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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Moving linux install to a new computer

I know that it can, in some circumstances, be difficult to move a Windows installation from one computer to another (physically move the hard drive), but how does that work on linux? Aren't most of ...
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What is the difference between ioctl(), unlocked_ioctl() and compat_ioctl()?

Going through the linux 2.6.36 source code at lxr.linux.no, I could not find the ioctl() method in file_operations. Instead I found two new calls: unlocked_ioctl() and compat_ioctl(). What is the ...
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Resolution problems with external monitor in ElementaryOS

The specifications are: sudo lshw -C video [sudo] password for cipricus: *-display description: VGA compatible controller product: RV380/M24 [Mobility Radeon X600] ...
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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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How to install a specific video driver on Fedora?

I need to install a compatible video driver on a Fedora machine. The resolution proportion isn't very well and I can't change the brightness and contrast (xbacklight and xgamma) either. Please answer ...
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How to find the driver (module) associated with a device on Linux?

On Linux, given: a device, for example /dev/sda, and its major and minor numbers, for example 8, 0, how can I know which module / driver is "driving" it? Can I dig into /sys or /proc to ...
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Webcam on Angström

I am running Angström on my BeagleBoard-xm. I want to use a webcam (I have Microsoft LifeCam Cinema and Logitech C310). I installed v4l-utils, libv4l-dev and kernel-module-uvcvideo with opkg. But the ...
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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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Hopelessly stuck on making Nvidia Driver work on Debian

Before I posted question here, I'd been hacking around for the solution for my problem, but none of them worked. Here is my situation. I had a Win7 OS before I put a Debian Squeeze on it, now I got a ...
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Achieving full resolution with PowerVR SGX454 on Ubuntu 12.04

I have a Mini-PC with an ASRock AD2700B-ITX motherboard, which has an Intel PowerVR SGX545 on-board graphic chip. I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on it today. Everything is working properly and is quite ...
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Why don't you need to update drivers? (Or do you?)

In my life I've not once updated drivers on any of my Linux systems, though they have all been desktops. A friend was asking me why one does not need to update Linux drivers and I found myself unable ...
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Xvideo extension not active with the radeon driver

On my computer running Debian squeeze with the radeon driver, the XVideo extension doesn't work (the extension itself is there but the hardware is not supported). xvinfo shows X-Video Extension ...
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What’s the difference between a “raw” and a “cooked” device driver?

Does this concept only apply to terminal drivers (which is what most sites cover) or to any driver in general?
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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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Driver for Intel 2200BG wireless network card

I'm trying to make work my wireless network card Intel 2200BG in my laptop Acer Travelmate 4002WLMI. I tried so far: $ sudo lshw -C network *-network:1 description: Wireless interface ...
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Where can I find the Linux driver for headphones in the kernel tree?

I have headphones with three buttons on them which allow me to control my music player with my phone. I want to write a driver for my headphones to make it control my music player on my pc (Ubuntu ...
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Why does my USB wireless network adapter disconnect every few seconds?

I don't have experience with drivers and other things. After installing Linux Mint 11 on my machine (I did a dist-upgrade), everything seemed to be great -- I didn't need to install any drivers. After ...
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Fedora won't boot after installing Nvidia drivers

I followed this tutorial about Nvidia drivers installation and I accidentally forget to do 5th point (disabling nouveau drivers), so now I can't boot my system. I know I am idiot but is there anything ...
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RT3290 Wireless still not working

I've been trying to get my wireless working for two weeks now. I have 1814:3290 wireless card. I am on Linux Mint 14 64-bit. I have tried all the suggestion on here: ...
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How to disable Nouveau on Fedora 18?

I want to install the proprietary Nvidia driver. Downloaded it from here. I have the 64-bit one. However, when I try to install it, I can't because the Nouveau driver is already there. I have spend ...
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USB Driver Compilation Error

I'm currently trying to compile a Linux USB UART driver, which is provided here: http://www.exar.com/connectivity/uart-and-bridging-solutions/usb-uarts/xr21v1410 The driver consists of 2 header files ...
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How to install much newer mpt2sas driver version in debian squeeze?

Linux debian squeeze 6.0.6 (2.6.32-5-amd64) is supplied with quite an old 02.100.03.00 version of the mpt2sas driver. I do wish to install a much newer mpt2sas driver version. In know there are ...
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Restart USB mouse driver?

Sometimes, after some event that I can't determine, my USB mouse gets stuttery - like the refresh rate drops down to about 5-10Hz. It still works fine other than that, but it's incredibly annoying, ...
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Does Linux have support for network interfaces over an AT-Command serial modem?

I've got a Telit GM862-GPS module, which is a GPRS modem with a serial interface and uses the standard Hayes AT command set (with some extensions). What I'd like to do is to be able to connect this up ...
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lsmod returns nothing on my embedded device

I have put a vendor supplied embedded Linux installation (called X-Linux) onto a hardware device. I ran lsmod to see what modules are loaded and nothing at all is shown. Also there is no /proc/modules ...
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/lib/modules/2.6.37.6/build missing in linux puppy? what should I do?

I am new to linux as of yesterday. I'm using linux puppy to try to get the most out of a 10 year old, slow laptop. I installed it fine, no problems there, but as soon as I try to use my usb dongle's ...
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How do I downgrade my nVidia Driver in openSUSE 12.1?

I’m trying to trouble-shoot a problem that I’ve been having. Downgrading my nVidia driver is about the only thing I haven’t tried. I have an nVidea GeForce 6200 and installed the ...
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What is the network controller and how does it relate to Wi-Fi?

I am working on getting wireless up and running on my Ubuntu 12.04 machine. In this tutorial, the guy says "your network controller is your Wi-Fi." To me, that seems to imply that the network ...
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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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Despite all attempts fan is still running very loudly and fast

I am running DELL Vostro 3750, operating system Linux Mint and despite all my attempts the fan is still running very fast and loud. So far I have tried first edit Grub according to this article. Than ...
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How to feed linux new install drivers?

I'm trying to install a Linux distribution on my new setup, but after the first tries I failed without knowing why. My configuration: Desktop PC HP Processor: Intel Core i3 2120 @3.30GHz ...
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What's the difference between CONFIG_R8169 and CONFIG_R8169_VLAN?

.config from /usr/src/linux-2.6.38.8 contains: CONFIG_R8169=m CONFIG_R8169_VLAN=y What's the difference between CONFIG_R8169 and CONFIG_R8169_VLAN?
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Linksys wusb600n support on Debian-6

I'm on my way from Windows 7 to Debian 6. The only problem... I'm not sure about my network adapter. Its Linksys wusb600n and without it - no internet access for me. Does Debian 6 support it? Will ...