How to "identify" the devices (components, peripherals..) that are connected to your computer
USB USB Devices
PCI PCI ; CardBus ; AGP ; PCI-Express, and other PCI compatibles
PC Card often known as pcmcia
Serial Serial Interfaces
System Computer Model
The "HowToIdentifyADevice" pages above lists multiple way to identify your devices. The first in each page is the easier one, among the tools installed by default on a "Debian Desktop" installation. Often, you might want to install a suggest optional tool, which would be easier to use.
- pnp devices
DMI / SMBIOS (not actually a device
- input devices
HOWTO: using gnome or kde gui tool based on hal - Unless the tool is available by default in the "Debian Gnome Desktop", list it a the second choice.
Tools for hardware enumeration
Thanks to debtags, you can easily list tools to view and detect hardware :
debtags search "hardware::detection && use::viewing"
Also, you can visit the online search tool which is more up-to-date. Currently it returns the following packages:
cpufrequtils utilities to deal with the cpufreq Linux kernel feature
cpuid Intel and AMD x86 CPUID display program
discover hardware identification system
dmidecode Dump Desktop Management Interface data
hardinfo Displays system information
usbutils Linux USB utilities
usbview USB device viewer
xutils X Window System utility programs metapackage