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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Why do laptop screens flicker during video mode changes? [duplicate]

Changing the display mode (resolution and/or refresh rate) causes the screen to flicker or go dark for a few seconds before the image stabilizes. At least this happens on all laptops and desktops I've ...
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Why do routers sometimes need to be restarted manually?

Every time I call my ISP with the complaint I don't have internet access. , they ask me Did you unplug the router, wait a couple of minutes and plug it in power again? What I cannot ...
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Can't upload original firmware to D-Link DIR-330

I was trying to install dd-wrt on it but it didn't work well. So I'm trying to load the original D-link firmware... I can always get to the emergency firmware upload page after resetting the router ...
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How to install Mac OS on Quicksilver PowerDesk G4 with blank hard drive

I have a Quicksilver PowerDesk G4 and the hard drive is blank and also I have no boot disc. What should I do then? Would burning a Mac OS 9.2.1 installion disc using a Mac computer and the IS960 ...
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Updating SandForce SSD on JMicron controller in AHCI mode

I would like to update my A-Data S599 drive using ASUS P5V-VM DH board. The board have 2 controllers one is VIA and the other is JMicron. Only JMicron supports AHCI mode which is required to update ...
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Kingston SSD firmware update via USB?

I have a system with a Kingston SSD that needs to be updated to the latest firmware. The system does not have an optical drive. Is there a way to install the firware update via USB, or am I going to ...
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Where can I find Samsung SP1203N 120gb internal hard drive firmware update?

I am trying to update the firmware for this drive. I ran a program which messed up the SMART readings on the drive and want to get a newer version of the firmware to fix the issue. My current firmware ...
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Reset DD-WRT to original firmware TP_Link TR1043ND

I have installed this firmware since I thought it'll be faster. Sometimes it's just slower than it was, but for example now, even GMail fails to work. Is it possible to recover/reinstall the ...
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8051 MCU debug board function

In school I have written many programs for an 8051 compatible CPU. But I never actually knew how our "debug" sets worked. I mean, we test our programs in special sets, which actually allow you to very ...
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Can't find newer DLINK Router DIR-400 firmware

If you're here, it means you also have a Dlink 400 router. I asked DLINK but they didn't answer my question. I asked DLINK support again, but this time no answer (2 weeks later). In DLINK FTP site ...
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WRTU54G-TM router with 3rd party firmware; Can custom firmware include stock binary portions?

I've been doing a lot of reading online about the Linksys WRTU54G-TM router model that I now own. It seems getting a custom firmware onto it is not a problem. But no one is talking about retaining the ...
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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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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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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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D-Link 2640u Router unfortunately update wrong firmware

I have this Dink router: DSL-2640U HW Veer: C2 FW Veer: ME_2.01 I had tried to update firmware to this Indian firmware but it was not compatible with my modem (it's for C4 version). I've seen a ...
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How to Replace Firmware/Software on Motorola SURFboard SBG6580

I have a Motorola SURFboard SBG6580 Cable Modem/Router combo that was working great until I upgraded my Internet speed with Comcast at which time, they pushed either a firmware or software update that ...
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How do I install Intel SSD Firmware from a USB flash drive on a Mac

I've removed my Optical Drive and installed my HDD there instead on my MacBook using OWC's Data Doubler. Furthermore I've installed a Intel 520 180GB SSD in my main drive slot. Now I want to install ...
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Third party firmware for WPN824?

My router recently developed some sort of DHCP malfunction so I decided to flash the firmware. And being the geek that I am I figured, while I'm flashing it, why not upgrade it? However, finding a ...
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How do I upgrade Intel SSD firmware from USB? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I place a bootable ISO on a USB drive? Ok, here's the thing. I have one of those Intel 320 SSD drives that is prone to suddenly shrink to 8 MB in size. Two days ...
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Any particular reason there is no custom firmware for the WRT54GC?

It seems all the other WRT54__ models get the love, why not the WRT54GC?
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Any available third-party firmware for Linksys WAG120N?

Is there any custom (third-party) firmware for Linksys WAG120N?
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MacBook (late 2008) EFI Firmware Update 1.8 Problem

Last night I applied EFI Firmware update 1.8 to my Macbook (late 2008). After installing EFI Firmware Update and rebooted my computer and installed SuperDrive Firmware Update 3.0. After that my ...
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Linksys WRT54GL Reset to factory firmware?

I just purchased a WRT54GL that I want to flash with dd-wrt. On the dd-wrt wiki I read that I should first upgrade the linksys firmware to v.4.21.1 so I did so, but now the web gui is messed up. I ...
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Snow Leopard 64 bits mode (EFI64 Firmware)

How do I get the EFI64 firmware on my iMac 20" (late 2006) with Intel Core 2 Duo?
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Does DD-WRT improve reliability?

