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Old 03-22-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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I will be installing Wheezy on my laptop over the weekend. I recall when I loaded Linux before there is a tarball with current drivers etc... that you could put on a thumb drive and the installer would use those drivers. Where do I get the tarball for Wheezy?

Also, is it possible to put a newer kernel source file on the thumb drive and have Wheezy install the new kernel as it builds the machine?

Also, the laptop is a i5 with 6GB ram. How much swap would you suggest for a non-gamer?

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Old 03-22-2013, 08:21 PM   #2
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Not sure what you need. The DVD images have almost all that they can offer. Many non-free drivers have to come from vendors for legal reasons.

Personally, I wouldn't use any swap for a 6 G ram system running 64 bit OS. It really can't hurt to make a swap partition on install for most people. If needed you could add in swap file later. For the most part you won't hurt yourself with a swap partition. If you want to do stuff like hibernate then make it somewhere around total possible memory of system plus like 10%. Make it easy and use 6G or go wild and use 10G. I doubt you'd ever use more than 1% in normal operation. Not sure the old rule of thumb is useful anymore for the 1.5 or more times ram size.

You could try the testing branch for up to date stuff.

Someone else may be able to tell if you could insert a second kernel with the installer or if you can do it with an alternate installer. Might be easier to put the new kernel into the cd/dvd.

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Old 03-22-2013, 11:45 PM   #3
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Someone else may be able to tell if you could insert a second kernel with the installer or if you can do it with an alternate installer. Might be easier to put the new kernel into the cd/dvd.
Thanks, I used that ntfs-3g before and I think you need a swap to turn defrag. Or that could have been XFS that did that.


That's an interesting solution, I guess I could take the kernel source files from the website and copy them into the kernel files in the image. That's worth a try since it can't hurt nothing if it doesn't work. Thanks for the thought...
 
Old 03-23-2013, 01:23 AM   #4
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I will be installing Wheezy on my laptop over the weekend. I recall when I loaded Linux before there is a tarball with current drivers etc... that you could put on a thumb drive and the installer would use those drivers. Where do I get the tarball for Wheezy?
Found the tarball, not sure if it works for Wheezy but I guess we'll see... http://wiki.debian.org/Firmware#Firm...e_installation
 
Old 03-23-2013, 12:58 PM   #5
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It will work for wheezy if you download the firmware tarball for wheezy.

Why do you want a newer kernel?
 
Old 03-23-2013, 01:50 PM   #6
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It will work for wheezy if you download the firmware tarball for wheezy.

Why do you want a newer kernel?
??? Never thought about why I wanted a newer kernel, I guess I really don't need one. I am running a squeeze box on it's original kernel and it's rock solid...
 
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If you want to a newer kernel at install time then I'm assuming you have hardware which requires a newer kernel than the 3.2 kernel in wheezy?
 
  


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