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Re: dumb question about upgrading the kernel and SATA disks....

On Mon, Dec 11, 2006 at 09:47:42PM +0000, Michael Fothergill wrote:
> Dear Debian folks,
> I am running Sarge 3.1 r4 on a 1200MHz AMD Duron chip.  I have 256MB of RAM.
> Linux spc1-burn4-0-0-cust262 2.4.27-2-386 #1 Wed Aug 17 09:33:35 UTC 2005 i686 GNU/Linux
> uname says that I am running the 2.4.27-2 kernel.  During the installation the installer 
> decided to use this kernel not 2.6.8.  The reason for this flashed by screen rather quickly 
> but maybe it was some hardware issue.....

This is the default kernel for sarge. For 2.6 you should have writen
'linux26' at the prompt.

> What would be a good way to check this out?  I am interested to upgrade the kernel because I 
> am interested to install a SATA hard drive and some of them might prefer to be installed with 
> a 2.6 kernel if I understand it correctly.

But that still doesn't guarantee it will work. Some controllers want
newer kernel than the one in sarge.

> Does anyone know what the latest kernel currently is?  Where does one download it from?  I 
> looked on the web for guides to installing it and found that the instructions instructions on 
> this are quite varied.
> Here is one example.....
> apt-get install kernel-image-2.6.17-6-686 kernel-source-2.6.17 kernel-headers-2.6.17-6-686
> cd /usr/src
> tar xjvf kernel-source-2.6.17.tar.bz2
> rm linux
> ln -s kernel-source-2.6.17 linux

These are instructions to compile a kernel the "generic" way (should
work on any distro).

First you should try installing the kernel available in sarge. Use

    aptitude install kernel-image-2.6.8-3-k7

or if you want to always have the latest kernel available in sarge then

    aptitude install kernel-image-2.6-k7

If that one doesn't work than you could try www.backports.org, but if
you go beyond a certain version (2.6.12?) you will have to upgrade other
stuff as well. Either way read the instructions at backports very careful.

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
(Albert Einstein)

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