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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.].

      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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