Linux on Sony Vaio - Upgrading to a 2.4 kernel and ext3
Upgrading to a 2.4 kernel
In dselect, install
kernel-image-2.4.18-686. This will drag in all of the other required packages for a 2.4 kernel. It’ll suggest
kernel-pcmcia-modules-2.4.18-686 as well. You might as well select this as well.
Let dselect install all of the selected packages. This shouldn’t take too long. While configuring the new kernel image, it’ll complain about a
initrd=/initrd.img line in your
/etc/lilo.conf. Read the instructions carefully and do what it says. When you’ve hacked on
/etc/kernel-img.conf, answer ‘n’ to the question; you don’t want to stop.
Quit from dselect and reboot.
exec shutdown -r now
When it comes back up, you should be running a 2.4 kernel. Log in as root and run
uname -a to check.
Upgrading to ext3
There’s nothing to it:
# tune2fs -j /dev/hda2
Having done this, edit
/etc/fstab so that it reads
auto, rather than
# touch /forcefsck # exec shutdown -r now
The last two steps are to trigger
fsck at the next reboot (to fix up the .journal file), and to reboot.
When it’s finished rebooting, log in as root and
cat /proc/mounts to check that your root filesystem was correctly mounted as ext3.