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    Default 11.4 Device Drivers

    Is there a way to determine which devices (by mfr, model, whatever) are supported by the drivers included in the 11.4 DVD?

    I'm sure this is a naive question, and I apologize in advance.

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    Default Re: 11.4 Device Drivers

    You're worried about whether your hardware is supported right? A LiveCD or DVD is a good way to test compatibility. Even if a given device is not supported 'out of the box', you can then use the live distro to generate a list of hardware devices to post here with (via commands like these):

    Code:
    /sbin/lspci --nnk
    Code:
    /usr/sbin/hwinfo
    For usb deivces:

    Code:
    lsusb
    You can cut and paste any output to a text file and transfer to a memory stick if required (eg no network connectivity).

    Examining the openSUSE HCL will often provide indicative info about whether openSUSE supports various device chipsets for current/past versions. (Worth looking at even when considering a new version).

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    Default Re: 11.4 Device Drivers

    On 03/07/2011 06:06 PM, BigJohnAggie wrote:
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    > Is there a way to determine which devices (by mfr, model, whatever) are
    > supported by the drivers included in the 11.4 DVD?
    >
    > I'm sure this is a naive question, and I apologize in advance.


    The only way to tell is by PCI or USB ID. Manufacturer, model, etc. are not
    definitive. Each driver contains a table that tell what device(s) it supports.
    Thus the only way to tell is to have the lspci or lsusb output and the kernel
    sources.

    A second way is to have the ID and ask "Is this device supported?".

    A third way is to boot a Live CD and see if it is supported, but it might not
    work due to missing firmware.

    As you suspected, it is not easy to tell for manydevices.

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