I've just joined this user group in the hope that someone can help me with a problem.
I'm currently helping out at a charity called 'IT Schools for Africa'. To see what they do, please look here:
I'm trying to find a way to easily detect the hardware on a PC with no OS and conduct some rudimentary tests. The process will be performed by mostly non-technical people, so the user interaction should be kept to a minimum. At some point it would be nice to fire the system information and test results straight into a database, but on-screen output would be a good start.
I have been Googling like crazy for the last week but I've only found one site which has anything close to a solution:
But the hardware detection isn't very good and the tests take forever.
Another possible solution is to use knoppix and add extra app's and scripts to do the work. I wouldn't know how to do this right now, but I like a challenge as long as I'm confident that I'm on the right track.
For obvious reasons, the solution must use free software.
If any of you know of a solution or even a good starting point to one, I'd be grateful to hear it.