Most of the computers which are available in these days provide different ways to the users for getting aware of the hardware capabilities of those machines. But, it is not the case of Chromebooks which are manufactured by numerous brands like HP, Acer, etc. Google doesn’t simply allow a user to access the System information and specifications of a Chromebook’s hardware.
If you have already purchased a Chromebook, you may be knowing this fact. In various situations, you may need to get information about your Chromebook’s hardware resources in case you are possessing one. For instance, before upgrading any hardware in it. In this article, you will get to know the way to examine a Chromebook’s hardware information.
How to Know the Available Storage of a Chromebook?
You have to open “Files” app from your Chromebook and then you need to click menu button. Now, you can see a bar indicating the available local storage space. Here, you can add new folders and can set hidden folders to show. For more assistance, you can check out “Help” tab also.
Chrome OS Task Manager
The task manager on a Chromebook is a Google’s proprietary option. You can simply access Google OS task manager by opening a new Chrome window. From there, you need to click “menu” button then “More Tools”. From here, you can select “Task Manager”. It will show you all the amount of memory which is currently used by an application. It also provides CPU processing, network activity, etc. You can see the resource consumption by applications, browser extensions, web pages, and many more from here.
Note: You can also press Search + Esc keyboard shortcut to open Task Manager. Always try to use the available keyboard shortcuts for Chromebook as it allows you to execute tasks on Chromebook much faster.
Way of Getting System Information Page
To find out information associated with your Chromebook, you only have to type “chrome://system” on Chrome’s address bar. You can see detailed system information under three tabs namely “cpuinfo”, “cpu”, and “console –ramoops”. Although, it is possible to access this info in any of modern systems like Windows or Mac OS X which is equipped with Chrome browser, it won’t provide you much information as it show for Chrome OS.
Getting Network Connection Details on Chromebook
From the “settings” window of Chrome browser, you can see your network connection details. You can view “Internet Connection” at the top of this window and from there, you just click on your connected network. All the network information will be listed under three tabs namely “Connection”, ”Network”, and ”Proxy”. If there are multiple networks saved on your Chromebook, you can specify the network which should select by default from this settings. Chrome Support page contains specific information about automatic switching of networks in and the way to disable unwanted networks in a Chromebook.
To identify the Name of your Chromebook
Google provides a Chromebook Recovery Utility which you can use to resolve exact model name of your Chromebook. Although the main purpose of this utility is to restore the Chrome OS under issues, one of the commonly used application of this utility is such a name resolution. Because of the excellent support of system APIs provided by Chrome OS, even simple apps are capable of reading system information from a Chromebook effortlessly. Cog, for example.
Anyhow, if you find out the exact model name of your Chromebook, you can easily perform a simple Google search to perform data mining from the huge amount of information available online. Probably, it would be the option, where many of you prefer.