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SUSEPlugger: System Hardware Tool

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By Scott M. Morris

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Posted: 13 Sep 2005

Applies to:

  • SUSE Linux Professional 9.3

As a Linux user, you should be aware of the hardware that you are using. If you plan to be a Linux power user, you should know all about the hardware in your system. This is especially true if you are one of those crazy types that likes to compile their kernel. One of the great things about SUSE is that it offers a small application that provides you with all of this information. It is the SUSEPLUGGER Hardware Tool. Let's take a look at this cool app.

First of all, I'm guessing it is already running in your system tray. Find this icon:

Click on it to make the SUSEPLUGGER window appear:

In the window, you see a list of all the hardware categories in your system. To see information about the actual devices, click the "+" sign next to the category of interest. Then, select the device you want to see. Finally, click the DETAILS button:

Another window appears containing all of the details of your device. In this case, it's the soundcard:

This is the window that contains all of the information about your hardware. The GENERAL tab will tell you what kind of device it is, and who the vendor is. It also gives a unique ID that identifies the card. This dialog tells you whether the device is available to the system, and if it has been configured properly.

The RESOURCES tab gives information about what system resources the card is using:

The DRIVER tab tells you more about the drivers used to run the hardware. In many cases, it will also tell you what kernel module is required to run this device:

SUSEPLUGGER is quite a useful application to system administrators. It can tell you if your device is installed properly, if the system recognizes that it's there, and what the driver is for the device. This is quite helpful for whoever maintains the system.

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