How to Disable a Linux PCI Device

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How to Disable a Linux PCI Device
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While most modern computers are capable of running the Linux operating system, not all promise full Linux compatibility with each of the separate components. Sometimes incompatible components can create problems for the computer when running Linux, including random crashes when the operating system attempts to use the device. Components running on your computer’s Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) bus are a common type of component that may cause this problem; however, it is easy to disable a particular device from the Linux command line so that the operating system will ignore it in the future.

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    Open a terminal window by clicking on the icon that looks like a dark computer screen with a command prompt.

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    Type “lspci” into the terminal window and press "Enter." A list of PCI devices installed in your computer will come up. Find and copy the exact name of your device from this list.

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    Type “sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist” into the terminal window and press "Enter." A list will pop up. Copy the exact name of the device from the first list to the bottom of the new list you’ve just opened. Press "Enter" again. Now the device will not be activated when you start up your computer in Linux.

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