Drivers are the middleware that allow computer programs to use resources of a specific hardware device.

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2nd-hand Laptop compatible with Ubuntu [closed]

I'm looking at buying a 2nd-hand laptop for hobby programming. I would like to be able to install Ubuntu, but I'm worried that Ubuntu will not have drivers for network/video, etc. (I installed Ubuntu ...
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Prevent vista from auto installing drivers

Is there a way to prevent Vista from auto installing drivers on boot? I'm trying to remove all drivers so I can replace the motherboard without having to reinstall windows.
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Wireless going in and out on Thinkpad T42

After a fresh install of Windows XP I'm having trouble getting the wireless to stay up. The pattern is it gets a DHCP address, then goes offline just seconds later and goes back to acquiring an ...
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Video card driver causing Windows Vista to blue screen

I bought an HP Pavilion dv2000 back when Windows Vista first came out and it was working quite well until the video card drivers started acting up 6 months ago. The laptop has an nVidia GeForce ...
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Using Xbox 360 controller with Mac OS X (specifically turning it off)

So I've been using this driver for a few months with the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller For Windows with my Mac Mini. Here's an article about the driver on Gizmodo. The driver works really well for ...
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Ubuntu - Get audio over optical cable

Is it possible to play audio over optical cables in Ubuntu? I've got a motherboard with Realtek ALC888 onboard audio. Ubuntu can play music/sounds just fine to my headphones or over analog cables ...
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Generic Post Script driver for Windows Vista x64?

I have an old HP parallel port printer that is not supported by Vista. No drivers I've found online work with it. As a last ditch effort, I was hoping to find some generic postscript drivers for ...
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How to get the correct audio drivers?

I'm trying to install Win XP audio driver for my friend's old Compaq Presario M2000 Model laptop. I went to the compaq site and tried to install the audio driver, but it shows as 'failed' with no ...
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DPC latency spikes every 60 seconds related to Dell 1515 (atheros) WLAN

I'm getting DPC latency spikes every 60 seconds related to Dell 1515 (atheros) WLAN. If you turn off the wireless card, the spikes go away. If you disable wireless autodiscovery, they go away. I've ...
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Configure an Intel AGN 5100 wireless card under Ubuntu

I have a new Lenovo T500, with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS installed. The wireless card isn't working - sometimes it detects the wireless networks, but most of the times it can't. I have tried using the network ...
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How to copy windows xp install to macbook pro (or other different laptop hardware)

I apologize if this is the wrong location for this question, I believe these sorts of questions are applicable to broader IT professionals. My old Dell 8600 laptop with Windows XP OEM is on its last ...
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Difference between a device driver and module?

Question: What is the difference between a Device Driver and a Module (or Kernel module) in the context of both Linux and Windows specifically? I understand the purpose of a device driver, can you ...
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How to use ati's fglrx drivers on Fedora 11

Has anyone got a clue what is required to make old Fedora 10 ati fglrx drivers from Livna rpm repository on Fedora 11 ? There was once similar pathway when fedora10 was out but ati didnt support ...
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Has anyone managed to find a Windows 7 RC x64 compatible driver for the Sony Firmware Extension Parser (SFEP) on the Sony Vaio VGN-NS20S/S?

Problem OS: Windows 7 RC x64 Machine: Sony Vaio VGN-NS20S/S Missing Driver: Sony Firmware Extension Parser (SFEP) - sometimes known as SNY5001 I have tried various drivers for other versions of ...
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Finding missing, mystery drivers

What steps do you take to find missing mystery drivers? I.e. You have new machine, and after installing a new OS, the audio or video or memory card reader doesn't work. How do you find the correct ...
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Safe to uninstall Intel Matrix Storage Manager?

