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Install Linux Kernel 4.7 (Stable) on Linux Mint

Install Linux Kernel (Stable) on Linux Mint

After two months of development, Linus Torvalds introduced the Linux kernel 4.7. You can download the relevant deb packages from HERE and install them. Or just follow the instructions given below that will help you to install a new kernel multiple commands in terminal.

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The new version made about 12 thousand corrections from 1500 developers, the size of the patch 34 MB changes 9744 files, added 493490 lines of code, deleted lines 194974). About 47% of all changes associated with device drivers, approximately 19% of changes relate to updating the code for specific hardware architectures, 15% related to the network stack, 5% - file systems and 4% c internal kernel subsystems.


Warning. The Linux kernel is a critical element of the system. To do the upgrade costs when one of your hardware devices is not working properly, and the new kernel may fix this problem. But at the same time installing a new kernel unnecessarily can lead to undesirable regressions, such as: no network connection, no sound or even the inability to boot the system, so install a new kernel on your own risk.


Suitable for Linux Mint 13/14/15/16/17/17.1/17.2/17.3/18
Installing the Linux Kernel 4.7 into Linux Mint or others Ubuntu distrs:
Reminder to users of computers with Nvidia/AMD. Before installing the kernel, it is advisable to switch to the free driver.
1. Open a terminal, copy and run one of the commands according to the architecture of your system/computer, at your own risk:
For 32-bit (single command):
cd /tmp; wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.7/linux-headers-4.7.0-040700-generic_4.7.0-040700.201608021801_i386.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.7/linux-headers-4.7.0-040700_4.7.0-040700.201608021801_all.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.7/linux-image-4.7.0-040700-generic_4.7.0-040700.201608021801_i386.deb; sudo dpkg -i *.deb
For 64-bit (single command):
cd /tmp; wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.7/linux-headers-4.7.0-040700-generic_4.7.0-040700.201608021801_amd64.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.7/linux-headers-4.7.0-040700_4.7.0-040700.201608021801_all.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.7/linux-image-4.7.0-040700-generic_4.7.0-040700.201608021801_amd64.deb; sudo dpkg -i *.deb
2. Update GRUB (GRUB need to upgrade the Linux system where it is installed, if you have more than one)
sudo update-grub
Note If you have a boot loader installed BURG, and it should be updated:
sudo update-burg

3. At the end of the installation, close all applications and restart the computer the following command:
sudo reboot
Once logged in, check the version of the current kernel with the command:
uname -r
If you decide to delete the kernel 4.7,
1. When the computer bootsthe GRUB menu, select your old kernelAfter booting the system, remove the new kernel by command below
sudo apt-get purge linux-image-4.7-*
3. And again update GRUB or BURG
sudo update-grub
To return to the previous kernel when booting Grub select Previous Linux versions
Good Luck!!!
Edited by Shekin - 8-08-2016, 21:24
Reason: Information updated
Tags: kernel

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  1. SGuГ©guen
    Error Kernel 4.7, remove this kernel, go back 4.4
  2. Ale
    I can't connect to VPN after install this kernel.
    Mint 18 cinnamon.
    1. Shekin online
      Go back to the 4.4 kernel
      x64 Linux Mint 18 cinnamon
  3. Sam
    Hello, guys. I have error message "can't access /sys/kernel/uevent_helper: permission denied" while booting from 4.7 kernel just I've updated. And that's make my linuxmint won't boot. What about the solution?
    1. Shekin online
      Remove - 4.7
      If you decide to delete the kernel 4.7,
      1. When the computer boots, the GRUB menu, select your old kernel. After booting the system, remove the new kernel by command below
      sudo apt-get purge linux-image-4.7-*
      3. And again update GRUB or BURG
      sudo update-grub
      x64 Linux Mint 18 cinnamon
  4. Tommy Linux
    you can't install new kernels while using proprietary video drivers,
    your machine will never boot,
    1 : Remove proprietary video drivers ( back to open source )
    2 : update kernel to new version.
    3 : some new kernels will not show proprietary video drivers in
    Driver manager ( Ubuntu and Mint )
    this is how it works for me from mint 15 till now 17.3
    also noticed kernel install errors with 4.7.1 kernel update,
    ( Intel i915 missing module ) and will not install new kernel
    be careful with new kernel updates, lot of problems lately...
    if anybody has new info, please let me know, thanks..good luck
  5. Gilles
    Hi community,
    When I install this kernel I lose my wifi and I have no idea how to get back, saying error in Ndiswrapper or something like that BCMWL-kernel-source version +bdcom-0ubuntu8 is still enable but nor working.

    I am using Linux mint 18 Sarah 64 bit AMD4/ Radeon HD8330 4.6.0-040600-generic

    Does somebody know something about it ?
    1. Shekin online
      I can advise to return to the original kernel, and then remove the kernel 4.7. Then switch the video driver to standard, and try 4.7 again.
      In General, if you have initially all worked well, then do not upgrade the kernel.
      Still I can advise to try other kernels from the 6th branch.
      x64 Linux Mint 18 cinnamon
      1. Gilles
        THank you so much for your advice. i was thinking the same way as well.

        But you know I always hope that the driver for my graphic cards works better than that one by default lol

        Yesterday I did install linux mint 18 on a small laptop with 2 GB ram and intel inside and it works so much better and faster than mine lol My graphic card is Radeon HD 8330 and I have 11 GB Ram
        Thank you for your quick answer


        I feel a bit upset so that's why I try new kernels
        1. Shekin online
          Drivers for your video card, better to install after upgrading the kernel. I mean it. Before upgrading the kernel, it is better to remove the proprietary driver and set free.
          x64 Linux Mint 18 cinnamon
  6. Ale
    I have Linux mint 18 with the Nvidia driver. To install this kernel I need be using the free drivers. But when I finish the installation and reboot, can I use the official drivers?
    1. CJ Shekin
      Yes, should be ok.
      I just installed a kernel 4.7 without disabling the Nvidia.
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