How do I identify my video card on Mac OSX?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sepehre, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. sepehre macrumors newbie

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    How do I identify my video card on Mac OSX?

    I'm aware that I can see it under System Profiler in X.

    I need to find this piece of information through the command prompt though. Are there any log or configuration files that Mac OS keeps the Video Card information?

    Thanks,
    Sepehr
     
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    "Run Apple System Profiler from the Terminal":

    http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20020128084130130

    ...the hint is old, but the comments note that the command has just been renamed. it is now "system_profiler"

    Just type that and you're good.


    [edit: And I just noticed something positively bizarre on my system; when I run that command in the terminal it works perfectly, but for some reason it reports the title text of "Color LCD" in Japanese. Which I can read, but my system is set with English as the default, the regular GUI app does it normally, and none of the rest of the report is in Japanese. Odd.]
     
  3. sepehre thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. gallagb macrumors 6502

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    easier way

    go to the apple>>About this Mac
    click on 'more info'

    that opens up system profiler

    then click on graphics/displays
    :)
     
  5. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Whoops, didn't get back quickly enough, but I just noticed if you specifically type "system_profiler SPDisplaysDataType" you'll only get the graphics info, so you don't have to scroll through everything else.
     
  6. sepehre thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Perfect! saves me the perl coding trouble :D
    thanks again
     
  7. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Glad that helped. If you look at the -help info, it explains how to show a list of all the properties you can ask for specifically. Pretty much anything.

    The poster knows; if you note the initial post specifically says "I need to find this piece of information through the command prompt".
     

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