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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Custom firmware for router [on hold]

I wanted to change D-link DIR-840 n600 wireless routers wireless mode to client, but I wasn't able to find wireless mode option so I was looking for a solution and I ran into custom firmwares, I haven'...
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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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How to read the shared memory in Openfwwf firmware (Assemply code)?

I have modified Openfwwf and it works on Openwrt. my question is How to read the data that they are saved in the shared memory? If it is possible to add any code in a firmware to be able to read the ...
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OpenWRT Image Builder failing with building OpenWRT image

I am on Ubuntu 16.04 creating OpenWRT image by OpenWrt-ImageBuilder-ar71xx-generic.Linux-x86_64.tar.bz2 from https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/trunk/ar71xx/generic/. I have all exactly done by ...
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Does updating the firmware as required by a Linux distbution alter the machine for use with a different OS? (i.e., Windows)

I'm trying Lubuntu and seeing the same error as here in version 16.04 (Ask Ubuntu question): *starting configure network device [ 110.081458] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found [ ...
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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 dual-...
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How do I revert back to official Linksys firmware from dd-wrt on WRT56G2 v1?

I've been having trouble with dd-wrt on my Linksys WRT56G2 v1 router and want to go back to the stock Linksys firmware for it. The router has only 2MB of flash memory, and so I'm running the 'micro' ...
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Make a USB drive read only

I have a 1.5TB USB drive with many important files that I want to give to a friend (they have Windows7) for reading only purposes. thumbscrew appears to flip a registry switch but it seems to be on ...
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Kingston SSD toolbox doesn't see new SSD

I just installed a new Kingston 300V 120GB SSD. Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (on a Lenovo CIH61M v1.0 MB from 2011'ish) sees it and I can copy files to/from it. But the Kingston SSD Toolbox reports: ...
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Where to acquire firmware for electronic devices that are no longer supported by the manufacturers? [closed]

Where can one safely acquire firmware for older electronic devices? Torrents from websites of ill-repute are easily found, but I would prefer a more reputable source considering that the official ...
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How to change language of Fritz!Box from German to International

I have a Fritz!Box 7390 I bought while living in Berlin and would like to switch it to English. I've tried using the Recovery Tool, but it rejects updating the device. How can I update the device to ...
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Installing Pioneer BD-ROM BDC-TD01 Firmware Updater: Target is not found?

As you see in the device manager list of my SONY VPCCW1NFX/B laptop, there's only the Optiarc BD-ROM BC-5500S4 device available under the DVD/CD-ROM drivers subcategory. where their should be another ...
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Incorrect Firmware on a Printer

I upgraded a Samsung 3405f printer with the wrong firmware and it stopped working. How can I fix it or force to work?
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How to modify embedded Linux firmware?

I'm sure there's a simple answer to this, however I don't usually do THIS type of programming. I purchased a device (https://amzn.com/B00INMB23Q) to copy SD cards over to a USB storage device. It ...
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What does the Intel Management Engine do?

I've heard many complaints about the Intel Management Engine by Anti-DRM activists, but what does it actually do?
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Changing Surface's Pro firmware

My surface doesn't recognize my type cover anymore and I'm sure that my type cover is working because I connected it with another surface and I saw it's working. So I cleaned the connection on my ...
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How can I flash a custom firmware on my router carrier?

I want to know how to flash a firmware to my router because my current router needs a lot of options like QOS. I searched a lot but the problem is my router is signed to a specific carrier so I don'...
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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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Where to find firmware updates for Linksys WRT350N

I have a wireless router that I haven't touched in ages. A Linksys WRT350N, the current firmware version is v1.04.4. I don't want to install dd-wrt because I'm leaving it with my parents and don't ...
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Huawey redirects packets to itself

I have Huawei wireless router: Device name: E5330Bs-2 IMEI: 865706028023246 IMSI : 250998209933021 My number: Unknown Hardware version: CH1E5330SM Software version: 21.210.17.00.778 Web ...
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Tenda F303 not working after firmware upgrade

I have a tenda F303 and I needed to port forward a game but on the internet I seen that I need to upgrade the firmware to port forward and some more things.I opened www.tendacn.com and I searched my ...
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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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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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wifi driver fails to load firmware on kernel 4.6.0-rc2

Distro - Ubuntu-14.04. For development purposes I built and installed 4.6.0-rc2 kernel. All works well except wifi: % dmesg ... [ 9.092503] Intel(R) Wireless WiFi driver for Linux [ 9.092506] ...
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Solaris T5120 How to reset firmware root password

I have this Solaris T5120 box bought used no HDD so there is no OS yet I was able to connect using Serial Console using HyperTerminal Default User/Password didn't work root changeme ...
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UEFI-Implementation-Issue (can lead to a hard-brick) - ASUS Zenbook UX303LA-R4342H

Question-State: solved (not really but it basically works) 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 ...
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Recover USB HDD From Failed Firmware Upgrade

I just bought a brand new Western Digital "My Passport for Mac" I was running a firmware update on it (on a MacBook Pro) and it stalled out half way through. I let it sit overnight and in the morning ...
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How can I determine if my Dell M4600 built-in SD card reader can support SDHC cards?

