drivers

Where Do I Get Linux Drivers?

Linux

Episode 1729

Patrick from Fallbrook, CA

Patrick has put an SSD on his old iMac and he's going to install Linux on it. Will printers and audio cards work? Will they have drivers? Leo says they will work, but he won't get Linux drivers from the manufacturers. He'll get them from the Linux community. Look up CUPS for printer drivers for Linux. It's open-source. But he shouldn't need separate drivers, Linux should support it. But Epson does have a Linux support page

Why are my USB ports failing intermittently?

USB3 Card

Episode 1728

Brant from Upstate New York

Brant is having an intermittent problem with his USB ports not working. He has to reboot to get them working again. Leo says it could be hardware or software. Hardware-wise, the solders could be coming off and the computer has to warm up to reseat the solder connections. The easy fix is to get a USB card to add to your system and bypass the onboard connections altogether. It could also be your computer is underpowered or your power supply is getting flakey. Try unplugging your USB items and reboot. If could also be a bad USB driver. You can try removing them and then rebooting.

How do I get Windows 10 to recognize my keyboard?

Windows 10

Episode 1720

Tom from Costa Mesa, CA

Tom got a notice from Microsoft to update Windows 10, but now it won't recognize his keyboard, so he can't log in. Leo says that Tom can eliminate the keyboard as the problem by trying it with another computer. But likely, the update deleted or corrupted the USB drivers. Log into safe mode and see if it works. If you can at least get into the BIOS setup, then you know it isn't the keyboard. 

How can I get my trackpad to work in Windows 10?

Windows 10

Episode 1714

Michael from Carlsbad, CA

Michael has a ten-year-old HP laptop that he finally upgraded to Windows 10. But in doing so, his trackpad isn't operating properly. The scroll feature isn't working. Leo says that Synaptics trackpads need a driver to work with Windows 10, and most likely, HP will be the source to get that. If it doesn't, then you're out of luck with a ten-year-old computer.

But that computer is a great candidate for Linux, which has flavors that can work with older hardware. And since it's open-source, it's kept up to date by enthusiasts. 

Why does Windows change my drivers?

Windows 10

Episode 1672

James from Parkersburg, West Virginia

James has an issue where Windows will boot up with the wrong drivers after a feature update. Leo says that during an update, Windows will select what it thinks is the best driver for your hardware. Even if you prefer to use the manufacturer drivers if you built the computer yourself, you're going to need to update your drivers from the manufacturer, and they may not have updated it yet for the latest feature update. So check every once in a while for all the latest drivers.

Why doesn't WiFi work with my Linux Distro?

popOS

Episode 1668

Dave from Twin Falls, Idaho

Dave installed Ubuntu Linux on the HP Stream and now he's having issues with WiFi. Leo says that HP probably didn't make drivers available for Linux, and so the community needs to figure that out. So chances are, there isn't a specific driver for the particular WiFi chip that his Stream uses. Leo recommends trying another version of Linux called POPOS by System 76. It's very similar to Ubuntu, but it has far more drivers available.

Where Can I Buy a Domain?

Hover

Episode 1667

Navy from Chicago, IL

Navy wants to register a domain. What's a good site to do that? Leo says that (TWiT Sponsor) Hover is a good place. He has most of his domains registered there. One thing though, the pricing of domains has changed. They used to be about $10 a year, by the creators of domain extensions have started to charge more for their custom domains. Another good option is Google Domains. He can get a domain for about $12 a year. The chatroom says that Cloudflare has cost pricing for registration/renewal.

How Can I Find Drivers for an Old Laptop?

 ACER Aspire

Episode 1618

John from Ohio

John's first computer was an ACER Aspire laptop. He wants to upgrade his operating system, but he isn't sure if it's 64 bit or 32 bit. Leo says that Intel was using 64-bit architecture long before everything moved from 32 bit, so he'll likely have it. But John is having trouble finding drivers. Leo says that companies that stop development often don't offer those drivers online, so many driver archives have sprung up. But often users don't get what they think they are getting. And Microsoft usually stops writing security updates for old computers, making them a security threat online.

Why Won't My Fingerprint Reader Work After WIndows Update?

Fingerprint Reader on Laptop

Episode 1607

Andrew from Riverside, CA

Andrew got burned by the MicroSD counterfeit cards that Chris Marquardt talked about here. Leo says that Andrew bought them on Amazon and he says that Amazon has got to start vetting these vendors to make sure they aren't selling counterfeit or bogus SD cards. The important thing to remember though is "if it sounds too good to be true, it often is." Caviat Emptor.