System Hardware Information

SUSE Linux offers an excellent tool to examine your system's hardware. The Hardware Information applet is contained within YaST, which is the core system tool that you'll use throughout most of this chapter to configure hardware and software. To access the tool, start YaST (in KDE, select K menu > System > YaST; in GNOME, select Desktop > YaST), click the Hardware icon on the left, and then click the Hardware Information icon on the right.

The Hardware Information applet organizes the data according to hardware type, such as Disk, Keyboard, Network Card, and so on. Some hardware components are organized under the heading of the particular bus system they use, such as PCI or USB. This is especially true of some of the underlying system components, such as motherboard chipsets.

Click the small plus symbol next to each entry in the list on the left of the window to expand the tree view, and then look for your hardware, as shown in Figure 8-1. You will see a lot of information, all of it read straight from the hardware itself via Plug and Play probing. Within that, you should be able to find the name of the hardware device, which can be invaluable when trying to solve hardware problems (remember that the hardware will probably be identified by the hardware it contains, rather than by manufacturer model name).

Figure 8-1. The YaSTHardware Information tool reports details on every piece of hardware within your system.

You might have noticed similarities with the Windows Device Manager applet, but there are some differences. As its name suggests, Device Manager is designed to let you tweak hardware settings (even if most people merely use it as an information tool). In contrast, Hardware Information simply shows details of your system. Most hardware configuration is handled by other modules within YaST, as described throughout the rest of this chapter.

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