Posted 26 June 2012 - 08:03 PM
Is there no tag on the bottom that says who made it, model number, etc?
I would still suggest using live media. With that you can see what works and what, if anything, doesn't.
From within Windows' device manager you can find out a lot about the computer. Maybe not the model, but certainly the speed, memory, drive size and usually some of the hardware will also name who manufactured it.
You can find some of that out via linux as well. But it's mostly commandline stuff. And even that isn't detailed enough sometimes.
But if you run live media, you won't have to know what any of it is unless something doesn't work. And if something doesn't work, knowing more about it can usually lead to answers about how to get it working.