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Motherboard Identification

By jasminder2 ·
How do I find the motherboard id on an HP computer that I purchased a couple of years ago. I purchased it from Wal-Mart, and it had the OS partitioned on it, no disks, and no info on any of the hardware that it was manufactured with. I need to id the motherboard so I know the max processor speed, and max memory capacity I can upgrade to.

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by Oz_Media In reply to Motherboard Identificatio ...

Before you go swapping or upgrading hardware, ensure that the system manufacturer supports it.

The best place to find such info is from the manufacturer. If the BIOS doesn't support the ew hardware you could be SOL. Some manufacturers, HO/Compaq included will custom write BIOS to check hardware on boot and foreign hardware (from their OWN OEM BIOS version) will not work.

If you are clear for upgrades (HO may supply other boxes with the same MOBO, check the specs o see what they are using on them) in which case Nelark will help.

You can also just pull the cover off the box and it is usually printed in 3/4" letters on it somewhere. ASUS etc. followed by model number.

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what os are you using?

by shockwave In reply to Motherboard Identificatio ...

for windows, try sisoft sandra 2005. u can get it on majorgeeks.com and search sandra. I think it's the best computer identification software around.

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I am using Windows XP Home ED.

by jasminder2 In reply to what os are you using?

I am using Windows XP Home ED.

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My HP home computer

by JamesRL In reply to Motherboard Identificatio ...

has a plate on the back with a serial number and model number. Once you have that you can go onto HP's website and get the specific information - manuals etc.

I haven't seen any information about being able to upgrade the processor - and the BIOS doesn't have a manual setting for the processor either. The online manual did give me the information for RAM upgrades.


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When I called HP...

by jasminder2 In reply to My HP home computer

James, When I called HP some time back, they told me that support for the specific computer was no longer avail since it was out of production. I haven't tried your method yet. I'll give it a shot.

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Bios support

by oldphart In reply to When I called HP...

If you have problems that may be solved with a bios upgrade you can go to http://www.esupport.com/biosagent/index.cfm?refererid=40.
They have a free scan program that will help you figgure out if a bios upgrade is necessary. you can also let a tech know what little things that you'r pc is doing. you will then recieve an e-mail with a toll free number to talk to a tech and he will make a recomendation. A bios download will cost about 65.00 and it may well be worth it.
As an aside the company used to be part ov Via and still does work on their systems bios's

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Bios should still be free and only use the OEM

by Oz_Media In reply to When I called HP...

HP often customizes the default BIOS fro the build, as do many OEM's to keep them proprietary. It is always better to use the BIOS from the site or archives.

If you post back with a model number I'll see if I can find the latest HP update for you. When they stop support, you can still get the last BIOS and driver updates, and the online manual (which is probably just buried in the archives) will tell which motherboard is in it.

You can just post the model number (and serial if you can find it on a sticker somewhere)or email it to me through my peer contact link if you prefer.

I'll dig around their archives abbit and see what's left.

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Mod & Ser #

by jasminder2 In reply to Bios should still be free ...

HP Pavilion XT 983

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The specs for your computer

by JamesRL In reply to Mod & Ser #


If your bios is like mine(later HP Pavillion), you are stuck with the processor you have. There is no option to work with another processor.

Your Maximum RAM is limited to 512, which frankly is a what I recommend for good operations of XP, especially if you take advantage of things in SP2 like the firewall. Its 2 slots of PC 133 SDRAM, so I would buy 2 256 MB DIMMs. If your comp has the original 128MB of RAM, no wonder its feeling slow.


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