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DMIDECODE(8)							  DMIDECODE(8)

NAME
       dmidecode - DMI table decoder

SYNOPSIS
       dmidecode [OPTIONS]

DESCRIPTION
       dmidecode  is a tool for	dumping	a computer's DMI (some say SMBIOS) ta-
       ble contents in a human-readable	format.	This table contains a descrip-
       tion  of	 the  system's	hardware  components,  as well as other	useful
       pieces of information such as serial numbers and	BIOS revision.	Thanks
       to  this	 table,	 you  can  retrieve this information without having to
       probe for the actual hardware.  While this is a good point in terms  of
       report  speed  and  safeness, this also makes the presented information
       possibly	unreliable.

       The DMI table doesn't only describe what	the system is  currently  made
       of,  it	also  can  report the possible evolutions (such	as the fastest
       supported CPU or	the maximal amount of memory supported).

       SMBIOS stands for System	Management BIOS, while DMI stands for  Desktop
       Management  Interface. Both standards are tightly related and developed
       by the DMTF (Desktop Management Task Force).

       As you run it, dmidecode	will try to locate the DMI table. If  it  suc-
       ceeds, it will then parse this table and	display	a list of records like
       this one:

       Handle 0x0002, DMI type 2, 8 bytes.  Base Board Information
	       Manufacturer: Intel
	       Product Name: C440GX+
	       Version:	727281-001
	       Serial Number: INCY92700942

       Each record has:

       o A handle. This	is a unique identifier,	which allows records to	refer-
	 ence  each  other.  For  example, processor records usually reference
	 cache memory records using their handles.

       o A type. The SMBIOS specification defines different types of  elements
	 a  computer  can  be  made  of. In this example, the type is 2, which
	 means that the	record contains	"Base Board Information".

       o A size. Each record has a 4-byte header (2 for	the handle, 1 for  the
	 type,	1  for	the  size),  the rest is used by the record data. This
	 value doesn't take text strings into account (these are placed	at the
	 end of	the record), so	the actual length of the record	may be (and is
	 often)	greater	than the displayed value.

       o Decoded values. The information presented of course  depends  on  the
	 type of record. Here, we learn	about the board's manufacturer,	model,
	 version and serial number.

OPTIONS
       -d, --dev-mem FILE
	      Read memory from device FILE (default: /dev/mem)

       -q, --quiet
	      Be less verbose. Unknown,	inactive and OEM-specific entries  are
	      not displayed. Meta-data and handle references are hidden.

       -s, --string KEYWORD
	      Only  display the	value of the DMI string	identified by KEYWORD.
	      KEYWORD must be a	keyword	from the following list:  bios-vendor,
	      bios-version,  bios-release-date,	 system-manufacturer,  system-
	      product-name, system-version, system-serial-number, system-uuid,
	      baseboard-manufacturer,  baseboard-product-name,	baseboard-ver-
	      sion, baseboard-serial-number, baseboard-asset-tag, chassis-man-
	      ufacturer, chassis-type, chassis-version,	chassis-serial-number,
	      chassis-asset-tag,   processor-family,   processor-manufacturer,
	      processor-version,  processor-frequency.	 Each  keyword	corre-
	      sponds to	a given	DMI type and a given offset within this	 entry
	      type.   Not all strings may be meaningful	or even	defined	on all
	      systems. Some keywords may return	more than one result  on  some
	      systems  (e.g.   processor-version on a multi-processor system).
	      If KEYWORD is not	provided or not	valid, a  list	of  all	 valid
	      keywords	is  printed  and  dmidecode exits with an error.  This
	      option cannot be used more than once.

       -t, --type TYPE
	      Only display the entries of type TYPE. TYPE can be either	a  DMI
	      type  number,  or	 a  comma-separated list of type numbers, or a
	      keyword from the following list: bios, system, baseboard,	 chas-
	      sis, processor, memory, cache, connector,	slot. Refer to the DMI
	      TYPES section below for details.	If this	option	is  used  more
	      than once, the set of displayed entries will be the union	of all
	      the given	types.	If TYPE	is not provided	or not valid,  a  list
	      of  all  valid  keywords	is printed and dmidecode exits with an
	      error.

