Tuesday Jan 16, 2007

Device Detection Tool for Solaris

Not sure if all your devices will work with Solaris ??

Try, Device Detection Tool from Sun's BigAdmin resources.

This is a java based tool that will identify if your hardware devices have a supported driver on Solaris. So, If you are a non-solaris user and not sure if your devices will be detected by Solaris after install, you could try this before attempting the installation. Also, more importantly, for the users who have already installed Solaris but some devices are not functioning properly because the drivers are not available, they could run this tool and check if the drivers exist with the latest Solaris version. Being Java, This can be run from any operating system. Currently, it is tried and tested against running on Windows, Solaris(ofcourse), RedHat, SuSE, Ubuntu and Fedora operating systems.

I gave it a try a while back on my Acer Ferrari 3400 and the tool identified that there is no Driver for my AC'97 Controller and BCM4306 WiFi device. I already knew that the WiFi device can only work on this system with a generic driver, which I have installed. Along with this list, the tool also identified 8 other devices for the types Network, Storage, USB, Multimedia etc. which do have a supported driver and displayed the Driver name associated for its use in Solaris.

The tool is recomended to try before Solaris installation.

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