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    What will I loose by not upgrading?

    I recently did an update in Ubuntu 10.04 from kernel 2.6.32.37 to 2.6.32.38 and lost my WIFI card, see posts:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...98&postcount=1
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    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=11641469&postcount=1

    Well I have installed Startup Manager and can now automatically boot into the old working kernel (37) but since there appears to be no cure for the latest kernel (38 it seems I will be stuck on this old version. (Still unassigned in Bug Report)

    Question is, what do I loose by not upgrading and staying with the outdated kernel?
    And another, is there a way to remove the non-working (38 kernel or should I just leave it alone?

    I have 3 more machines and I'm afraid of updating them for fear of creating bricks...
    Last edited by JoeFriday49; February 12th, 2012 at 07:58 PM.

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    Re: What will I loose by not upgrading?

    If it were me, I would leave the newer one installed. If you uninstall it, update-manager will continue to offer it as an upgrade (which can be annoying) while you wait for further kernel upgrades that might fix the problem.
    Last edited by Dennis N; February 12th, 2012 at 09:01 PM.

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    Re: What will I loose by not upgrading?

    Have you tried the Realtek r8168 driver?

    http://www.realtek.com.tw/Downloads/...etDown=false#2

    Extract it somewhere and run this command from the folder you extract it to
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    sudo ./autorun.sh
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    As far as staying with the older kernel, I have never seen Linux Mint upgrade the kernel. Maybe they do and I've just never seen it happen. I don't use Linux Mint that much.
    Last edited by Old_Grey_Wolf; February 13th, 2012 at 12:47 AM.
    Use whatever OS or desktop works for you. Backup your computer regularly, and definitely before upgrading, partitioning, or installing an OS.

    No support requests by PM please.

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    Re: What will I loose by not upgrading?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis N View Post
    If it were me, I would leave the newer one installed. If you uninstall it, update-manager will continue to offer it as an upgrade (which can be annoying) while you wait for further kernel upgrades that might fix the problem.
    Hadn't thought of that... I'll just leave it be until the next release...
    Thanks

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    Re: What will I loose by not upgrading?

    Quote Originally Posted by Old_Gray_Wolf View Post
    Have you tried the Realtek r8168 driver?

    http://www.realtek.com.tw/Downloads/...etDown=false#2

    Extract it somewhere and run this command from the folder you extract it to
    Code:
    sudo ./autorun.sh
    -----------------

    As far as staying with the older kernel, I have never seen Linux Mint upgrade the kernel. Maybe they do and I've just never seen it happen. I don't use Linux Mint that much.
    That's how I made the inital installation work... With the release of this latest kernel WIFI quit and reinstalling the driver doesn't do anything. It simply won't run under this new release. There is a bug report about this issue here:
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/921141
    It is listed as Confirmed and Unassigned...

    I've never used Linux Mint either... I did install it on an old clunker and get it running for a fellow, but that was a couple of years ago...

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    Re: What will I loose by not upgrading?

    OK. I must have missed a post somewhere.

    In this thread http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...8#post11640098 it shows you are using the r8169 driver
    rather than the r8168 driver.
    Last edited by Old_Grey_Wolf; February 13th, 2012 at 01:59 AM.
    Use whatever OS or desktop works for you. Backup your computer regularly, and definitely before upgrading, partitioning, or installing an OS.

    No support requests by PM please.

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    Re: What will I loose by not upgrading?

    Quote Originally Posted by Old_Gray_Wolf View Post
    OK. I must have missed a post somewhere.

    In this thread http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...8#post11640098 it shows you are using the r8169 driver
    rather than the r8168 driver.
    Maybe you didn't... Thought I'd tried everything on the Realtek site... I'll investigate further...

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    Re: What will I loose by not upgrading?

    Just tested kernel 2.6.32-41... Bug still exists in this latest release.

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