Sunday, February 19, 2012

Debian Squeeze 3.2 kernel update

I've been meaning to upgrade my kernel to the new 3.X but don't want to spend half my day going thru the I installed the squeeze-backports version. Change the image and header file to fit your cpu and version. I added the headers, you don't have to.

1. Update your /etc/apt/sources.list to include the backports
deb squeeze-backports main non-free contrib

2. sudo apt-get update

3. sudo apt-get -t squeeze-backports install linux-image-3.2.0-0.bpo.1-686-pae linux-headers-3.2.0-0.bpo.1-686-pae
...or linux-image-3.2.0-0.bpo.1-amd64 if you have that :)

4. say yes if you're sure you want to add the additional packages.

5. don't walk need to press the OK button for something and quit a section on non-free stuff.

6. reboot and hopefully you'll have a new list in grub and then boot'er up! wheeeeeeeeze!


  1. I get a message part way through that talks about cciss and hpsa and it won't let me continue the process. Did you have the same problem, and do you know how to circumvent it?

  2. Can you post the message it gives?

    No, I didn't run into that problem.

  3. I faced the similiar problem, the message is:-
    * Some HP Smart Array controllers are now handled by the new 'hpsa'
    driver, rather than the 'cciss' driver.

    While the cciss driver presented disk device names beginning with
    'cciss/', hpsa makes disk arrays appear as ordinary SCSI disks and
    presents device names beginning with 'sd'. In a system that already
    has other SCSI or SCSI-like devices, names may change unpredictably.

    During the upgrade from earlier versions, you will be prompted to
    update configuration files which refer to device names that may
    change. You can choose to do this yourself or to follow an automatic
    upgrade process. All changed configuration files are backed up with
    a suffix of '.old' (or '^old' in one case).

    -- Ben Hutchings Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:19:34 +0000

  4. if you just Ctrl+c or q you can skip for now and then configure later. :)

  5. Sweet! Thanks Anonymous(#3).

  6. Thanks a lot man!