quite a robust OS
dejann at u.washington.edu
Sat Jan 11 12:10:48 PST 2003
Well if i was in your place, before the upgrade I'd make another kernel
bzImage built just for the new machine and then have it as another
option in Lilo/Grub, so that when you transfered the drive to another
machine, you had a kernel already built for that machine, so the only
thing you would need to do is select that new kernel. After that it's
just a matter of upgrading packages.
On Sat, 2003-01-11 at 20:03, Adam Monsen wrote:
> Just thought I'd share a funny story about my lack of hardware knowledge
> and how Linux made up for my mistakes.
> I decided to upgrade my parents' computer for them. Here are the basic
> specs of the system:
> Red Hat GNU/Linux 7.3
> Pentium II 266
> 2.5G HD
> I purchased a new AMD Athlon 950Mhz box: a motherboard, 350W power
> supply, floppy drive, and some kind of onboard sound and video. I
> thought the easiest way to do the upgrade was simply to transfer the
> 2.5G HD from the old Pentium box to the new Athlon box, so that's what I
> On boot, Red Hat detected every hardware change: sound, video, USB, etc.
> and configured itself without fail! I had basically swapped a Pentium
> proc with an Athlon (pop quiz: how is this possible?).
> I was on a roll, and turned to upgrading Red Hat to 8.0. 20% through the
> upgrade (NOT a fresh install), the screen went blank and the computer
> didn't respond to mouse or keyboard input. Dang power management!
> Oh well. I rebooted anyway, and I actually ended up at a command line
> with a partially working Red Hat 8.0! With internet connectivity I was
> able to back up the /home partition (something I'll certainly do
> /before/ the upgrade next time) and start a fresh install.
> Try that with Windows! :)
> Adam Monsen
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