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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Do I need graphics card driver for Linux?

I am using Linux with the following hardware configuration: Intel Core i7 3.4GHhz 4770k MSI Z87 MPower motherboard MSI GeForce GTX760 2GB DDR5 graphics card 1TB hard drive 16GB RAM Do I need a ...
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How driver is specified for any device? [duplicate]

First of all sorry for this basic question but I am really confused here..... So my question is : When any device is attached how kernel will know which driver need to be loaded ? I think its based ...
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USB mouse not working

Every time I plug in any wired mouse recently, I get similar to the below on VCS1: [1443270.286164] usb 6-1: new low-speed USB device number 15 using uhci_hcd [1443270.454270] usb 6-1: New USB ...
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No ethernet/wireless connection after dist upgrade - “network UNCLAIMED”

I did an upgrade from Xubuntu 12.04 to 12.10, and I can't connect to the internet now. When I press the network button on the panel, I see "No network devices available" on top (greyed out), then ...
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Easiest way to upgrade my onboard NIC drivers on a machine without connectivity?

I was assigned a workstation where I work and I needed to install Debian on it. I chose Wheezy because the other machines I use also have it, but I ran into a problem. The workstation is a Dell ...
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How to install D-Link DWA-160 revision B2 with Ralink chipset on Debian Linux?

I just bought a D-Link DWA-160 revision B2. Little did I know that this revision comes with a Ralink chipset. The main reason why I got DWA-160 is because I already have one and I'm pretty happy with ...
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Unable to make touchpad work

I'm trying to find here a solution for my long-time touchpad problem. I tried one year ago at ...
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Installing graphics drivers on ubuntu

I have an Nvidia GTX260 video card and I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 x64 bit. I've been trying for hours to get StarCraft II to work with wine and PlayOnLinux. I have tried nearly everything under the sun to ...
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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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How to configure linux to output to monitor

I'm currently running a lightweight Debian distro on a development board from Compulab. I have to login to the system via serial port everytime. The system has graphical card and the driver is ...
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How to fix unreliable Realtek Wireless card on Ubuntu 13.04

I have a Realtek RTL8188CE wireless card and it works fine when I have a strong signal, but if I get even slightly away from the wifi I lose connectivity even though there is a strong Rx signal. I ...
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application requires 32bit libs be installed on my 64 bit system — having trouble installing them

I want to install SimpleScreenRecorder (SSR) from git as recommended by the developer. The binary version crashes while the git version fixes my crash problem. Unfortunately, to build the git version ...
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Poor text editing performance from the radeon open source driver; should I install proprietary driver or try to fix this?

I followed the steps at the link below to remove the proprietary driver and install the Radeon open source driver. RadeonDriver - Community Ubuntu Documentation ...
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Linux Kernel Firewire Feature: Use Unclear

In the Linux kernel, there is a setting "FireWire SBP-2 fabric module". I do not understand the documentation: Say Y or M here to enable SCSI target functionality over FireWire. This enables you ...
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How to disable the 2.4Ghz band wireless adapter

For debugging purposes, is it possible to disable the 2.4Ghz for wireless connections on Linux (Linux Mint 13 LTS, Cinnamon). I.e. to enforce the network driver to establish connections using the 5Ghz ...
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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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Compiling a simple character device driver as a module

I wrote a simple character device driver & wanted to cross-compile it for craneboard (ARM architecture). My file name is gDev.c. I copied the file to kernel/drivers/char directory in craneboard ...
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Offline install wi-fi drivers on old PC using Linux Mint 15

I want to use wi-fi connection on my old notebook on which the Linux Mint 15 is installed, but I can't because it doesn't see any available installed drivers on it. I have searched many website and ...
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Ideas how to get my usb audio interface to work with Linux?

PulseAudio does not appear to recognize the Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 USB audio interface. The 2i2, however, is properly recognized and it works as expected. I can't seem to get the 6i6 to work on the ...
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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 ...
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What is difference between User space and Kernel space?

Is Kernel space used when Kernel is executing on the behalf of the user program i.e. System Call? Or is it the address space for all the Kernel threads (for example scheduler)? If it is the first ...
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Installing proprietary ethernet drivers in Fedora

I have an HP HDX16-1354CA Laptop that I've installed Fedora 19 on, and my ethernet port is not being detected. I am sure that it is because I have not installed the drivers for it, but I can't seem to ...
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Ambient Light Sensor Samsung Series 9

Have Fedora 19 running on my Samsung series 9. Got everything working with the exception of the ambient light sensor controlling keyboard backlight and screen brightness. Forums around the net show ...
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Installing developer libraries for Fedora 19 without internet connection

I am trying to use Fedora 19 on my Lenovo yoga 13. A common issue with this setup is that the laptop's wifi does not work out of the box on any linux distribution yet. This question and also this ...
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RTL8180 kernel module freezing with Realtek RTL8185L chipset

I've recently purchased a PEAK wireless PCI board. I needed a card with removable antenna capability to test a high gain antenna that I had laying around. Went to my local hardware store and I got ...
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Connection error for linux webcam driver for matlab

