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SystemRescueCD ( is a bootable Linux based distribution for most X86-64 systems. With it, you can boot a system from a USB and have several Linux tools available to repair a system. Following are some notes I have created on how to use this system.


dmidecode is a Unix program that retrieves firmware (BIOS) information from a computer and outputs it in a readable text file. Only a very old version of this is available for Windows, and using a newer version is very useful. We store a dmidecode report with most of our systems.

SystemRescueCD has the ability to save files if you tweak it (see creating a backing store below), but a simpler solution for us is to simply ftp the file to one of our public servers. To do this, we boot into the system, then:

dmidecode > /tmp/
ftp my.ftp.server
lcd /tmp

The file can now be retrieved when you return to your office.

software/systemrescuecd.txt · Last modified: 2020/01/11 00:11 by rodolico