Originally Posted by benso37
My question is, do i need to install the wireless card again for the new kernel? If yes, would this mean that everytime there's a new Kernel, i would have to update internet connections, printer drivers, etc?
It's actually quite simple: if you manually
installed a driver, either from source-code or via a kernel-specific RPM, you will need to go through the same process for each new kernel. The kernel-specific RPMs are easy to "spot" - they usually have the kernel version indicated as part of their package name. If you installed via source, just running through the ./configure;make;make install
should take care of it. Most "pure" source-code installations don't create or install configuration files, but it's safer to make backup copies of any files that you know
you manually changed, just in case. You may have to set up your network again (unlikely), but it's never a bad idea to have your current settings stored elsewhere (simple text file, screenshots, whatever).
Note that this only applies to drivers that directly interact with the kernel, such as network drivers and the proprietary graphics drivers. Printer drivers are not kernel-specific.