In electronic systems and computing, firmware is a term often used to denote the fixed, usually rather small, programs and/or data structures that internally control various electronic devices.

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Does HP ProBook 4730s have UEFI or BIOS?

Sometimes I read that HP ProBook 4730s has UEFI and other times I hear it only has a BIOS. So which one does it have? As I understand it, UEFI is a replacement for BIOS, not an improvement nor ...
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brother printer firmware update password reset

While trying to update my brother printer (DCP-8080DN) firmware, the java program asks for a admin password, and says that it could only have been altered by a BRadmin program, otherwise the default ...
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Is the N600, C3700 cable of running an alternative firmware?

I've been exploring WW-DRT and openwrt.org. I can find information on how to Flash WNDR3700 but nothing much appears to come up on this particular module N600, C3700. Question: To flash a open ...
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DVB tuner is not initializing - Prof 7500

As per instructions, copied fw file into /lib//firmware (Using Ubuntu 14.04) ls -al /lib/firmware/dvb-usb-p7500* -rwxrwxrwx 1 box box 3812 Jan 5 00:54 /lib/firmware/dvb-usb-p7500.fw But the tuner ...
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DIR 880L Flashing power light

I recently updated my firmware, I think it was 1.05, for my 880L directly from the router thinking I'd be able to see my second HDD on my WDTV Live. Not only was I not able to view the second drive, ...
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Netgear R7000 new firmware update 1.0.6.28 broke my port forwarding 80 due to ReadyShare, how to fix?

On Netgear R7000, new firmware v1.0.6.28 break port forwarding 80 because of there new functionality "ReadyShare". How to fix that? P.S. It is very frustrating to see that a company like Netgear is ...
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Ethernet (driver) failure. Windows blames BIOS but device works fine in Linux

I have a problem with an HP 655 Notebook that originally came with Windows 7 preinstalled, I made a backup to a local FTP server using a linux live USB, formatted it, and then installed Windows 8 ...
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HP Proliant DL380P g8 CPU upgrade

We have a HP Proliant DL380P g8 with 2 Intel Xeon e5-2603. We needed to upgrade and use 2 Xeon e5-2620 V2, by default this server (G8) does not recognizes the v2 processor. We found this procedure ...
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linux bluetooth firmware missing

The kernel is trying to load a bluetooth firmware version that does not exists. dmesg: [ 4.435796] Bluetooth: hci0: read Intel version: 370810011001140d00 [ 4.436742] bluetooth hci0: Direct ...
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Windows not finding HP Smart Array P410? (Windows 7 Ultimate, Server 2012, 2012 R2) HP EliteDesk 800 G1 SFF

Windows not finding HP Smart Array P410? (Windows 7 Ultimate, Server 2012, 2012 R2) HP EliteDesk 800 G1 SFF I have got myself an HP EliteDesk 800 G1 SFF (i5-4590 @ 3.3GHz, 8GB RAM) to use as a home ...
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write protected pendrive hack

I have been doing some research to make a custom pendrive for client, it has two physical memory inside, one is meant to be loaded with data and can not be: delete, modify, write, format; while the ...
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Bricked my Grundig MPixx 2001 by formatting it. Firmware updater doesn't work

NOTE: Please don't remove me. I can't find a proper Stack Exchange site for this question. Please just move it where it needs to be because I can't find a hardware based site. I have a Grundig MPixx ...
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Why WiFi drivers carry firmware with them?

Why do linux kernel modules for wireless LANs have 'device firmware'accompanying them while other driver modules don't seem to carry a copy of the firmware with them? Edit: I've been informed that ...
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How to upgrade SSD firmware on Intel RST RAID 0 member disk?

I have a random bunch of SSDs working in an Intel Rapid Storage Technology RAID 0 to serve as my system drive. To setup an Intel RST RAID drive, in UEFI one must change the SATA controller to RAID, ...
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How does CPU access BIOS instructions stored in external memory?

During the process of booting, CPU reads address of system BIOS from the Reset Vector and jumps to the location where BIOS is stored. My question here is: As BIOS is stored on some external memory ...
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Why is GRUB working on one computer but not the other?

