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HOW TO FIND OUT WHAT KIND OF HARDWARE YOU HAVE WITHOUT OPENING YOUR COMPUTER'S CASE

Here is a tutorial on how to find out some information that is very useful when upgrading or troubleshooting your computer

The first section is the steps needed to find out what hardware youhave and will give a list of things to include when asking for adviceabout your computer.

The second section will list the steps to use DirectX Diagnostic Tool to determine your type of Video Card

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Section 1: Obtaining and using CPU-Z to gather system information

Section 1a: Obtaining and using CPU-Z

1) Go and download [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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2) After downloading CPU-Z extract the contents of the .zip file, and put the extracted files where you can easily access them.

3) Double-click the cpuz.exe file.

4) Now that CPU-Z is open, you can click on each tab to find out specific information about your computer.

Section 1b: What to list when asking for advice

In the following section list the information that pertains to yourquery. For example, if you are upgrading your CPU, list the relevantinformation from the CPU Tab.

CPU Tab:

Processor Specification
Processor Code Name
Core Speed
FSB
Bus Speed

Mainboard Tab:

Motherboard Manufacturer
Motherboard Model
Graphic Interface Version
Graphic Interface Transfer Rate

Memory Tab:

Type
Size
Frequency

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Section 2: Using DirectX Diagnostic Tool to determine your type of Video Card

The DirectX Diagnostic Tool will give you information about you video and audio equipment and their drivers.

Section 2a: Opening the DirectX Diagnostic Tool

1)Click the Start button.

2)Click the Run... button from the Start Menu. 

3)Type dxdiag in the text box.

Section 2b: Finding relevant information from the DirectX Diagnostic Tool

In the following section list the information that pertains to your query. 

System Tab:

DirectX Version

Display Tab:

Device Name
Device Chip Type
Device Approx. Total Memory

Drivers Main Driver
Drivers Version

Hope that helps.

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