Linux Kernel 3.0 installation guide for Ubuntu Linux

This short walkthrough describes how to get the latest linux kernel version 3.0.0 working under Ubuntu Linux without having to compile it yourself.

This tutorial should work with the latest version of Ubuntu Linux (10.04 LTS, 11.04 and 11.10) and most distributions based on these versions of Ubuntu Linux including Mint.

The included kernel files have been compiled using the generic ubuntu configuration.
Note: ATI, Intel and NVIDIA drivers are automatically installed using DKMS, if you have these installed and up-to-date. Else … don`t blaim me.

Installation Guide

  1. Download the kernel headers package;

  2. And the appropriate package for your system

    AMD64: linux-headers-3.0.0-0300-generic_3.0.0-0300.201107220917_amd64.deb

    I386: linux-headers-3.0.0-0300-generic_3.0.0-0300.201107220917_i386.deb
  3. And the accompanying compiled kernel;

    AMD64: linux-image-3.0.0-0300-generic_3.0.0-0300.201107220917_amd64.deb

    I386: linux-image-3.0.0-0300-generic_3.0.0-0300.201107220917_i386.deb
  4. Install the files in the same order (else it won`t work!)
  5. In the terminal run:

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

    If it`s not there check all steps (and of course for errors)

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30 thoughts on “Linux Kernel 3.0 installation guide for Ubuntu Linux

  1. Hi, I installed Linux kernel 3.0.4 as per your instruction and I did NOT get a GUI after restarting my PC. I then reverted to an earlier kernel and removed the proprietary NVIDIA driver, which resulted in kernel 3.0.4 being able to at least give me a GUI desktop. My question is – how do I get the official NVIDIA driver to play nicely with the latest and greatest kernel?

  2. Hi, I’m using kernel 3.0.8 on Radeon 6310 (update from 2.6.38), After reboot, neither of the kernel (old and new) can booting. I’ve been looking everywhere to get this ATI driver installed correctly. Now, I’m using open source radeon driver (and not being able to play supertuxcart racing is sucks). Any help?

      • It’s ok, thanks for the reply…
        oh, since you’re familiar with nVidia, yesterday I got “alloc magic is broken” on the grub while selecting OS to boot. It happens not only to Linux OS but also Win OS (make both OS cannot boot). It happens after I installed nVidia current on my PC (all I know it was AMD, has onboard nVidia graphic, not sure about the type). Have you ever get this kind of error?

      • I have never seen this error before, googling doesnt make me wiser

        I am familiar with installing NVidia drivers under Linux … and windows
        I have never had a ATI videocard in my life

  3. Instead of installing the packages in the specific order you’ve pointed out, it is also possible to put those in the same folder then CD into that folder and then do from the commandline:

    sudo dpkg -i linux-*

    Then the packages will be automatically installed in the correct order.
    Then proceed with sudo update-grub

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