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Old 06-07-2020, 04:05 AM   #1
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[Question] Changed HDD from one latop to another.


So I hope this isn't too dumb of a question.
but I'm still learning

I had a older laptop that just wasn't able to do what i needed. (Samsung RV510)

I recently acquired a handed down pc. (Dell Latitude E6430)

So I took my HDD with debian 10 buster out of the samsund and popped it into the dell.

I don't recall ever manually/actively searching for any drivers and installing them myself and it was a fairly fresh install while it was in the samsung.

Is there anything I need to be aware of when doing this HDD switch from one pc to the next?
Maybe some sort of drivers that were detected during the initial setup and installed without me needing to interfere that I should somehow seek out and remove? or anything else of that sort.

Just trying to figure things out and learn as i go.
 
Old 06-07-2020, 05:23 AM   #2
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Best way to learn is to try it and see what happens. Then try to fix what goes astray. If it all goes down the toilet, re-install.
Whatever happens you've learnt something.

In general, the installer does a pretty good job of sussing out what needed - but Debian being Debian, you might find non-free drivers are missing, and not looked for. Might prove interesting to resolve later, but no real issue. I don't use Debian BTW.
If you want to keep any customisations, it would pay to have /home setup (i.e. moved in need) to a separate partition prior to starting all the above.
 
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Old 06-07-2020, 05:34 AM   #3
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Normally, you will only have a problem if your distro of choice doesn't have the necessary drivers included. Linux looks for & loads drivers when it starts up.
 
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Old 06-07-2020, 09:16 AM   #4
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If the processors, chipsets, WiFi chips, etc, differ between the laptops you will possibly have problems.

Suck it and see, you may get lucky!

Play Bonny!

 
Old 06-07-2020, 12:48 PM   #5
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Thanks guys! I really do appreciate the info!
I tried it out, everything worked fine except for the internet.
I popped in a live usb to see if it would detect my wifi and it was as mentioned.

Debian "Your system requires non free drivers insert media with b43/ucode30_mino.fw"

I had no clue where to begin so I restarted without formatting.

Found that i should do:
Code:
sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer
from google.

(I have no idea how to figure out what my "chipset" is.)

This seemed to now work and discover networks but wifi kept disconnecting every few momwnts.
So me not knowing what I'm doing, winged it and did an:
Code:
 sudo apt purge Network-Manager
Connected and Ethernet, then reinstalled.
So far so good.

I just down know how to find my chipset for things, or why this even worked.
but it did. haha
 
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Old 06-07-2020, 01:23 PM   #6
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Your actual chipset might not consist of distinct chips, these days...
https://www.howtogeek.com/287206/wha...should-i-care/
 
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Old 06-07-2020, 02:14 PM   #7
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(I have no idea how to figure out what my "chipset" is.)
in case you are interested in knowing for future use or just curious to see, you can use lspci | grep -i network to find the name of your network controllers, lshw -C network (some distros require you to run this as root) will give you quite a few more details about them and ip link will show you the network status of those devices.
 
Old 06-07-2020, 02:22 PM   #8
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Quote:
Debian "Your system requires non free drivers insert media with b43/ucode30_mino.fw"

I had no clue where to begin so I restarted without formatting.

Found that i should do:
Code:

sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

How to add non-free and conrib repositories
https://gist.github.com/ChristopherA...c59c010a23b6cd
 
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