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Subject: to get video card ID
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 22:37:49 -0700 (PDT)
From: Eva
To: Tip Group


Dear Tip Group:

I found some tips at this site: http://itpro.comptia.org/

UPDATE (11/30/04): The tips are gone, unfortunately.
Click on the "technical tip of the week" link for the weekly tips. The "technical tips" link is inaccessible to non-comptia members, unfortunately. COMPTIA is the organization that administers the A+ certification and others.

eva

Below are two tips from this site:

This first one is good for identifying your video card without having to open the case.

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Need to find out what chip set your video card is using? Try this:
1. At the DOS prompt, type DEBUG
2. At the '-' prompt, type 'd c000:0'
3. At the next '-' prompt, type 'd'.
The c000:0 memory region is the video card BIOS. This may not work with older "budget" cards or machines with integrated video. It won't break anything if you try, though, so give it a shot!

UPDATE (11/30/04): I tried it on my Windows 2000 system by running cmd.exe and here is what it displayed:

      Microsoft Windows 2000 [Version 5.00.2195]
      (C) Copyright 1985-2000 Microsoft Corp.

      C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32>DEBUG
      -d c000:0
      C000:0000  55 AA 40 E9 CC 01 00 00-00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   U.@.............
      C000:0010  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00-70 01 00 00 00 00 49 42   ........p.....IB
      C000:0020  4D F5 00 00 00 00 00 00-00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   M...............
      C000:0030  20 37 36 31 32 39 35 35-32 30 00 00 00 00 00 00    761295520......
      C000:0040  3F 3F 00 00 00 00 00 00-26 01 00 00 00 00 00 00   ??......&.......
      C000:0050  32 30 30 31 2F 30 35 2F-32 39 20 31 31 3A 32 37   2001/05/29 11:27
      C000:0060  00 00 00 00 E9 E4 48 00-E9 B2 11 00 00 00 00 00   ......H.........
      C000:0070  02 10 08 04 01 FA AE 00-00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ................
      -d
      C000:0080  0D 0A 52 41 47 45 31 32-38 20 50 52 4F 20 49 49   ..RAGE128 PRO II
      C000:0090  20 47 4C 20 34 78 20 41-47 50 20 2D 20 50 2F 4E    GL 4x AGP - P/N
      C000:00A0  20 31 31 33 2D 37 33 31-30 38 2D 31 30 31 20 0D    113-73108-101 .
      C000:00B0  0A 00 28 43 29 20 31 39-38 38 2D 39 39 2C 20 41   ..(C) 1988-99, A
      C000:00C0  54 49 20 54 65 63 68 6E-6F 6C 6F 67 69 65 73 20   TI Technologies
      C000:00D0  49 6E 63 2E 20 42 4B 33-2E 30 2E 33 20 56 52 30   Inc. BK3.0.3 VR0
      C000:00E0  30 31 2E 30 30 31 2E 30-30 33 2E 30 30 33 2E 30   01.001.003.003.0
      C000:00F0  30 31 2E 30 32 36 20 74-66 75 6D 6D 31 78 2E 33   01.026 tfumm1x.3
      -
      
You can see the card name on the right: "RAGE128 PRO II GL 4x AGP". Pretty nifty!
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Another tip from the same site:

When defragmenting a hard drive make sure that you disable the screen saver before starting defrag. Maybe every one knows this, but I could not determine why defrag would not finish. It was because the screen saver had changed the drive contents and defrag had to start over.




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