       -u, --dump
	      Do not decode the	entries, dump their  contents  as  hexadecimal
	      instead.	 Note that this	is still a text	output,	no binary data
	      will be thrown upon you. The strings attached to each entry  are
	      displayed	 as  both hexadecimal and ASCII. This option is	mainly
	      useful for debugging.

	   --dump-bin FILE
	      Do not decode the	entries, instead dump the DMI data to  a  file
	      in  binary  form.	 The  generated	 file  is  suitable to pass to
	      --from-dump later.

	   --from-dump FILE
	      Read the DMI data	from a binary file previously generated	 using
	      --dump-bin.

       -h, --help
	      Display usage information	and exit

       -V, --version
	      Display the version and exit

       Options --string, --type	and --dump-bin determine the output format and
       are mutually exclusive.

DMI TYPES
       The SMBIOS specification	defines	the following DMI types:

       Type   Information
       ----------------------------------------
	  0   BIOS
	  1   System
	  2   Base Board
	  3   Chassis

	  4   Processor
	  5   Memory Controller
	  6   Memory Module
	  7   Cache
	  8   Port Connector
	  9   System Slots
	 10   On Board Devices
	 11   OEM Strings
	 12   System Configuration Options
	 13   BIOS Language
	 14   Group Associations
	 15   System Event Log
	 16   Physical Memory Array
	 17   Memory Device
	 18   32-bit Memory Error
	 19   Memory Array Mapped Address
	 20   Memory Device Mapped Address
	 21   Built-in Pointing	Device
	 22   Portable Battery
	 23   System Reset
	 24   Hardware Security
	 25   System Power Controls
	 26   Voltage Probe
	 27   Cooling Device
	 28   Temperature Probe
	 29   Electrical Current Probe
	 30   Out-of-band Remote Access
	 31   Boot Integrity Services
	 32   System Boot
	 33   64-bit Memory Error
	 34   Management Device
	 35   Management Device	Component
	 36   Management Device	Threshold Data
	 37   Memory Channel
	 38   IPMI Device
	 39   Power Supply
	 40   Additional Information
	 41   Onboard Device

       Additionally, type 126 is used for disabled entries and type 127	is  an
       end-of-table  marker.  Types  128  to  255  are	for OEM-specific data.
       dmidecode will display these entries by default,	but it can only	decode
       them  when the vendors have contributed documentation or	code for them.

       Keywords	can be used instead of type numbers with --type.  Each keyword
       is equivalent to	a list of type numbers:

       Keyword	   Types
       ------------------------------
       bios	   0, 13
       system	   1, 12, 15, 23, 32
       baseboard   2, 10, 41
       chassis	   3
       processor   4
       memory	   5, 6, 16, 17
       cache	   7
       connector   8
       slot	   9

       Keywords	 are  matched  case-insensitively. The following command lines
       are equivalent:

       o dmidecode --type 0 --type 13

       o dmidecode --type 0,13

       o dmidecode --type bios

       o dmidecode --type BIOS

BINARY DUMP FILE FORMAT
       The binary dump files generated by --dump-bin and  read	using  --from-
       dump are	formatted as follows:

       o The  SMBIOS  or  DMI  entry  point  is	located	at offset 0x00.	 It is
	 crafted to hard-code the table	address	at offset 0x20.

       o The DMI table is located at offset 0x20.

FILES
       /dev/mem

BUGS
       More often than not, information	contained in the DMI tables is inaccu-
       rate, incomplete	or simply wrong.

AUTHORS
       Alan Cox, Jean Delvare

SEE ALSO
       biosdecode(8), mem(4), ownership(8), vpddecode(8)

dmidecode			 November 2008			  DMIDECODE(8)

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