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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Reload a kernel module to re-vive a crashed device without reboot

I have a problem with a wireless 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 rmmod ...
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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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Sound not working in Debian except in google chrome and test utilities [on hold]

Yesterday, I had Archlinux on my Dell Latitude E6520 and the sound was working perfectly fine (I even had the loud beep I couldn't get rid of). Today, I installed Debian and alsa. The first surprise ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Upgrading OpenGL Drivers

I'm trying to learn OpenGL and most tutorials on the internet only offer guidelines for OpenGL 3.0 and higher. So I looked for my OpenGL version and glxinfo | grep OpenGL yields this: OpenGL ...
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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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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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Determine whether kernel built-in driver supports a device

I'm trying to find a way to accurately determine whether all the hardware on some system has a valid driver installed either via a kernel module or built-in to the kernel. I'm working with RHEL 5.5 ...
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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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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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Installing AMD Radeon HD 7400M series fedora 20

I just installed fedora 20 on my second pc and its running pretty hot, I found a driver on the site http://support.amd.com/en-us/download/desktop?os=Linux%20x86_64. And i unpack it and i try sh sudo ...
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Embedded linux LCD not calibrated

I have attached a new LCD to my embedded Linux device and when I run the system I found that it is shifted to the right. (the display starts from the middle of the LCD) I found 2 frame buffer drivers ...
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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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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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How to install drivers for intel GMA 3600 intergrated graphics system?

I am currently using crunchbang 11 32bit, on a laptop with Atom D2500/GMA3600. Does anyone know how to install a more modern driver - rather than the gma500? Is this even possible?
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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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Debian stable dual monitor problem

I installed Debian wheezy with XFCE 4.8 on my new laptop, updated the kernel to 3.13 from backports. When I connect the laptop to my monitor, I can see only a part of the screen on the monitor with a ...
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System Halt on REBOOT, Shutdown & Restarts as expected

Recently went from Centos 6.4 to Centos 6.5. System is Dell T410 Tower. Whenever I reboot, system runs through post, passes IPv4 Settings, then announces: PCIe Training Error: Slot 1 system halted ...
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How to see driver parameters?

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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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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Low performace of Intel Haswell HD Graphic 4600 in 3D Games

I have a notebook (Lenovo IdeaPad G510) with Linux Debian Jessie. It has got a built-in, integrated GPU - Intel Haswell HD Graphic 4600. I've read postive opinions about the GPU, it has got good ...
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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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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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How to Install Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 Driver onto Linux Mint

I had just recently downloaded Linux Mint onto my computer, and I downloaded a 64-bit driver for wireless, but I don't know how to install it. I've never used linux before now, and the person who ...
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NVIDIA Proprietary Driver on Debian Jessie Problems

I have dabbled in running a Debian server before, but this is my first time using its graphical interface for my main pc. I have been trying to install the nvidia proprietary drivers. I have SLI gtx ...
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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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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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bnx2: Can't load firmware file “bnx2/bnx2-mips-09-6.2.1b.fw”

I just compile the kernel 3.10.19 from kernel.org Support for bnx2 is enable. On my server when I try to start the eth0 interface I got the following error : bnx2: Can't load firmware file ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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What's wrong with this udev rule?

I'm reading through this link in trying to make the appropriate rule to make the BSG device nodes have group ownership of wheel and permissions of 0660. This is the rule that I have: [user@mylinux ...
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BackTrack USB Wireless adapter drivers issue

I purchased USB Wireless adapter which runs smoothly on Windows and Ubuntu, but in BackTrack it showing me Bad password issue. From my reading I guess it's driver issue which BackTrack Kernel don't ...
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Is there a Linux for an MSM7227 tablet with USB keyboard and touchscreen stylus drivers?

I have a ZTE V9C 7" tablet with 800MHz MSM7227 processor, Snapdragon family (ARM architecture?), Android 2.3, and I want to have a (very lightweight) Linux running on it (I know Android uses a 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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How to make the printer Canon Laser Shot LBP-1120 work in Elementary OS Luna (Ubuntu 12.04 TLS) - 32-bit version?

I had previously created this question + answer, but that would not work for me after a while. I am looking for an alternative.
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Linux crashes when i attach usb dongle

I have a D-Link Usb dongle the description about it is: $ lsusb | grep D-Link Bus 002 Device 003: ID 07d1:3303 D-Link System DWA-131 802.11n Wireless N Nano Adapter(rev.A1) [Realtek RTL8192SU] My ...
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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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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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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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Realtek drivers prevent detection of eth1 interface?

Here's the situation: I had a working network setup on my Debian box, with two Ethernet interfaces being reported by ifconfig - eth0, and eth1. eth0 is an onboard Realtek NIC, and eth1 is a D-Link ...
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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 ...