Use this tag for questions about loading, configuring, or compiling them. See also /drivers for questions about which modules to use for specific hardware. A kernel module is a bit of code that can be added into the kernel by the administrator while the system is running, typically providing one ...

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How to disable keyboard?

Without unplugging my keyboard I'd like to disable it from the terminal; I was hoping that this could be done using rmmod but based on my currently loaded modules it doesn't look like it is possible. ...
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debian does not detect serial PCI card after reboot

I have installed a PCI card with two serial and one parallel port on it. the chipset is MCS9865. I downloaded the latest driver(V1.0.12) from here. I ran make and make install. now the two serial ...
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Find out which modules are associated with a usb device?

Could you recommend a way to figure out which driver is being used for a USB device. Sort of a usb equivalent of lspci -k command.
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Linux: What is a tainted kernel?

Under certain conditions, the Linux kernel may become tainted. For example, loading a proprietary video driver into the kernel taints the kernel. This condition may be visible in system logs, kernel ...
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How to assign USB driver to device

This question is two-fold: First, how do you manually detach a driver from a USB device and attach a different one? For example, I have a device that when connected automatically uses the usb-...
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Determining cause of Linux kernel panic

I'm running an Ubuntu 12.04 derivative (amd64) and I've been having really strange issues recently. Out of the blue, seemingly, X will freeze completely for a while (1-3 minutes?) and then the system ...
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Can I detect if my custom made kernel was built with module support?

I have been provided with a vendor supplied minimal linux installation. From an answer to a previous question I discovered that it is possible to build a kernel with or without module support. I have ...
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What is the sequence loading linux kernel module on startup? How priority is set to them?

I have a Linux kernel module which I compiled dynamically. How is it added to startup? There are lot of .ko files in /lib/modules. How is priority set for loading these modules?
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What is the difference between kernel drivers and kernel modules?

When I do a lspci -k on my Kubuntu with a 3.2.0-29-generic kernel I can see something like this: 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation G86 [Quadro NVS 290] (rev a1) Subsystem: ...
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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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Is USB-to-USB data transfer between two Linux OSes possible?

I want to create a USB-to-USB data transfer system in Linux (preferably Ubuntu). For this I want to use no external hardware or switch (except this cable). It's going to be like mounting a USB drive ...
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Adding a new System call to Linux 3.2.x with a loadable kernel module [closed]

I want to add a particular new system call in the linux kernel 3.2.x but as a loadable kernel module (as I don't want to recompile the kernel again and again) I read through many posts on internet ...
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VirtualBox Kernel Module Installing Issue

I installed VirtualBox, in the first run i got this warning: WARNING: The vboxdrv kernel module is not loaded. Either there is no module available for the current kernel (3.10.0-...
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Sound not working when both the sound card and HDMI use the Intel HDA driver. How to exchange their device loading order?

I have an Acer Aspire One 522 netbook which has an Intel HDA sound card based on the Conexant CX20584 chipset. Although KDE does output sound when starting up, flash and probably many other apps which ...
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rtl8723be Realtek Wifi-Card driver not working on Ubuntu 14.04

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my new Lenovo G50-70. The wifi works perfectly in windows, however it behaves strangely on Ubuntu. It is slow, doesn't load heavier sites at all, and after a while, ...
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Automatically apply module patch and compile kernel when updated?

I've recently applied a one-line patch to drivers/bluetooth/btusb.c in order to enable compatibility with my Bluetooth device. However, whenever I get a kernel upgrade, the patch will be lost until ...
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Ubuntu make fails with No such file or directory /lib/modules/3.4.0/build

I am trying to build the CP210x driver for the 3.x.x kernel on ChrUbuntu. Build instructions: Ubuntu: make ( your cp210x driver ) cp cp210x.ko /lib/modules/<kernel-version>/kernel/drivers/...
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Unable to load module: Disagrees about version of symbol module_layout

Following this tutorial to write my first driver. The Makefile is: # Makefile – makefile of our first driver # if KERNELRELEASE is defined, we've been invoked from the # kernel build system and can ...
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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 make EDID

I read the post here and I tried to make do with what I understood from the post but here are some questions: Where is the /lib/firmware located in for example /usr/src/linux/lib/firmware or /usr/...
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I need a step by step guide to build kernel modules in ChrUbuntu

