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Old 12-31-2006, 06:40 AM   #1
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I wanna: Re-build the Kernel to match my machine's hardware


I've got a Toshiba Satellite A100-207 with no hardware modifications except an extra 512 of RAM (so it has 1.5GB in total).
I'm running Ubuntu 6.10, and although everything runs perfectly I'd like to rebuild my kernel so it only supports the hardware I have - I'm sure it'd run quicker if it wasn't having to load up loads of hardware drivers I don't use.
I know how to re-compile the kernel (there's a great thread on the Ubuntu Forum for this) but I don't know how to identify which options are necessary for my hardware.
Is there a way to find out which kernel options my hardware is currently using, perhaps a built-in command or one I can DL that'll give me this info - I've been searching everywhere (various forums,, google etc, but to no avail).
Surely it isn't just me who wants to do this!

Thanks very much!

Old 12-31-2006, 09:45 AM   #2
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Yes after reviewing the kernel rebuild guide;

Use the information gathered for you already, by typing commands such as;

cat /proc/modules
Old 12-31-2006, 10:54 AM   #3
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Excellent, thanks very much!

I've been reading the guidance for the Laptop (Compatibility) Testing Team over at Ubuntu too, so I'll be posting a full compatibility review afterwards on there hopefully.


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