Whether you are looking for updating drivers, checking hardware compatibility, or simply want to know for information, it is very easy to find out the motherboard model number without having to take apart your desktop computer or laptop. There is no need to crack open the casing of your device to check this small detail because you can simply do so from within your operating system. In this article, we take a look at how you can find out the motherboard model on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
Why would you want to know the motherboard model?
There are some situations where you will need to know the motherboard model of your computer system. For instance, when you wish to upgrade the drivers on your computer, it is essential that you know the motherboard model of your device.
Similarly, when you wish to buy new hardware for your system, you will need to know what hardware is your motherboard capable of supporting (information such as the expansion slots available and the memory DIMMS can be obtained from the motherboard model).
Now that you know exactly why is it important to know the model number of your motherboard, let us take a look at how you can find out this important specification on the various operating systems out there.
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If you are comfortable with using the Windows Command Prompt (commonly abbreviated as cmd), then you will be easily able to check a variety of hardware specifications of your system, including the motherboard model. There is a handy tool by the name of WIMC (Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line) that enables you to check your system’s stats.
With the WMIC interface combined with the baseboard query, you can check the basic motherboard specs and combine them with additional information such as Name, Part Number, Model, Manufacturer, Slot Layout, etc. In this guide, we will be checking the motherboard’s manufacturer and model number. Here are the steps that you need to follow for checking the motherboard model number on Windows:
Press Win + R on the keyboard to open up the Run Dialog.
Type in “cmd” without the quotation marks and press Enter.
Enter the command line:
wmic baseboard to get the product, manufacturer
This will return information about your motherboard. The product tab will give you the information about the model number of your motherboard.
An alternative to this method is to look up the information through the “System Information” tool available on Windows. To use this method, follow these steps:
Press Win + R on the keyboard to open up the Run Dialog.
Type in “msinfo32” without the quotation marks and press Enter. This will open up the System Information tool.
Here, look for the specification next to “BaseBoard Model” – this is the model number of your motherboard.
We all know how secretive Apple is about its hardware specifications and the Mac is no exception to this rule. While there is no way to directly access the stats and specs (such as the motherboard model number) on the Mac, there is a workaround which will tell you quite a lot about your system. The logic boards that are used on Macs are tired of the model or the serial number of the Mac itself. If you simply key in your iMac serial number on this website, you can learn lots of information about your particular Mac system.
However, for this, you need to know about the serial number of your Mac. To find this detail, click on the Apple icon on the left of your menu bar and select the option for “About This Mac’. Now, double click on the “version” to obtain the serial number for your machine.
Once you have the serial number of your Mac system, just enter it into the website that we mentioned above, and you will be able to preview the information about your Mac (including motherboard number, available card slots, etc.)
Just like Windows, there is a dedicated System Information tool in Linux – Ubuntu that goes by the name HardInfo. You can easily preview all the specifications related to your system, including the motherboard model number using this tool. To access it, you can search for the hardinfo package in the Software Center, or you can open it via the Command Line. To open hardinfo from the Command Line, follow these simple steps:
- Open the Dash by clicking on the Ubuntu icon on the upper left of your screen, type in “Terminal” and press Enter. Or, press Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard to open the Command Line.
- Once the terminal is open, enter the command below and press Enter to open up the HardInfo tool.
sudo apt-get install hardinfo
Once you have the System Information tool open on Linux, you can preview the motherboard manufacturer and model by navigating to the Device -> DMI page from within the tool.
Alternatively, you can use third-party tools such as GPU-G or Ishw-gtk to preview information about your system on Ubuntu as well. You will need to download them from their websites and install them on your system so that you can preview the information related to your motherboard.
The motherboard model number of your computer is a very important specification that will tell you a great deal about your system. If you are looking to update your system drivers or are looking to upgrade your system’s hardware soon, then you will need to know the motherboard model number of your computer.
However, while you can always open up your computer’s case to look at the motherboard model, it is not the most feasible way of achieving this task. Operating systems such as Windows, Mac, and Linux have built-in tools for providing you with this information. In this article, we have highlighted exactly how you can make use of these utilities for finding out the motherboard specifications of your computer system.