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Hard drive says it is a n IBM Deskstar, the outside of the tower says Netvista, where do i look and to find out what is really in this thing and where can I download for free a user guide /manual.

I was recently given a computer by my boss. IBM Netvista M42 P4 2.5 Ghz Tower Computer I know that lenovo supports Net Vista and supposedly Hitachi supports deskstar. The hard drive casing says IBM Deskstar The out side of the tower says net vista. Long story short how can I tell what exactly is this thing because theyremoved the harddrive and I will be hooking it up tonight when i bring it home. It would be nice to bring home a print out of the OEM setup, bios and what have you so that if I have any problems with it I can refer to the written stuff.... my present 98Se is in bad shape and finding things on the internet is difficult with it's performance being so raggedy, i want to print out this stuff before I go home. I was told that the fan is shot. I have 2 so that isn't a big deal but if the fan doesn't work...that will keep it from booting up???? never heard that one before. Yes i am a real greenhorn but I am a quick study and know more after working this job so lay it on me .. i will catch up

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  • Barry Parks May 11, 2010

    I like the attitude! Let's start with the basics and move on from there.
    This is so I understand everything, too. Which fan is shot, the one on the CPU or the one in the power supply? If it is the CPU fan, you should replace that before using the PC much. You can fry the CPU without antiquate cooling. If you take the heat sink off of the CPU, be sure to put a dilectric gel between the heat sink and the CPU. If it is the fan in the power supply, replace that unit when you can.

    Next is the hard drive. If it is an IDE drive it will have one wide ribbon cable and one four-wire power connector. The wide ribbon cable will have a red stripe down one side. Connect the cable so the red stripe is next to the power connection. The power plug is indexed so it will only attach one way.

    Here is a link to that will give you the specs on the computer. There is a second link to get to complete specs, if you need them.

    It's about time for me to go home for the day. I will be online later. I hope this helps you. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

    ~ Spoem



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You can get the system snapshot. you can use any external tool like pc wizard 2008 to get a complete configuration of your system.

if you donot want to use any external tool then there is an option in windows also.

just go to start->run-> msinfo32.exe

from this tool also you can get the system configuration completely at very high level.

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