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Old 06-17-2008, 05:38 PM   #1
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How to load alternate kernel module on boot

I think this is the best section to post this question but I could be wrong. I would like to know how to prevent the kernel from loading a particular module at boot. Also I would like to know how to get the kernel to load an alternate module. For example, I am using ndiswrapper with a wireless nic. What happens is the kernel keeps loading a module that came with Debian. However this module doesn't work. So how can I get it to load ndiswrapper instead? I have added some commands to /etc/rc.local to remove the module, load ndiswrapper, then run dhclient and, while this does work, it is a cheap hack and I would like to know the proper way to solve this.

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You might be able to solve this problem by editing /etc/modules. /etc/modules is a list of modules to be loaded at boot time.

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Old 06-18-2008, 02:32 AM   #3
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The correct way to do this in Debian is to create a file /etc/modprobe.d/00local and add to it the line

install yourmodulename /bin/true
and add to /etc/modules the module you want loaded

next time you boot the unwanted module will not be loaded, the one you added to /etc/modules will be.

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