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Old 08-12-2004, 10:57 AM   #1
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How to get my pc's information?

Hi, I'm thinking of installing Debian and in the manual it says that I should know the following information
 Hardware Information Needed for an Install              
     |Hardware|                Information You Might Need                |
     |        |  * How many you have.                                    |
     |        |  * Their order on the system.                            |
     |Hard    |  * Whether IDE or SCSI (most computers are IDE).         |
     |Drives  |  * Available free space.                                 |
     |        |  * Partitions.                                           |
     |        |  * Partitions where other operating systems are          |
     |        |    installed.                                            |
     |        |  * Model and manufacturer.                               |
     |        |  * Resolutions supported.                                |
     |Monitor |  * Horizontal refresh rate.                              |
     |        |  * Vertical refresh rate.                                |
     |        |  * Color depth (number of colors) supported.             |
     |        |  * Screen size.                                          |
     |        |  * Type: serial, PS, or USB.                             |
     |Mouse   |  * Port.                                                 |
     |        |  * Manufacturer.                                         |
     |        |  * Number of buttons.                                    |
     |Network |  * Model and manufacturer.                               |
     |        |  * Type of adapter.                                      |
     |Printer |  * Model and manufacturer.                               |
     |        |  * Printing resolutions supported.                       |
     |        |  * Model and manufacturer.                               |
     |Video   |  * Video RAM available.                                  |
     |Card    |  * Resolutions and color depths supported (these should  |
     |        |    be checked against your monitor's capabilities).      |
I looked in dmesg but I couldn't find information about my monitor...

