"Aragorn", thou legless lecherous. Like the toad, ugly and venomous. Ye tehee'd: > On Sunday 17 January 2010 07:59 in alt.os.linux, somebody identifying as > Yousuf Khan wrote... > >> AZ Nomad wrote: >> >>> On Sat, 16 Jan 2010 12:035 -0500, Yousuf Khan >>> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >>> >>>> Just purchased a new motherboard/chipset and processor for my >>>> desktop. Haven't switched them out yet, waiting to see what >>>> preparations I need to take on Ubuntu before going for it? I'll be >>>> keeping the existing hard drives and video card, as is. >>> >>> ubuntu isn't a microsoft product; there's no code to disable the >>> system after a hardware cange. >> >> More worried about drivers. The motherboard will be going from Nvidia >> chipset to ATI chipset. Onboard video will change likewise, but >> discrete graphics will remain Nvidia 8600GT. > > Stock distribution kernels are always built without processor- or > chipset-specific optimizations. They contain generic code that will > work on all processors or motherboard chipsets of that particular market > segment. By this I mean the type of distribution you are installing, > i.e. IA32 (alias x86, x86-32 or i586 (or perhaps i686)) or AMD64 (alias > x86-64). > > The idea behind a binary GNU/Linux distribution is that it would be > compatible with as much of the hardware as possible for that particular > platform - e.g. AMD64 - without getting into any optimizations specific > for Intel or AMD, or chipset optimizations. All chipsets and processors > for the x86 platform processors understand generic x86 instructions, and > in some cases the Linux kernel can pick a subset of (slightly) more > optimized instructions specific to a given chipset by autodetecting what > is there. > > Processor and chipset support is built into the kernel itself - i.e. > statically linked - as well as some very common peripheral support - > e.g. generic PATA and SATA support and ext3 filesystem support - but > support for other peripherals (like videocards) is loaded via driver > modules. These driver modules are usually all included in the /initrd/ > image, and for some, the kernel will autodetect which one to load, while > others are being loaded with prejudice, regardless of whether the > hardware supported by those modules is present or not. > > For instance, the stock PCLinuxOS kernel I'm using on this machine here > loads many different types of network adapter modules, of which only two > actually have the hardware present in the system - one being an on-board > connector, the other being a PCI plug-in card. > > My advice however would be to disable your on-board video adapter in the > BIOS, because nVidia drivers don't work well with two different types of > video adapters in your system. > > The bottom line is that the only variable that seems to exist between > both your old and your new system is that the motherboard and CPU are > different, and those differences will be handled by the Linux kernel > itself through its built-in generic support for just about every chipset > and CPU with the exception of bleeding edge stuff and by the /initrd/ > via all the driver modules it contains. The proprietary nVidia driver > will be working with the same video adapter card, so that should not be > a problem either. Things that require a proprietary driver module might > not be supported, though. This depends on your distribution and whether > it includes proprietary drivers or not. > > >  If the chipset is too new for the kernel, then it'll still be > supported for essential functionality, but then some optional things > might not be correctly detected, e.g. certain hardware monitoring > functions or the likes. Translation: Linux is always compiled for the absolute lowest common denominator. If your processor is a 1985 386-SX, Linux is guaranteed to run on it.