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Venki
09-10-2001, 12:39 PM
Hi Guys

I'm trying to find the machine vendor and model info (HP Vectra, Compaq etc) from BIOS. Any suggestions or ideas on how to do this. Any freeware tools?. Thanks in advance.

Ven


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YODA74
09-10-2001, 01:12 PM
Ven Welcome to Pc Guide,Some sys. specs would be helpful.
2.have you had any experiance in bios before. if you mess up in there you have a permanent paper weight? But post back with some specs and some one with excellent experiance will get you going on the right track ok. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif you could try calling the mfg? just a thought.

sea69
09-10-2001, 01:53 PM
does this machine boot up ??

your BIOS version is in your opening screen as it tests system memory.

are you trying to ENTER (BIOS) ??

**note: as warned above- be carefull when in BIOS(setup)

changes could make your machine unbootable!

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mjc
09-10-2001, 03:19 PM
What kind of info are you after?

If you know the machine is an HP or a Compaq, and are looking for a BIOS update for it, the only place to get the update is from the manufacturer. HP keys their restore disks to a code in the BIOS (so do most other manufacturers) so if you change the BIOS you will need to get all new (full version) software. Also most of the motherboards used in these type machines are modified (certain features ar disabled) so the standard version of the BIOS WILL NOT work properly...this is done intentionally by the manfuacturers so you must go through them for the updates. The key word here is proprietary...and that extends to both the hardware and the BIOS, if you notice most of these machines use a Phoenix BIOS...it is designed just for that purpose, modules that can be added at will by the manufacturer. And for the most part the manufacturers a loathe to give out complete details about the motherboards they use.

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Venki
09-10-2001, 04:21 PM
guys

thanks for the updates. I think I didn't explain my requirements properly. Actually I'm trying to write a tool which gives all the info about the machine. Almost like a machine audit tool. I managed to get the
info about processor, speed, memory etc. The only thing I was not able to get is the machine vendor info. B'cos the vendor info is not there in the registry. Its available only in the BIOS. So now I'm looking for a
way to read the BIOS for that info. I did everything else using VB. But there's no definite way to read the BIOS using VB. Any other methods or suggestions.

Thanks
Venkat



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mjc
09-10-2001, 05:17 PM
Ok, I see what you are after and yes there are ways of doing it but I'm not sure if you can with VB.

There are some problems with the proprieatary machines, though, the info is one of the things that they try to protect and they don't let it be read...some of the other currently existing reporting tools have problems reading the vendor/chipset info on these machines. Basically i don't think that the proprieatary machines properly support the request for that info.


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