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Wheat Williams

Cards in PCI expansion slots, other observations

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Isn't there some way you can access and list which PCI or other expansion slots on the motherboard have cards in them, and detailed information about the make model and specifications of the cards that are installed? For instance, my home PC has a Hauppauge television receiver card in a PCIx slot, but Speccy doesn't know about it.

 

BTW, I have registered and paid for my personal home copies of CCleaner, Defraggler and Recuva, (for my Intel quad-core Windows 7 system) and I have recommended your programs to my boss at my day job where we have about 10 workstations to maintain. Hopefully I can cajole him into making donations on behalf of the company.

 

Let me applaud you for one thing that Speccy does that NO version of Windows that I know of has ever been able to report: you actually indicate how many RAM slots are on the motherboard, and the size of each DIMM in each slot. This is a great feature that is very valuable to technical support people. Before you guys I could look at all the information Windows would give me, but it would only tell me the total amount of RAM that the system was addressing at the moment; as far as I knew there was no way to determine if there were any unused RAM slots or the capacity of each installed DIMM short of opening the case and visually inspecting the slots and the DIMMs in them. Therefore the question of "What chips should I order to upgrade the RAM in this particular computer?" was irritatingly difficult before Speccy came along.

 

I am principally a Mac user; have you guys ever looked at Apple System Profiler, which is a standard system utility that's part of every Mac OS X installation? If not, go have a look at a Mac, run System Profiler, and check out its reports and outputs, on the screen, saved as a proprietary file in XML, and as an .RTF text document. It is excellent; it does much more on the Mac than Speccy currently does on Windows. Now we know full well that since Apple makes all the system software and Apple specs and/or designs and sells every last bit of central hardware in all Macs, they can achieve a level of integration in a program like Apple System Profiler that you guys would never be able to achieve with a Microsoft operating system running on God-knows-what brand of PC. But I think you should adopt Apple System Profiler for Mac OS X as an ideal model in terms of seeing if you can get Speccy to reveal as much of that kind of detailed information as you can.

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