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Old 04-11-2008, 05:05 AM   #1
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Linux drivers upgrade. How to?


I am using a Mandriva 2008.0 distribution, which has this Mandriva updating tool (Control Center) I like so much. It keeps X Windows, applications, etc. up-to-date in a very convinient way.

I was wondering what happens with hardware drivers. Does this kind of tool for updating the system/apps keep also hardware drivers updated?

If not, what it the correct and clean way to keep the drivers updated?

Is there a well-known an reliable repository of Linux drivers you can recommend?

Can someone post any tips regarding how to test a new driver prior to install? How to roll back the update if things go wrong?

Thank you for your help.

Old 04-11-2008, 10:18 PM   #2
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was wondering what happens with hardware drivers. Does this kind of tool for updating the system/apps keep also hardware drivers updated?
Drivers are either compiled into the kernel, or as kernel modules which can be loaded as needed.

If you current kernel doesn't include a module for some piece of hardware, then you may be able to re-configure the kernel and compile it to get the necessary driver. If it's bleeding edge hardware, you may have to upgrade the kernel to the latest release in order to have a working driver.

Some drivers may be proprietary and only available from the hardware vendor's website. Look for the driver package and installation instructions.

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Most of the time, when you upgrade your kernel you also upgrade the drivers for everything.

Some things are upgraded sepratly, such as proprietary drivesrs and drivers that you have to compile yourself.

Drivers that are NOT built into the kernel will usually break and need reinstalled or upgraded after you upgrade your kernel. This is especially true with proprietary drivers such as Nvidias video driver (which they deserve a shotout for supporting)... and can be problamatic if you dont realise that it is going to be the case.


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