get to know your hardware information

December 26th, 2006 mysurface Posted in Hardware, lshw | Hits: 75627 | 10 Comments »

You can obtain cpu and memory info by doing this:

cat /proc/cpuinfo
cat /proc/meminfo

But what if you want to have a peek of all hardware you have and its information?


With root privilege, lshw shows you more hardware details then without.

How about I don’t want too much details but just to have a nice list of all the hardware?

lshw -short

The output will be like this:

H/W path           Device     Class          Description
                              system         Inspiron 510m
/0                            bus            0H1908
/0/0                          memory         BIOS
/0/400                        processor      Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.50GHz
/0/400/700                    memory         L1 cache
/0/400/701                    memory         L2 cache
/0/1000                       memory         System Memory

You can filter based on class, for example I want all hardware info regarding to memory.

lshw -class memory

10 Responses to “get to know your hardware information”

  1. I am running OpenSUSE 10.1 and SLED 10. I can’t seem to find lshw. Do I need to install any additional stuff?

  2. Yes, you need to install lshw package. You need to search for the rpm, or try to search using Yast.

    You may check out here too,

  3. Wojciech Sciesinski Says:

    On OpenSuSE you can use: yast hwinfo

  4. mysurface, Wojciech,

    Thanks for your help.


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