How to Identify the Motherboard


This wikiHow teaches you how to find your computer's motherboard's information. This is usually accomplished on a Windows computer, as Mac computers cannot have their motherboards upgraded or replaced. To find your motherboard's information, you can use either Command Prompt or a free program called Speccy. You can also visually identify the motherboard model by taking apart a desktop computer's CPU box. Finally, you can find a Mac's motherboard information by looking up your Mac's serial number and then searching for the related motherboard online.

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Using Command Prompt on Windows

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Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

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Doing so will search your computer for the Command Prompt program.

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It should be at the top of the Start window. Command Prompt will open.

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Type this into the Command Prompt: wmic baseboard get product, manufacturer, version, serialnumber Press ↵ Enter.

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Look at the pieces of information below the following headings: Manufacturer - Your motherboard's manufacturer. This will usually be the same company that made your computer. Product - Your motherboard's product number. Serial number - Your motherboard's individual serial number. Version - The version number for your motherboard.

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If you're missing any of the information mentioned above, enter the information that you do have and the word "motherboard" into a search engine. You can use this information to determine what kind of hardware can be added to your computer. If you don't get any information for your motherboard, proceed to the next method.

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Using Speccy on Windows

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Go to in your browser.

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This green button is on the left side of the page.

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Doing so will take you to the link selection page.

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It's just below the "Download from" heading under the "Speccy Free" section. Speccy will begin downloading onto your computer. If the file doesn't immediately begin downloading, you can click Start Download at the top of the page to force-start the download.

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Double-click the setup file, then do the following: Click Yes when prompted. Check the "No thanks, I don't need CCleaner" box in the bottom-right corner. Click Install Wait for Speccy to finish installing.

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It's a purple button in the middle of the setup window. Speccy will open If you don't want to see Speccy's release notes online, first uncheck the "View release notes" box below the Run Speccy button.

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This tab is on the left side of the Speccy window.

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Beneath the "Motherboard" heading at the top of the window, you'll see several pieces of information pertaining to your motherboard's manufacturer, model, version, and more. You can use this information to determine what kind of hardware can be added to your computer.

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Identifying a Mac's Motherboard

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Click the Apple-shaped logo in the top-left corner of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear.

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It's near the top of the drop-down menu.

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Look at the number to the right of the "Serial Number" heading.

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Open a search engine of your choice (e.g., Google), then type in your Mac's serial number followed by the word "motherboard" and press ⏎ Return. This will bring up a list of matching motherboard models.

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Identifying the Motherboard Visually

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Make sure that all of your work is saved, then press the "Power" switch on the back of the computer's CPU box. This method will only work for desktop Windows computers.

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This includes power cables, Ethernet cables, USB connectors, and audio cables.

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This will prevent you from discharging static electricity if you accidentally touch the motherboard or another sensitive electronic component.

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Lay the case on a table or work surface, resting it on the side so that all of the connectors on the back are closest to the table. These connectors are attached to the motherboard, and will help you determine if your case is laid on the correct side.

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Most cases have thumbscrews securing the panel, though older cases may require the use of a Phillips-head screwdriver. You can also use a screwdriver on the thumbscrews if they are too tight. These screws are typically located running along the edge of the back side of the tower. After removing the screws holding the panel in place, you'll typically slide it off or open it like a door, depending on the case.

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This is usually printed on the motherboard, but can be located in several possible locations; for example, it may be printed near the RAM slots, near the CPU socket, or between the PCI slots. It may only be a model number without a manufacturer listed, but many modern motherboards will list both manufacturer and model. There will be a lot of writing on the motherboard, but the model number is usually written in the largest text. Motherboard model numbers are typically a collection of numbers and letters.

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If you couldn't find a manufacturer printed on the motherboard, you can usually quickly find it by entering your motherboard's model number into a search engine. Include the word "motherboard" in your search to cut down on results that aren't computer related.