTX 860m) for a while. After installing them and rebooting, I get a black screen with some unhelpful text, which I usually remedied ...
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Linux Distro name API to get name of linux distro in a driver code?

I am writing a common code in a driver to get the distros name and host name. host name i am taking from struct utsname{nodename[]}, but how do I get the distro name?
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Compiling/installing driver for Wifi dongle missing kernel modules?

Goal Install the Netis wf2190 wifi dongle onto a NUC with Debian. Environment NUC DC3217IYE Netis WF2190 Debian Linux 3.16-0.bpo.2-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.3-2~bpo70+1 (2014-09-21) x86_64 ...
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Why does RHEL offer updates for hardware I don't have?

RHEL 7 offers me to install 150+ updates, and it seems most part of these updates are not applicable to my server. For example it offers to install some "WiFi" Firmware, but my server doesn't have any ...
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mint 13 xfce: geforce fx 5500 "not new enough to support nvidia-settings display configuration page

I have a Geforce FX 5500 graphics card and so far, It has not worked properly in my Linux Mint 13 XFCE installation. I have tried several solutions to get the graphics card working but nothing ...
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How do I enable kernel to load Intel® Wireless 7260 card on NUC DC3217IYE with Debian 7?

Environment Next Unit of Computing NUC DC3217IYE with Debian 3.2.60-1+deb7u3 x86_64 GNU/Linux 867Mbps 802.11ac Intel 7260 card, Dual band 5GHz + 2.4GHz Wireless 2x2 AC + Bluetooth4.0 Installing ...
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Best approach to adding a kernel driver

I have a task to complete. An LED must be controlled immediately after the kernel loads and into the launch of a Debian system. It also must be controlled in user land. I already have basic LED ...
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Window Ghosting in Linux Mint 17 (Cinnamon)

So I have been using Linux Mint 17 on my Lenovo w530 with a k1000m graphics card and had been happy with it for the most part, but I wanted to be able to play games and use a second monitor, so I ...
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Unable to load a USB keyboard driver on Debian machine

I have a pretty simple driver for USB keyboard: #include <linux/module.h> #include <linux/kernel.h> #include <linux/usb.h> #include <linux/usb/input.h> #include ...
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System freeze on “setting up alsa”

I use Debian wheezy and I boot the computer and get stuck in the line: [....] setting up alsa .... It freezes, it only responds to "REUSIB" (Emergency Reboot With Magic SysRq), but it is unusable as ...
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Disable bridge module insert?

I have Fedora 20 setup with default kernel configuration, where bridge feature is enabled as a module (CONFIG_BRIDGE=m), and the bridge module loads as the system starts. I don't understand who ...
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Intel graphics driver for Linux Mint 17

I just purchased a new pc and decided to install Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon 64-bit Intel CPU: i7 4790 (1150/3.6GHz/8MB) Motherboard: MSI Z97 Gaming 5 (1150/Z97/DDR3) No external graphic card The ...
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Benq 5150C scanning 1/4 of page

I have a Benq 5150C scanner. It didn't work out of the box. After downloading the windows driver (from Benq Middle East), extracting the .bin file and following this post, the scanner started working ...
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kernel: pass option to driver, when not compiled as module

I had the driver for my sound card compiled as module, i.e.: CONFIG_SND_HDA_INTEL=m and I did pass following options to the module (via /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf): options snd-hda-intel ...
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How build wireless-compat-old in-kernel?

I'm running linux 2.6.24 with custom patches from Freescale, on an embedded board. I want to use a usb wlan modem that uses the Realtek rtl8191su chipset. Realtek provides a driver out of tree, ...
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Reset a crashed device (Intel Wireless-N 7260) without reboot

I have a problem with an Intel Wireless-N 7260 card in my laptop. When it dies, I have to reboot to use it again. Is there a way to reload the used modules somehow? I tried removing them with sudo ...
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Alienware M14x r2 speakers working properly but not the jack

I have just installed Mint on Alienware m14x r2 and I have a weird issue. Speakers work well, but when I plug in the headphones the sound does not switch to the headphones, instead is still playing on ...
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Getting driver for windows HW

I've asked this question on Ubuntu but didn't get any hint, so I'm trying here I've a wireless adapter LINK, the problem is that I've only got a windows drives for this device, but I really need it ...
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Bluetooth troubles with AR3012 on Gentoo

I'm using Linux 3.14.14-gentoo with BT_ATH3K enabled. I've downloaded the latest linux-firmware from Portage (20131230), and bluez-5.21-r1. My Bluetooth device is an AR3012 according to lsusb: Bus ...
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rts5139/rtsx_usb borked in 3.15+

Some time in 3.15, someone moved the rts5139 driver out of staging (I cannot find a changelog of this) and it got renamed to rtsx_usb. This, unfortunately, broke support for at least the RTS5139 card ...
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Compiling drivers for armada 370

I am trying to compile usb_serial drivers for a Mirabox with armada 370. I first tried as followes : Install linux source for 3.2 (running kernel is 3.2.36) Install linux headers for 3.2 Edit the ...
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Are layer 2 protocols part of NIC or NIC's device driver at kernel?

