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Best Puppy for hardware testing?
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inoxidabile


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PostPosted: Tue 24 Apr 2012, 11:19    Post subject:  Best Puppy for hardware testing?  

Hi everybody!
I'm writing because often (almost always Smile ) I use Puppy Linux when I have to verify any pc hardware and/or I prepare disks partitions before any new installation of any os.
It's quick and efficient, it's able to run when "many other os" don't go without some trouble.

Then, I was asking to myself: there is a derivative having more tools for this kind of use?
I mean something like the "well-known" SandrdaSisoft, CPU-z, HD / ram / video card / mb recognition...
In other words a Puppy having a great hardware compatibility (old and new) and sanity check more than benchmarks, a sort of "swiss knife".

Does anyone has any suggestion about?
Thanks!
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Dewbie

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PostPosted: Wed 25 Apr 2012, 01:53    Post subject:  

Please clarify:
Are you requesting a Puppy derivative that is specifically made for diagnostic purposes?
Or just a Puppy that works well with a wide variety of hardware?

For the latter, try Wary 5.1.1 with the alternate 2.6.30.5 kernel.
(same kernel as Puppy Linux 4.3.1)
It's here.
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inoxidabile


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PostPosted: Wed 25 Apr 2012, 09:53    Post subject:  

Hi Dewbie,
Thank You for the reply.

My request is for a Puppy derivative for diagnostic purpose.

But, of course, it should also be able to detect as much hardware as possible.
In fact, as You suggested, now I use a Puppy 4.3.1 ... in my opinion, till today it has the best hardware recognition.
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Dewbie

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PostPosted: Wed 25 Apr 2012, 15:47    Post subject:  

inoxidabile wrote:
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In other words a Puppy having a great hardware compatibility (old and new) and sanity check more than benchmarks, a sort of "swiss knife".

You could also make a "swiss knife" from a single CD or DVD:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?search_id=1414703192&t=63572
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inoxidabile


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PostPosted: Thu 26 Apr 2012, 01:59    Post subject:  

Yes, very interesing... but, what about the pacakage present?
From a certain point of view iI surely can build (... sorry, I could... I haven't a great knowledge for this... Embarassed ) something more close to my needs...
What I was looking for is a Puppy derivative having yet inside all the tools for hardware diagnostic I mentioned - or similar, of course, the software I worote was "well known" but not free / open.
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Sylvander

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PostPosted: Thu 26 Apr 2012, 03:53    Post subject:  

Puppy Rescue OS
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inoxidabile


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PostPosted: Thu 26 Apr 2012, 07:23    Post subject:  

Thank You Sylvander, an other very good suggestion !

I'm downloading the two versions, both seem nice and I think it will not be easy to define the better one. but they are based on Puppy 5.2.8 and in my experience, I've seen that the best hw rcognition is with 4.3.1.
Moreover, a lot of utility are for windows rescue more than hardware diagnostic (and on command line rather than gui...).
On the other hand, if I remember well, on 5.2 Puppy there is compatibility with Lucid and so on, then it could become more easy for me to have "something" that include certain tools like CPU-G (the CPU-z linux clone, once again if I remember well...).
The Puprescue 2.3 has more package than 2.5, but 2.5 includes some patches... what's better?

I note there are several post in that topic, asking/suggesting things to add and/or change, in my opinion (and needs...) they would be more useful tools like defraggler, konboot, tssskiller, cpu-g than aircrack and similar....
However it seems an use interesting for a lot of people and not only for me Smile
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Sylvander

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PostPosted: Thu 26 Apr 2012, 09:40    Post subject:  

1. I have a Puppy Linux thread at the PC-Guide forums.
Here is the present last page = #18...

2. As I browse the Puppy forums...
When I find something useful or interesting...
I save links to it in my Puppy Linux thread.

3. When I saw you looking for a hardware diagnostic Puppy...
I remebered I'd saved something like that...
So I searched there and found it at post #391 on page #16.
I've not tried it, so know nothing about its workings.

4. It's been years since I did any hardware diagnostics.
Back then I used diagnostics on bootable floppies.
Still have them:
#1-Tufftest-Lite
Various HDD manufacturers' diagnostic floppies.
Windows Memory Diagnostic.
Memtest.
MBRtool & MBRwork.
Active@ Killdisk.
Special floppy I made with menu to choose: PTedit, Partinfo, Edit.com
DBAN
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ChiJoan

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PostPosted: Sun 10 Jun 2012, 03:19    Post subject: RudyPuppy had some good tools
Subject description: If memory serves it was based off the Puppy 2x series
 

Hope you can find it. However, the Hiren's Boot CD still comes in handy.

ChiJoan
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