It may be the case that you are upgrading the RAM on several of your organization’s older PCs and for this you need to know what type of chips each system requires. And you only have the motherboard manuals for half of the systems. What are you going to do? Time to worry? No! There are ways to find a motherboard’s manufacturer and model number without the manual, if only you know where to look for. Here I am going to suggest you ways to identify an ASUS Motherboard.
ASUSTeK is a computer corporation based in Taiwan. ASUS or ASUSTeK has become synonymous with desktop PCs. Almost one in every three desktops in the market is using an ASUS motherboard. Some manufacturers place ASUS boards into their systems without the ASUS name or make/model imprinted since the computers are made by someone else, such as Hewlett-Packard or Dell. That is the reason you have to find ways to determine whether it is an ASUS Motherboard. But as I said before, there are still several ways to find out if the motherboard is made by ASUS. For this, you will need Internet connection, Make/Model number, FCC Number, and BIOS number/information.
The steps you need to follow are:
First of all try to locate the motherboard’s FCC or Federal Communications Commission number. It is usually comprised of three numbers, known as the Guarantee Code, followed by a dash and more numbers that are the equipment code. You will see “FCC” on the motherboard and to the right of it you may or may not notice the Grantee or Equipment Code since some computer equipment do not come with it. Once you locate the FCC number, you can go to the FCC website and can locate the manufacturer’s name based on the Grantee Code and/or equipment product code. Once the name of the manufacturer is known, you can search its Web site for information on its various motherboards and be sure whether your motherboard is ASUS.
If you could not find the FCC number or your search was inconclusive, you need to locate the motherboard’s model number. You will find it between the white PCI slots. You run the model number, such as M2N-VM or A8N32-SLI Deluxe, through the asus.com website and see if it matches the ASUS motherboard models.
If all else fails you need to obtain the motherboard manufacturer and model information from the BIOS number. There are a number of ways to obtain the BIOS number. The easiest one is as follows: hit Pause while your computer is booting up. You will notice the BIOS information displayed on the monitor. Copy down the number displayed on the screen.
If you are not able to hit the Pause key before the information disappears, turn off the computer, unplug the keyboard, and reboot the computer. If the CMOS is set to Halt On All Errors, it will freeze during the post while the BIOS information is showing on the screen. You can copy the information down and then turn off the computer and reattach the keyboard.
Once you get the BIOS number, go to websites to find helpful information on identifying motherboards from Dell, Gateway, Packard Bell, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, and other common PC brands.