How to Install Newer Kernel From Debian Wheezy Backports

By | 2013/11/23

Debian Stable provides a newer kernel in backports. Here is how to install the newer kernel from wheezy-backports!

1. First add the following line to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb wheezy-backports main non-free contrib

(Add this in addition to any other entries you may have in that file.)

2. Next:

$ sudo apt-get update

3. And finally here is an example for installing the backports kernel for a 64bit system:

$ sudo apt-get -t wheezy-backports install linux-image-amd64 

Note that you may also need to install firmware from backports if using a laptop. For instance, my intel wifi needs this:

$ sudo apt-get -t wheezy-backports install firmware-iwlwifi

4. When all set, reboot and you are in with your new kernel.

$ sudo reboot
$ uname -a
Linux bruckner 3.10-0.bpo.3-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.10.11-1~bpo70+1 (2013-09-24) x86_64 GNU/Linux

4 thoughts on “How to Install Newer Kernel From Debian Wheezy Backports

  1. maltris

    My T61 is still processing. Thanks for the short reminder on the new kernel./ I was still working around in school and at work with 3.2 kernel.

    Are there any new functions or benifits? Would be interesting to know …

  2. kamyar

    Thanks sir, this solved my problem(apparently).
    easiest solution so far, thanks again

    lenovo Z510 (Intel Wireless 7260 not recognized because of kernels’ lack of support(was 3.2 before this post.)

  3. fred

    can you tell what append when you execute
    aptitude -t wheezy-backports install linux-image-amd64.

    Is it break my debian install ?
    debian configuration ?
    or change just the boot of my debian server ?
    Thanks a lot

  4. Gustavo Neves

    How would I revert to the stable channel Kernel? Or even, would I need to revert in order to dist-upgrade to Jessie?


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