Yesterday, I upgraded the kernel of my Linux laptop (MX Linux 18.3) to an antiX kernel 5.1.2. The upgrade went well and the laptop now boots very fast.
Encouraged by that, I tried the same with my HP laptop, which runs antiX 17.3.1. That laptop seems designed to discourage anyone from running Linux on it. It gave me all sort of problems and, apparently, I'm not the only one who has had headaches thanks to such laptop.
Fortunately, when I finally got my system up and running, I made a snapshot and put the system into a live USB. That way, if something went wrong, I could run the live system with all my tweaks already applied and install it easily.
Well, the kernel upgrade did not work. I lost my wireless connection and there was no way to get it back. In addition, my wireless stopped working on the old kernel, the one that previously worked without problems.
It was time to run the customized live USB. It worked flawlessly. After seeing the wi-fi back on, I installed the system from the USB stick.
Right now, I am posting this from the HP laptop. Customized live USB systems are simply amazing!