Re: [linux-dell-laptops] inspiron falling to bits
- --- panthersgold <panthersgold@...> wrote:
> Hi, can someone help me with the following query? I wish to change myHow closely things must match depends on how you're kernel is compiled. If you
> laptop (physically broken) for same model (eg on ebay, 2nd hand) but
> with my own HD put in, so that I dont have to reload 200 odd apps etc.
> Does this mean that the drive and HW configurations of my present
> machine and the replacement have to be IDENTICAL? The replacement I am
> lookin g at at the moment has SEPARATE dvd and cdrw drives, whereas my
> present machine is a combination drive.
don't have a custom kernel and load most of your peripherals with modules, then
you should be able to be fairly liberal in your selection. As far as the CD/DVD
drives go, most of them should be using the ide-cd module and appear pretty
much the same to the system except for the vender ID and possibly which device
they land on (/dev/hdc vs /dev/hdd) ... If you are looking at the same model
with a few different options, I would guess that you would be close enough to
just have to tweak a few config files in almost every case. Wireless cards, of
course, would be the biggest possible difference. In the case of a different
wireless card, you may need to find a different driver.