Originally Posted by drainingthoughts
in windows device manager in the control panel, it only says it's a gigabyte, not the model, serial number etc. and in debian i think it would be found under system>administration.
Well, you can see the specifications in BIOS (the model name that you can search on the internet). Usually in Windows you've got the motherboard components listed in the device mananger rather than the motherboard model itself.
You can try http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z...s-history.html
This is a very basic software that tells you everything you need to know about your computer.
On the other hand, if you cannot identify a certain component in windows (acpi, peripherals, whatever), you can go to device mananger - click properties on the unidentified component (usually there's a yellow question mark next to it) - go to details - select hardware lds and there you have the vendor id and the device id.
For instance Intel Pro Network Device: VEN_8086
You can go here http://www.pcidatabase.com/
and type in 8086
(to identify the manufacturer) or 100E
(to identify the exact component). That's been very helpful for me especially when I had to deal with laptops that could have had many different manufacturers for network cards, video cards, bluetooth and what not (and there was no specification).
# dmidecode -t 2
should tell you the exact model of the motherboard. You can also use: # lspci
or # lsusb
for various devices.
First of all, I'd suggest you install the chipset drivers (these are the most important to begin with), then search for usb drivers and so on. And yes, you need the motherboard specifications in order to install the correct drivers.