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    Identifying PC cards

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    I was rummaging at the office and I found a box full of PC expansion cards. Some are so old, I think I will donate to the museums, maybe the Smithsonian Institue.

    But some are fairly new, and could be used in assembling a PC, the problem is how do you identify a PC card when all you have is the card itself? I was told that there is a utility software, or a web site perhaps that you can type in a serial number, or a chipset number off of the card and it will tell you what it is. This is needed to search and download drivers so that if need be we have them ready for use.

    Thanks for any pointers. Oh and if you are in need of a PC card that might be in that box, I'll ship it to you, there seems to be several of the same type, just by looking at size, the numbers and chipsets.

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    Re: Identifying PC cards

    Wassim,

    Try this link to the FCC Equipment authorization Identification Search.

    Go to : FCC SEARCH
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    Re: Identifying PC cards

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    If there aren't too many you can try mounting them in your PC and running Everest. It'll give you the manufacturers name and IDs so that you can search for the drivers.
    Download the free version of Everest from:

    http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4181.html

    A word of caution about drivers. If they ain't in your OS try, in the first instance, to get them from the manufacturer and only google as a very last resort.

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    Re: Identifying PC cards

    First of all, if you could not identify which kind of card you have, the chances you can use this card are next to zero. For instance, how can you use SCSI-1 card or TokenRing NIC, if you don't have old SCSI drives and use Ethernet connection?

    Second, all ISA cards belong to Smithsonian or nearest antique store (can you tell ISA from PCI ?)

    Third, look at connectors on the cards. You can separate NICs, modems, sound, video, etc. cards with familiar connectors. If connectors look weird, you probably cannot use such card (for instance, video capturing card with BNC connector). Put them aside.

    Now you can start identification. Try to locate any model number. Then try to locate main chip and write down maker name and model. Use Internet to search for these numbers. If you lucky enough, you can identify the card.

    You can also use electronic PnP ID to identify the card. Insert the card into PCI slot and power up your computer. Logon to Windows, open Device Manager (Start | Run, type DEVMGMT.MSC and hit Enter). Windows may recognize your card automatically, but don't count on it. Most likely your card appears under "Unknown Devices" with big yellow question mark. Right-click it and from pop-up menu select Properties, then click Details tab. Under "Device Instance ID" you will see the string like this:

    PCIVEN_1002&DEV_4153&SUBSYS_02001092&REV_004&1246F E7B&0&0008

    What you need is Vendor ID (VEN_1002 - in this example, ATI Technologies Inc.) and Device ID (DEV_4153 - in this example, Radeon 9550 Video Adapter). Search Internet for vendor and device IDs...

    Good luck!

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    Re: Identifying PC cards

    Try the search first.
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