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How to Check the Activated GPU on Linux

Linux is an open-source OS that works for other installed software on your device. It is placed inside all your system’s software to receive and reply for the particular command and sends them to system’s hardware. For providing essential components related to OS, various services including tools and programs, are bundled in one place in collaboration with the Linux kernel and process the task in the hardware. Few of the system components included GNU and GPU components with Linux.

How to Check the Activated GPU on Linux

Graphics Processing Unit or GPU, in short, play a great role for your Linux OS. If you wish to check which GPU is activated on your Linux, then you can do this through command prompt.

The function of the PCI ID database

The PCI or “Peripheral Component Interconnect” is a type of protocol that we can say it internal peripherals like system’s Graphics Card. The repository of PCI ID keeps the record of various databases related to PCI and other ID on your device. It helps you to fetch various information about your system in case you know something about the same.

  • If you wish to check the name and other information about PCI devices downloaded on your Linux, then you can use the relevant “Ispci” path.
  • The “Ispci” command performs well and detects for local copy related to the PCI database. It helps the user to check and list PCI devices. It is recommended to upgrade the local file related to your PCI database.
  • If you want to check PCI devices on your system, then enter the following “update pciids” path in the command prompt:


  • Now, the updated database edition will be restored for your device, and you can use the path “Ispci.” Here the negative option directs “Iscpi” to provide much information as possible.
  • After that, enter the following path in the command window:

“sudo_lspci -v_|_less”

Note: In case you enter the forward-slash symbol (/), then you will enable the search “less” function.

  • Now, you have to enter “VGA” in caps-lock On mode. Then hit the “Enter” key. Then, “less” will search for particular VGA string and provide you with the best match for the same function.
  • Next, scroll down and go to the next page to view and check how much “Ispci” graphics card found.

In this blog, you will see various Linux distributions performing on virtual machines “VirtualBox,” as it uses various virtual graphics card.

Using Command “Ishw” on Your Device

“Ishw” command helps you to search and check for various hardware tools downloaded on Linux system. It provides you with a list of hardware types along-with PCI.

If you wish to view graphics card related data, then you have to use the “-c” option and then pass the modifier “Display.” You will see a particular -numeric option that will tend “Ishw” to display various ID’s related to your system with their names.

  • Then, you have to enter the under-mentioned command:

“Sudo Ishw_numeric_-C_display”

Note: You will get some coded information such as “10DE:1D01.” Here, the “10DE” represents the manufacturer while “1D01” displays the model of your device.

If you wish to search for the model and make of your graphics card, then you can enter “graphics card 10de:1d01” in the search page.

Detecting Graphics Card by Using GUI

  • First of all, launch the “Settings” window on your GNOME desktop.
  • After that, locate the sidebar and then tap on “Details.”
  • Navigate to the “about” section and search for “Graphics” entry. It informs you about the type of graphics card placed on your device, especially the existing one that is in use as your system may hold multiple Graphics Card.

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