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Pointex Mar 5, 2014 @ 3:33am
LMDE - How to safely update to latest Kernel?
So it's been always told, that since Kernel 3.12 the open source drivers are much much better And 3.13 much more than 3.12.
But I'm still at 3.11 (and using catalyst). Is there a safe way to upgrade to the newest kernel without risk of bricking the whole system? - Linux Mint Debian Edition
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vargablood Mar 5, 2014 @ 5:13am 
debian based distributions can safely and easily updated using .deb files of kernel with dpkg.
if you own a newer Radeon like 7000 series or above you should go with catalyst. modern radeons want benefit from open source drivers. i tried it and they were unuseable for gaming .....
you need the newest catalyst for kernel 3.13.
Pointex Mar 5, 2014 @ 5:24am 
I have a HD 7850, so the open source driver (and the latest kernel) will be uninteresting anyway?
Last edited by Pointex; Mar 5, 2014 @ 5:26am
vargablood Mar 5, 2014 @ 5:34am 
as my experiece with 7970 says, yes ....
GameBeast Mar 5, 2014 @ 9:08am 
Yeah, the RadeonSI driver has a bug with LLVM which is very annoying. It has apparently been fixed in Mesa 10.2 though, so that's worth a try.
CompanionTube Mar 5, 2014 @ 2:08pm 
just grab the 3.13 kernel from the ubuntu mainline kernel ppa and install it with dpkg -i
....and add the xorg edgers ppa then do an upgrade.

my system wouldn't use the open source driver properly until I added radeon.dpm=1 and to /etc/default/grub just after quiet splash
and did a grub-update. it was all corrupt red lines everywhere. but that weirdly fixed it after the kernel update xorg-edgers updates

if it messes things up hold in shift when booting and use "nomodeset" kernel parameter to get your system working well enough to reinstall fglrx...

it's dicey... it can mess up your system... but it's fixable...
CompanionTube Mar 5, 2014 @ 2:09pm 
don't grab 3.14 though... it's got regressions with the radeon driver....
Tripa Seca Mar 6, 2014 @ 7:53am 
If you don't uninstall the previous kernel, you'll be fine. If something goes wrong with the new one, you'll still be able to boot the old kernel from grub menu. I suggest you to compile it and use xconfig to configure all the settings.
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Date Posted: Mar 5, 2014 @ 3:33am
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