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Posted on 2001-09-10
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Can anyone show me how to get the BIOS Serial number using Delphi 4?

The serial number i am trying to obtain is the one that is shown on the screen when you boot up.

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function GetBiosInfoAsText: string;
var
  p, q: pchar;
begin
  q := nil;
  p := PChar(Ptr($FE000));
  repeat
    if q <> nil then begin
      if not (p^ in [#10, #13, #32..#126, #169, #184]) then begin
        if (p^ = #0) and (p - q >= 8) then begin
          Result := Result + TrimRight(String(q)) + #13#10;
        end;
        q := nil;
      end;
    end else
      if p^ in [#33..#126, #169, #184] then
        q := p;
    inc(p);
  until p > PChar(Ptr($FFFFF));
  Result := TrimRight(Result);
end;

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
begin
  Memo1.Lines.Text := GetBiosInfoAsText;
end;
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also you can download free component for that
http://www.torry.net/systeminfo.htm
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How come the question is set to 0 points if you're prepared to give away 200?  It seems a bit strange to me...
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Thanks mnasman, i shall give your code a try later tonight and if it works i shall award you the 200 points.

Stuart, what's so strange?  
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Well, call me a skeptic and all, but it seems a great way of getting an answer for a problem without actually commiting any points.  Why are you posting a zero point question anyway?
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Thanks Mnasman - your code seems to have done the trick for my system.

Stuart, i posted a zero point question because i was unsure if it was possible to do it and did not want to wait a life time till the question was deleted to get the points back.  Also, i find with a zero point question those that have the true spirit of EE answer just to help and i think that says a lot don't you?

I do however see your point Stuart, but not all of us behave in such a manner - and i am one that would not do such a thing.  Mnasman trusted me and i repaid his trust by delivering what i promised - that is the spirit of EE.
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I gave you a grade A mnasman - for the trust you gave and the answer.
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So long as no one locks the question, you can delete it and get your points refunded immediately.

I would answer a zero point question if I knew the person.  However, I think that if you do post zero point questions, you limit the number of people who will be interested in providing you with an answer.

I agree about the true spirit of EE, but there is a fair bit of competition amongst a lot of the experts (nothing nasty of cause), and the points do make a bit of difference :)  The fatter the carrot, the better the response.

All the best,

Stu.
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foxjax, Thanks alot for the points, and I'm glad that I helped you :o)
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