bthylafh wrote:The only thing you should have to worry about is the video card. Are you using your distribution's video drivers, or did you download them directly from Nvidia? When you shut down the computer for the last time, uninstall the video drivers. When you move your stuff to the new one, it'll probably come up in VESA video if it comes up at all in X. At this point you'll need to install the ATI drivers. Reboot and with any luck everything will be working OK.
notfred wrote:As you are using Ubuntu 8.04 you should be OK on the initrd, the Ubuntu initrd contains all the drivers. It's just some other distros that don't (Debian and RHEL are the ones that I have run in to).
cheesyking wrote:You might also find that the network adaptor names get messed up... eg if you only had one network card on the old mobo and one on the new mobo then after the move your network adaptor changes from eth0 to eth1 (which might give you trouble if /etc/network/interfaces doesn't have a setup for eth1)
Dunno if Ubuntu will do that but debian etch will.
anyhow it pretty easy to fix if it does happen.
Forge wrote:That's persistent device naming. I do not believe Ubuntu does that. Gentoo drove me nuts with it, but I can disable it.
Not sure how I ended up with my Debian system using yaird rather than initramfs-tools, I suspect I installed some package or other that pulled in yaird as a dependency, or maybe they used to run yaird as a default several versions ago as this was a few years ago.bitvector wrote:Debian also uses initramfs-tools by default, so it should have the same behavior as Ubuntu. It's only if you replace initramfs-tools with yaird when it does the "necessary/detected hardware only" style initrd.
titan wrote:Yep, my experience with changing hardware platforms with an existing Linux install has always been smoother than Windows. No idea why. I'd expect it to be the other way around.
just brew it! wrote:titan wrote:Yep, my experience with changing hardware platforms with an existing Linux install has always been smoother than Windows. No idea why. I'd expect it to be the other way around.
Yes, other than the already mentioned Redhat/Fedora initrd issue, hardware swaps on Linux systems have always gone very smoothly for me as well. It surprised me too, the first couple of times. It doesn't surprise me any more.
The bundled drivers on modern distros seem to be very good at dealing with most desktop (and laptop!) hardware, as long as the hardware is not too bleeding edge.
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