I'm running x64 Windows 8, and the SD card reader in my Dell M4600 is unable to read my SDHC memory card. The reader is listed as "SDA Standard Compliant SD Host Controller" in device manager. I'm ...
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Lastest updates for my X25-M 80 GB intel disc?

How can I make sure I have the lastest updates and firmware to my X25-M 80 GB SSD disc? I know a few updates has been released but I'm not sure on how to check for updates and what's installed for my ...
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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 : http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/...
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Why is smartmontools advising me to upgrade Seagate ST31000528AS firmware version CC34 to CC49?

I have a Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 model ST31000528AS. smartmontools warns me when querying the drive that a firmware update might be available and instructs me to a seagate website link where ...
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TP-Link TL-WR1043ND v3 openwrt firmware

I have uploaded a new alternative firmware for TP-Link TL-WR1043ND v3 https://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/tl-wr1043nd. Unfortunately, after the upgrade, the connection to the device has been lost....
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Router's 5GHz Wi-Fi permanently deactivated after update?

When I replaced a power strip, our Arris DG1670A modem-router, rented from Time Warner Cable, no longer transmits 5G wifi after a firmware update. In its main menu and 5G configuration webpages, the ...
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Modify GTX 580 fan speeds in bios

I have stock overclocked GTX 580s which run so hot that the driver crashes. I can dial up the fan manually using Nvidia Inspector. That fixes the problem, but i have to tinker around all the time and ...
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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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NVIDIA GTX 680 GPU BIOS flash failed and card is bricked

I own NVIDIA GTX 680 GPU and I wanted to flash it’s BIOS because I read that it is possible to flash it to GTX 770. So I downloaded GTX 770 BIOS and read all tutorials. Now all what I got is a bricked ...
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TP-link router firmware upgrade needs reset to factory default settings

About to upload a new firmware to my router (tp-link wd8961), I read this in the instructions: You have to restore the device to factory default to make the new functions take effect. There ...
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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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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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Very bizarre battery level behavior for Thinkpad T430s on openSUSE

Okay, so I've just bought a second-hand Thinkpad T430s from ebay. Everything looked fine, the computer's in good shape. After installing openSUSE, I decide to see how long the battery will last. I ...
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Is it possible to update a LSI-9211-8i SAS HBA firmware without EFI?

I am trying to flash my LSI SAS HBA to IT mode from IR mode; I've heard this can't be done in the OS. My problem is that I am using a GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard, and it doesn't seem to know anything ...
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Why does my uefi firmware ignore the boot order?

My Toshiba Tecra R950 supports UEFI, mostly. It has a good old-fashioned text-based blue firmware settings system that it refers to as "BIOS", rather than the fancy graphical setup most proper UEFI ...
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Accessing the firmware of an USB flash drive

Is there any way via which one can read the firmware of an USB flash drive? And if there is really such a way, can one write to that memory area?
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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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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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DD-WRT possible brick on tplink-wa901nd v2, any advice?

I think I had a bad idea this night. I flashed ftp://dd-wrt.com/others/eko/BrainSlayer-V24-preSP2/2013/01-01-2013-r20453/tplink_tl-wa901ndv2/factory-to-ddwrt.bin into a brand new tplink-wa901nd v2, ...
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Can I change the OS (or middleware) on a Samsung Smart TV? [closed]

I've installed the newest firmware update on my un40f6300, and it is absolutely detestable. The TV constantly tells me that it's updating apps, and Samsung pushes out some pointless alerts every time ...
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Can a Geforce VBIOS be corrupted?

When I start my PC, only the motherboard logo (gigabyte) is displayed untill the opening of my default X session ! Every other thing can't be displayed or freez the system : bios/uefi setup boot ...
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Replicate a WiFi without having authentification error on clients

I have a simple problem and hope there is a solution for it. I have a Router with the WiFi "XYZ" and a Password (WPA2) configured. Now I would like to reflash the router with a custom Firmware, my ...
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NVRAM does not reset on gigabyte motherboard

My motherboard is Gigabyte GA-B75m-d3h. Many duplicate firmwares have been created in bootloader list. I wanted to delete them. Things I tried - 1) Inserted windows installation disk and formatted ...