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    Checking specs of computer in Ubuntu question

    I now have 3 Pentium 4 desktop computers that Ubuntu will go on.

    I would like to know the easiest way to check the specs of each computer so I know which computer is the best (like has the most ram, best video card, dvd or cd drive, dvd or cd write/burn drives, etc...)

    Use terminal or click something on desktop to find out?

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    Re: Checking specs of computer in Ubuntu question

    I think you are looking for the System Monitor, an aplet you can add to the panel.

    For the command line:
    sudo lshw | less
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    Re: Checking specs of computer in Ubuntu question

    Quote Originally Posted by fancypiper View Post
    I think you are looking for the System Monitor, an aplet you can add to the panel.

    For the command line:
    sudo lshw | less
    I think the sudo command will be better for me than adding an applet because some of these computers have not been set up yet and i will be booting them from a live cd and checking before any install (some have a bad hard drive)
    Last edited by mjp29; October 31st, 2009 at 02:29 PM.

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    Re: Checking specs of computer in Ubuntu question

    It's a shifted \

    You can scroll up and down to see all the hardware that is detected.

    You could also send the output to a text file:
    sudo lshw > hardware.txt

    Then you could use gedit to see your hardware.
    Last edited by fancypiper; October 31st, 2009 at 11:39 AM.
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    Re: Checking specs of computer in Ubuntu question

    ok I figured it out - thanks

    some questions:

    1) where does it tell how good the video card (under multimedia? and where specifically can I look to write down how good each video card is in each computer)

    2) one of the computers has memory slot that is: unclaimed memory 512k that is flash (non-volatile flash) and there is another one like it in a slot that it does not specify it's size). Is this memory soldered onto the motherboard? for what reason? cache or something or is it ram soldered on like in a laptop

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