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How to Linux Hardware Lister Tool – LsHw November 25, 2010

Posted by Tournas Dimitrios in Linux.

Listing hardware in linux can be done quite difficult specially for new linux users. There are many way on how one can obtain hardware list from his PC. Here’s another alternative on listing out your hardware details from Fedora box.

Lshw is a linux tool for listing out hardware details from your PC. Using this hardware lister tool, it enables you to view the detailed specs of your PC, from motherboard details to hard drive details, memory type and speed, technical details that you may need to know about your PC.

Two good things about having this hardware lister.

  1. Lshw supports a wide hardware list : Lshw currently supports a wide array of hardware details like DMI (x86 and EFI only), OpenFirmware device tree (PowerPC only), PCI/AGP, ISA PnP (x86), CPUID (x86), IDE/ATA/ATAPI, PCMCIA (only tested on x86), USB and SCSI.
  2. Lshw supports hardware list export to 3 different file : Lshw enables you to save the listed hardware details into a file of several file formats namely plain text file, XML or HTML file format. This hardware lister tool is available from linux terminal console and X.

Having this tool keeps you informed of what hardware list is being supported by your selected operating system and would somehow help you to specify what type you need and you are comfortable with to your future hardware needs.

lshw (Hardware Lister) is a small tool to provide detailed information on the hardware configuration of the machine. It can report exact memory configuration, firmware version, mainboard configuration, CPU version and speed, cache configuration, bus speed, etc. on DMI-capable x86 or EFI (IA-64) systems and on some PowerPC machines.

How to Install lshw (Hardware Lister) in Fedora :

To install lshw, simply launch yum like so

# yum -y install lshw lshw-gui

The above would install both the terminal console version and the graphical lshw version.


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