Linux Kernel 2.6.36 installation guide for Ubuntu Linux

This short walkthrough describes how to get the latest linux kernel working under Ubuntu Linux without having to compile it yourself.

This tutorial should work with the latest version of Ubuntu Linux (10.04 and 10.10 ) and most distributions based on these versions of Ubuntu Linux like Mint.

The included kernel files have been compiled using the generic ubuntu configuration.
Note: nVIDIA ForceWare drivers are automatically installed using DKMS, if you have these installed and up-to-date.

Installation Guide

  1. Download Download your kernel headers package; linux-headers-2.6.36-020636_2.6.36-020636.201010210905_all.deb

    I386: linux-headers-2.6.36-020636-generic_2.6.36-020636.201010210905_i386.deb

    AMD64: linux-headers-2.6.36-020636-generic_2.6.36-020636.201010210905_amd64.deb
  2. Download your kernel compile;

    I386: linux-image-2.6.36-020636-generic_2.6.36-020636.201010210905_i386.deb

    AMD64: linux-image-2.6.36-020636-generic_2.6.36-020636.201010210905_amd64.deb
  3. Install the files in the same order (else it won`t work!)
  4. In the terminal run:

    sudo update-grub
  5. Reboot and select the kernel from the bootloader menu

    If it`s not there check all steps (and ofcourse errors)

49 thoughts on “Linux Kernel 2.6.36 installation guide for Ubuntu Linux

  1. Unfortunately, this site does not include the linux-source.
    compiling modules for virtualbox or drbl becomes difficult without them.

    Should i trash ubuntu 10.10 just like i trashed the 2 previous versions?
    I’m still running ubuntu 9.04 …. and debian squeeze …

    • I know and there is nothing I can do against it.

      you could try to compile your own kernel.

      although there is a trick to recompile modules for a running kernel

      • I answered bert who I believe said that virtual-box (VB) didn’t work. I meant that by installing DKMS I was able to compile the VB driver with your 2.6.36 kernal version.

  2. hallo, I have simple question, is it possible to use 2.6.37 rc3 natty in maverick?

  3. Yes! No more freezing problems with Compiz on my Ubuntu 10.04LTS!!! Thank you very much! This solves my problem regarding the freezing problem in Ubuntu 10.04LTS…

  4. Ramon, you’ve saved my day as I had this annoying problem with 2.6.35 not being able to suspend. After downloading and installing 2.6.36, following your post, I can now suspend and resume my pc.

    Thanks a million.

    • Since I didn`t win the lotto this weekend you can gimme the money

      I hope to have the 2.6.37 kernel installation guide finished as soon as the kernel has been released within 24 hours

  5. Hey Ramoonus,

    Nice work and seems to be working for everyone, but …

    I am running 10.10 and when I try to install the headers, I double click the .deb and it opens Software Centre and I I get this error:

    ‘Dependency is not satisfiable: linux-headers-2.6.36-020636’ and no option to install, naturally.


      • Okay, forget it. I tried the all.deb and it worked, but …

        Not only did it kill my wireless internet completely but also the ati/amd driver tells me it’s not in use. I poked around for awhile to see if these two things were going to be a quick fix but too much screwing around at the moment. I have it there though so sure it will come up soon. For now it’s back to 2.6.35-24.

        I was hoping 2.6.36 would help my dodgy internet signal and speed. It did the opposite! Good job though Ramoonus.

      • Yep, 2.6.37 broke graphics and wireless. I have been working on my wireless issues and don’t think a new kernel will help. I think it is the driver or a combination of that and the machine or I’m missing a setting somewhere.

        Thanks for the suggestion, though.

      • Don`t blaim the kernel
        I think its more the kernel + driver combination which is giving problems

  6. Sorry for the lamer question, but how dow I execute #3 Install the files …….

    I’m not into installing anything beside what comes with “apt-get” 😉


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