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how do i get the specs for my mobo

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I dont have accesss to the BIOS because there is a password. I need to reinstall the audio drivers buti dont know what kind of mobo i have? The audio controller is the Intel(r) 8201AA AC'97.
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by:kiranghag
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while the system is booting, you can note the bottom line for a cryptic long string.
this string can tell you the exact details of the motherboard.
you can post the line here.

once the line is on screen, you can press pause key to make the system wait for going ahead...
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by:MarkDozier
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there are several products that you can use
I user Doc Hardware 2004.There is also Everest. Both are freely aviaible on the net. And both are easy to use and provide great useful needed information.
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_ earned 400 total points
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Did you try moving the Clear CMOS jumper to clear for about 5 seconds and then moving it back, or take out the round flat silver battery for about 20 minutes. This should clear the password.

I don't see why you need to get into the BIOS to reload sound drivers.
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by:nobus
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if it is a desktop, open it and look for the printing on it, like SV-835
If it is a laptop, look for the model N° and look it up on the manufacturers site
You can als o Use Everest to identify parts of your PC:

http://www.lavalys.com/index.php?page=product&view=1            Everest home free
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by:Cyber-Dude
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This is your solution:
http://support.intel.com/support/chipsets/sb/cs-009233.htm

Download the audio drivers;

Cyber
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by:calvinbq
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Theres a program called CPU-Z from cpuid..
http://www.cpuid.com/

It will tell you the model number as well as the bios version you have. If the soundcard is built into the motherboard, you should be able to visit the manufacturer's website to download the correct drivers.
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by:radomirthegreat
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Open your computer and take out the battery.  The battery looks like a large watch battery, and it helps store the CMOS data.  Once you take it out for 15 seconds or so, you can then put it back; your CMOS will have been cleared, and you can now enter it and set settings according to what you want.  Another option is to flash your BIOS to a desired revision, and the password protection will be gone.  I prefer taking out the battery, unless I know where the RESET CMOS jumper is.

Radomir Jordanovic
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by:tricks801
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i used CPU-Z and found out that i have the i845gl chipset and the BIOS is Phoenix Teechnologies. I went to the Inel site, do i need to update the BIOS?

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Only if it fixes a problem you are having or increases the upgradablity the mobo and you think you will need it. While upgrading the BIOS usually goes smoothly, it CAN trash your mobo if something goes wrong. So we don't recommend doing it just to do it.
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by:Cyber-Dude
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If you went into Intel's site, you may notice the available update and release notes telling you what does the update fixin and what features have been added. Checkout those notes and verify your deamands according to those notes.

Cyber
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by:calvinbq
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Go here:
http://support.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/

Select List by Chipset type, choose your motherboard (as shown by cpu-z, go to latest driver updates, and then get the latest audio driver.
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XSINUX earned 300 total points
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You Solution to the hardware configuration can be sorted out by using belarc. Click on the Link while you and online and the Utility will Run on your system and display the hardware configuration on a Web Page.

http://www.belarc.com/Programs/advisor.exe

Hope that Helps

Cheers
Sinu.
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Thank you much.    : )
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