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    How do you find which video chipset you're using?

    Can anyone tell me where to look to find out which chipset my video card uses and how much memory it has? I also need to find out which motherboard I have and the BIOS version. I know these are fairly elementary questions, but school starts for me tomorrow and I don't have a lot of time to mess with a lengthy search. I just plan to update my BIOS, and if that doesn't solve my hardware issues I will create an xorg.conf file and force my machine to use a decent setting. I've been having researching this thoroughly and have a firm understanding of what's going on, but I'll be damned if I can't remember these basic commands. All help will be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.

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    Re: How do you find which video chipset you're using?

    I believe the command you are looking for is lshw (list hardware)

    Use it with sudo and pipe it into more or less, e.g.
    Code:
    sudo lshw | more
    or redirect the output to a file, e.g.
    Code:
    sudo lshw >> hardware.txt
    because it returns more information than a terminal can display by default.

    EDIT: Actually, I jsut checked out my lshw output, and it makes no mention of the video memory. You may want to try sysinfo instead:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install sysinfo && sysinfo
    Last edited by WorMzy; June 7th, 2010 at 04:54 AM.
    http://xkcd.com/293/
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    Re: How do you find which video chipset you're using?

    Thanks, I'll have to remember to kick myself for forgetting that one!

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    Re: How do you find which video chipset you're using?

    rainbowagent7

    hardinfo has GUI and in repository.

    When installed can be found in Applicatins> System Tools> System Profiler and Benchmarks


    Sharky

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    Re: How do you find which video chipset you're using?

    Thanks Sharky.

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