How to Edit Ubuntu's Blacklist

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How to Edit Ubuntu's Blacklist
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In Ubuntu Linux, device drivers are loaded into the kernel as modules. These modules are smaller pieces of programming code that are dynamically linked to the kernel. If you want to disable a module in order to load a new driver or disable a piece of hardware, you can add the module to the "blacklist.conf" file. This does not remove the module. Instead, it tells the kernel not to use it. If you want to use the module at a later date, you can simply remove it from the blacklist.conf file.

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  1. 1

    Click on the "Accessories" option under the "Applications" menu.

  2. 2

    Choose the "Terminal" application to open a terminal window.

  3. 3

    Type the command "sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf" to open the "blacklist.conf" file.

  4. 4

    Add the line "blacklist module_name" to blacklist a particular module. Replace "module_name" with the name of the module or driver. For example, to blacklist the "bmc43xx" (broadcom wireless driver) type the line "blacklist bmc43xx".

  5. 5

    Save and close the "blacklist.conf" file.

  6. 6

    Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

Tips and warnings

  • You can add a comment to the blacklist.conf file by typing the "#" character before the comment. You must do this for each individual comment line.

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