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About.com: Getting information on your PCI devices

Oct 14, 2000, 17:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"If you've ever spent any time playing with ix86 hardware, you know that populating a system with a full complement of PCI and AGP hardware can be a nightmare. Interrupt conflicts, base address conflicts, master and slave PCI slots versus master and slave PCI cards... It's a complex issue indeed."

"Luckily, Linux provides several ways for you to become more acquainted with the details on your PCI devices. Try this simple command:

  $ cat /proc/pci | lpr
Your printer will spit out one of the most detailed and useful reports on your PCI bus and PCI hardware..."

"If you have multiple PCI busses or high-end PCI cards with PCI bridges and multiple PCI devices on each, you may find the tree view helpful as well:

  $ /sbin/lspci -t -v | lpr
This kind of detailed PCI information is especially helpful if you're not just running Linux, but are trying to multi-boot several operating systems and get all of your devices working in each one."

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