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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How do debug HDMI port

I have a unique situation with a Sony Vaio that has a donor motherboard from an essentially identical Chinese model of the same. the HDMI port seems at all levels to be non-functional and not ...
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What specific roles does firmware play on routers?

If routers properly implement standard networking protocols (DNS, DHTCP, TCP/IP, etc.), then wouldn't the same firmware (implementing these protocols) be applicable to all routers? I guess I'm ...
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Running a LinkSys WRT400N router with 3rd party firmware

Does anyone have any experience with the LinkSys WRT400N router and installing 3rd party firmware on it? Is there a more stable choice between DD-WRT and Tomato? Any benefits one way or the other? ...
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Recommended devices upgradable with open-source firmware [closed]

Having bought a lot of tech stuff during these years, the best devices I've enjoyed the most are the ones upgradable with open-source firmwares. To name some of these: Two Xbox (first version) with ...
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Is is possible to update BIOS to UEFI?

I just ran the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant on an older machine (just for fun) and was informed that due to lack of UEFI firmware, Secure Boot would not be supported. What I want to know is, is it ...
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Can't access modem web interface

I have cisco modem with Linux firmware. I can't connect to modem admin interface via ip 192.168.100.1. I can't SSH to it either. I tried to ping it and it is unreachable. I noticed that sometimes this ...
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ASUS RT-AC66R hard reset

Have an ASUS RT-AC66R - we had set it up for our church and was working flawlessly. I was approached last sunday to say it was not connecting (2014-01-19). We had set it with the 2.5 and 5 Ghz ...
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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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Hard disk not detected in BIOS, disk does spin up when powered

A friend asked me if I could fix his laptop, with the description "black screen on boot". Having tried using his laptop I immediately noticed that the laptop's BIOS claims there is no hard disk ...
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Android on FPGA

I would like to know is it possible to put android on FPGA specifically Digilent Atlys board which I have ? What would be a better way to learn on installing Android on custom hardware ? I have ...
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Latest firmware for WRT54G version 6

Belkin bought Linksys in January 2014 and removed most of the firmware from the support website. Is there an archive somewhere that has the latest firmeware for WRT54G version 6?
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Difference and relation between firmware and device driver

How are firmware and device driver different and related? I think both control devices? Is firmware always self-booting, while driver must be run/booted by OS?
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Visiting sites previously never visited results in page not found or junk CSS

I have recently inherited a workstation which I installed a brand new SSD in and then installed Windows 8 (I previously have not bothered with it). Bypassing Internet Explorer, I immediately ...
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S.M.A.R.T. diagnostics recommends firmware upgrade

I have an Ubuntu server with a RAID-6 array. 3.13.0-27-generic #50-Ubuntu SMP Thu May 15 18:06:16 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux I was checking out the S.M.A.R.T. diagnostics for the ...
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Does HP LaserJet firmware update remove functionality?

I just got an old LaserJet 2400 series, retired from business use. Is there any reason NOT to update the 10 year old firmware? For example, is there a substantial chance of bricking the printer? Or ...
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How to get CSipSimple working correctly with a linksys WRT54GL?

I have a linksys WRT54GL. I go VOIP with MicroSIP on my PC (and other softphone). I have an Android phone with CSipSimple installed, it works correctly on most network, but not with my linksys ...
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How can I repair my Wifi Repeater?

I installed the wrong firmware on my Wifi Repeater. Is there a way to fix this problem? I can't find any website on the user manual, so I'm not sure what the model of the wifi repeater is.
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Linksys WAG54GS - Need to reserve IP addresses for WOL

I have a "Wireless-G ADSL Gateway with SpeedBooster WAG54GS ADSL router for my home in KSA, the stock Linksys firmware in it lacks lots of necessary features i.e MAC based QOS, DHCP IP reservation and ...
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Why is RAID rebuild/recovery tied to a specific RAID card?

I would assume that although the RAID specification itself does not detail the implementation, the manufacturer of the card would like to write the RAID implementation just once and reuse that in all ...
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Samsung SSD firmware update fails

Samsung Magician checks for new firmware update, finds it, prompts me to install it, I let it do that, then it fails to update. The SSD is an 840 EVO, 250 GB. I'll let the screenshots tell the story. ...
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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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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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How to update Thomson's TG585 v7 Firmware using Telnet

The Thomson upgrade tool isn't detecting my router, I tried many times by disabling the Firewall as suggested, but yet it's not being detected, it worked only once, I upgraded to 8.2.4.11, but I lost ...
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Custom Firmware for Printers

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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Firmware:What can I do with dd-wrt/merlin/tomato that I cant do with ios 12.4/15.1?

