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GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams

Installing the Kernel

Installing thee new kernel and module packages is no different to installing similar packages you would obtain from the Debian archives.

If you are installing a new version of a kernel that is already installed you should move the corresponding modules aside, or else you will be asked to do so during the install:

  # cd /lib/modules
  # mv 2.4.16-p3 2.4.16-p3.prev

Now we are ready to install the kernel:

  # cd /usr/src
  # wajig install kernel-image-2.4.16-p3_kayon01_i386.deb

You will be asked whether you wish to run lilo. Usually you would. If this wipes out a precious master boot record (MBR) you can recover it with lilo -u.

Now install the modules (if any):

  # wajig install alsa-modules-2.4.16-p3_0.5.10b-9+p0+kayon01_i386.deb
  # wajig install pcmcia-modules-2.4.16-p3_3.1.8-10+2:kayon01_i386.deb

For Mint (104.34) with support for CD-RW you now need to modify /etc/modutils/cdrw (as suggested in CD Writing HOWTO):

  options ide-cd ignore=hdd
  alias scd0 sr_mode
  pre-install sg          modprobe ide-scsi
  pre-install sr_mod      modprobe ide-scsi
  pre-install ide-scsi    modprobe ide-cd

To get this information into the right place the following should be done:

  # update-modules

Again for Mint (104.34) the following were added to /etc/modules (otherwise the modules must be loaded manually for some reason which can be avoid using char-major stuff but don't understand this yet):


For alsa edit /etc/alsa/alsa-base.conf to set startosslayer=true to be sure snd-pcm-oss is loaded at boot, otherwise it needs to be added to /etc/modules also.

  # reboot

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