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3.1.4 Determining a PC's hardware via other OSs

Hardware information can also be obtained from other OSs:

Install another commercial Linux distribution. Hardware detection on those tends to be better than on Debian as of now. (This situation should even out once debian-installer is introduced with Sarge.)

Install Windows. Hardware configuration can be obtained by right-clicking "My Computer" to get to Properties / Device Manager. Record all resource information such as IRQ, I/O port address, and DMA. Some old ISA cards may need to be configured under DOS and used accordingly.

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