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Old 09-26-2004, 06:18 PM   #1
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finding system specs?


I feel kind of embarrassed asking this. I have been running linux on pc's, dreamcasts, xboxes, and pocket pc's for over 5 years and I never even knew or figured out how to find the system specs.

I know there are many other ways of finding the specs but it would be much easier for me (for diagnosis purposes) if I could boot to a live cd and find out the processor speed (as its seen), amount of ram (onboard and video), and maby other things I might need to know.

Your help is greatly appreciated.
 
Old 09-26-2004, 06:25 PM   #2
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I find the easiest way to find out your system specs without rebooting is:

Code:
cat /proc/pci
That gives a wealth of information about your system. Also to find about your Linux

Code:
cat /proc/version
Cheers

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Old 09-26-2004, 07:57 PM   #3
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Thanks Tap. That tells me most of what I want to know. Do you know of any way to display the CPU speed?

Thanks
 
Old 09-26-2004, 08:07 PM   #4
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/proc/cpuinfo

Explore the /proc directory. You can find a lot of good information.
 
Old 09-26-2004, 09:10 PM   #5
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Thank you both. I now know my video memory and cat /proc/cpuinfo gave me exactly what I needed from my cpu "flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe cid"



I will be sure to keep that info in a very safe place for refrence.

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Old 05-22-2006, 04:18 PM   #6
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I ran this command "cat /proc/cpuinfo" on my ESX Server which i have 4 physical processors on. The info it gave me looks like it is for one processor. Is there another command for a multi processor server or is this all the info i can get from the OS? BTW i am new to linux. I am a windows guy but i am slowly getting to know linux.


P.S. Sorry to hi-jack the thread but this was where i found the command.
Thank you
Rich
 
Old 05-22-2006, 11:01 PM   #7
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The /proc/cpuinfo file will list all the processors that the kernel knows about. Are you running a kernel with multiprocessor (SMP) support? It would help if you posted the distribution you're using and the version you're using, as well as the output of uname -a.
 
Old 05-23-2006, 01:39 AM   #8
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lshw is a neat tool to list hardware specs. You can get it here
 
Old 05-23-2006, 02:05 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RichEBTC
I ran this command "cat /proc/cpuinfo" on my ESX Server which i have 4 physical processors on. The info it gave me looks like it is for one processor. Is there another command for a multi processor server or is this all the info i can get from the OS? BTW i am new to linux. I am a windows guy but i am slowly getting to know linux.


P.S. Sorry to hi-jack the thread but this was where i found the command.
Thank you
Rich
I don't know ESX at all (Just know what it is) but I wouldn't expect
it to pass info about physical devices on to the guest-OS by default.

How is ESX set-up? And, as someone else pointed out: what
type of kernel (or which distro, for that matter) are you running
on the guest?


Cheers,
Tink

P.S.: Welcome to LQ!
P.P.S.: You really shouldn't be hi-jacking others threads
 
Old 05-23-2006, 08:18 AM   #10
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Wow didnt expect 3 posts this morning.!

the kernel is VMKernel. The ESX Servers are built on Red Hat 9.2 distro i believe.
running the uname -a command gets this "Linux vmesxsvr01 2.4.9-vmnix2 #1 Fri Mar 31 17:10:07 PST 2006 i686 unknown"
We have SMP Support in ESX. Not sure if that goes down to the linux console.
I am not running this linux instance as a guest OS this is what the physical server is built as. ESX runs redhat 9.2 as its footprint.
I am not able to install that tool at this time. I would like to do this with out it.

Thank you.
Rich
 
  


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