My need is to ascertain the motherboard used. Using limited information at hand. The number-N1996- is seen on the board. Is this the motherboard number or the chipset number perhaps? After finding out this information. A need to figure why any attempt to install and use a mouse-whether optical or ball- is not workable. I have attempted to use a mouse through the PS2 and USB options. Leading me to believe, that the board is fulty to that extent at least. Please assist me in gathering the needed knowledge to fix this. Thank you for your time.
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Re: Need to find what motherboard used.
Start your computer.
On the very-first screen (white text over a black background) will be a serial-number on the bottom-line of the display. Press the PAUSE key on your keyboard, and record this string.
Then, press ENTER, and let the computer boot.
Then, see: http://www.wimsbios.com
and match your string with the huge list of strings on that web-site, in order to identify your motherboard.
P.S. Does the mouse work on some OTHER computer????
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A lot of people have been looking for N1996 board drivers, thinking that N1996 is the model number for their MSI products, such as MSI motherboards, optical drives, VGA cards and etc. Well, that IS NOT the model number because it is not possible that alot of products sharing the same model number, right?
Then some one on the forums mistakenly saying that N1996 is MSI FCC identifier printed on all MSI boards/optical drives/VGA cards, which is NOT TRUE as well. To know what N1996 means to your MSI products, see below for the proof:
According to MSI official website, A C-Tick mark (see above) may also appear on MSI products that are required to comply with Australian electromagnetic compatibility requirements and radio-communications standards. That's all, nothing else.
It signifies that the product may be legally sold in Australia. Now it requires EMC compliance must be marked with the C-tick logo and ACA supplier code number. Their ACA supplier code is N1996 and can apply to several of their motherboards. The supplier is responsible for holding a Compliance Folder that contains compliant test reports and a Declaration of Conformity.
This is more about ACA supplier code. According to ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority), Supplier Code Number means the number issued to a person by ACA or ACMA upon application for registration to use the compliance marks (A-Tick or C-Tick).
So now you know what N1996 means for MSI products. To find the MSI drivers, you need to find out the correct MSI model numbers, for example here are few of the correct MSI model numbers/codes, hope you can see the pattern here:
Alternatively, I would suggest you to try a driver scanning service which will identify your hardware information and then locate the most recent driver for it. One of the more accurate is Free Driver Scan. It will save you countless hour and headache and best of all, get the working driver fast. I have not personally tested this software so during install, please read the TOS (terms of service) carefully to make sure it doesn't contain adware/spyware or other kooky stuff. If you disagree with the terms, cancel the install at this point.
Another program that will help you to identify the motherboard and it's on-board hardware is Everest Home Editon. It's clean and contains NO spyware or adware.
To find make and model of pc hardware, EVEREST Home Edition is a free system diagnostics, system information program that will id most hardware onboard a mb. as well as the actual motherboard.
You will have to visit the manufacturer's website to download the manual that you need. For your motherboard, the link to the website is: http://support.msi.com
Once you get to the website, look in the support or downloads section of the site for the model number of your board.and select the manual you need for download.
In the event that you cannot locate the manual, look for a "contact us" link on the website support or home page. This link will provide you with contact information (phone or E-mail) and allow you to ask about the type of RAM that you need. If you have any additional questions contact me by clicking on the "Add a comment" link located under your problem description on FixYa. Also, if you believe that this information was helpful to you, please return to the FixYa website and rate my response to your question.
n1996 is NOT the model number. ALL MSI boards are labeled n1996 - it's their C-Tick number. You need to find the actual model number which should be listed on a sticker near the main CPU socket. Search for that on msi's website.