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Old 10-28-2003, 06:02 AM   #1
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about upgrading my system...

I'm going to update my system:
I'll change processor,motherborad, and ram.
The choice:
ADM XP2600 processor,
asus A7V600 (via apollo kt600, gigabit lan -3com chipset-, and six channel audio -adi chipset-)
512mb DDR400 kingston ram.

The question:
┐should i have to reinstall my system?
I far as i know, my kernel isn't configured to match my hardware, because i didn't make custom kernel. Would it work with my new hard?

The only problem i will probably have, is that teh kernell would not recognize my new motherboards chipset, ┐no?

Can I download a newer precompiled kernel?
Should i download the kernell sources and make my own kernel?
Old 10-28-2003, 08:08 AM   #2
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No way to give you a definite answer here, but my suggestion is to backup anything that you would regret losing, then try it.

My experience has been with RedHat (6.2 and 7.3 distributions). I have a standard image (that I have archived using the systemimager package - much recommended) that I have evolved as I have used it on several different standard (for me) HW platforms. As I have changed CPUs, motherboards, chipsets, graphical cards, network cards, the new system has always at least come up in command line mode (init 3 under RH). The RH kudzu plug and play tool has automatically taken care of many issues (e.g., network cards). I have had to manually deal with the remaining issues (e.g., reconfiguring XFree86, properly configuring interrupts and base addresses for my multiport serial card,...).

In summary, it could work. Good luck.
Old 01-14-2004, 04:51 PM   #3
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I am using an ASUS A7V600 motherboard too. According to KDE hardware information, Mandrake 9.2 dosen't recognize KT600 but it dose as KT400. I fresh installed Mandrake 9.2. So, in my opinion, it would work with your current configuration.

No problem for fresh installation but sound is kind of horrible. If you update kernel to 2.6.1 sound card works better. Also I wasn't able to have the on-board nic work with kernel 2.6.1. I don't think the driver form ASUS is compatible with kernel 2.6.1. I didn't try it with kernel 2.4.22 though.
Old 01-15-2004, 12:10 AM   #4
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If you have a /home partition you can fairly safely reinstall and not loose most of your old settings. Mostly. Just don't format the old /home partition and you'll be good.

As for the prossessor try it out first and see. It can't hurt.


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