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#1 10 Beers

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:06 PM

This is the Infernal Hardware forum so I guess this is the right place.
I 'inhereted' some used motherboards and I'm trying to figure out what they are so I can find specs on them - CPU's what type RAM, et al and etc. No paperwork, no nothin', just the boards.
Might could build a decent starter machine for a lil' kid's birthday present, might have some interesting looking garbage.
They all look to be in good shape; none smell burnt and there's nothing looking wonky but looks don't count. What do I look for?
The one in front of me has ASRock printed next to the CPU socket and some numbers on a piece of tape stuck to the parallel port.
I think, now that I think about it, that I'll hook the numbers into the 'net and see what falls out. Why didn't I think of that in the first place?
Thanks for helping me out here, now and again we just sometimes need somebody to talk to that we think is smarter than we are.
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:21 AM

now and again we just sometimes need somebody to talk to that we think is smarter than we are.

kind of reassuring to know 2 people live in you head and one is smarter than the other.lol

yes searching that number and other # will get results on line ,also look for names and numbers between the pci/video card slots ,and on the board near the cpu slot ,happy hunting

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 08:05 AM

ASUS, asrock name locations are usually at the pci slots or next to the CPU

DFI has thiers labeled on some of the components on the rear panel

Gigabyte usually puts them on the Right side of the CPU next to the memory slots together with the brandname

Asus boards usually start with CPU names in front
P5**** P4**** ((pentium))
A7*** A8**** ((AMD))

Asrock usually names the socket first
EX: 775 VM800 - 775 Socket...

Gigabyte goes on with the chipset preceeded by brand initials

MSI normally settles theirs between the Slots of pci again...

U can allways look on their websites to see how their newer mainboards look like and take reference from there... Allways helps as brands usually keep their branding at the same places as in their legacy models... that way it is easyer for a techie to identify it if parts need replacement...

Edit: if you really can't figure... u can allways PM me some pictures and i could find out for you

Edited by red_devil028, 02 March 2012 - 08:12 AM.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:58 AM

Thanks, y'all.

I mentioned on another thread - the more I'm here, the more I learn.
And the more I learn the more I find out what I don't know.

If you can't teach an old dog new tricks, I must not be an old dog.

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