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Linux basic device utility tools


Knowing the devices in your computer is quite important in order to check what devices are installed or running in the computer

Getting to use Linux or starting to use it may seem daunting for others.

But Linux is awesome aside that its free and open source, in order to get used to it then you have to use it.

How to check installed USB drives or external USB devices in Linux?

How to check what graphic chipset or video chipset your computer is using in Linux?

How to check the audio chipset in your Linux system?

All these questions will pop-up once you start using Linux.

Or how would to check whether the inserted USB thumbdrive or an external USB drive is detected or not.

Well, some Linux distro provides a GUI interface to do it.

But the very basic way to check is to open via the Terminal window.

Or basically the command line in Linux.

ls - or list directory contents is the most basic way to learn on command line

ls will list the files and directories

To issue the commands below, open "terminal" window.

So, to check USB devices just type: lsusb

lsusb - in layman terms basically means list all USB

Easy to remember, list USB devices: lusb

To check chipset or devices soldered or mounted on the motherboard of the computer is easy also.

PCI devices are devices which is soldered or directly attached to the motherboard.

So, to check chipset or internal devices type: lspci

lspci - in layman terms basically it means list all pci devices.

But of course, it will not only list pci devices but all chipset in your motherboard such as video, audio and other devices.

Easy to remember to check chipset or internal devices, lspci.

To check hard drives (HDD), Solid drives (SD) is quite easy also in Linux.

Block of storage is quite a common term when talking about SAN or storage-area network which is also used for storing data as it name implies.

So, to check hard drives or solid drives in Linux just tpye; lsblk

lsblk -in laymen terms list all the block storage

Easy to remember also, to check hard drives or storage in Linux is to all all block storage, lsblk.


Basic commands that will come in handy to use in Linux Terminal command line.

lsusb - list all USB devices
lspci - list all internal devices or chipsets
lsblk - list all hard drives or solid state drives

Commands above may also work in MAC OSes.

That's it just keep things simple, to remember those commands just don't forget the layman terms.


Cheers...till next time..




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