This article will show you how to find information about your computer's motherboard. This is usually required on a Windows computer because the motherboard cannot be replaced on Mac computers. Information about the motherboard can be found using the command line or the free Speccy program. You can also visually identify your motherboard model by opening the computer case. To find information about a motherboard on your Mac, you need to find out the serial number and then find the corresponding motherboard on the Internet.
Method 1 of 4: Using the command line on Windows
Step 1. Open the Start Menu
Click on the Windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen. 2.
3 Enter Command Prompt from the Start menu.
This will search for the command line. 4.
5 Click Command Prompt
You will find this icon at the top of the Start menu. A command prompt window will open. 6. 7 Enter the command to get information about the motherboard. Enter
wmic baseboard get product, manufacturer, version, serialnumber
You will find this icon at the top of the Start menu. A command prompt window will open. 6.
7 Enter the command to get information about the motherboard.
9 Review the system board information.
Information will be given in the following columns:
- Manufacturer - The manufacturer of the motherboard. In some cases, this is the manufacturer of your computer.
- "Product" - motherboard model.
- Serial number - The serial number of the motherboard.
- Version - The version number of the motherboard.
- This will help you figure out which components you can connect to the motherboard.
- If you do not find the information you want about the motherboard, go to the next method.
Method 2 of 4: Using Speccy on Windows
Step 1. Open the Speccy website
Go to https://www.piriform.com/speccy in a web browser.
Step 2. Click Download Free Version
It's a green button on the left side of the page.
Step 3. Click Free Download when prompted
A page with links will open.
Step 4. Click on the "Piriform" link
It's under “Download from” in the “Speccy Free” section. The installation file of the program will be downloaded to the computer.
If the file download does not start, click “Start Download” at the top of the page to force the download to start
Step 5. Install Speccy
Double click on the downloaded file and then follow these steps:
- Click Yes when prompted.
- Check the box next to “No thanks, I don't need CCleaner” in the lower right corner.
- Click Install.
- Wait for the Speccy to install.
Step 6. Click on Run Speccy when prompted
It's a purple button in the middle of the installer window. The Speccy program will start.
If you do not want to view the online information about the Speccy, first uncheck the "View release notes" checkbox under the "Run" button
Step 7. Click Motherboard
This tab is on the left side of the Speccy window.
Step 8. Review your motherboard information
Under the Motherboard heading at the top of the window, you will find information about the manufacturer, model, version, and so on.
This will help you figure out which components you can connect to the motherboard
Method 3 of 4: On a Mac
Step 1. Open the Apple menu
Click on the Apple logo in the upper left corner of the screen.
Step 2. Click About This Mac
It's near the top of the menu.
Step 3. Find out the serial number of the computer
Find the number in the "Serial number" line.
Step 4. Find your motherboard model
Open a search engine (for example, Yandex or Google), enter the serial number of the computer, then enter the words "motherboard" (without the quotes) and press ⏎ Return. The search engine will return a list of matching motherboard models.
Method 4 of 4: Visual Identification
Step 1. Turn off your computer
Save any open files, then open the Start menu and click Turn Off.
This method can only be applied to Windows desktops
Step 2. Disconnect all cables from the computer base
This includes the power cable, Ethernet cable, USB cables, and audio cables. Step 3. Ground yourself.
Do this to avoid damaging the motherboard or other component from static electricity.
Step 4. Prepare the chassis
Place the chassis on a table (or flat surface) so that all connectors on the back are close to the table surface. These connectors are connected to the motherboard and will help you determine if you have positioned the case correctly.
Step 5. Open the case
In most cases, the case panels are secured with thumb screws, but older cases can be opened with a Phillips screwdriver. You may need to remove the thumb screws with a screwdriver if they are tight. The screws are located along the edges of the back of the case.
When you unscrew the screws, remove or open the side panel
Step 6. Find your motherboard model number
It is usually applied to the motherboard, but it can be in different places, for example, near the slots for RAM modules, near the processor socket, or between PCI slots. Sometimes only the model number is indicated, but in most cases you will find the model and manufacturer of the board.
- There are many symbols on the motherboard, but the model number is in the largest font.
- Motherboard model numbers are usually made up of numbers and letters.
Step 7. Find out the manufacturer by the model number
If the manufacturer is not listed on the motherboard, enter the motherboard model number in the search box, and then enter the words “motherboard” (without quotes) to exclude non-computer results.