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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Does the fact that MacOS runs on a BSD core mean that it is a better choice for that hardware? [closed]

Of the different distributions of Unix/Linux available for my Mac hardware, does BSD have an advantage because it's what is run under the GUI for MacOS, or does the Mach kernel abstraction keep any ...
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Installing USB Wi-Fi driver on Zorin

I installed Zorin 10 (after trying Mint and Ubuntu). My problem is I have a TP LINK Archer T2UH USB Wi-Fi adapter. Their website has the Linux driver for ...
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Antergos ATI-Catalyst driver installation

I have been trying (in vain) for a while to get Catalyst (or any driver for that matter) working on my Antergos 64 bit install with KDE using my AMD ATI FirePro v4800 (Radeon 5670 is the consumer ...
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CDROM not showing up on Lenovo G50

I'm running Jessie/sid as my base. When I type lspci: 00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation ValleyView SSA-CUnit (rev 0e) 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation ValleyView Gen7 (rev ...
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Device Driver Tutorial For Kernel 3.13.0-24

The best tutorial is LLD(3).But what is the best tutorial for learning Linux Device Driver for Kernel 3.13.0-24. As most of the interfaces has changed in 2.X and 3.13.0-24. Eg:The structure net_device ...
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How to find the driver (module) associated with SATA device on Linux?

For one of my applications, I have to understand the the SATA device driver flow. As per my understanding, SATA device driver should be there in the Linux kernel tree. I have referred how to find the ...
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Antergos ATI driver issues

I'm trying to use the open source driver on Antergos with KDE on an ATI FirePro v4800 graphics card. I did a standard install, and booted into my desktop when I noticed that there are no window ...
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Wifi card not detected - Debian Linux

I have been trying for two days to setup my wifi card with Debian 8 (AMD64) without success. I paste here what I have about my hardware configuration : Computer : Lenovo Yoga 500 Wifi chipset : ...
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Determine which graphics driver Xorg uses

on a fresh Arch Linux installation i had difficulties with the graphics drivers. In the process i have installed a lot of different drivers to somehow get the display working. Now i need to ...
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Find a IR transmitter device

I would like to use the IR transmitter included in a cubox. I did not found any documentation to use it, so I would want to learn how to communicate with periphericals on linux. Commands like ...
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SD Card not recognized

I have 2 laptops with Linux Mint 17.2 installed. One recognized SD card without any configuration. Other recognized SD card, but don't read this content. This message appears in GParted: Can't ...
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Bluetooth scan does not find any bluetooth device

I am running Linux Mint 17.2 64bit on a Acer Aspire-VN7-791G. Bluetooth seems to be working - at least I can turn it on - but when scanning for other devices nothing is found. lspci returns the ...
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Ubuntu DMA Auto Activate Optimization Flag

I have two NAS devices, which differ in architecture. They are connected to the same SATA disks and one of them shows better read and write performances. Okay, there could be many reasons for such ...
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Unable to load the kernel module 'nvidia.ko'

On my system I'm unable to install the recommended graphics driver, so something must be wrong with my installation. The GPU chipset is ATI ES1000, but the recommended driver is NVIDIA NVS300 ...
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Error inserting module: Device or resource busy

When running modprobe to insert a module into kerner I get the following: # modprobe 8192cu FATAL: Error inserting 8192cu ...
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Write my own sound card driver [closed]

I would like to write my own sound card driver, in order to use my output jack as a PWM (to control a motor). When I run "lspci", the sound card is : Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 ...
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Why are there module options AND driver options - e.g. for the i915 module?

The i915 Kernel module has several "module options" like the infamous enable_rc6. However, for the xorg config file, there are further options such as TearFree. I was wondering - why are there two ...
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No sound card detected by alsa, (missing drivers?)

I'm on Kali Linux 2.0, on a laptop in dual boot with Windows 7 and I recently installed some module(chiptune) music players and after a reboot the next day the only sound card that I found in sound ...
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How to make a TP-LINK TL-WN321G wireless card work? (Sugar on a Stick, Fedora 23)

I am trying to connect to the WiFi using my TP-LINK TL-WN321G wireless card. After some research on the Internet I've found out that it might not be the case of a missing driver, since there is a ...
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How reliable is g_serial?

I am building an embedded device with linux inside, using Ethernet to communicate with its host. Now I need to switch to USB. The only thing I need from USB is a pair of bulk pipes, exactly what ...
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Replace Incorrect Packages which are Dependencies

The machine has a NVIDIA GeForce 7350 LE graphics card, and I realised that I set up the wrong graphics driver when setting up an Arch Linux machine. I also chose the wrong versions of libgl and ...
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What does “wrap around” mean in DMA?

Recently working on a PCI driver project and trying to understand the Scatter Gather DMA. In my project, the PCI device(in a PC's PCI slot) is the DMA master and I want to do a DMA write to the PC's ...
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How to make Nvidia Optimus work on Kubuntu 15.10

I thought it would install itself properly since it offered me Nvidia drivers after fresh system installation. It did not.
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After installing Nvidia drivers, the GNOME user interface is not showing

After some struggle I managed to set up a Debian Testing and install the nvidia-driver as per Debian Wiki. Everything seems to work fine but this: After logging in on the GNOME3 login screen, all I ...
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“Couldn't find support for device at '/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.0/usb2': not supported by any plugin”

I just bought a new laptop: "HP EliteBook 840 G2". I used this computer during my travel in a train. I buy this laptop because, It have a 4G modem integrated. This module work on Windows but I can't ...
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Installing Nvidia Drivers the Debian way would uninstall dozens of packages

I just set up a fresh Debian (Jessie/8), set the APT Sources to fetch testing packages (main, contrib, non-free). Now I wanted to install drivers for the installed Nvidia GeForce 9600 and I tried ...
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Is there an open-source driver for 802.11p and DSRC?

