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The BIOS in a PC was meant to fufill a similar function as the BIOS in an 8-bit CP/M system, popular before the PC took over in the mid-80's. The BIOS was intended to contain a minimal bootloader and hardware-dependent low-level routines to do input and output to a few devices (screen, disk, tape, COM port). Knowledge to do this was built into the ROM - no ...


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Does the BIOS have some sort of generic 'drivers' How does the BIOS control I/O devices without any form of drivers? Standards. All components implement a basic interface, and the BIOS is programmed to use that. Of course because it is a basic interface (that’s what the ‘B’ in BIOS stands for), it can not take advantage of the hardware’s full ...


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Bit of both. The 'standard' windows drivers are a good baseline, but in general, the drivers from the manufacturer tend to be more up to date. With things like video cards, these can make a huge difference. With other things, like printers, I'd go with the standard drivers, then upgrade if I need anything. In general windows won't give you anything more ...


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There are certain well known classes of USB devices that have preinstalled drivers on most operating systems, such as HID devices and storage devices. Technically a driver doesn't load when a device of this class is detected, the driver is already present. Since Windows Vista or 7, Windows will check Windows Update for a driver when detecting a new USB ...


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This the first problem most new technicians run into when first getting involved in working with installations of Windows OS. Retail Windows installation discs (not OEM discs) don't include every driver ever made, which includes some drivers for the hardware on your particular system. OEM discs (like one from HP or Dell) includes all the drivers for your ...


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This problem is trivially easy to solve: Option 1 Use wired networking temporarily. Windows includes many generic wired network drivers, meaning the wired NIC in the machine may already be usable. Option 2 Use a USB wireless adapter temporarily. If Windows doesn't automatically recognize it, install the drivers from the disc that came with the stick. ...


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Why dont you download drivers from alienware's site. http://ftp.dell.com/Pages/Drivers/alienware-m14x-r2.html


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In Windows 8(.1) you can use DISM to repair corrupted files by running this command from an elevated CMD prompt: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth If it detects corrupted files that it can't repair, Windows downloads the files from Windows Update. So there is NO need to repair files yourself like in Vista/Windows 7.


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Here is a trick on how to install Synaptics Touchpad Driver v17.0.19 > WIN + I > Change PC Settings > Update and Recovery > Recovery > Under 'Advanced startup' click 'Restart Now'. Make sure to save your work first. > Select 'Troubleshoot' > Advanced Options > Startup Settings and click Restart > When it boots up, press 7 to ...


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Some more information that will help : Windows version, network card make and driver version. I will assume Windows 7. Fully patch Windows Call up Windows Update and install all updates, including optional ones. Check network driver version Find on the website of the manufacturer of the network card the latest driver for the card (if available), download ...


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Get the file: devmanview.exe from Nirsoft, move it to ..\windows\system32\ and run it. Get your device name by opening devmanview.exe: right mouse click and select Properties on your video device. Copy "DEVICE NAME" to clipboard for use in the script: for example: "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260" or "AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series" Open notepad and copy paste this code: ...


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Windows XP and Windows 8 are very different operating systems under the hood. XP drivers are not going to work with Windows 8. However, Windows 8 should work on most modern computers. Windows 8 should automatically detect and install most, if not all, if the drivers for you. In some cases you might need to download the Windows 8 specific drivers from the ...


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When you have unknown hardware which is 20 years or less old you usually can get the PCI device ID. This will help you indentify which hardware it is, rather than a generic PCI Simple Communication Controller or similar. For unix like OS'ses such as FreeBSd, Linux or OS X use lspci or pciconf. For windows you can use the hardware ID tab in the device ...


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When you install a driver through the device manager, you can only select .inf files. They are the core of a driver. Some hardware (usually printer drivers) require additional software to be installed. Installing the additional software is much easier (and userfriendly through a normal software install than an .inf installation. The problem with .inf is ...


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I think I figured it out. First, I had to use my Ubuntu installation CD, and chose "Try Ubuntu". Next I logged into a terminal session, and have to remount my system partition (ie: /dev/sda1 is where I installed Ubuntu). sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt sudo mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev sudo mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc sudo mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys sudo ...


