Guilty of not reading the announcements. In that instance I performed a full update from Synaptic, I'll be sure to check the changelogs more closely in the future.
i'll run an update tonight and see if that resolves the problem. thanks for the advice.
If you install a new kernel, the old one is still left in place as a backup, in case the new one doesn't like your particular hardware. There will be a new entry added at the bottom of your boot menu each time a new kernel is added, so you can choose which you want to boot to each time you start your computer. The newest will become the default kernel that is used with the first boot menu selection.
Below is the list of kernels I have installed on this system. I can boot to any one of them.[root@fatman ~]# ls -l /boot |grep vm
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 31 Jun 23 18:33 vmlinuz -> vmlinuz-184.108.40.206-pclos1.pae.bfs
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2059536 May 30 2010 vmlinuz-220.127.116.11-pclos1.bfs
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2067264 Aug 22 2010 vmlinuz-18.104.22.168-pclos2
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2067072 Aug 26 2010 vmlinuz-22.214.171.124-pclos3
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2236528 Mar 15 13:15 vmlinuz-126.96.36.199-pclos1.a64
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2281920 Mar 15 13:51 vmlinuz-188.8.131.52-pclos1.pae
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2356880 Apr 2 17:14 vmlinuz-184.108.40.206-pclos1.pae.bfs
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2358000 Jun 4 02:52 vmlinuz-220.127.116.11-pclos1.pae.bfs
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 29 Jun 23 18:47 vmlinuz-compaq -> vmlinuz-18.104.22.168-pclos3
I use this system on two computers, which means I need a separate set of links to the default kernel and initrd image used when I boot to the Compaq machine, as well as a boot stanza that is also so named in my /boot/grub/menu.lst
. When next I boot to that machine, I'll run mkinitrd to create an initrd image for the newest
kernel, name it initrd-22.214.171.124-pclos1.pae.bfs.img-comp
then switch the links for that machine to point to the vmlinuz-126.96.36.199-pclos1.pae.bfs
kernel and that special initrd image.