New laptop came with this preinstalled. Is it bloatware or OK to uninstall?
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Enable Directx 9 on Geforce Go FX 5700 win7

I have just installed windows 7 on my old laptop. It's an Acer aspire 1710. It seems real slow and everything is jerky, I can't do more than 1 thing at a time, such as watch youtube while compiling ...
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Printer With Most Operating System Plug-and-Play Compatibility [closed]

A friend is looking for a printer which can be plugged directly into a Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OS X (Windows 98 would be nice, too, but not holding my breath) machine and ...
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Alternative Intel drivers for X

I'm having trouble getting X to run with the defaults on my chakra linux live-cd. It is an Arch based distro. I have a thinkpad x40 with Intel 855GME and I get "no valid modes" error from X. I figure ...
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Citzen Label Printer Drivers for Mac [closed]

Are there any third-party or unofficial Citizen label printers printer drivers which work with Apple/Mac OS? Apple® / Mac OS® Drivers: Citizen does not specifically produce drivers for Apple ...
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Single Monitor act exactly like dual monitor?

Does anyone know if there is a way to make a single monitor act like a dual monitor with 2 totally seperated areas that are detected at the window's level. Eg. 2560x1600 monitor to show up as 2 ...
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Logitech mouse driver alternative for Mac OS X

I've had my Logitech MX Revolution for several years now, and I still like it a lot. However, when I first installed the software that came with it, Logitech's drivers required Application Enhancer ...
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OS X will not register newly installed network adapters

I have purchased an Edimax 7318USg and tested it on a Windows machine (works). The installation process for the software for this adapter runs smoothly. However, OS X simply does not recognize new ...
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How can I make wifi work after suspending, Ubuntu 9.04 on Lenovo T61

After resuming from suspended state, my wifi seems to never be able to reconnect to networks. It keeps searching and trying to connect, but then fails. The list of networks never seems to update ...
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Stinky Synaptics Trackpad driver - Replacement?

Is there a good replacement for my trackpad driver? I have the latest Synaptics one and its crap. It has its helper processes set to Above Normal which cause a lockup when doing video or a game. I ...
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IBM Thinkpad R40 does not recognize CD-ROM after Windows reinstall

My IBM Thinkpad R 40 does not recognize the CD-ROM after I reinstalled the original Windwos XP. (Before the reinstall it worked without problems). The BIOS says no drivers are installed, but I did ...
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What resources are available for building a cutting-edge Linux box?

One of the problems with loving both Linux and sweet new hardware is that you're never sure what's supported (i.e. driver availability). How can I easily determine if those shiny things in your ...
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Microsoft Fingerprint Reader on Windows 64-bit (Vista or Windows 7)

I think I know the answer to this question, but I have to ask anyway. I am running 64-bit Windows (Vista or Windows 7) and I cannot get 64-bit drivers for the Microsoft Fingerprint Reader. It is ...
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Java Apps in browser flash/tear when scrolling - why is that?

I have a Dell Dimension 4400 with an ATI Rage 128 Pro AGP on Windows XP Pro, latest updates. Previously this computer used Windows 2000, but I upgraded it to XP two weeks ago. One of the things I do ...
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Fingerprint recognition in Vista x64

I own a HP MobileWorkstation running Vista x64 Business, Serice Pack 1. The notebook has a personal identification device for fingerprints. Since I installed the 64-bit version of Vista, it is not ...
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How can I manually load/unload a driver in Windows Vista?

I think one of my drivers is causing some of my Windows Vista machines to boot extremely slow. Since the perf log is basically no help, I want to try manually unloading/loading drivers to see if ...
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Driver download without virus

I have a system with asustek p5gv-tmx motherboard. The previous sys admin lost the driver cd. Where can i find the Ethernet drivers for that board? The generic intel driver is not working.
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Is two-finger scrolling on a trackpad possible on a PC laptop?

Anyone with a MacBook or MacBook Pro can scroll by using two fingers on the trackpad. I haven't seen this implemented on a PC laptop under any version of Windows. Is it possible, and if not, how ...