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Old 11-05-2009, 12:24 PM   #1
scarypajamas
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[ubuntu] help with upgrading.


OK, I'm a ubuntu newbie and I've configured my drivers exactly how I want them. The problem is, whenever I go to upgrade my system via the update manager my drivers seem to stop working.

Is there a certain linux update that I should avoid that can cause drivers to stop working. When I reinstall drivers it fixes the problem (until another update), but it would be nice if I knew how to keep them from breaking.
 
Old 11-05-2009, 12:46 PM   #2
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What drivers have you installed? Are the ones from the Ubuntu repository(synaptic) or did you installed custom drivers?
A little more info please.
 
Old 11-05-2009, 12:46 PM   #3
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When a new kernel is installed as part of an update, "Closed source" drivers (eg NVIDIA, and some wireless chipsets) will need to be recompiled against the new kernel's headers.

This is just the way it is.

I used to have a script called newkernel which I wrote to help automate the process (and remind me of what needed doing) but now I have open source drivers for everything except my NVIDIA chipsets, and the NVIDIA driver is trivial to recompile and reinstall (perhaps because I have now done it so many times!).
 
Old 11-05-2009, 12:54 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by tredegar View Post
When a new kernel is installed as part of an update, "Closed source" drivers (eg NVIDIA, and some wireless chipsets) will need to be recompiled against the new kernel's headers.
Yes, I'm using closed source NVIDIA drivers. I guess that answers that question :/

Thanks for your help.
 
  


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