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A Question of Changing Hardware - Plug & Play for linux?

Postby Orbmiser on Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:59 am

Question of Changing Hardware - Plug & Play for linux?

Had a wired usb mouse go bad so bought a logitech M510 wireless and worked great out of the box.
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Now wondering about if a need arises and I switch out my Ati 4350 card using default open driver.
For a more capable nvidia card (example: GeForce GT610,620 or 640 )? What would be the results on booting up?

As am not sure exactly how does linux handle new hardware on bootup? Plug & Play like windows?
Automatically configure the right driver for new hardware?
Or I would end up with a broken non-desktop terminal prompt?
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Re: A Question of Changing Hardware - Plug & Play for linux?

Postby catweazel on Sun Mar 31, 2013 1:14 am

Orbmiser wrote:Now wondering about if a need arises and I switch out my Ati 4350 card using default open driver. For a more capable nvidia card (example: GeForce GT610,620 or 640 )? What would be the results on booting up?

It should automatically fall back to vesa. I have personally tested this and it works. About ten minutes ago I installed a kernel that crapped my system :mrgreen:

I too needed a more powerful video card so I got one of these.
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Re: A Question of Changing Hardware - Plug & Play for linux?

Postby Orbmiser on Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:00 am

Yep Don't think that will fit in my case

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Aerocool m40 cube by Orbmiser, on Flickr

Space & Power are limited think I have like a 450w PS in there the case cracks open like a book
So limited size for graphics card.
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Re: A Question of Changing Hardware - Plug & Play for linux?

Postby catweazel on Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:26 am

Orbmiser wrote:Image

So limited size for graphics card.


lol - my video card is bigger than your PC :)
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Re: A Question of Changing Hardware - Plug & Play for linux?

Postby exploder on Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:22 am

I have swapped hard drives from one machine to another with completely different hardware with good results using Linux. With Windows I always had to go into device manager and remove everything before even attempting to do this and the results were often a blue screen full of cryptic text. The hard drive in the computer I am using came out of one that failed, it booted right up. Linux does an awesome job in detecting hardware.

If I knew I was going to change graphics cards, I would just remove any proprietary drivers before installing another card. I like the case you chose by the way, very nice!
catweazel, your graphics card must be what makes my lights dim sometimes! :D

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