device list on MAC

Hi,

I want to know what devices are there on a mac like we go to hardware list in windows to see the attached devices. How can we do that? I actually want to know whether the cdrom attached to my mac is just a cdrom or a writer as well.

Regards
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brettmjohnsonCommented:
You would use the system_profiler command [full pathname: /usr/sbin/system_profiler ].
system_profiler can list all hardware and software components of the system in plain text
or xml format.  You can request specific features by specifying the appropriate dataType.
See the man pages for system_profiler for more information :
http://www.hmug.org/man/8/system_profiler.php

In your question, you seek the SPDiscBurningDataType:

% /usr/sbin/system_profiler SPDiscBurningDataType
Disc Burning:

    MATSHITA CD-RW  CW-8123:

      Firmware Revision: CA0T
      Interconnect: ATAPI
      Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)
      Cache: 2048 KB
      Reads DVD: Yes
      CD-Write: -R, -RW
      Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
      Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw
      Media: No
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ParadiseITSCommented:
You can also access the System Profiler through the GUI by clicking on the blue apple and System Profiler or under About this Mac


Here's a nice page on it:
http://www.diveintoosx.org/panther/system_profiler.html
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naufalAuthor Commented:
I know its dumb but can you please tell me where to find this blue apple!! or "about this mac"

I have worked on solaris only and this only mac machine at site is something i cannot rerally play with to experiment for myself and I just do not understand wots on it.

The only thing it shows is finder on top and a panel at the bottom with various icons but i cud not find any blue apple there.


Regards
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naufalAuthor Commented:
I know its dumb but can you please tell me where to find this blue apple!! or "about this mac"

I have worked on solaris only and this only mac machine at site is something i cannot rerally play with to experiment for myself and I just do not understand wots on it.

The only thing it shows is finder on top and a panel at the bottom with various icons but i cud not find any blue apple there.

Secondly the system_profiler is not in my /usr/sbin


Regards
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strungCommented:
There should be blue apple in the upper left corner of the menubar if your computer is running OS X. I believe the apple is red if you are running OS 9. Try clicking on the desktop first to make sure you are in Finder.
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ParadiseITSCommented:
OK, it sounds like you may not be running OS X, that's OK... oh, and I made a mmistake, it's only blue on OS X 10.1, they change the color in different versions....

Does your screen look like this?

http://helpdesk.wisc.edu/page.php?id=70

If you have OS 8 or OS 9 installed and do not see the Apple System Profiler as pictured here, it may not be installed on your system in which case you'd need to install it.

You can go here to d/l it:
http://www.pure-mac.com/diag.html#asp

And if you are running OS X, try navigating the disk to the /Applications/Utilities folder and in there you should see the System Profiler no matter what version of OS X you are running.


Here is an OS X Screenshot:
http://www.monitor.si/images/clanki/slika/skrini_OSX86_3.jpg

This one has the blue apple in the upper left hand corner, but yours might be sliver depending on the version of OS X you have...  either way you should be able to find it by navigating to the /Applications/Utilities folder as previously described.
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brettmjohnsonCommented:
> The only thing it shows is finder on top and a panel at the bottom with various icons but i cud not find any blue apple there.

The panel of icons on the bottom sounds like the Dock, so it appears you are running Mac OS X.

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naufalAuthor Commented:
Hi ,

Well I did find the blue apple:) Sorry my bad. It is on finder at the extreme left side.
I clicked on about this mac and it says MAC OS 10 v. 10.1.5. But I overheard from the previous sys admin that it is a dual boot with MAC 9 as well . Anyways but the blue apple did not have any information about the device list.

I still need to find that. So i need to install the system_profiler or is there any built in tool?


Regards
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strungCommented:
Drag down the Blue Apple menu to About this Macintosh and then click on MORE INFO.
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naufalAuthor Commented:
Man there is no MORE INFO on that!!

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njxbeanCommented:
navigate to the macintosh hd->applications->utilities   you should see system profiler in there.


or download:

http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/22025
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naufalAuthor Commented:
Hmmm ok ... is there no other way to just see whethere the drive is a cdrom only or a writer. Thats strange and I wonder how many people use MAC as against windows.

regards
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brettmjohnsonCommented:
This is a very old version of Mac OS X.  Mac OS 10.1 was the first version of Mac OS X that was even marginally useable.  The OS has been significantly refined over the last 6 years, so many of us don't remember that System Profiler wasn't available via "About this Mac" at that time.

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brettmjohnsonCommented:
I was doing a little research.  In older versions of Mac OS X, I think the command line system_profiler was called AppleSystemProfiler.
Early versions of Mac OS X actually used a System Profiler app that was a port of the classic Mac OS version of that utility.  I think System Profiler was completely rewritten for 10.2, giving us the newer system_profiler command line version.

A bit of history here.  Mac OS 9 (and earlier) is referred to as "Classic Mac OS" - the original operating system for Macintosh systems.
In 2000, it was replaced with Mac OS X - a completely different Unix-derived OS based upon the NeXTStep/BSD/Mach stack that Apple acquired when they bought NeXT Computer in 1996.  Mac OS X can run older Mac programs in an emulation environment (called "Classic"); and as you noticed, for a couple of years Apple shipped systems configured to dual-boot Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.  Mac OS X 10.0 and 10.1 were really transitionary systems - lots of rough edges [sort of like Windows NT 3.x].

Interesting note:  In the older system, the AppleSystemProfiler command line utility actually launched the classic-derived GUI System Profiler application and extracted information from it [probably via AppleScript].   The new GUI "System Profiler.app" program is a thin GUI wrapper that calls the command line utility system_profiler [probably via popen()], parses the XML output and displays it in a nice GUI for the user.

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naufalAuthor Commented:
Hi,

Well I got the apple system profiler. The system was dual boot as well and had mac classic emulation as you mentioned. Though I found it by just searching among the four partitions on two harddrives which I had.

anywyas thanks for your help.
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