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Release Notes for Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (`sarge'), Mipsel
Appendix A - Upgrading the kernel


The following instructions explain step by step how to install the newer kernel.

Download and install the needed packages

with apt: if you have not yet done so, change your sources.list file to point to sarge as described in Preparing sources for APT, Section 4.3, update your packages lists and install the kernel-image for your machine. You can find a list of available kernel images below or with the command

     $ apt-cache search ^kernel-image

During the install the package may complain about module mismatches and ask if the installation should abort. Answer NO to that question as these mismatches will be resolved as soon as you reboot with the new kernel.

with dpkg: fetch the current kernel package from the Debian mirror of your choice. The available packages are:

Then install the package using dpkg -i. It may complain about module mismatches (from modutils) and ask if the installation should abort. Answer NO to that question as these mismatches will be resolved as soon as you reboot with the new kernel.

Don't delete your old kernel yet

You should first verify that the new one boots and all hardware needed for the upgrade works (e.g. network adaptors).

Make your system bootable

If you currently use raidtools2, you should read Upgrading from raidtools2 to mdadm, Section 4.5.2 before you reboot.

Reboot to the new kernel
Check your system

Check especially input devices, display devices, devices needed to access the sarge packages (i.e. network adaptors, CD drives, etc). Some driver modules may have been renamed, some drivers which have been compiled into the old kernel might now be compiled as modules, ...


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Release Notes for Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (`sarge'), Mipsel

$Id: release-notes.en.sgml,v 1.71 2006/09/18 13:21:10 fjp Exp $

Josip Rodin, Bob Hilliard, Adam Di Carlo, Anne Bezemer, Rob Bradford (current), Frans Pop (current)
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