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Ubuntu Linux: Upgrade Linux Kernel

Q. How do I upgrade my Linux kernel version under Ubuntu Linux 7.04 / 7.10?

A. You can use any one of the following method:
(a) Command Line Tools – apt-get

(b) GUI tool

apt-get command – Upgrade Linux Kernel

Open terminal and type the following commands:
$ sudo apt-get update
Now search kernel version:
$ apt-cache search kernel-image
Now install kernel by explicitly specifying version number:
$ sudo apt-get install linux-image-2.6.xx-yy-generic
Replace xx.yy with kernel version number. Reboot the system.

GUI tools

This is recommended method for most user. Click on System > Administration > Update Manager > Click on Check button > Apply all updates including kernel.

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{ 6 comments… add one }
  • ramdhan February 26, 2009, 12:16 pm

    i have ubuntu 8.10 linux but when i want to install redhat linux 5 than an error occur
    “timer not connected ‘nopic error’ ” so whan search on net than i get soluation is update my karnal now i have new karnal but i dont’ know how can i install my new karnal with ubauntu linux

  • silas April 16, 2011, 5:58 am

    when i try to upgrade my kernel i get the following errors:T5254:~$ apt-cache search kernel-image
    comedi-source – Comedi kernel module source
    T5254:~$ sudo apt-get install linux-image-
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package linux-image-
    E: Couldn’t find any package by regex ‘linux-image-’

  • Chi77 June 22, 2011, 9:29 am

    Silas, do apt-cache search linux-image and pick the one from the returned list.

    • Silas August 4, 2011, 10:10 pm

      Thanks for helping a Noon out.

  • Jerry July 1, 2011, 10:18 pm

    I would like to upgrade my 2.6.10 kernel to something newer mainly because there was no driver support for my Claro modem until kernel 2.6.20, as i understand. My problem with apt-get is that it assumes you have an internet connection. I have tried to manually download the package using my Windows connection, and then pointing to that package on my local hard disk through /etc/apt/search.list. But when apt-get reads the package, the package apparently points back to more on-line files to use for information or something.

    Am i completely clueless as to how this is supposed to work? This seems almost as senseless as the Claro people telling me to download drivers from the web for my non-functioning modem.

  • Somename August 4, 2011, 10:40 am


    dpkg -i /location/of/package.deb

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