I'm interested in working with DSRC (dedicated short-range communications) protocol which is based on 802.11p. I saw several posts and changelogs from a few years ago indicating that support was being ...
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How to swap out the driver of a network device on a running Debian Linux box?

I've got an embedded/headless Debian Linux box which boots from a read-only filesystem image. The configuration is set up so that I can (seemingly) write to the filesystem, but any changes to the ...
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Kernel module inconsistency

everyone. I have special USB device (chinese touchscreen), what I need to connect to my computer with Linux. By default, Linux assign connected device to usbhid (I found this info by execute ...
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Cross compiling ATI core drivers (fglrx-core)

I have a small custom Linux distribution I use to run numerical computations. It consist basically of a minimal Linux kernel plus essential file system on main memory. I want to add OpenCL support. ...
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Restoring sound drivers on Debian 8

I have installed Nvidia graphic drivers for my Debian 8, but the installation contained a new sound driver, which has broken the sound on my PC. How can I uninstall the Nvidia one and restore the ...
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Is the slow start of Linux Mint caused by my ATI Radeon Graphic Card?

I have recently installed Linux Mint (Linux OS based on Ubuntu 14.04) but I have encountered some problems. Every time before Linux Mint starts, it does show me this error on the black screen: ...
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Laptop overheating using AMD/ATI Open Source Driver

My laptop comes with ATI/AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5850 (Evergreen JUNIPER). My system is Debian stretch/testing with 4.2.0-1-amd64 kernel. It is awesome and I don't want to change it, but it is too ...
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Connection problem with usb3 external storage on linux (UAS driver problem)

On Ubuntu 15.10, when i want to format into NTFS file format an external 4TO disk connected by USB3 (on a Starteck USB/ESata HDD dock), i have a lot of I/O Error, and format fail... I try GParted v ...
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Does amdgpu support my Fury X and why isn't the driver loaded?

Currently my linux machine only can detect one monitor and seems to be running the bare minimum for graphic support. My system seems to recognize that the card is a Fury X but doesn't load any drivers ...
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ALSA sounds card volume range numbers, and Difference between Control Names

I'm developing my first sound card driver in Ubuntu with ALSA. Implementing a volume control for the sound card I stumbled upon a few questions. 1) For the function that is assigned to ...
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Is my Nvidia dead?

I am on Debian Jessie. I just wanted to install Nvidia drivers. But I found nvidia-detect does not detect my dedicated chip. Although it is listed in lshw. lshw -c video before any installation # ...
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How to change colors for best appearance in Debian 8 Jessie

I just bought a new laptop and switched from Ubuntu to Debian 8 Jessie (I am using gdm3). I tried to install the proper drivers for my nVidia GTX 950 video card but I failed each time ( I messed up ...
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Found my touchpad driver, but don't know how to install it

I'm bad with Linux and I'm tring to enable finger gestures on my pc but there is no "touchpad' tab in the settings of my mouse. So I searched for the driver that I need, I have a Asus TP300LA under ...
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Driver Module Backup from a Running Installation

Is it theoretically possible to make a backup of all the driver modules (especially the ones that are not merged into the original kernel) from a running installation of LinuxMint? The source of the ...
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Kali linux wifi

I have been trying to install WIFI driver for my Kali linux 2.0 , I am a newbie and Im stuck with errors in what ever i try here are my driver details can some one please provide detailed steps to ...
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Unable to receive ARP requests. Think it's a buggy driver. How to fix?

I have this problem with my laptop running Debian Jessie. I cannot gain any kind of network visibility on it from devices in the same network. I can't ARP the laptop, but the strangest thing is that ...
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Specify driver for given device?

I have an interesting problem. I'm on Ubuntu 14.04 (distro: elementary OS Freya). I have a MacBook Pro in a dock which provides ethernet over USB 3. The USB ethernet device id is 0b95:1790 and uses ...
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Linux sometimes fails to load Synaptics/syclient driver for ALPS touchpad while booting

edit: attaching synaptics.conf would help. See below. I run a laptop with an ALPS touchpad. This shipped with Windows 7 and a poor driver that implied it only supported single-tap and double-scroll. ...
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Bluetooth Visibility Crashes UI on Linux Mint

I'm running a Lenovo laptop. I have had driver problems for a while now, and am planning to perform a re-install of Linux Mint when I have the time and I can make sure that it won't interfere with my ...
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Installing Canon Pixma mg2400-series printer drivers on Manjaro/Arch?

The drivers for this printer are provided as source, deb and rpm packages on the Canon website. I have already tested the deb files and they work on the same machine. Because I knew about them, I ...
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There is possible to read 1-wire (ds18b20) without waiting for conversion?

I want to read temperature value from ds18b20 by 1-wire interface without blocking. There is any way to do that? I tried fnctl(fd, F_SETFL, O_NONBLOCK) but its not working. Actually I have a loop ...
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What is the proper procedure for upgrading a nvidia card?

I'm using Linux Mint. I already know how to do it in Windows but I'd like to know how to upgrade. I'm going to be changing from a GT 610 to a GTX 950. Is there anything I need to change like drivers? ...
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Fedora 23 beta guest won't install VBox Guest Xorg drivers because X server version is a prerelease

I have tried everything I can think of. I've tried RPM Fusion, I've tried using the ISO, but both don't work. I have tried changing the stuff in the .run file, but the md5sum fails. I have tried ...
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copying wpa_supplicant to target platform

I have had a problem with this old PC since I got it, it's a very early 2000's Dell PC. I'm talking 512mb of RAM, THAT old. It had Windows XP on it, which I wiped and replaced with Kali Linux 1.1.0, ...