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Old 08-21-2006, 06:02 PM   #1
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How to upgrade the kernel?

Hi all,

Since it seems like I have to upgrade the kernel of my SuSE 10.1 distro from 2.6.13-15 to 2.6.16 or higher (otherwise the Linuxant drivers for the HD Audio modem won't work...), I would like to ask: how on earth am I doing this?

So far, I would have just got a new DVD with a newer version of the distro , but I would like to do it more "professionally"...

Can anybody help me with this? Thanx
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/usr/src/doc/manual/suselinux-admin-guide, chapter 9.
Old 08-21-2006, 09:29 PM   #3
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I havent had much luck (or experience) in getting a new kernel for SuSE so take this advice with caution.

rpm -qf /boot/vmlinuz this will tell u what kind of kernel you're running

go here

download the appropriate kernel rpm and install via:
rpm -Uhv --nodeps --force <FILE.RPM>
mk_initrd #puts kernel modules into the initrd.
grep LOADER_TYPE /etc/sysconfig/bootloader #either lilo or grub
if lilo, run the command lilo if grub, then you're done. Restart computer.

Again, I'm not sure if this is the correct way ... seems like YaST should be able to do it but maybe YaST will only upgrade you to the next version of SuSE(including the kernel and all other software)

I grabbed most if not all of what I told you online. is what I summarized. It was for SuSE 8 or 9 though, so some things may have changed, though I doubt it. Best of luck


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