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Well, there is a driver for M4600 card reader available for download from Dell website. Try O2Micro OZ600xxx Memory Card Reader Driver for Win 8 x64


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In many cases, razer hardware dosen't really do things in a standard way, or needs a little prodding for things to work right. I've not gotten a chance to test it out myself, but there's a FOSS, unofficial driver/configuration tool for razer mice, and regular deathadders seem supported. I suspect the left handed version should work. If this dosen't work, ...


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Paragon software offers ExtFS for Windows 2.0 for free for personal use. It allows to read and write ext2 ext3 and ext4 from all Windows OS http://www.paragon-software.com/home/extfs-windows/ It appears to be somewhat similar to Linux Reader from Diskinternals, that can mount all ext, HFS and ReiserFS too, but read-only. ...


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This is what you need, sudo kextunload /System/Library/Extensions/AppleHDA.kext sudo kextload /System/Library/Extensions/AppleHDA.kext But if you want to kill your coreaudio as well, ps aux | grep 'coreaudio[a-z]' | awk '{print $2}' | xargs sudo kill use with caution.


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I experienced the same issue, and thought I'd try reinstalling old drivers to see if that helped. Solution Another fellow troubleshooter already had the issue, and found an older version of the suite, v17.0.6.13, which you can download from here. Simply installing this version, after making sure I had uninstalled previous versions, did the trick. Note: ...


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The official website for drivers is at http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/drivers. The www.offical-drivers.com website you linked to that you said you download the driver tool from has no affiliation with Acer and it is very possible that it could be a malicious site trying to install adware or worse on your computer. The official website has very clear ...


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Solution Install the latest available version of the following drivers/utilities: ATKACPI driver and hotkey-related utilities (V1.0.0030) ATK ACPI is ASUS tool key of Advanced Configuration and Power Interface. It's the driver to make BIOS and OS communicate with each other to manage the power configuration. Source: What's the function of ...


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The solution was: After performing a CC Clean of the drivers (back to Windows default, all folders removed etc), I used the Catalyst Control Center driver update tool to check for the best driver and download it. Problem persisted. CC Clean again. For fun, I then used Windows Driver Update (Control Panel->Devices->Display ...


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Nice research, and good troubleshooting on the first try! Great question. You didn't include your Ubuntu version and kernel version, though. ;) It seems this is a widespread kernel issue; a regression from 2.6.36. From the comments in the bugzilla thread (which have very many links to other useful resources; please read them!) you can find a link to this ...


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Open Device Manager (Start -> type Device Manager) Right click the hardware you want to update and select properties In the driver tab, click Update Driver, select the folder you've saved the files in, follow the wizard.


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0x1000007e = "SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED". If updating/replacing the drivers/OS didn't help, then to me it seems you most likely have a busted graphics adapter and/or video RAM. Ensure graphics adapter's cooling apparatus is clean form dust, and working as it should. If the graphics adapter is integrated into the motherboard and uses system ...


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Firmware and Middleware are simple industry terms to describe a certain set of 'some code'. Firmware (as wiki states) 'usually' represents software 'usually' written in assembly or C that 'usually' runs on/the hardware. The 'on/the' is to indicate that this software resides on a permanent storage medium (like some sort of small flash) that is directly ...


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Open the specific device you are looking for driver in 'Device Manager'. Click the details tab, then scroll down to Hardware IDs. Should have VEN_XXXX (Vendor#) and DEV_XXXX (Device#). Punch those numbers into PCIDatabase.com and it should give you a link to either the manufacturers website or an OEM website that hosts compatible drivers, OR will tell you ...


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Drivers represent the nexus between your kernel and your device. As such, the driver must be written to work with the kernel, and a new kernel requires a new driver. There is some overlap for minor revisions; for instance most win2k (NT5) drivers worked on XP (NT5.1), and most vista (NT6) drivers work on win7(NT6.1), but xp drivers DO NOT work on Vista, nor ...


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Look in c:\windows\inf (ensure you can see hidden and system files) and see if you can find the two files named usbstor.inf and usbstor.pnf. If they are missing, you need to restore/replace them. Copies of these files may be found in C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository inside a folder named usbstor.inf_xxxxxxxx. If more than one such folder ...



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