I have a DVD+-RW drive that has quit working. Apparently many users of this laptop model experience the same problem under windows and are required to edit the registry to correct the problem. So where should I look to make a similar edit?
Thankfully, there is no Linux equivalent of the Windows registry. Configuration is kept in (mostly) text files:
- The system configuration is in text files under
- The system state, which in Windows ends up mixed with configuration data, lives under
- User configuration and state lives in “dot files”, i.e., files and directories whose name begins with a
.in your home directory.
You can't simply transpose a registry edit to a configuration in another operating system: registry edits are completely Windows-specific. You'll have to understand what the registry edit is doing and transpose it to Linux. It's likely that you'll end up modifying a file under
/etc, but there are too many potential candidates to list here (also, it might depend on your distribution).
The equivalent of the registry on Linux is Elektra but it is not very popular. Most software uses a configuration file located in the /etc directory.