I don't have experience building kernel modules. And worse, I'm trying to do it on ChrUbuntu, so it seems that I cannot follow the existing Ubuntu guides. For example, this command fails: # apt-get ...
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RAM Disk related questions [duplicate]

there is a developed kernel subsystem that needs a chunk of memory allocated to itself that only it could manipulate this chunk. this memory should be physically contiguous and also it need the access ...
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FedUp, unable to upgrade to Fedora 20

I am upgrading my Fedora OS to the latest version 20 as the current one is nearing end of life. Fedora introduces a new upgrade method called FedUp that allows user to perform an upgrade over the ...
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lsmod outputs: Not tainted [duplicate]

I ran lsmod command on an emulator for a board, and the output is Not tainted . What does that mean ?
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Booting without initrd

Is it possible to boot linux without a initrd.img ? I am planning to add default drivers as a part-of-kernel itself and avoid initrd completely. What are the modules that should be made part-of-the-...
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Build kernel in one machine, install in another

I want to build my Linux kernel on my host and use it in my VWware virtual machine. They both use the same Ubuntu kernel now. On my Host, I do make and make configure. Then, what files should I copy ...
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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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Saving time while compiling Kernel

I have to demonstrate a practical where I have to make my own module, add this module to a kernel's source and implement the system call. I'm using 3.16 kernel on Ubuntu but it takes around 2 hours to ...
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Where can I find information on Linux device driver parameters?

I want to work on Linux module programming (Device Drivers). And as a my college project I have to do profiling or benchmarking of a kernel modules based on various parameters. Everywhere I looked, I ...
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Running a script every time a new kernel is installed

I'm currently having to recompile my wireless driver from source every time I get a new kernel release. Thinking it would be awesomely hackerish to automate this process, I symlinked my Bash build ...
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How to create Linux header for newly compiled kernel?

In Debian when I want to compile my kernel module I need to install linux-header-* package and then I need to write some makefile like this: obj-m := hello.o KDIR := /lib/modules/$(shell uname -r)/...
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FATAL: Module hello.ko not found

I'm using CentOS-6.5 and default kernel is 2.6.32-431.11.2.el6.x86_64. I downloaded 2.6.32 and built that kernel (under /lib/modules/2.6.32). I wrote a module for simple hello world program. This ...
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How to load kernel module in Chromium OS?

I've installed the Chromium Vanilla by Hexxeh to a USB drive, but I can't use it on my computer because it lacks the carl9170 driver, which is needed by my adapter (a D-Link DWA-160.) I've managed to ...
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Debian Jessie Wireless Driver Broadcom Restart (rmmod modprobe) BCM43142 [14e4:4365]

My Dell laptop, running Debian 8 (Jessie), has this wireless device: $ lspci -nn -d 14e4: 02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM43142 802.11b/g/n [14e4:4365] (rev 01) And it ...
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Kernel module for Cisco VPN client doesn't compile under ubuntu 10.04 LTS?

I am trying to install a Cisco VPN client under Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. In the extracted folder I type: alex@alex-laptop:~/Downloads/cisco4.8/vpnclient$ sudo ./vpn_install and there is output of activity ...
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Are Modules listed under /sys/module all the Loaded Modules?

I'm wondering if I can use the directory listing of /sys/module instead of lsmod to get a list of currently loaded modules. Is that the list of loaded modules only? Or maybe that combined with /sys/...
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Loading new wlan driver

TL;DR. Two issues: can't get wlan0 working, can't get wpa_supplicant working. I compiled & installed kernel 4.4 (rev. eb4d55) with revamped rtl8xxxu support enabled. In order to compile &...
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Kernel module crashes when reading memory [migrated]

If I know the physical memory of data, because it was placed there by a memory mapped peripheral, how do I access it in a kernel module? My first instinct is to make a pointer int * addr; and ...
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How to allow access to memory in a kernel module? [on hold]

Suppose I have a memory-mapped peripheral which can be read from or written to at some address, say 0x43C00000. I want to be able to read from that same memory location in my Linux OS in order to ...
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Check the firmware which a module needs

in http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2242147&page=2, The driver requires firmware: $ modinfo iwlwifi filename: /home/chili/Downloads/backports-3.16-1/drivers/net/wireless/...
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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?