# Finding your hardware

This section is mostly a mini-guide on how to find what hardware you're currently running; this is mainly relevant for laptop and prebuilt users as hardware specs are a bit more difficult to obtain. You can skip this page and head to Creating the USB if you already know what hardware you have.

For this, we'll assume you have Windows or Linux installed:

# Finding Hardware using Windows

For this we mainly have 2 options:

Due to the easier to use GUI, we recommend downloading AIDA64 and running this as it's much easier to grab specs. However we'll show you both methods for obtaining hardware specs.

# CPU Model

AIDA64 Device Manager

# GPU Model

AIDA64 DeviceManager

# Chipset Model

AIDA64 DeviceManager
  • Note: Intel SOC based CPUs will have the chipset and other features already on the same die instead of being dedicated chips. This means trying to detect the exact chipset is a bit more difficult

# Keyboard, Trackpad and Touchscreen Connection Type

DeviceManager

AIDA64 unfortunately doesn't provide any useful info regarding pointer devices, so we recommend using DeviceManager for this.

  • You can find these devices under the following:

    • Human Interface Devices
    • Keyboards
    • Mice and other Pointer Devices
  • To view the exact connection type of the device, select the pointer device then enter View -> Device by Connection. This will clarify whether it's over PS2, I2C, SMBus, USB, etc

Depending on the device, it may show up under multiple names and connections. The main ones to keep an eye on:

SMBus

These will show up as a straight PCI device such as Synaptics SMBus Driver or ELAN SMBus Driver

  • Synaptics devices will show up under both PS2 under Synaptics PS2 device/Synaptics Pointing Device and PCI as Synaptics SMBus Driver

As you can see, we get 2 Synaptics devices in the left image, however if we take a closer look we'll see the top device is PS2, while the bottom one is SMBus. While you can use the trackpad in either mode, SMBus generally provides better gesture support and accuracy.

USB
Device by Type Device by Connection

These will show up as a PS2 Compliant Trackpad, as well under USB when we switch our connection view to Device by Connection

I2C

These will almost always show up as a Microsoft HID device, though can appear as other trackpads as well. They will always show up under I2C though.

# Audio Codec

AIDA64 DeviceManager

Due to how certain OEMs present device names, the most accurate info you can get with DeviceManager is via the PCI ID(ie. pci 14F1,50F4). This means you'll need to google the ID and figure out the exact device ID, however AIDA64 can present the name properly which is quite a bit easier on the end user.

# Network Controller models

AIDA64 Device Manager

Due to how certain OEMs present device names, the most accurate info you can get with Device Manager is via the PCI ID (ie. PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_43A0 corresponds to a vendor ID of 14E4 and a device ID of 43A0). This means you'll need to Google the ID and figure out the exact device ID; however, AIDA64 can present the name properly which can be quite a bit easier.

# Drive Model

AIDA64 Device Manager

Due to OEMs not providing much details about the drive, you'll need to Google a bit which drive matches up with the displayed name.

# Finding Hardware using Linux

For finding hardware using Linux, we'll be using a few tools:

  • cat
  • pciutils
  • dmidecode

Below you'll find a list of commands to run in the terminal, thankfully most Linux distros will come with these tools already installed. If not, you will likely find them in your distro's package manager.

# CPU Model

cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep 'model name'

# GPU Model

lspci | grep -i --color 'vga\|3d\|2d'

# Chipset Model

dmidecode -t baseboard

# Keyboard, Trackpad and Touchscreen Connection Type

dmesg |grep -i 'input'

# Audio Codec

aplay -l

# Network Controller models

Basic info:

lspci | grep -i 'network'

More in-depth info:

lshw -class network

# Drive Model

lshw -class disk -class storage