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Linux.com: The Horror of All Horrors, or Upgrading a Linux Box

Oct 17, 2000, 16:48 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ross Sanders)

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"What is the phrase that gets a Linux person's blood flowing and migraine forming faster than anything? (OK, OK! Second ... after "You Know Who" and his OS). Hardware Upgrade! Don't worry! I have a few tips and pointers for those pondering hardware upgrades in their prized Linux machines."

"First, do your homework! We've all done it ... bought the latest and greatest hardware only to find it won't work with something already installed on the computer. Look up primary resources regarding the hardware you wish to buy and use. For a video card you should not only read the company's hype on the Web site, but dig as deep as you can for driver and compatibility issues. There are many things that can cause a piece of hardware to be flaky or not work at all."

"One of the things that we all forget about in the rush for Linux drivers and kernel support for hardware is actually having software that can use the hardware. After you find if your prospective new hardware has device drivers (unless you like the almost titanic problem of writing drivers, don't buy it!), you should consider whether or not your software can use it. If it can't, either don't buy it or look for software that can use it."

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