read-edid Alternatives

    read-edid is described as 'pair of tools (originally by John Fremlin) for reading the EDID from a monitor. It should work with most monitors made since 1996 (except for newer ones with 256-byte EDID's - WiP), assuming the video card supports the standard read commands (most do)' and is an app in the System & Hardware category. There are seven alternatives to read-edid for Linux and Windows. The best alternative is hwinfo, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like read-edid are cpuid (Free, Open Source), Dmidecode (Free, Open Source), vbetool (Free, Open Source) and yacpi (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 27, 2014

    1. hwinfo/libhd are used to probe for the hardware present in the system. It can be used to generate a system overview log which can be later used for support.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      cpuid dumps detailed information about the CPU(s) gathered from the CPUID instruction, and also determines the exact model of CPU(s).


    2. Dmidecode reports information about your system's hardware as described in your system BIOS according to the SMBIOS/DMI standard.
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    3. vbetool is a small application that executes code from the BIOS of your video card. This is mostly useful for reinitialising the hardware, for instance after ACPI suspend/resuming.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Yacpi is an acpi monitoring program for Linux. It displays various acpi information like battery status and ac status on notebooks.


    4. glxinfo is a command-line tool that can help you diagnose problems with your 3D acceleration setup. It can also provide additional helpful information for developers.
    5. DRIconf is a configuration applet for the Direct Rendering Infrastructure. It allows customizing performance and visual quality settings of OpenGL drivers on a per-driver, per-screen and/or per-application level.
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