Extracting Hardware Information from ArcaOS and OS/2

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Sometimes it is important to know the details and specifications of the hardware of you OS/2-ArcaOS machine. Here we list some of the tools that can help you extract more information about the hardware you are using.


This is the most used command tool and it comes included on ArcaOS 5.0.1.

The pci.ids is the plain text database of devices, it is important to also updated to the latest level from its site [1].

If you run:


You will see a list of all the devices connected to the PCI bus of you computer.

Craig Hart's PCI+AGP bus sniffer, Version 1.04vkA, freeware made in 1996-2005.
Loaded Vendor Data : "This is version 2017.03.10 of pci.ids using ids2devs version 1.03"

PCI BIOS Version 2.10 found!
Number of PCI Busses : 2
PCI Characteristics  : Config Mechanism 1 

Searching for PCI Devices using the OEMHLP$ driver

 Bus 0 (PCI), Device Number 0, Device Function 0
 Vendor 8086h Intel Corporation
 Device 2570h 82865G/PE/P DRAM Controller/Host-Hub Interface
 Command 0106h (Memory Access, BusMaster, System Errors)
 Status 2090h (Has Capabilities List, Supports Back-To-Back Trans.,
   Received Master Abort, Fast Timing)
 Revision 02h, Header Type 00h, Bus Latency Timer 00h
 Self test 00h (Self test not supported)
 PCI Class Bridge, type PCI to HOST
 Subsystem ID 25708086h Unknown (Generic ID)
 Subsystem Vendor 8086h Intel Corporation
 Address 0 is a Memory Address (0-4GiB, Prefetchable) : E0000000h..EFFFFFFFh
 New Capabilities List Present:
   Vendor-Dependant Capability

If you want to save the report to share it or have it for future reference you can run:

[BootDrive]:\sys\install\detect\pci.exe >pciout.txt

Here you can also see a full report sample from a Intel D865GBF motherboard.

There are also some other switches and options you can try with pci.exe. Check "pci.exe /?" to view other options.


There is also available the DMIDECODE command line tool that will list you mode details of your hardware ports. This software cames includes on ArcaOS 5.0 or can be download from [2]

If you run:


You will see a detailed report of the components of your computer. There is a sample of this report for the Intel D865GBF motherboard.


This command line tool will detail the USB devices attached to the you machine (Internal or external). Download lsusb from Paul Smedley web page.

It is also important to update the USB.IDS database from it's site [3].

To get the details of your USB attached devices run:

lsusb -v

You will get a full information report like:

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 80ee:0030 VirtualBox
Device Descriptor:
 bLength                18
 bDescriptorType         1
 bcdUSB               2.00
 bDeviceClass          239 Miscellaneous Device
 bDeviceSubClass         2 ?
 bDeviceProtocol         1 Interface Association
 bMaxPacketSize0        16
 idVendor           0x80ee VirtualBox
 idProduct          0x0030
 bcdDevice            1.00
 iManufacturer           1 VirtualBox
 iProduct                2 VirtualBox Webcam - Integrated Camera
 iSerial                 3 8f2d6bbea79be203

You can also generate a file like:

 lsusb -v >usbout.txt

Or if you want to read on the screen the full report pausing each page you can run:

lsusb -v |more