Was thinking about getting the linksus wrt1900ac when it comes out but I already have a few 2811 routers. Curious as to what the wrt firmware offers that is different from ios. I'd like something for ...
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What are the differences between Host Protected Area (HPA), Device Configuration Overlay (DCO), and service area of a HDD/SDD?

I'm confused about the differences between the Host Protected Area (HPA), Device Configuration Overlay (DCO), and the service area of a HDD or SSD. From what I gather on the wiki pages, disks can have ...
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How do I update the firmware on an LSI 9650SE-8lpml (Ubuntu)

I have heard that I can put my 3tb and 4tb drives to use in raid with my LSI card if I update the firmware. So I went to the LSI site and downloaded the newer firmware...but how do I update it? I ...
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How shared graphics memory works?

How does shared graphics memory work? It is my understanding that when you set how much system memory to share with the graphics controller in the BIOS, this then becomes invisible to the OS, So ...
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Linux Mint 16 - Lock Screen Firmware Bug

After playing around with a lot of dual-boot configurations, I've recently decided to ditch Windows (8.1) altogether and have installed Linux Mint. I am running Mint 16 Petra with MATE Desktop This ...
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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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DIfferences between firmware and middleware and device driver?

What are the relations and differences between firmware and middleware? Wikipedia says firmware is the combination of persistent memory and program code and data stored in it.[1] Typical examples ...
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Physical reset button on Wi-Fi router case vs. reset settings in web-based router GUI

Can somebody confirm to me whether physical reset button on Wi-Fi router case & reset settings option in web-based management GUI do the same thing? I'm interested in general (for most of devices) ...
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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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How can I verify the health of hard disks using a Synology NAS?

I'll receive my first NAS (a Synology DS413) and three hard disks tomorrow. Of course I'd like to check if everything's fine with the disks before setting up RAID and migrating my data. Unfortunately, ...
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What other public firmware alternatives are available to replace stock firmware on routers? [closed]

Recently I have taken an interested in learning about Linux and the Unix family of operating systems. In my quest to do so I found that my simple home router contained hardware capable of much more ...
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In the Open Firmware shell, how do I get output from ls to not scroll off the screen?

I'm working on a PowerPC-based Macintosh G4. In the Open Firmware shell, I'm using the ls command to show the device tree, but part of the information I need is toward the top of the tree, and scrolls ...
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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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SATA1 hard drive not seen by BIOS anymore

I haven't had much success with storage at all because all my hard drive and USB drives have gone faulty and all on them on this very old PC except a few USB. Motherboard: ...
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Unable to correctly type the firmware password on my MacBook Pro

I made the mistake of setting the firmware password on my MacBook Pro, unaware that when I have to enter the password, e.g. when booting in recovery mode, the keyboard mapping is default US. When I ...
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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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Best compatible firmware for my router to set bandwidth caps?

I have a Linksys N300, E1200 router and it has a built in QoS functionality, but I read somewhere that QoS is like spikes, as in like turnlike and not constant (I'm sorry I don't know how to explain). ...
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Samsung SSD MZ-7PD128 Firmware Update with OS X

I'll be installing a Samsung 128GB MZ-7PD128 in my Macbook Pro sometime soon. As I was researching, I noticed that quite a few reviews said I would only be able to update the SSD firmware via Bootcamp ...
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Drivers and firmware for the LiteOn ihap-122-9 DVD drive

I'm trying to replace the DVD drive in my old PC. LiteOn.com is a mess and I can't find a single working driver or firmware update there, or anywhere. Windows XP tries to use a default, generic ...
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How to reset firmware password on Mac Air?

My school put up a firmware password and I need to find a way to reset it. I understand it's illegal but just out of curiosity, is it challenging?
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Samsung SCX-4623fw toner cartridge in dell 1135n Laser MFP

I've got a Dell 1135n Laser MFP and Toner Cartridge for Samsung SCX-4623fw. The Dell 1135 is a rebranded Samsung SCX-4623fw. When inserting the cartridge the printer says "Toner cartridge is not ...
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Is there any alternative firmware for ZTE zxv10 w300

I am sharing a ADSL connection with my friends using a ZTE w300 wireless router. However as many people are sharing the connection when one person is downloading the bandwidth cannot be throtelled. ...
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Any way to update OCZ SSD firmware without internet?

I've downloaded their PC Bootable tools, created a bootable disk, then reboot, run firmware update command... and it says "no internet connection". Dead end. Any way to update firmware from ...
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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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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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Any available third-party firmware for Linksys WAG120N?

Is there any custom (third-party) firmware for Linksys WAG120N?