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How to build an kernel of linux back again if I want to provide an additional support for new hardware connected. It is common that the structure of the operating system which is an Linux is a part of the kernel. This can be replaced by a different version without any problems. A large majority, has a kernel pre-configured and pre-compiled, which can lead to some hardware that we have does not work or does not work properly, also possess an overload of useless modules for us. I need some suggestion for the same to re-configure the kernel of Linux.

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It is true that sometimes it becomes really necessary to compile a entirely new kernel and then install it. There can be a number of reason behind the same. It can be because of the developers who had released a new kernel or hardware with a specific kernel version. So I recommend you to go for the same. But even if you only makes changes to the kernel, you have to recompile the kernel. The compilation is in itself is no great difficulty, once you understand the regular and the process.
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You must be aware that that the kernel maintains a huge number of drivers available. Because of that only your linux based system is responsible of running hardware's. When you recompile the kernal you must be able to enable the same with appropriate drivers. This is done either as a module or into the kernel. At first it is necessary that you must have an proper kernel for download. Get the most proper kernel update and then check back.
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The most important function of the kernel is drivers management for the hardware when the computer is ready to use. Since the computer does not have just a graphics card and processor but something more and with number of hardware's you need. Before building up the new kernel you must also keep in your mind about the chipset installed on the motherboard, like which sound card you have and the type of hard drive which is an IDE or SATA.
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If you have an detailed knowledge on hardware and software then compiling and setting up an new kernel does not become much difficult. With some few tricks it becomes clear enough to use the same. You can get an huge help in finding out about the built in hardware by using Live CD's. All of us know that there are live cd which can give you an entire operating system on your screen and you boot with the same. It finds out all the hardware and can give you information on your screen.
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Yes Live CD can be the most appropriate option for you. You can use a number of version for that you boot and find out about your hardware. Some of the live cds that you can use are Knoppix, Gentoo and SUSE live CD. This live CD's will automatically detect the hardware and after loading the Linux operating system completely, can be viewed with the command cat in the / proc / all information about the hardware in the computer.
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