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Old 12-14-2005, 11:21 PM   #1
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Question Old laptop... where do I find hardware specs

I have an old compaq laptop (like brfore Hp owned compaq) and I put slackware on it a couple of years ago an then got so busy with school I couldn't do anything with it. I would like to know how to get the harware specs so that I can try to get the drivers that I need, most inportant for me is the video because I hate that jitter skip thing it does when you drag a window and the drivers aren't loaded. ahhhh.

I heard that you can do this very easily with knopix.

what do you all think?

I was also thinking about putting something else like DSL or maybe even trying to find a more user friendly small linux out there.

any suggestions?

Old 12-15-2005, 02:41 AM   #2
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Knoppix could tell you, but if you already have Slackware on it, tools like lspci will report back on all hardware devices, and the processor / memory / hard drive size, etc. will be available under /proc under the associated areas. Depending on your windowmanager, there might be a system manager option such as within KDE Control Center that breaks it down and shows all the info on your system.
Old 12-15-2005, 10:06 AM   #3
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alright so do I just go to the command line and type in lspci or /proc ?

I nkow these may be silly wuestions but I put linux on that machine so that I could learn how to use it.... just haven't learned yet!
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Welcome to LQ, j.funk!

The answer to your question (and more) can be found at:

Looks like you've got some reading to do!

Also, go to the Compaq website and search for documentation on your computer's model.
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If you have time you should drive by the Linux on laptops site as well. an older laptop should be easy to find in the list and the how-to's usually cover the sound, modem and NIC.. this site can be a great resource when dealing with laptops.


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