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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How can I tell if my wifi dongle has access-point capabilities?

I have a Realtek 8191SU USB wifi dongle for use on my Raspberry Pi. I'm trying to set up a wifi access point using this tutorial. However, I'm running into a few errors, and I suspect it might be ...
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Blacklisting Drivers

What does it mean to blacklist a driver in Linux/Unix? How do you go about doing it?
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USB 3.0 ports not working

I have a Sager NP8130 notebook with two USB 3.0 ports which I cannot get to work in any linux distros I've tried. The distros I've tried so far are the latest 64-bit (where available) versions of the ...
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Usage of inb, inl, inw to access kernel space from user space

What are some user space examples of using inb, inl, and inw to access kernel space in Linux?
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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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Ricoh Aficio SP 100su E

After installing a Ricoh Aficio SP 100su E printer (it does scanning as well), I've tried a tenth of the GDI and PCL (5e/6) generic and Ricoh drivers without any success. I've learned from Ricoh that ...
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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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Explain to a Linux user how do BSD/OSX drivers work

Linux drivers come in a form of kernel modules (*.ko files), which can be given parameters when loaded into the kernel and usually live in /lib/modules/<kernel version>. What's the similar ...
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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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What is the state of open-source Poulsbo/GMA 500 drivers?

Currently, a causal browse through a number of Linux distros show spotty Poulsbo drivers at best. Has any headway been made recently towards either convincing Intel to coax the driver source out of ...
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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 on a tegra tablet for programming

I would like to use a tablet for some mobile programming. It would be nice to read a pdf and immediately try the code on the same device. I've found various videos and tutorials how to get Ubuntu ...
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How to create .ko files in Linux

I have written one driver for one device in Linux. How can I create (using gcc) a .ko file so that I can insert it into the kernel?
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I have an ATI Radeon HD 6300 series video card; what do I use, radeon or radeonhd driver?

I want to install the correct driver for my video card under Debian and I don't know which to install, xserver-xorg-video-radeon or xserver-xorg-video-radeonhd? I've also read some of the ...
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How are drivers for peripheral hardware installed in Linux?

I have acquired a new wireless keyboard, and I've tested it out on both a Windows and a Linux box. It worked on both, but with an initial difference - Windows took a minute or two, to look up the ...
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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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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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How to list all hardware supported by kernel

I want to see all hardware supported by the kernel in use. For example, if I have the 3.8.x.x version of the Linux kernel, how will I know what hardware is supported there. Tools like lspci, lshw, ...
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Which driver is handling my touchpad?

I would like to know how to determine which driver (out of those below) is handling my touchpad: appletouch.ko.gz, cyapa.ko.gz, sermouse.ko.gz, synaptics_usb.ko.gz, bcm5974.ko.gz, psmouse.ko.gz, ...
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How does libusb access kernel stuff?

From what I understand: Generally speaking, a driver runs in kernel space and can be called from user space. Only code in kernel space can call usb low level things / ioctl libusb is a library, so ...
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Why do some drivers still require firmware?

There are a ton of reverse-engineered drivers in the Linux kernel tree. Yet some drivers, especially wireless drivers, require firmware binary blobs to run properly. What prevents someone from ...
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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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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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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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Changes to input_get_keycode function in linux kernel (input/input.c)

I'm working on building a kernel module for an input device, and I noticed that in the module source, there's a couple calls to input_get_keycode(data->input_dev, scancode, &keycode); When I ...
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Choose at GRUB menu whether NVidia driver should be used

For some games, I need the nvidia-current driver, but when it's enabled, I can't get my work done as it messes up everything. So is there a way I can get two options in my GRUB menu? One wich will ...
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How to verify hardware acceleration settings on Nvidia GeForce 9800

How can I verify whether hardware acceleration is available and whether it is enabled for my video card. If it makes a difference I am using Ubuntu 10.04.
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Error compiling custom kernel with a new usb serial driver

I have tried compile a driver for my kernel 3.13.0-40-generic. I have also tried compile a custom kernel with this driver but both have failed. The name of the driver is vizzini for Linux ...
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Capturing key input from events device and mapping it (toggle TouchPad key is unmapped)