here is my dmesg
Linux version 2.4.21 (root@galaxy) (gcc version 3.2.3 20030316 (Debian prerelease)) #1 Sun Aug 3 20:15:59 PDT 2003
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
 BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009fc00 (usable)
 BIOS-e820: 000000000009fc00 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
 BIOS-e820: 00000000000f0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
 BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 0000000013bfb000 (usable)
 BIOS-e820: 0000000013bfb000 - 0000000013bff000 (ACPI data)
 BIOS-e820: 0000000013bff000 - 0000000013c00000 (ACPI NVS)
 BIOS-e820: 00000000ffff0000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
315MB LOWMEM available.
On node 0 totalpages: 80891
zone(0): 4096 pages.
zone(1): 76795 pages.
zone(2): 0 pages.
Kernel command line: root=/dev/hda2 ro hdc=scsi
ide_setup: hdc=scsi
Initializing CPU#0
Detected 797.954 MHz processor.
Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
Calibrating delay loop... 1592.52 BogoMIPS
Memory: 317308k/323564k available (1467k kernel code, 5868k reserved, 516k data, 96k init, 0k highmem)
Dentry cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 7, 524288 bytes)
Inode cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
Mount cache hash table entries: 512 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
Buffer-cache hash table entries: 16384 (order: 4, 65536 bytes)
Page-cache hash table entries: 131072 (order: 7, 524288 bytes)
CPU: L1 I cache: 16K, L1 D cache: 16K
CPU: L2 cache: 256K
Intel machine check architecture supported.
Intel machine check reporting enabled on CPU#0.
CPU:     After generic, caps: 0383f9ff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU:             Common caps: 0383f9ff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Intel Pentium III (Coppermine) stepping 0a
Enabling fast FPU save and restore... done.
Enabling unmasked SIMD FPU exception support... done.
Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
mtrr: v1.40 (20010327) Richard Gooch (
mtrr: detected mtrr type: Intel
PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xf0eb0, last bus=1
PCI: Using configuration type 1
PCI: Probing PCI hardware
PCI: Using IRQ router ALI [10b9/1533] at 00:07.0
Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.4
Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
Initializing RT netlink socket
Starting kswapd
Journalled Block Device driver loaded
pty: 256 Unix98 ptys configured
Serial driver version 5.05c (2001-07-08) with MANY_PORTS SHARE_IRQ SERIAL_PCI enabled
ttyS00 at 0x03f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
ttyS01 at 0x02f8 (irq = 3) is a 16550A
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is a post-1991 82077
RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 4096K size 1024 blocksize
Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00beta4-2.4
ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
ALI15X3: IDE controller at PCI slot 00:10.0
ALI15X3: chipset revision 195
ALI15X3: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
    ide0: BM-DMA at 0xd000-0xd007, BIOS settings: hda:DMA, hdb:DMA
    ide1: BM-DMA at 0xd008-0xd00f, BIOS settings: hdc:DMA, hdd:DMA
hda: ST310212A, ATA DISK drive
hdb: ST340016A, ATA DISK drive
blk: queue c033b620, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
blk: queue c033b75c, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
hda: attached ide-disk driver.
hda: host protected area => 1
hda: 20005650 sectors (10243 MB) w/512KiB Cache, CHS=1245/255/63, UDMA(66)
hdb: attached ide-disk driver.
hdb: host protected area => 1
hdb: 78165360 sectors (40021 MB) w/2048KiB Cache, CHS=4865/255/63, UDMA(66)
Partition check:
 hda: hda1 hda2 hda3 hda4
 hdb: hdb1 hdb2 < hdb5 hdb6 >
Promise Fasttrak(tm) Softwareraid driver 0.03beta: No raid array found
Highpoint HPT370 Softwareraid driver for linux version 0.01-ww1
No raid array found
No raid array found
No raid array found
Guestimating sector 20003743 for superblock
Guestimating sector 78164335 for superblock
driver for Silicon Image(tm) Medley(tm) hardware version 0.0.1: No raid array found
usb.c: registered new driver usbdevfs
usb.c: registered new driver hub
host/usb-uhci.c: $Revision: 1.275 $ time 20:17:46 Aug  3 2003
host/usb-uhci.c: High bandwidth mode enabled
host/usb-uhci.c: v1.275:USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver
PCI: Found IRQ 9 for device 00:14.0
host/usb-ohci.c: USB OHCI at membase 0xd481a000, IRQ 9
host/usb-ohci.c: usb-00:14.0, ALi Corporation. [ALi] USB 1.1 Controller
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 4 ports detected
usb.c: registered new driver hid
hid-core.c: v1.8.1 Andreas Gal, Vojtech Pavlik <>
hid-core.c: USB HID support drivers
mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
Initializing Cryptographic API
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP: routing cache hash table of 2048 buckets, 16Kbytes
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 32768 bind 65536)
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
VFS: Mounted root (ext3 filesystem) readonly.
Freeing unused kernel memory: 96k freed
Adding Swap: 522104k swap-space (priority -1)
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide0(3,2), internal journal
Real Time Clock Driver v1.10e
SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00
ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
ide-cd: ignoring drive hdc
hdd: attached ide-cdrom driver.
hdd: ATAPI CD-ROM drive, 128kB Cache, DMA
Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.12
hdc: attached ide-scsi driver.
scsi0 : SCSI host adapter emulation for IDE ATAPI devices
  Vendor: SONY      Model: CD-RW  CRX225E    Rev: QYB1
  Type:   CD-ROM                             ANSI SCSI revision: 02
Attached scsi CD-ROM sr0 at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
sr0: scsi3-mmc drive: 38x/52x writer cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray
Linux agpgart interface v0.99 (c) Jeff Hartmann
agpgart: Maximum main memory to use for agp memory: 258M
agpgart: Detected Ali M1631 chipset
agpgart: AGP aperture is 256M @ 0xe0000000
apm: BIOS version 1.2 Flags 0x03 (Driver version 1.16)
Trident 4DWave/SiS 7018/ALi 5451,Tvia CyberPro 5050 PCI Audio, version 0.14.10h, 20:37:28 Aug  3 2003
PCI: Found IRQ 9 for device 00:06.0
trident: ALi Audio Accelerator found at IO 0xd800, IRQ 9
ac97_codec: AC97  codec, id:  (Unknown)
PCI: Found IRQ 9 for device 00:06.0
gameport0: ALi Corporation. [ALi] M5451 PCI AC-Link Controller Audio Device at pci00:06.0 speed 2057 kHz
dmfe: Davicom DM9xxx net driver, version 1.36.4 (2002-01-17)
PCI: Enabling device 00:09.0 (0004 -> 0007)
PCI: Assigned IRQ 5 for device 00:09.0
eth0: Davicom DM9102 at pci00:09.0, 00:08:a1:29:05:91, irq 5.
NTFS driver v1.1.22 [Flags: R/O MODULE]
NTFS: Warning! NTFS volume version is Win2k+: Mounting read-only
usbdevfs: remount parameter error
CSLIP: code copyright 1989 Regents of the University of California
PPP generic driver version 2.4.2
0: nvidia: loading NVIDIA Linux x86 nvidia.o Kernel Module  1.0-4496  Wed Jul 16 19:03:09 PDT 2003
PPP BSD Compression module registered
PPP Deflate Compression module registered
spurious 8259A interrupt: IRQ7.
NTFS: Unicode name contains a character that cannot be converted to chosen character set. Remount with utf8 encoding and this should work.
NTFS: Unicode name contains a character that cannot be converted to chosen character set. Remount with utf8 encoding and this should work.
NTFS: Unicode name contains a character that cannot be converted to chosen character set. Remount with utf8 encoding and this should work.
NTFS: Unicode name contains a character that cannot be converted to chosen character set. Remount with utf8 encoding and this should work.
NTFS: Unicode name contains a character that cannot be converted to chosen character set. Remount with utf8 encoding and this should work.
NTFS: Unicode name contains a character that cannot be converted to chosen character set. Remount with utf8 encoding and this should work.
NTFS: Unicode name contains a character that cannot be converted to chosen character set. Remount with utf8 encoding and this should work.
eth0: Tx timeout - resetting
eth0: Tx timeout - resetting
i8253 count too high! resetting..
udf: registering filesystem
UDF-fs DEBUG lowlevel.c:57:udf_get_last_session: XA disk: yes, vol_desc_start=19685
UDF-fs DEBUG super.c:1421:udf_read_super: Multi-session=19685
UDF-fs DEBUG super.c:410:udf_vrs: Starting at sector 19701 (2048 byte sectors)
UDF-fs DEBUG super.c:437:udf_vrs: ISO9660 Primary Volume Descriptor found
UDF-fs DEBUG super.c:440:udf_vrs: ISO9660 Supplementary Volume Descriptor found
UDF-fs DEBUG super.c:446:udf_vrs: ISO9660 Volume Descriptor Set Terminator found
UDF-fs: No VRS found
ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 3
ISOFS: changing to secondary root
My question is, are information on my monitor on a different file or is it in my dmesg?
Old 08-12-2004, 12:37 PM   #2
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why don't you just look up your model here:


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