Is there a Linux tool to check hardware boards status?
In Windows you have the hardware dialog which shows you lines like "your hardware is working properly" (I don't have the English version so the string may actually be different, but you got the idea).
I'd like to check the same on Linux. Note that I know what hardware is installed but I need to know that the driver has been correctly loaded and that there are no errors. Since we are installing Linux on different PCs with the very same hardware we need a quick way to know that everything works after the installation. So if a board (say an ethernet card) isn't working for some reason I'd like to be notified about that.
I know I could use lsmod and dmesg but that is not very "quick". Maybe there is some magic file in /proc that tells me (per board basis) that everything is working properly for a given board?
Specifically I need to test the ethernet boards and the serial line status.
(the serial line driver is compiled directly into the kernel so lsmod isn't very handy here)