Hello fellow Mintopians,
I have interacted on computer-support web-forums a time or two in the past, and I was told to include as much information about my computer as possible in my posts and that an excellent way to do so was to add that information to my .SIG.
I have two computers, both (unfortunately) somewhat old and likely to require intelligent assistance in the future. The laptop is dated, the desktop is even older. Earlier this evening (yesterday, I suppose; I need to turn in before the sun comes up) I read about using inxi -Fc 0 to get general information about my computer specifications and sudo dmidecode --type 17 to get information about its memory, so I decided to create a .SIG here. I added most of what I thought might be relevant from the output of those two commands, thinking to add my desktop's information tomorrow. Then I clicked on the preview button to see how it looked and whether or not I thought of any more information that I should add to it. I received a notice that my .SIG was too large at 833 bytes because the maximum allowable is much lower (255?). And that is just for the laptop's specifications.
Would someone please take a look at what I have so far and help me condense it enough that I may use it for my .SIG? I am really unsure what information I need to keep and what I can safely drop while still providing people with the specs I need to.
Here is what I had when I tried to preview it:
Laptop: Hewlett-Packard Pavilion dv6000 Rev 1 (HP dv6226us)
Mobo: Quanta model 30BB version 66.36
Bios: Hewlett-Packard version F.13 01/02/2007
Dual core Intel CPU T2250 (-MCP-) 800 mHz - 1.73 gHz
2x 512meg 533mHz DDR2 RAM
Graphics: Intel Mobile 945GM/GMS 943/940GML Express Integrated (Joke) Graphics
X.Org: 1.13.0 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) firstname.lastname@example.org
GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GM x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 9.0
Audio: Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel Sound: ALSA ver: 1.0.25
Ethernet: Intel PRO/100 VE Network Connection driver: e100
Wireless: Broadcom BCM4311 (rev 01!) 802.11b/g WLAN driver: b43-pci-bridge
Kernel (02/24/2013): 3.5.0-17-generic i686 (32 bit)
I was going to add some more information about the software (like the kernel version that I listed, OS component version numbers I guess you'd call them - but I suppose I could just include a line that stated something like "All OS components believed to be current?" Like I stated above, I am not sure what I should include and what I may safely leave out. I almost never use my Ethernet port - and it has never given me a single issue <knocks on wood> anyway, so I believe that could be dropped without hurting anything, but after that I am lost.
As always, thanks in advance,
Proud to be a Mint user running 64-bit Mint 17 XFCE.
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