Here's a tip for working systems; to know exactly what's in them from A-Z
A just-shy-of-pre-compiled program called specme live is available for downloading to burn a livecd or usb
Download info end of paragraph!
For ISO double click on it, regardless of os, and chose to burn it. If burning is not an option you've made changes and know enough to not need further from me here.
For usb just copy the 3 files (xxx.boot, xxx.bat, and xxx.bin) to the usb stick
It's a Linux from scratch build based on downgrading Linux to the smallest possible size, adding a massive library of drivers and a bare gui.
and booting the kernel, compiling the compressed code on the fly. Etc etc. All of this Linux stuff is done without any involvement from you. So if you don't know Linux there's nothing to learn. The layout looks familiar to anyone who's had to look at the uefi screen on a computer, which is most everyone these days since windows 8.1 .
Turn on computer, put cd or usb stick in. Turn off computer
Turn on computer
An option will show to choose to boot in one of many different ways, follow the computers prompt to boot from your disc or usb
You'll be prompted to run the specme software, press y.
This could take a few seconds specing, say, a wireless router, a few minutes for most computers, or even a few hours on super gaming computers or other devices ( washing machine or coffee maker etc) that isn't a standard computer.
If anything is found that doesn't have a driver (and/or a database entry) included with the software you'll be asked if you want to search online. This will only pop up if it found, and recognised, a wireless or wired network adaptor. Choose yes if you have Internet access or no if you do not Y/N
You may need to enter your internet/wifi password
Internet searching uses a shtml connection and where available a sftp connection to download.
This will allow for far more details.
Finally on the last screen choose which printing option you want to use
Print to screen (on the monitor)plain text ( to most printers using pml) or save to file (using a number of online options including Google and drop box... Chose your location, or usb if using a usb stick, your login credentials, and then save.
The software is completely unlicensed beyond the kernel and mint components. It violates all sorts of open/closed source and licensing arrangements so I'll refrain from posting a direct link. Two of the three named sources post extensive warnings, . It's not the software per say; but a disagreement between the creator and the community about the meaning of "free". There's nothing illegal, just a disagreement over terms.
Can be officially downloaded from the authors tor site, from distro watch, or from penguin farm.
Unofficially from tpb (other issues aside one of the largest Linux repositories), or hundreds of other locations.
This is a techs golden egg. Offline it can find most hardware, down to the revision and serial numbers, prints error states and other recorded bits, (printout and file only) and let it online it will go as far as finding manufacturing dates for some items, letting you know if it's an official part or a knockoff replacement etc
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