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Q: Age of a computer system ( No Answer,   2 Comments )
Subject: Age of a computer system
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: ctuck-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 04 Sep 2003 05:40 PDT
Expires: 04 Oct 2003 05:40 PDT
Question ID: 252114
How do I find the age of a computer, when it was made and how many
hours of actual usage are on the system.. ?

Clarification of Question by ctuck-ga on 04 Sep 2003 06:53 PDT
I am familiar with accessing the BIOS , but exactly  how do I find the
info you are telling me

Request for Question Clarification by mathtalk-ga on 04 Sep 2003 07:50 PDT
Hi, ctuck-ga:

If your computer has a fairly recent version of MS Windows as its
operating system, then you can check the BIOS version and date from:

Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> System Information

This small application will gather up lots of information about your
computer system and present it in a list of Item and Value pairs.

The top level "System Summary" should show you (about the ninth item
down) the BIOS Version/Date.  E.g. my laptop has this entry:

BIOS Version/Date           TOSHIBA V1.00, 1/26/2002

Check out the information on your system and let us know if this is
sufficient.  If you have a different kind of operating system (DOS,
Linux, OS/2 ?), then let us know which one it is, and we'll go from

regards, mathtalk-ga

Clarification of Question by ctuck-ga on 04 Sep 2003 08:26 PDT
Thanks for your reply, I have different windows  OS , however, they
are all primarily Win 98 Se, or W2k, or XP or W2k Server,, the one I
am on now, is Win 98 Se..

Clarification of Question by ctuck-ga on 04 Sep 2003 08:33 PDT
I think I got it, it was under System Board.. BIOS date... 1995...
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Age of a computer system
From: omnivorous-ga on 04 Sep 2003 06:22 PDT
Ctuck --

Though a BIOS can be updated, the best way to check a computer's age
is to check the date of the BIOS release.  As for actual hours of
usage -- that's impossible to measure.

Best regards,

Subject: Re: Age of a computer system
From: mvguy-ga on 04 Sep 2003 06:25 PDT
Also note that it is possible for different parts of the computer to
be different ages. The CPU of the computer I'm using now is about
three years old, the video card is about one year old, one of the
floppy drives is about seven years old, and so on.

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