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    Is it safe to update the Linux kernel


    I have Suse Linux 9.1 and the kernel that came with it

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    Yes, it is.

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    On the suse letters this talks about the kernel

    On Wednesday 05 January 2005 3:51 pm, Branimir Vasilic wrote:

    >> Hi all,
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    >> I am losing it a bit with these kernel update problems. I have four

    machines
    (3 at work and 1 at home) running 9.2 or 9.1 with the 2.6.8-24.10 kernel.

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    >> I lost some files before I realized what was going and I am really not happy
    >> about this. Has anybody else seen this problem? Is there anything else I can
    >> do other then reverting to an older version of the kernel?


    I've had similar problems, including the smb_add_request timing out. So I
    reverted to the older kernel. I also had a problem with the ethernet module
    on my motherboard (Via Rhine) being unable to communicate with that newer
    kernel. And apparently 2.6.8 also causes permissions problems with using
    k3b as non-root.

    Hate to say it, but it looks like 2.6.8 is a big loser, judging from your post
    and others.

    Paul


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    2.6.8 had some issues, but 2.6.10 is the latest stable, so I'd use that (in fact...I do! ).
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    Can it be updated through Yast

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheetahman
    Can it be updated through Yast
    I generally update my kernel in SuSE using the YasT Online Update (YOU) Tool, which should show up in your taskbar when you log in. The icon sometimes looks like a little green SuSE lizard. You can click on it and check for updates. One of the ones it lists should be something for the kernel. It will warn you that this is going to patch the kernel to the newest version available and you may need to reconfigure (or reinstall) your 3D drivers.
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    What do you mean by this? Reconfiguring or Reinstalling your 3D drivers

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    the nvidia (and i think ATI) drivers are built using the kernel you use. so if u update ur kernel, u might need to reinstall the nvidia (and maybe ATI) drivers.

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    would getting the up to date current drivers work

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheetahman
    would getting the up to date current drivers work
    Yes, it should. After you update your kernel through YOU, enter 3 at the boot prompt and you'll start in text mode. Log in as root (administrator). Then run the appropriate Nvidia installer (usually a .run or .sh file). It will tell you to run SaX2 to reconfigure X. Do this. Then type modprobe nvidia and exit root. Log in as a regular user and type startx. All should be well. If you have any trouble, there are more detailed instructions for installing Nvidia drivers in SuSE here.
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