I recently bought a Netgear WNDR3400v1 router, and have been having reliability issues (devices constantly being disconnected and reconnected). My router is supported for DD-WRT. I understand that ...
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Installing TomatoUSB on a Linksys WRT54GL?

I don't know whether I'm missing something obvious here, but when I download the TomatoUSB 2.6 VPN build (from here), and try and install the included .trx file in the default Linksys router "Firmware ...
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SSD Firmware update = loss of data?

I recently got a new SSD (OCZ Vertex Plus) and after reading the helpful answers for my post Disk Corruption = Failing Drive/Bad sectors? I would like to try updating the firmware but the OCZ Firmware ...
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Cannot update Segate HDD firmware

I've just been given some used HDDs from my friends. Two of them are Segate HDDs which have potential problem known as "Deathgate". All Internet articles say "Update the firmware", so I followed them. ...
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How do I find out if my router is compatible with DD-WRT when it's not in their list?

I'm considering flashing the firmware on my router to DD-WRT this weekend. I tried to find my router (Medialink - MWN-WAPR150N) in their router database with no luck. I'm wondering what key things ...
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BIOS image unpacker or extractor

I want to see unpacked PC BIOS image code. First way which I see is to download BIOS Flash update from vendor, but it is packed. How can I unpack it? Vendors interested are Gigabyte, ASUS, Supermicro, ...
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What Steps To Take To Reduce Chances Of BIOS Update Failure With Laptop?

I need to update BIOS but i am affraid of failure which will render laptop useless and only sending motherboard to manufacturer for BIOS replacement chip can solve the problem. Should i run laptop ...
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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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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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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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Latest Security update “firmware for linux kernel drivers” failed - how do i fix this?

I have copied the update-manager's update failure/error message installArchives() failed: perl: warning: Setting locale failed. perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings: LANGUAGE ...
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What firmware version is my OCZ Vertex SSD?

I have an OCZ Vertex series I (SATA II) SSD that is starting to fail. I would like to try upgrading the firmware, but don't know what version is currently on it. How can I find out? According to ...
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Unable to update a strange HDD firmware

I'm not able to update the firmware on a Seagate ST3500620AS hard drive, neither with the Windows update tool nor the bootable CD (available on this page : ...
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Fix SD card that's reporting too large a size?

I have a 4 GB miniSD card that is reporting it has 6 GB of space as opposed to the 4 GB it's supposed to have. Is there any way to flash the card so it will report the proper size? ...
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MacBook EFI Firmware Update Dialog Always Reappears

After performing software update on my MacBook (late 2008) I am greeted with a dialog saying: Your computer's firmware is up-to-date with version 1.4 of the MacBook EFI Firmware Update. The ...
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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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Is the firmware device touchable?

We all know that the computer world has both hardware and software. Hardware is touchable and software is not. But apart from those two we have firmware as well. Is firmware touchable (like hardware) ...
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Hitachi hard drive with apple firmware - possible to install Windows on?

My friend gave me a spare harddrive he had, a 320GB Hitachi HTS545032B9A302. I was hoping I could use this in place of my 70GB internal drive at home. However it says on the label that it has Apple ...
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Custom Firmware for Printers [closed]

Is there a way to replace the factory firmware that came with the printer with a custom firmware that allows you to use aftermarket or generic ink cartridges? A search on google doesn't reveal much ...
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Updating Airport Express Firmware

I may be missing something painfully obvious, but how do I upgrade the firmware on an Airport Express? When I visit the firmware page, I don't see a download link, but when I follow the attached ...
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Linux distribution for my home theater [closed]

I bought mini-pc and I plan to install linux on it. My first choice would be the Ubuntu distribution. I plan to use it for playing videos, ssh access, network/wifi (router) and running flash (not ...
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Hard Drive Start / Stop count & Firmware Update

I've got a 500GB Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive that has done a great job since I bought it. I've noticed that there's a lot of people on the internet complaining that their Momentus XT has tons of ...
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Flash Linksys Router with TomatoVPN

Can anyone point me, or help me in the update of Linksys with TomatoVPN? I'm running Tomato firmware; however, when I visit http://tomatoVPN.keithmoyer.com/ I don't see where I can download the ...
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New firmware for WRT Belkin F5D7632-4?

I have an older spare ADSL-modem/router/AP/switch from Belkin (F5D7632-4). I spent some time seeking an open source firmware ala OpenWRT or DD-WRT. My problem is that the chipsets do not seem to be ...
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Any open source software that I can put onto a Netgear wgt624 v3 router?

My Netgear wgt624 v3 router doesn't seem to be amazingly responsive any more, so before I buy another router, I'd like to try putting some open source software on the thing and see if it makes it ...
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Is it usual for firmware to be only updatable in Windows?

http://www.ailis.de/~k/archives/36-Dell-firmware-problems-with-TSSTCorp-TS-L632D-DVD-drive.html I want to update the firmware described in this blog post, but the author of that post, who has a ...