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    Absolute noob to Ubuntu

    Brand new to Ubuntu and having some trouble with software updating. I tried to put playonlinux on my system but it keeps failing to install. My internet connection is also pretty slow (wired to modem). I was wondering if anyone out there could point me in the right direction about seeing all the hardware the OS is seeing (device manager for lack of knowing the proper term). I have an older desktop (Dell Optiplex 745) which is the reason I thought I would try this. I have installed 12.04.3 alongside XP. All the partitioning went well and the system boots up as advertised. Any help would be greatly appreciated. ty

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    Re: Absolute noob to Ubuntu

    I too have an old Optiplex and even though its dual core/2G ram, I found Xubuntu to be a better choice for it because of the crappy on board graphics. Xubuntu runs much faster.

    http://xubuntu.org/

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    Re: Absolute noob to Ubuntu

    i believe there are quite a few GUI tools in ubutnu that will provide oyu with systems specifications. if not there are more in software cneter.

    you can also just use command to list hardware:
    Code:
    lshw
    Easy to understand Ubuntu manual with lots of pics: http://ubuntu-manual.org/
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    Re: Absolute noob to Ubuntu

    You can run this command

    Code:
    sudo lshw -html > hardwareprofile.html
    That will put a list of all your hardware detected by Linux into a file called hardwareprofile.html. It will be in the /home folder and if you click on it then the default web browser will open showing you the contents of the file.

    Regards.
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    Re: Absolute noob to Ubuntu

    In case your wondering what in the hell these guys are talking about

    You need to open a terminal and enter (copy & paste) the code.

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    Re: Absolute noob to Ubuntu

    thanks to all

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    Re: Absolute noob to Ubuntu

    If this solves your problem please mark the thread so (using Thread Tools).
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    Re: Absolute noob to Ubuntu

    If you prefer a GUI, try
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install lshw-gtk && lshw-gtk
    Last edited by oldos2er; September 26th, 2013 at 06:03 PM.

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