Things To Fix After Each Kernel Update

Every now and then, your running Linux distro will receive a kernel update. It’s a normal part of running a Linux distro, or any OS for that matter. Mac OS and Windows perform updates as well. Unfortunately in Linux, there are certain things that break after each kernel update. It’s annoying as all get out, but its a small price to pay for running a secure desktop. In this article, I will list 3 things that need fixing, and their solutions, after each kernel update.

Fix Virtualbox

sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

Fix Alsa

sudo apt-get install module-assistant
sudo m-a update
sudo m-a prepare
sudo m-a a-i alsa

Fix Webcam

sudo rmmod uvcvideo
sudo modprobe uvcvideo

I rather not to do this after each upgrade, but it’s a fact of life in the Linux world. It’s a good thing, it doesn’t happen very often. Perhaps, in the future, when Linux becomes perfect, or near perfect, this unnecessary exercise can all be avoided all together.

4 thoughts on “Things To Fix After Each Kernel Update

  1. I made the mistake of following your instructions for ALSA, on a custom setup of Mint 9. Now I get multiple overlapping runs of the window and button sounds as well as the startup sound.
    How do I tell Ubuntu 10.04(Mint9) to only run one instance?
    How do I undo the “fix”?

    1. Hi Mark, I apologize for the problem caused by the instructions above. In my case, I haven’t had any issues using the same commands on several computers. When you say windows and buttons sounds, are you talking about the Sound Effects under Sound Preferences? I’m not sure what your settings are. I’m using the Ubuntu Sound theme and the default alert sound. You probably have your window and button sounds enabled. Mine is not disabled. The setting should only play one sound at a time and not multiple ones.

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