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Old 04-15-2007, 12:08 AM   #1
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Kernel i686 or i586

Hey im runing fed core 6
and i ran yum list kernel and it gave me this
kernel.x86_64 2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 installed
Available Packages
kernel.x86_64 2.6.20-1.2944.fc6 updates

Do i have the i686 Kernel or the i586?
i need to know because i want to install the Nvidia drivers and i need to be using i686.

Old 04-15-2007, 12:30 AM   #2
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You actually have the x86_64 installed which is for 64-bit processors as opposed to the 32-bit based i586 and i686. If my memory serves me right, you only need to install the devel packages for i686, but not totally sure about that.
You might as well update your kernel anyways while your at it to get a more current one.
Old 04-15-2007, 02:42 AM   #3
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Thanks adrian, ill update the kernel and install the devel packages.
Old 04-15-2007, 07:40 AM   #4
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Do i have the i686 Kernel or the i586?
Here are my notes from when I needed to get i686 all around for vmware tools.
Installing the i686 version of kernel on FC6

# Check which kernel package architectures are currently installed:
rpm -qa 'kernel*' --queryformat "%{NAME}-%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE}.%{ARCH}\n"|sort

# Install yumdownloader
su -c "yum install yum-utils"

# Get the current i686 kernel:
yumdownloader kernel.i686

# If the version of the kernel downloaded is larger than currently installed:
su -c "rpm -ivh kernel-2*.i686.rpm"

# If the version of the kernel downloaded is the same as that currently installed:
su -c "rpm -ivh --replacefiles --replacepkgs kernel-2*.i686.rpm"

# Restart the machine
Old 04-15-2007, 09:29 AM   #5
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The uname command can offer useful information. For example, my laptop shows this:
$ uname -mpi
i686 athlon i386
A uname --help will show all the options.


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