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Getting know a hardware of your Linux box

Apr 16, 2010, 17:33 (0 Talkback[s])

"When you buy a new PC, laptop or server and install a Linux you want to know what hardware is actually in the Linux box and more importantly which piece of hardware is supported by the kernel out of the box and which needs special tweaking with modules to get it work. Here is a list of commands which should help you to troubleshoot your hardware and find some information about it. This is not a ultimate troubleshooting guide but certainly will serve as a good starting point.

"Processor type:

$ cat /proc/cpuinfo

"Is my processor using 32 or 64 bit instruction set:

$ cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep flags | grep lm

"if you get some output you have 64 bit if no output is presented you are using 32 or even 16 bit CPU. NOTE: grep command looks for lm flag.

"What hardware is in my Linux box:"

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