Are layer 2 protocols like IEEE 802.2 (LLC), PPP, HDLC, frame relay, etc part of NIC or NIC's device driver at kernel? When we configure layer 2 protocol to be used like PPP, where is the ...
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Unable to 'make' anything.. Kernel-headers problem? Trying to get my RTL8723BE working

I'm a starting security/Linux student and I'm having headache-problems getting my wireless to work on Kali Linux. Recently I've bought a new laptop, to be specific the: Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70-01418NL ...
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Trouble with setting for new monitor

I have an old machine with AMD 64 and Radeon VTI graphics. When MS quit supporting XP I partitioned the HD and installed LinuxMint 14 (since upgraded). At the time I was using a 17" ViewSonic monitor. ...
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How to see driver parameters? [duplicate]

Drivers often support various parameters. For example NIC driver e1000 supports flow-control (FlowControl) or auto-negotiation (AutoNeg) parameters. Is there a way to see which parameters were passed ...
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Why do I have to make my own drivers?

Why does *NIX require me to make (i.e. build) my own drivers to install them? Couldn't they just be pre-built by the author and so long as they target the right CPU architecture I could install the ...
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make ASUS PCE-N15 driver errors on SteamOS

I am trying to install drivers for my wireless network card, thankfully the card does have up-to-date drivers which are suppose to be compatible with Debian (I am running SteamOS which is based on ...
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How to install a thermal printer on ARM embedded linux using CUPS

I need to install a thermal printer (MY PRINTER) on my ARM linux embedded system. I have a board with an ARM Cortex A5 Atmel SAMA5D34 processor and linux kernel 3.10. With the buildroot I have ...
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AMD Drivers make Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon crash

I just installed Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon on my Samsung Series 5 netbook (dual boot with Windows 8.1, which I reinstalled myself). The first boot worked fine but I then installed the package ...
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How to try every bit of a Linux distro without installing it?

Using a live CD\USB to try a Linux distribution failed me to test aspects like graphics\wireless drivers. I remember when I tried an Ubuntu live CD it was loaded using a virtual machine so I couldn't ...
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How can I get this proprietary low-vision camera working in Linux?

I am a visually impaired Computer Science student, and use a special USB camera to zoom in on the board/projector during lectures. The camera only officially supports Windows, and I've been using it ...
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ATI graphics card: Is proprietary firmware needed in any case?

I am trying for days now to enable 3d of my ATI X 1900 under Debian GNU/Linux 7.6. I installed the xserver-xorg-drivers-radeon package, however this does not work. Specifically, I receive a similar ...
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How can I write a driver for an asus trackpad on linux? [closed]

I bought a laptop and installed Linux on it and the trackpad is now not working but it was on Windows. There is no Linux driver for it and I thought this could be a good project to write one. I have ...
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How does linux driver update work?

As far as I know no update on a linux machine requires a restart. Windows however needs to restart several times for a update to complete which is understandable because the hardware might be in use ...
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Huge UI elements in Crunchbang

I have just installed Crunchbang on my Desktop, and windows and menus appear incredibly enlarged. When I right click the context menu fills the screen, for example. My graphics card is the Radeon HD ...
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get Lexmark Z515 running on Linux

Following this tutorial I was able to intall this driver here in Crunchbang Linux 11. As expected, it didn't work. Lexmark itself offers a driver for OS X and that was it. I've tried something similar ...
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Running makefile results in “/sbin/modprobe: invalid option — 'l'”

I'm trying to set up Slackware 14.0 on an Asus EEE PC Flare Series Netbook. Currently I'm trying to configure the wifi. When I enter the following: # iwconfig I get: lo no wireless ...
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Setting up touch driver to run through service

We are trying to integrate a touch panel to our Debian system. Touch driver (General touch) I am trying to run this application in Linux service.Below are the steps which i followed Driver ...
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Make OpenGL GLX work with Steam client on Debian jessie

I'm trying to install Steam Client on Debian 8 (Jessie) 64-bit because the instructions ask me to (and because I've tried without them and it fails... read on!). In following the instruction I've ...
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Installing a D-LINK dwa-131 wireless adaptor on Linux

I am new to Linux and a complete novice, I have just installed Linux Ubuntu on a desktop, I want to use a wireless adapter for my internet connection. The model is a D-Link DWA-131 Nano wireless ...
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cinnamon crashes after installing nvidia driver

I installed the new nvidia driver with opengl 4.5 capabilities after a fresh install of linux mint (the usual way: stopping mdm, disabling nouveau, installing, starting mdm, nvidia-xconfig). But now ...
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fedora 20 gnome & ati card black screen after boot

After installing Fedora 20 for first boot, everything is OK. But after installing some packages and updating, then rebooting the system, after boot the screen goes black or gnome starts. After first ...
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NVidia drivers on Macbook Pro (2008) Linux Mint?

Ok. I am literally installing it from scratch and tracking my process here and now. I've been fighting this for so long. Macbook Pro, 2008 I believe. ~200GB HD. I'm not dual booting. Mint and only ...
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nVidia fail after update

I have a 64-bit computer with Ubuntu 14.04, Gnome and nVidia. I had the official drivers from nVidia installed, all working perfectly, even Steam games. I did a reboot after a recent update and the ...
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Wifi problem in fedora 20?

I have recently installed fedora 20 on my laptop. I am new to fedora/linux. I think its not having any wifi driver. My network controller is: Broadcom BCM43142. I dont have any other way to connect my ...
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Driver install fixes gnome on old laptop but Ice Weasel hangs the desktop

I installed Wheezy on an old laptop with a Quadro4 go700 video card in it. Gnome did not like it and the display was corrupted. Therefore, I disabled the Nouveau driver, downloaded the Nvidia Linux ...