Hardware compatibility

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MEPIS offers support for a great deal of computer hardware and will run on most computers. Some devices are currently unsupported and so it is important to check your hardware's compatibility with MEPIS before you install it permanently.

Checking hardware compatibility

To find out more information about your hardware while running Windows, click Start --> Run, and type:


Then click OK. This will start the Device Manager, which is able to show all devices currently connected to your computer, and provide the technical names of the model and driver. You can then check your devices in a number of ways:

  • Consult the Wiki section on Hardware
  • Use the search boxes on the MEPIS home page and the MEPIS Community forum to look for discussions of your device
  • Use a search engine on "YourDeviceName Linux" to search for the Linux compatibility of your device.
  • The easiest way to check whether your hardware is compatible with MEPIS is to try out the Mepis Live-CD, described in Trying MEPIS.

Ultimately, the only way to be sure that your device works is by fully installing MEPIS, especially if additional software is required (such as drivers) and customized configuration files need to be written (as in the case of some unusual hardware or special network considerations). . See Installing MEPIS for more information.


  • If you find that some device does not work after having installed the full version of MEPIS, seek support from one of the MEPIS support options. MEPIS is a community project, and there will be many people who may be able to help you solve your problem. Most queries are answered the same day, many within an hour or so.
  • If your device is known to be unsupported, consider buying a replacement device if this is practical. Select a device which is known to work with Linux if possible.

Problematic devices

Certain types of devices typically tend to cause more trouble in Linux for various reasons, though MEPIS is one of the best Linux versions for hardware recognition. Examples:

  • Software modems (winmodems)
  • USB broadband modems
  • Scanners

Even for devices such as these, solutions have often been found by regular MEPIS users, so please check MEPIS support sources.

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