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    Exclamation Is It Necessary to Install Drivers From My Driver DVD?

    Hello there, I am going to ask a very silly question here just like windows does Linux need to install its driver from my addition driver software DVD (which was provided by my Laptop Company) ? And If I really want to install a driver from there how can I do so?

    Thank you very much.
    Last edited by virus7; April 16th, 2013 at 02:05 PM.

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    Re: Does It Necessary to Install Drivers From My Driver DVD?

    Device drivers are part of the core of Linux -- the Linux kernel. The kernel probes (looks at) your hardware and configures appropriate device drivers. When you receive kernel upgrades through normal updates, you get updated Linux drivers as they are released.

    Most of the time this is what you want. You don't need to follow the Windows practice of keeping drivers up to date. It is done for you.

    Very occasionally, you may have hardware that doesn't work properly with the default drivers. The manufacturer or a developer might provide Linux drivers but installing them can be an awkward process. Most of the time driver CDs just have Windows and Mac OS drivers and associated utilities so they are no use to you. I've not used a driver CD for years -- except to put my coffee cup on.
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    Re: Does It Necessary to Install Drivers From My Driver DVD?

    thanks a lot.. surely its going to enhance my knowledge a lot. one quick question just arised in my mind.. so it means my linux must need to be connected with Internet connection? what if i dont have a connection is it going to work even on that situation too ??

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    Re: Is It Necessary to Install Drivers From My Driver DVD?

    Without internet connection you cannot automatically download and install updates. It is possible to download updates or new software on a different computer, take them home on a usb drive and install them from there (I've done so a few times when I was still using a dial-up connection), but it's rather awkward.

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    Re: Does It Necessary to Install Drivers From My Driver DVD?

    Quote Originally Posted by virus7 View Post
    thanks a lot.. surely its going to enhance my knowledge a lot. one quick question just arised in my mind.. so it means my linux must need to be connected with Internet connection? what if i dont have a connection is it going to work even on that situation too ??
    You'll be a lot, lot happier using Linux with an internet connection. It's a royal pain to install software on Linux without the internet.

    Most drivers come inside the kernel already and will just work without you having to do anything and without an internet connection.
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

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    Re: Does It Necessary to Install Drivers From My Driver DVD?

    If we install Ubuntu and all the hardware works as it should then we have all the hardware drivers we need. It is when the hardware does not work as it should that we need either a driver from the manufacturer (wireless adapters & video adapters) or we wait until the Linux developers bring Linux up to date with the latest hardware. We have the Additional Drivers utility to make it easy to get proprietary wireless and video drivers but we need Internet access. Or we need to get those drivers on a CD or USB stick and set the CD as one of the locations (repositories/software sources) for getting software.

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    Re: Is It Necessary to Install Drivers From My Driver DVD?

    Thanks to everyon, I have learned a lot of things from you...

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