View Full Version : A quick clue on identifying your motherboard

11-12-2001, 05:53 PM
Hi people

I have a friends PC that I somehow agreed to sort out (heard that before?).

Anyway, main problem sorted, now the sound card doesn't go.

No drivers loaded, no clue as to what the sound card is. It is onboard. Win98 can't ID it, as such.

How the heck do I tell what the Mobo is? I rang the less than useful people who sold the thing, and a more useless waste of oxygen and gravity I have never come across (except maybe the guy at Gateway). He can't tell me from the serial number. No useful markings on the outside or inside to provide a clue. No chance of finding the manual or the invoice.

The mobo has a number 6521M-ZX painted on it, that could be anything, but it appears on a sticker on the side of an ISA slot as well. Can't find anything like it on Google.

Any ideas?

A very frustrated and annoyed Robo.

11-12-2001, 06:05 PM
Have you tried SiSoft Sandra.
It comes up with the type of MB in my computers. DW

11-12-2001, 06:16 PM
Can't help on the motherboard, but if the problem is identifying the sound hardware: read the 'Supported Hardware' sections of http://dunedin.lug.net.nz/docs/ldp/HOWTO/Sound-HOWTO/index.html and hppt://dunedin.lug.net.nz/docs/ldp/HOWTO/mini/Alsa-sound.html .

They list the chips used in a lot of sound cards -- there will be a proprietary sound chip on that motherboard. If you can identify one of those, you can get a driver for a card.

11-12-2001, 06:48 PM
Hello Rob,

Go to the following link, it will explain how to ID your motherboard from the bios info displayed in the bottom left hand of your screen during bootup ( this is the easiest method of identifying obscure motherboards ) ..



11-12-2001, 07:16 PM
Problem solved!!
Thanks to all of you. Can't believe how hard this was. So much for buying a PC from a local manufacturer.

I followed Graeme's link to the sound card page, thought 'bollocks, this is Unix' then realised it gave me a list of sound chips and manufacturers.

I then ID'd the Yamaha sound chip on the Mo'Bo', used a torch to get the number, checked the site, and downloaded the driver.

Tried one in '98 first but it was NBG. Used the one I downloaded, and bingo! Happiness filled.

Thanks, guys.

12-12-2001, 09:39 AM
'I have a friends PC that I somehow agreed to sort out'

Got your Santa suit on, have you Robbie? hehehe ;-)

12-12-2001, 09:47 AM
Whoops! That should be HoHoHo!!