Re: dumb question about upgrading the kernel and SATA disks....
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrei Popescu)
Subject: Re: dumb question about upgrading the kernel and SATA disks....
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2006 01:53:30 +0200
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
> 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
> 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
I did this. It worked.
Linux spc1-burn4-0-0-cust262 2.6.8-3-k7 #1 Tue Dec 5 23:58:25 UTC 2006 i686
or if you want to always have the latest kernel available in sarge then
aptitude install kernel-image-2.6-k7
I did this one too and got the same kernel as above as far as I can see.
The boot up menu now lists these various kernel options to choose from as
well as recovery modes....
Will this new kernel make it easier to upgrade to etch?? Presumably etch
official release is getting close now.....
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.
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