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Old 08-02-2005, 07:43 AM   #1
duffmckagan
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Can the Knoppix Live CD provide the Hardware list ?


I am about to download KNOPPIX for some work here.

I have a friend who has a donated PC, without any clue about the details of the Hardware.
Moreover, the BIOS is locked, and is set to First Boot from the CD, so I can use Knoppix to detect all hardware.

My question is.....

Will Knoppix provide the List of the Hardware he has?

Please tell me how do I access the Service from the Knoppix Live Cd.

Thank you.

Never used Knoppix.



I am trying to use Knoppix to detect the motherboard, so we can find a manual online, and Reset the BIOS.

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Old 08-02-2005, 08:08 AM   #2
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You would be better off to open up the case and look at the motherboard. It should have a manufacturer and model number on it.

In Knoppix, you can get some information about hardware from the commands "dmesg" and "lsmod". Dmesg may give you some general information on the chipset used in the motherboard, but not a specific model number. Lsmod will tell you what modules (drivers) are being used. The module names can be looked up to see what type of hardware they are used for. In any event, I don't think the hardware information that you get from Knoppix will be specific enough to let you look up a user's manual. It would be much quicker and easier to open up the case and take a look. Good luck!
 
Old 08-02-2005, 08:30 AM   #3
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Have you tried to take the side of the case off and look on the motherboard for the make and model number? Sure would be easier and quicker than downloading a LiveCD ... If that doesn't work, in KNOPPIX you should be able to open a terminal (Konsole will work) and issue "lspci" to list pci devices, and the first line should tell you the chipset of the motherboard.
 
Old 08-02-2005, 11:45 AM   #4
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Okay thanks.
I wil try the easier option first.
 
Old 08-03-2005, 08:28 PM   #5
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Do you mean that the BIOS is password protected? If so, you can bypass this by removing the battery on the motherboard. It will wipe revert the settings back to default, but I'm not sure how much information you would get (if any) of the system.
 
Old 08-03-2005, 11:57 PM   #6
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Well, I found out from the

1.messages being displayed on startup of the computer
2.stickers and labels on the case

that is it an IBM NetVista 6208-25u Motherboard.
So now that i know the motherboard, i found a (motherboards.org Forum) and they helped me reset the BIOS, by locating the Jumper Pins.


Thanks for all your help here as well.


Knoppix some other day, when i will need more information about PCI Devices, and for backup.
 
Old 12-09-2005, 11:17 PM   #7
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I have a problem, similarly related. I'm running Knoppix right now on my IBM t22 laptop. It has no onboard wireless, but i'm using my new gigafast wireless card to access the 'net right now. My problem is, I run Debian, not Knoppix. I need to find out what drivers this card uses. I've tried several places, including google, to find some kind of drivers for this card specifically, and it hasn't worked out at all. so, I really need someone learned with knoppix to let me know how to find out whatever hardware i'm using.
 
Old 12-09-2005, 11:58 PM   #8
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As previously stated issue "/sbin/lspci" and a line like this
Quote:
00:0d.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5212 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)
will be the wireless chipset. Then issue "lsmod" to see which
module is running it. In my case it's using madwifi, which is
for Atheros chipsets.
Code:
bruce@titus:~$ lsmod | grep ath
ath_pci                53664  0 
ath_rate_onoe           7048  1 ath_pci
wlan                  107100  3 ath_pci,ath_rate_onoe
ath_hal               146768  2 ath_pci
You should issue "lsmod" by itself, without grep.
 
Old 12-14-2005, 06:06 PM   #9
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so what do I do with that? I tried compiling my kernel with the Prism GT built in, but that didn't seem to do anything. I'm running Debian, so if anybody has ANY suggestions, let me know. here's the output from my lspci in knoppix.


knoppix@ttyp1[knoppix]$ lspci
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (rev 03)
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge (rev 03)
0000:00:02.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1450 (rev 03)
0000:00:02.1 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1450 (rev 03)
0000:00:03.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82557/8/9 [Ethernet Pro 100] (rev 0c)
0000:00:03.1 Serial controller: Lucent Microelectronics LT WinModem (rev 01)
0000:00:05.0 Multimedia audio controller: Cirrus Logic CS 4614/22/24 [CrystalClear SoundFusion Audio Accelerator] (rev 01)
0000:00:07.0 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02)
0000:00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
0000:00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
0000:00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 03)
0000:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: S3 Inc. 86C270-294 Savage/IX-MV (rev 13)
0000:05:00.0 Network controller: Intersil Corporation Intersil ISL3890 [Prism GT/Prism Duette] (rev 01)
knoppix@ttyp1[knoppix]$
 
Old 12-16-2005, 07:31 AM   #10
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0000:05:00.0 Network controller: Intersil Corporation Intersil ISL3890 [Prism GT/Prism Duette] (rev 01)

Is this the card you are Using?

0000:00:03.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82557/8/9 [Ethernet Pro 100] (rev 0c)

Or this one?
 
Old 12-16-2005, 01:16 PM   #11
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The Intel is my wired 'net, the Prism54 is the wireless. Both are working in Knoppix, but in Debian the wireless simply isn't showing any network at all. I'll lspci from there, and give an ifconfig report from the Debian side tonight. Any input or suggestions you can offer are greatly appreciated, I'm not even sure I have all the packages required for wireless networking installed on the Debian system.
 
Old 12-16-2005, 02:23 PM   #12
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FWIW, if you insert knoppix, press F2 for the cheatcodes. I prefer these ones:

knoppix 2 vga=normal lang=es (or your language)

2 - will put you in text mode
vga=normal - no framebuffer, big fonts
lang=<your language> - will put the keyboard in your language

you will be at a root prompt, with a list of the hardware in large fonts just above it, from there you take the action needed or simply type 'halt' to get out.
 
Old 12-16-2005, 02:53 PM   #13
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I'm really glad I read that before I left to go home, I'm going to have to try it out, see if I can glean some more information on the Knoppix hardware configurations. Are there other packages I need for Debian? I went and got wireless-tools as per this forum suggests, but I'm not sure what else might be required.
 
  


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