This might seem like a duplicate post, well yes it is, but I have a different problem compared with the duplicate version of it. My value for imaqhwinfo gives me: InstalledAdaptors: {'dcam' ...
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Does the kernel have a main() function? [closed]

I am learning device drivers and Kernel programming. According to Jonathan Corbet's book, there is no main() function in device drivers. So I two questions: Why don't we need a main() function in ...
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Cinnamon crashed after nvidia drivers installation

I have installed Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon and I have installed Nvidia drivers using this question. After rebooting the system this message appeared: Cinnamon just crashed. You are currently running ...
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Driver for Canon i-SENSYS MF3010

In the specifications for Canon i-SENSYS MF3010 http://www.canon-europe.com/For_Home/Product_Finder/Multifunctionals/Laser/i-SENSYS_MF3010/ it is mentioned the printer is compatible with GNU/Linux. ...
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How do I apply this revert commit patch from git?

I have found a patch applicable to my system to fix a problem but I have no idea how to get this patch and then apply it. Can anybody help me please? Patch: ...
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After installing VirtualBox to Fedora 17 the system won't boot (NVidia drivers)

My luck I had couple of older kernels, which work. The new kernel, probably somehow patched by VirtualBox fails to load. What fails is X-server, when it tries to start, here's the log: [ 14.284] ...
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What is a device controller, and where does it fit in between the kernel and the device?

Can someone please explain the concept of a device controller (hard disc controller, NEC PD765 compatible controller etc.). Here are some definition of key terms which might be needed for the ...
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Find driver (which is not automatically installed) for a specific hardware

Is there some general way to find out the name of the driver which I have to install on my linux system given only the hardware name? Maybe some centralized webpage or application which gatters all ...
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How to know driver names?

Is there any general way to know the name of the driver of all the devices on a linux machine? For example, I want to know the name of my network interface driver and the name of my webcam driver. How ...
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VDPAU library not found

I want to try this VAAPI backend for VDPAU. I have compiled mplayer with vdpau in Gentoo Linux (amd64) but I get this error: Failed to open VDPAU backend libvdpau_nvidia.so: cannot open shared object ...
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Why is my keyboard typing the wrong letters?

While surfing with Iceweasel, I tried typing in a Web address, but I found, that every few keys, it started typing other letters instead of the ones I typed. For example, if I typed ...
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Linux Mint 15 Ethernet Problems

I have a problem with my ethernet connection on my mint 15 (my WiFi works fine). Right after install, it didn't work at all, I followed some solutions I found (including this one) and no luck. I had ...
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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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How to enable WebGL in Chrome or Firefox?

I want to try out WebGL as I'm learning OpenGL currently and, well yeah, kind of interested in how WebGL looks like. I tried some demo sites like this or that. But unfortunately they don't work. I ...
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How can I install the Atheros AR8161 drivers without an internet connection?

How can I install the Atheros AR8161 drivers without an internet connection for fedora19?
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Instability of debian graphics [closed]

I have done some googling but am unable to find the cause of this problem. I'm using a fresh copy of Debian 7.1 and shortly after, using the machine will start rendering graphics improperly and spit ...
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Install BCM 4365 drivers in Backtrack 5R3

I have recently installed Backtrack 5 R3. When I try to run: sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source I get the following error: Error! Bad return status for module build on kernel: 3.2.6 (x86_64) ...
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Synaptics Touchpad Tap Lag (FastTaps Option Gone)

I own an Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A with a clickpad. Under the Synaptics driver, I'm trying to use tap-to-click. With the default settings, there is a very noticeable lag between when I tap and the tap ...
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How can I access GPIO pins from CentOS 6.4?

I have a single board computer with 8 GPIO pins that I would like to access from user space on my CentOS 6.4 installation. I see the GPIO pins mentioned in the 'dmesg' output, but the /sys/class/gpio ...
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How compatible is Centos in respect to hardware for desktop systems?

I have been tasked with creating a promotional/sales tool for our clients and sales people . (about 8400 users) It is expected that the tool will be used on office and home systems. The tool will ...
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Why the linux driver file is much smaller than that in windows?

Recently I install a graphic device driver in Linux, I found that is only dozens of KB. But that is dozens of MB in windows. I wonder why?
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Find used drivers for printer

My printer CANON PIXMA MP170 (usb) doesn't work on Debian 7 amd64 but does work on my Ubuntu 12.04 i386. I've tried a lot of tutorial about this but no success. So for now I'd like to to know more ...
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opengl/glx core dumps - generic intel linux drivers, RHEL6

Recently, I switched from using a dedicated ATI video card and proprietary drivers to the onboard Intel video card and default/generic Intel drivers because the ATI video card was damaged and I ...
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Enabling 1366x768 resolution in Debian Wheezy on Atom D525 Board

For some reason, when I try to update to a modern version of Linux from Debian 6.0.7 or Ubuntu 10.0.4, I lose most of the resolutions that were available, including the native resolution of the panel ...
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Linux Mint 15 no audio with NVidia MCP51

I updated from Linux Mint 14 to 15 recently, and since then my audio driver seems to be gone or nonfunctional. I don't have a ton of experience with drivers under Linux (grew up a Windows guy), but ...