View Full Version : [ubuntu] How Can I Tell What Hardware I'm Using?

Eric Qel-Droma
June 27th, 2008, 02:43 AM
I've got several things about my current Compaq Presario 2100 laptop that aren't working as well as they might. I get NO visual effects, my ethernet doesn't work, etc. However, the computer is old and I don't know what hardware I'm dealing with. Is there a way Ubuntu can read what I have and identify it?



June 27th, 2008, 02:49 AM
Graphical way:

I don't know. I don't use those tools. Somebody else will reply with that answer most likely.

Terminal way:

1) Open a Terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) or ALT-F2 and type in gnome-terminal to start the Terminal.

In the terminal type:

sudo lshw
And you can create html output with:

sudo lshw -html > mysystem.html
And then open the file mysystem.html in a web browser.

And for an explanation of what that last one does:

"sudo lshw -html" runs the program lshw with the option to output html.

">" redirects the output from stdout (the terminal in this case) to a file named 'mysystem.html'


June 27th, 2008, 02:52 AM
I cant exactly remember what its called but if your using Gnome, you should look under System/Admin (or Preferences) to get a tool to show your your hardware.

June 27th, 2008, 02:55 AM
I recommend installing sysinfo.

sudo apt-get install sysinfo

June 27th, 2008, 02:55 AM
try some of this
I stumbled upon the nifty “lshw” tool today. lshw lists your hardware. Try it now:

$sudo lshw

You can get specific details by using the -C flag

$sudo lshw -C disk

It create an html page with your hardware details if you do a:
$sudo lshw -html > your-file-name.html

hope it works!!

June 27th, 2008, 03:26 AM
i Recommend Installing Sysinfo.