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Old 08-30-2002, 09:19 AM   #1
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swapping hard drives


I have a mother board that crapped out and need some help with what I'm about to attempt. I'm going to take a hard drive out of the computer that no longer works. It is a Dell with a 400mhz PII, Slackware 8 installed (nothing else). I want to put this hard drive into the following. A 1.4ghz AMD, Asus 266FSB MB. I'm assuming that when I boot the computer Slackware will not like what it finds. If I use the CD will I be able to update the hardware that has changed with realitive ease? I just need Slackware to load network and Samba so I can burn the data from the hard drive and then I can safely go from there.
 
Old 08-30-2002, 01:44 PM   #2
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Someone smarter hopefully will tell you what will really happen, but here's my guess, and hopes:

You will plug in the new drive, it will go nuts, but will eventually get you to a Bash prompt. Once there you will have to rebuild your kernel to support your new hardware, otherwise nothing will work.

This is only a guess, and a hope that it will even boot far enough for you to do that.

Good luck
 
Old 08-30-2002, 03:49 PM   #3
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Only one way to find out really, wish me luck.
 
Old 08-30-2002, 04:20 PM   #4
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linux rules

Holy $@#$ were we wrong. Just added the hard drives in booted the system. Reconfigured my network without a problem and now I'm typing this message from Opera using WindowMaker. Linux rules! I think now after 18months I'm finally getting this OS with no problem. Just need to recompile the Kernel to make use of the different sound card. To any newbie reading this, its not as tuff as you think, this drive swap was faster than it would have been for Windows which always has to reboot for new change. AGAIN Linux is the $h!t Then again you wouldn't be on here if you didn't already know.
 
Old 08-30-2002, 05:48 PM   #5
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well obviously you wouldn't need to recompile the kernel if it a stock compile, and even most peoples own home made kernels would be built with some extra modules. all hardware detection is done at boot time, so it picks up the hard drives, mobo etc.. as it goes along, not expecting anything each boot, unlike windows. you should be able to throw a linux hard drive in most machines and boot fairly confidently, as long as there's nothign toooo exotic.
 
Old 08-31-2002, 12:02 AM   #6
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Chris, what about a change in architecture? I see that there wasn't one here, but if their was, would that have caused problems then?

Thanks for the good info up there


enzo250gto - Awesome! Good job! And yes, Linux does rule doesn't it

Cool
 
Old 08-31-2002, 04:45 AM   #7
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well naturally if you're changing from an x86 to a sparc station, then the binary could would just plain not be able to execute...

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Old 08-31-2002, 05:23 AM   #8
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Cool, thanks.
 
Old 08-31-2002, 05:34 AM   #9
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You gotta remember the one good upshot of a Monolithic kernel as Linux is called... all of the hardware support that exists in it is there for you to use! I regularly do installs by installing Slack 7.1/8/8.1 on a harddrive and then dropping it in an entirely different machine instead of giving that box a cdrom/floppy etc.

Funny enough though, but if his Athy had been 1 clock speed newer, the chipset on the mobo wouldn't have support under 2.2.19 (2 year old kernel) and it might have went wonko kazoo.

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