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Old 06-29-2011, 04:50 AM   #1
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Question Checking support for peripherals?


Hello

The free Windows application Speccy returns very useful information about the hardware + software installed on a computer.

Before installing Linux as double-boot, I was wondering if there were an up-to-date Linux hardware database so that I could tell users to run Speccy, and then somehow check against that database to make sure their hardware is supported, so that I don't waste time trying to install Linux on unsupported hardware?

Thank you.
 
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Old 06-29-2011, 05:57 AM   #2
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You already checked the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL)?

There are other lists on the net, too (e.g., printer support), but not anything too general I'm afraid.
 
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As far as hardware is concerned, the days of wondering if it works are largely gone. Even wireless cards have been tamed.

Printers and scanners can be a problem. The on-line lists of what's supported are always very out-of-date, since new products are so common. The best bet is a quick internet search, like "linux canon pixma ip3600", to see if there are any tales of woe or reports of satisfaction.
 
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Old 06-29-2011, 04:38 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I'll check the HCL and ask the user to send me their Speccy output so that I can google for the hardware.
 
Old 06-29-2011, 08:32 PM   #5
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The "hardinfo" program will report detailed information on local hardware. It comes with Debian as the "System Information" item on the menu.

If you are using a system with KDE installed on it, the Kinfocenter returns detailed system information.

I have found that the Gnome Control Center does not return information as detailed as either of these tools.
 
Old 06-30-2011, 07:01 AM   #6
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Very complicated question, with a simple answer- what is, and is not supported is distro and time related.

What works fine with one distro might have issues with another, and what might not have worked in the past may work 100% now.
 
Old 07-01-2011, 04:16 AM   #7
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As a test, I searched the HCL for the ASUSTeK M2N68-AM Plus motherboard I bought a couple of years ago but it's not listed.

Too bad the main distros don't get together and contribute so we have an authoritative database.
 
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Originally Posted by littlebigman View Post
As a test, I searched the HCL for the ASUSTeK M2N68-AM Plus motherboard I bought a couple of years ago but it's not listed.
If users dont put the hardware up on the HCL, of course you wont find it. Have you put it up yourself since it wasnt listed?

BTW, you probably already know but from what I could see with a general internet search the M2N68-AM Plus should work-

http://community.linuxmint.com/hardware/view/3133

There is also a listing on the very similar M2N68 (and a few other variants as well) up here-

http://www.linux-tested.com/results/asus_m2n68.html

BTW, have a look at the prices that site is charging for testing-

http://linux-tested.com/procedures.php#fees

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Too bad the main distros don't get together and contribute so we have an authoritative database.
Red Hat has a decent list up, but its mostly server hardware (not surprising really considering where Red Hat makes its money). The SUSE list is meh, the ubuntu list is an out-and-out joke.

IMO none of the major, commercial distros want to work with the others on a hardware database. Thats why things like the HCL here are important.
 
Old 07-02-2011, 05:43 AM   #9
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If users dont put the hardware up on the HCL, of course you wont find it. Have you put it up yourself since it wasnt listed?
I meant that it's too bad big companies with full-time employees like Ubuntu or RedHat don't contribute to that database, possibly by having some application automatically send hardware infos anonymously after a user has successfully gotten Linux to run.

The goal was to check if there were an authoritative, up-to-date, single source of information to make it easy for users to check whether their hardware would work with Linux, without having to perform that work manually through Google.
 
  


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