I've installed Arch Linux on to a USB stick. The stick is partitioned as GPT, and there are two partitions - an EFI boot partition, formatted as FAT32, and a boot partition formatted as EXT4. When ...
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Bios does not open after deleting duplicate boot entries

I had installed Windows 8.1 Pro. Along with it, I had tried to install Linux with it. After complete Linux installation when I rebooted, I was getting duplicate boot entries in bios setup. I have ...
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For an external USB device, why does Linux require a firmware in addition to the driver?

A few days ago I was trying to install a USB WiFi adapter in old version of linux. I installed it successfully. But the procedure I followed required me to install not only driver, but also the ...
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UEFI-Implementation-Issue (can lead to a hard-brick) - ASUS Zenbook UX303LA-R4342H

Edit (Current-Progress): ASUS released a new "BIOS-Update" (BIOS 210; Update FW) which fixes the "BIOS-Settings" issues, but I'm not sure if it also fixes the efibootmgr hard-bricking issues (I don't ...
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ASUS DSL-N10E firmware upgrade

I have a ASUS DSL-N10E modem\router with V2.1.15 APAC firmware. Is it upgradable to open-sourced firmwares like DD-WRT or Tomato (Tomato is preferred). Or is it hopeless? Plus, let's just say I try to ...
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ZyXEL bricked after firmware update

I bought a Zyxel NBG6616, as a first thing I updated the firmware (with online automatic procedure in the web UI). I waited for 300 seconds as requested: the router did not seems to work (no answer ...
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Errors while building my broadcom drivers in Kali Linux

So I started doing whats given in this answer Kali Linux not detecting wireless network in dual boot but then at the "make" step I get this! root@kali:~/Desktop/holy# make KBUILD_NOPEDANTIC=1 make ...
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Why does my D-Link DSL-2730U router claim the firmware update “contains an illegal image”?

I have a D-Link router. Its software (firmware) causes a lot of problems so I try to update it. My router model is DSL-2730U so I downloaded the original firmware from this site: ...
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ROM on a computer vs mobile phone

Why on a mobile phone (such as Android) is it possible to install custom firmware (not just OS), but on a computer (PC) it is not, but requires an exploit such as Thunderstrike for MAC? They both ...
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Modifying IP camera firmware

I have a D-Link DCS-931L IP camera and it started to lose wifi connection regularly. To debug the problem I tried to log into it, but any remote access is prohibited (except web interface which is ...
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Determine Surface TypeCover 2 Firmware Version

I have found various references to Surface TypeCover 2 firmware versions. This is an example: Surface Type Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.517.0) update improves multiple finger support on ...
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Dell Latitude E5540 doesn't recognize external display

I stumbled over this problem when I connected a projector to my E5540's VGA port and the laptop simply failed to detect it. Even restarting the laptop did not make it recognize the external display. ...
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I can no longer access the BIOS (Computer Freezes)

I have a new Lenovo T440 with Windows 8.1, I have installed Fedora 22 to have dual boot, I started playing around with grub2-customization and some of the BIOS settings (secure boot and legacy vs ...
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graphic issues debian jessie

I have some graphic issues on my laptop, low resolution and no possibility to link other VGA monitor. root@random:~# lspci -nn | grep VGA 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation ...
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How to access the emergency room interface for D-Link DIR-600 B2 with firmware v.2.15?

I have a D-Link DIR-600 B2 router with firmware v.2.15 and I want to install the DD-WRT firmware (described here) to enable the repeater mode. The problem is, every time I try to upload the DD-WRT ...
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Update Realtek UEFI UNDI Driver

I have a ASUS J1900 motherboard with UEFI BIOS (Realtek UEFI UNDI Driver v2.023). I downloaded archive with RtkUndiDxe.efi v 2.035. How can I update bios?
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Power failure while upgrading firmware on TP-Link WR940N, router is bricked. How do I fix it?

