The large circuit board that takes up the majority of the space inside your PC's case is called a motherboard. Motherboards regulate all activities of your computer by allowing each portion of the machine to communicate through its built-in circuitry. Components such as the PC's computational centre, or processor, sound creating card and video rendering card all plug directly into the motherboard. On your Windows-based PC, the motherboard functions through the use of an installed set of files called drivers. Using tools readily available on your computer, you can check what motherboard driver you currently have installed.
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Click the "Start" button located in the lower-left corner of your Windows XP desktop. Choose "Settings" from the list that appears and open the "Control Panel." A new window opens.
Double-click on the "System" icon to bring up the System Properties window. Select the "Hardware" tab from the options available and click on the "Device Manager" button. The Device Manager window opens.
Expand the "System Devices" option with a click and then find "Motherboard Resources" in the list that appears. Double-click "Motherboard Resources" to open a new window.
Choose the "Driver" tab from the new window. The name, date of creation and the maker of your motherboard driver are shown.
Activate the "Start" button on your Windows Vista desktop. In the list that appears choose the "Control Panel" option.
Select the "Systems And Maintenance" icon. In the new window that opens, choose "Device Manager." A new window opens.
Pick the "Motherboard Resources" tab from the "System Devices" tab. The Motherboard Properties window opens.
Click the "Driver" tab to display the information about your current motherboard driver.
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