I have a Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 with Ubuntu 13.10 Installed. The device has a "Toggle TouchPad" button on the keyboard (F5). The keyboard's F* buttons are reversed (so to get F5, I need to press Fn + ...
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Unclaimed device in lshw

I have added in my computer a PCI Express controler card with 2 USB3 ports and 2 sata3 ports. (http://www.ldlc.be/fiche/PB00121886.html). The USB ports are working correctly but the HDD plugged in ...
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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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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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Ubuntu 11.04 wireless driver not detected

When I run iwconfig I get: no wireless extensions How do I get Ubuntu to detect my wireless driver? Looking at the output from lspci and lsusb, here's the relevant line, from lsusb (so it's a ...
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Fullscreen game messes with my xrandr dual-monitor setup

I have Gentoo Linux, the Awesome window manager and an open-source ATI driver. Here's my xorg.conf: Section "Files" #ModulePath "/usr/lib64/xorg/modules" FontPath ...
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Capturing OS/hardware communication / reverse engineering drivers

This may be too broad of a question, but I'm not really sure what exactly I'm looking for. My main question is how the open source community reverse engineers windows drivers (for say, video cards) to ...
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How do I extend my desktop to my 2nd monitor rather than just cloning it?

I have just installed Debian Wheezy for the first time and have had mixed success getting my system up and running. Currently my main issue is that I am unable to extend my desktop to my second ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Nvidia proprietary drivers installation

I require some Help and Guidance in installing NVIDIA drivers on my system with a Dual Intel/Nvidia Graphics Processors. I am currently running Ubuntu 14.04 and i am aware that the OS is in its ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Firmware for wireless card on Ubuntu/Debian?

This is a follow up to my previous question about Debian support for Linksys Wusb600n. I have tried running the Ubunut/Xubuntu LiveCDs and the WiFi does not come up. The Gnome Network Manager menu ...
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Do all devices under Linux have a device node?

I know that each device on Linux is either a char or block or network device. Do all physical devices that exist on Linux have a device node under the /dev directory? I'm not talking here about ...
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What is the benefit of installing Intel drivers from 01.org?

Up to this point I assumed the graphics stack for Intel was open source and included in the standard repositories. However, I just became aware that Intel hosts their own special repositories of ...
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Configure Wacom Intuos Graphics Pad in Linux Mint 15

I purchased a Wacom Intuos graphics pad recently (specifically, Create Pen & Touch Tablet, which I think is the rebranding of the Intuos 4), and I am trying to configure it on my Linux Mint 15 ...
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GNOME 3 fails to load (old ATI graphic card driver problem)

I'm delighted to find this version of StackExchange as I normally lurk in the GIS board. I would greatly appreciate help with the following problem (which seems to be quite common - but I am just ...
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How can I prevent drivers from binding USB devices on a certain bus?

I have a setup with two Logitech Unifying receivers, each receiver has a keyboard bound to it. One of the receiver is to be used by the physical machine to which the devices are connected, the other ...
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“Merging” two input device drivers/nodes to one device node

Okay, I have two joysticks attached to my linux box and they show up as /dev/js0 and /dev/js1. My problem is, I have a third party application, (that I cannot change), that uses a joystick, and it can ...
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Installing wireless driver (realtek 8188CE) on Debian wheezy

I had a hard time installing the wireless driver for my debian. My debian was Sqeeze but soon after I realized Wheezy was the one to support my wireless adapter, realtek 8188CE,I upgraded to wheezy. ...
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Problem when trying to cross-compile an ethernet driver on an old Linux kernel

I'm currently trying to cross-compile a network driver against an old Linux kernel, in version 2.6.27.7 but the compilation fails and prints: make[1]: entering directory « ...
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Getting my Smart Card reader to work on Linux

I got a Smart Card reader, that I ripped from a Laptop the other day. It is an internal Smart Card reader, though it uses USB, so making a cable for it, was no problem. It seems it's recognized by ...