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    Does Linux have an equivalent of "Device Manager" in Windows?

    Does Linux have an equivalent of "Device Manager" in Windows?

    Someplace where it tells you all of the hardware that is installed in your computer?

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    Re: Does Linux have an equivalent of "Device Manager" in Windows?

    To my knowledge, in an out-of-the-box install of Ubuntu (which when I reference Ubuntu i of course am including all Ubuntu variants), there is no GUI program to do this (GUI is a graphical user interface, like the device manager of Windows).

    I know of a few CLI (command-line interface) commands that'll spit out a list of hardware, but its in no way a method to get a complete list.


    However, I found a GUI package (called gnome-device-manager) which might do what you're looking for, but i havent extensively tested it, so i can't vouch for its effectiveness just yet.

    ***EDIT***
    I've had some time to mess around with it a tiny bit, and it does show you all the devices on your system, but unlike the Windows Device Manager, you cannot enable/disable hardware, nor can you change its properties through the GUI (note that in Ubuntu 10.04, the version number for the program is 0.2-3, which means it isnt even fully developed software, or at least the versions in the repos arent).
    Last edited by teward; March 8th, 2011 at 03:55 AM.

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    Re: Does Linux have an equivalent of "Device Manager" in Windows?

    several ways to do it.

    from the Terminal
    Code:
    sudo lshw
    my machine takes a while (couple of seconds) to gather all the information then spits it out.

    if you want to spit it out to a file,
    Code:
    sudo lshw > ~/Desktop/hardware
    for instance
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    Re: Does Linux have an equivalent of "Device Manager" in Windows?

    if you want a gui version, search in "Synaptic Package Manager" System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager for "device manager"
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    Re: Does Linux have an equivalent of "Device Manager" in Windows?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hakunka-Matata View Post
    several ways to do it.

    from the Terminal
    Code:
    sudo lshw
    my machine takes a while (couple of seconds) to gather all the information then spits it out.

    if you want to spit it out to a file,
    Code:
    sudo lshw > ~/Desktop/hardware
    for instance
    True, that would work, but in the defense of the beginning user, I think they'd all rather use GUI programs to show this, rather than grep (which is the Linux version of "search" for a text file) a file for what they're looking for :/


    Quote Originally Posted by Hakunka-Matata View Post
    if you want a gui version, search in "Synaptic Package Manager" System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager for "device manager"
    The closest thing is that GUI package I mentioned in my first response (check my edits for details).
    Last edited by teward; March 8th, 2011 at 03:58 AM. Reason: Including a second quote

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    Re: Does Linux have an equivalent of "Device Manager" in Windows?

    Code:
    lspci
    lsusb
    lsdev
    and the list goes on.........
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    Re: Does Linux have an equivalent of "Device Manager" in Windows?

    boot_info_script by meierfra & Gert Hulselmans
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    Re: Does Linux have an equivalent of "Device Manager" in Windows?

    Ahh, ok, found it.

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    Re: Does Linux have an equivalent of "Device Manager" in Windows?

    Quote Originally Posted by EvilPhoenix View Post
    True, that would work, but in the defense of the beginning user, I think they'd all rather use GUI programs to show this, rather than grep (which is the Linux version of "search" for a text file) a file for what they're looking for :/




    The closest thing is that GUI package I mentioned in my first response (check my edits for details).
    Your reply came in whilst I was preparing a reply, sorry didn't see it before I replied. Several times no less!

    Hopefully the new user will learn the usefulness of the CLI before too long though, it is too useful, nay, essential.......... MO
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    Re: Does Linux have an equivalent of "Device Manager" in Windows?

    Yeah, I grew up with DOS, so a command line isn't a new concept to me. It is just learning new things. Alot to take in, alot to learn.

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