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Old 11-19-2012, 11:58 AM   #1
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Finding Hardware Info on Peppermint

I am trying to find a utility (sort of like Windows "Device Manager") which will show my hardware configuration and drivers. I have searched for "device" hardware utilities" etc. on the synaptic package manager but not really finding what I want...

Does anyone here know a good utility package that can show me all the hardware and drivers being used to communicate with them?

Old 11-19-2012, 12:44 PM   #2
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There are a number of ways to check what hardware you have in Linux. These are all important to know when configuring a kernel from source before compiling it.

cat /proc/cpuinfo
dmidecode (run as root)
There may be more that are just a google search away, and they might just give you the same info as the ones above do.

To see drivers (kernel modules) in use, use

lspci -nnk
On my machine, here is a snip of the output.

00:14.2 Audio device [0403]: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) [1002:4383]
        Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:8249]
        Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel
        Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
You can see the kernel module (driver) in use is snd-hda-intel. This is extremely useful when compiling a kernel to know what to include in your kernel config. Most everything should be compiled directly into the kernel for your specific hardware. That will result in a much faster more efficient kernel.

For a few devices that are not always in use such as my usb webcam, I left it as a module, so that it only loads when in use. This is just my preference. You can do it either way.

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