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Here's the deal. As an experienced PC and Macintosh technician, I find myself very much at a disadvantage when it comes to using Linux. I've been able to install various flavors from Fedora to CentOS to Ubuntu ( the process is rather straightforward), but once installed, other than using the OS, I'm pretty much at a loss.... I am aware that the various devices resident on a given system are controlled by config files (correct me if I'm wrong), but what I'm wondering is if there is a way (built in or add-on) to view the system hardware components in a way similar to Windows' Device Manager or the System Information panel in MacOS. I currently have an Ubuntu 8.x (8.04???) installation on a HP nc6400 system but the TPM module and fingerprint reader do not work. I'm not tied to any given flavor of Linux, so if one might be more appropriate to learn on, please share your thoughts.... Thanks in advance, pressler2904 / poppaman / poppaman2

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If you simply want a gui to view hardware that is installed in Ubuntu go to System->Preferences->Hardware Information. You could also use some of the ls commands that Ishmach suggested if you wanted to view them from the terminal.

lshw
lshal
lsmod
lspci
lspcmcia
lsusb

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  • Pressler2904
    Alessandro - OK, I got that. As with any operating system, a device will not work without drivers. I also know that there may be proprietary drivers (ie: non-open source) drivers available for some of the hardware components. What I'm after is whether there is a way to view (graphically or in a text file) the devices, known or unknown, resident on a given system (again, like the System control panel on MacOS or Device Manager in Windows)? I'll look at some of the Ubuntu sites when I have an opportunity.
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  • Ishmach
    You can use the suite of ls* commands to enumerate hardware and more information than you could possibly want. Here are some that you might use:
      lshw lshal lsmod lspci lspcmcia lsusb
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  • Rhololkeolke
    If you simply want a gui to view hardware that is installed in Ubuntu go to System->Preferences->Hardware Information. You could also use some of the ls commands that Ishmach suggested if you wanted to view them from the terminal.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    U can use this command: # hwinfo > hw.txt (File name as ur choice) then open the said file in ur favourite editor
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