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Old 03-21-2009, 11:47 AM   #1
Mike Tonge
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Hardware Detection & Test

Hello all,
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.


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Old 03-22-2009, 05:54 AM   #2
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I don't know how familiar you are with Linux so my response may seem a little amateur and I apologize in advance if it seems that way. If you are detecting hardware on a machine with no o/s, but you can use a live cd or usb, you can use the following commands:


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