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Thread: Is a re-installation needed after hardware upgrade?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    London, UK

    Is a re-installation needed after hardware upgrade?

    I had a 12.10 system running on a:-

    * Processor 2x Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz
    * Memory 2060MB

    but I have now updated the hardware, swapped out the motherboard, processor, and memory so I now have:-

    * Processor 6x AMD FX(tm)-6200 Six-Core Processor
    * Memory 8269MB

    The machine still boots from the existing installation, once I found it on my sprawling collection of hard dives and got the boot order established.

    Is it necessary to do a new installation to take full advantage of the new hardware? I would prefer not to do a complete install, but would much rather refresh the current. How would I do this?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Is a re-installation needed after hardware upgrade?

    No, I don't think so. Linux should handle new hardware quite well. Just be sure that you download and install the latest drivers for your graphic card and CPU (use Jockey, a.k.a. "Additional drivers").

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    London, England
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: Is a re-installation needed after hardware upgrade?

    You can run the command

    sudo lshw -html > hardwareprofile.html
    That will create a document called hardwareprofile.html. It will open in a web browser and it should list all the hardware. See, if it matches the specification given in the motherboard user guide and what you know of the hardware.

    It is a machine. It is more stupid than we are. It will not stop us from doing stupid things.
    Ubuntu user #33,200. Linux user #530,530

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Mataro, Spain
    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: Is a re-installation needed after hardware upgrade?

    I agree. There is no need to "refresh" anything. If it works, it works.

    I don't remember right now whether the AMD FX has integrated graphics like the AMD A series, but i think it doesn't. If you are using the same video card you did before, no need to do anything about the video drivers too.

    If the CPU has integrated graphics that you started using now, you might need to activate the fglrx driver for AMD/ATI in Additional drivers.

    Apart from that, nothing. In effect you only changed the CPU which doesn't involve much. Enjoy your faster ubuntu.
    Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64bit & Windows 10 Pro 64bit

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    SW Forida
    Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: Is a re-installation needed after hardware upgrade?

    Because your old system only had 2GB did you have the 32bit version? While the 32bit versions now include PAE so it will see your 8GB of RAM, you really need the 64 bit version for that to be fully utilized.
    Ubuntu 12.10: 32-bit vs. 64-bit Linux Performance
    Assuming your hardware is x86_64 capable (basically any modern Intel/AMD CPU) and have at least 2GB of RAM, you really should be running the 64-bit version.
    Essentially says if you can use the 64bit kernel you should.April 2011
    Ubuntu 32-bit, 32-bit PAE, 64-bit Kernel Benchmarks Dec 2009
    Linus does not like PAE or 32 bit.

    You do have to do a new install to convert from 32bit to 64 bit. If separate /home it is easier or fully backup /home. Also export list of installed apps to make it easier to reinstall.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Xubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: Is a re-installation needed after hardware upgrade?

    With PAE, a single program can not use more than 4 GB of memory. There are very few programs which want that much memory, so switching to a 64-bit version should be low priority -- unless you plan to do large video-editing projects.

    If you change video cards, that can trigger a re-install, CPUs not so much. (Even the video card should be OK if you remove any Additional Driver *before* you make the change.)


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