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In this tip, we will see how we can get information about your installed graphics card such as your graphics memory, kernel driver used, kernel modules, etc. via the terminal.


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Launch the terminal and issue this command:

lspci -v -s `lspci | awk '/VGA/{print $1}'`

My computer is running with GeForce 9600 GT, after running this command, I got the following:

~$ lspci -v -s `lspci | awk '/VGA/{print $1}'`
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G94 [GeForce 9600 GT] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
Subsystem: Device 196e:0545
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
Memory at fa000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
Memory at c0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=512M]
Memory at f8000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=32M]
I/O ports at ef00 [size=128]
[virtual] Expansion ROM at fb000000 [disabled] [size=512K]
Capabilities:
Kernel driver in use: nvidia
Kernel modules: nvidia-current, nouveau, nvidiafb

This command also has the same function:

lspci | grep "VGA"


Note: These commands are tested under Ubuntu 10.10.

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