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Old 01-21-2006, 11:06 PM   #1
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Question Following stevesk -- how do i find hw info on wintel pc, to decide on *nix distro?

I saw stevensk question about recommended distro for his HW config.

Living up to my name, I have a several year old PC, but don't know how to find memory, disk size, whatnot.

Can anyone point me to DOS command to get info?
That way I can post it and repeat steve's question about
best distro.

Ultimate goal (for the time being) is to replace Windows on that box with a home-built installation of *nix (RedHat, Suse are the only two I've heard of...if there are better ones with training wheels I'm all for it).

Thanks a Lot!
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If you watch the memory check during power on, it should tell you. You can also generally get info about disks etc. from the BIOS. In Windows, go Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> System Information (Windows 2000, probablydifferent for other Windows versions, but you get the idea) for a summary. Also check the system device manager in the control panel for peripherals.
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How to get system information on DOS


I will reply to the same thread as stevensk did later today, with the relevant info.

It looked like he got some good answers :-)

In the meantime, do you have a suggestion for which distro is generally the most n00bie friendly for installation?

Apparently redhat is somewhat old and rusty...?
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another good tool, belarc advisor, can be found here:


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