I was upgrading my wireless router TP-Link WR940N, while then, the device faced a sudden power outage. Anyway, the machine never started working properly again. All the lights of WAN and WLAN and SYS ...
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Is it possible to rewrite CD-R, DVD-R, Bluray-R discs with a modified firmware?

I know there were no such hacks observed. But if we consider case of corporate attack (firmware virus created by ROM device producing corporation itself) on privacy of a person. Would it be possible ...
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How to follow instructions made for linux on windows? Flashing firmware

I'm trying to flash a firmware on to a stm32f3discovery board. https://github.com/yetifrisstlama/Foculus_Rift_Tracker_STM32F3DISCOVERY These are the instructions I am trying to follow but they are for ...
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Advantages of Enabling Firmware Password Protection

What security advantages, if any, would be gained by enabling Firmware Password Protection on a mac that already has filevault encryption for the disk?
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NanoBSD: issue including firmware for ral driver in image

With my current NanoBSD build I'm not able to bring up the ral0 interface. Instead I get the following: ... rt2561sfw: could not load firmware image, error 2 ral0: rt2661_load_microcode: unable to ...
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Why does running Linux eventually cause my ThinkPad T430 to refuse to boot or enter diagnostics?

I have a Thinkpad T430. Every time that I install Linux (Latest CentOS) on it, after a while, the computer refuses to boot, go into bios, or boot / diagnostics menu. I've run Windows on it, and it ...
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error booting FREEDOS bootable usb on a macbook pro

I'm trying to update my ssd's (m4 crucial 128gb) firmware. I've a macbook pro with dual disk setup, so no cd drive, only ssd as main disk and hdd as second disk in a caddy where the cd/dvd drive used ...
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Complicated SSD Firmware Issue

I was using software from crucial.com called Crucial Storage Executive to upgrade the firmware on my MX100 SSD from version MU01 to MU02 on my Toshiba Windows 8.1 laptop. After the update began, the ...
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TPLINK-WA901ND v2 dd-wrt brick

Tried to install the dd-wrt firmware for this router and it worked fine the first time. However it wasn't giving me a connection and the lan port didn't work, so I decided that I would flash r20548 ...
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Intrusion is possible through firmware signature file

I have a small NAS system and recently i got a firmware to upload the features. I have one image file and a signature file. I just trying to edit the signature file and append some junk character ...
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Firmware update on external HDD -> system not booting

After updating the firmware of my external HDD WD My Book, my toshiba laptop with a toshiba internal HDD, is no longer able to boot and I can't enter the BIOS either. The internal HDD has three ...
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Remove write protection of flash drive from firmware

I bought an HP v220w 32GB flash drive 2 months ago and it's been working perfectly until yesterday when all of a sudden it became write protected. I've tried evey simple, non technical way to solve ...
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Reconfigure downloaded firmware in Debian live CD

Is there any way to reconfigure the downloaded firmware in Debian live CD(Whezzy)?It might be possible if you have installed it on a hard disk because you just have to restart the computer while for a ...
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Running device firmware on a computer

I was wondering how I would go about running device firmware in a virtual machine on Windows 7 or some other way on windows 7. I am specifically thinking of running the Broadband-Hamnet firmware for ...
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wireless network not working, interface (wlan0) missing

I am a total linux beginner and running Linux Mint 17 Qiana on a Dell Latitude D520. Because I can't connect to any wireless notwork, I tried to configure some hardware stuff I barely understand: ...
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What is the difference between BIOS and firmware?

Could anyone elaborate on the differences between BIOS and firmware please?
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Samsung SH-S202J (DVD recorder) “dead” after firmware update

I'm having a problem with my DVD-rom recorder; it's the Samsung's Super Write Master (model SH-S202J), and, after trying to update its firmware, it doesn't work anymore. The update went just fine, ...
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Can viruses infect firmware?

These days firmwares are not read only and you can download and apply updates to it from the web. So is it possible that if I download firmware from an un-trusworthy site, it might actually have a ...
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Manipulating firmware of USB flash drives

As far as you may know, about four month ago, a new malware-like program found that was infected USB device's firmwares. (Take a look here) I want to know, how it is possible to read and modify ...