|FCC codes always have FCC before them, often the Cs are printed one inside the other. They are unique to the product model. |
If just FCC is printed on something, that indicates the product passed the FCC's requirements.
If FCC and a number / letter string (or FCC Reg, and a number / letter string ?) is printed on something, that's the unique FCC Registration number for the product model.
FCC is Federal Communications Commission, a US government commission that regulates electronic emissions.
Many products made for use or possible use in the US have a FCC ID code.
The FCC ID code can be used to find info about the product, here:
If n15235 were a pcb number, it would not be the same on many different models of mboards.
There are various identical markings on mboards and computer cards that are not the same model that indicate the mboard or card complies with one standard or another.
- the info in Response 7
- many older Intel brand mboards have the same exxxxx number on many different models
- many older mboards and sound cards have AC97 on them, indicating they comply with the AC97 sound standard, specified in 1997.
Some mboards have no model number printed on them, and may not have that on a stuck on label either. When someone is trying to determine which model such a mboard is, they often try searching with whatever they find printed on the mboard, or on chips on the mboard.
- many older mboards have Elite MT chips on them. They're video memory chips for discrete onboard video - searching with their model numbers is useless.
- some used in brand name systems are OEM only mboards - made by some major mboard maker only for brand name system builders, there is no retail version of the mboard, and no support on the mboard maker's web site.
- some mboard makers do not print the model number on the model because it is sold to more than one retail vendor to be sold under the vendor's own brand and model. E.g. Hsing Tech does that - their own retail brand is PCChips, but they also sell their mboards to ECS (their model number is often on a label on the parallel port; if the model is not printed on the mboard surface, it was probably made by Hsing Tech for ECS, and is probably identical to a PCChips model), and several other vendors; they used to sell them to many more brands of vendors than they do now. Hsing Tech mboards often have chips that have been re-labelled to their unique specs by the actual maker, including the sound and networking chips, and the main chipset chips sometimes - HTxxxxx - (and some cpus).
In most cases, the brand name system builder did NOT make the mboard in the computer - it was supplied to them by some major or minor mboard maker, and merely has the brand name's bios version on it. Sometimes they're OEM only, sometimes they're identical to the mboard maker's retail model (e.g. Intel mboards in older systems) except for the brand name specific bios version. Sometimes who actually made the mboard is printed on it, often that's not.
If the mboard is in a working system, often the model can be determined by it's bios string.
I used to supply this info frequently when I answered at another web site....
If the motherboard is in a working system, we need your bios string to be able to identify your mboard and/or computer.
If Windows is working.....
Go here, download BIOS AGENT.
Run BIOS AGENT to find your bios string.
- here's the link that downloads Bios Agent
The current Bios Agent calls the bios string the Bios ID.
Tell us the Bios ID it finds, or everything Bios Agent finds, and include any dashes, etc.
Bios Agent must be used in Windows.
The following works even if you have no drives at all connected to your mboard but you are able to boot and get a display on your monitor.
If you cannot use Bios Agent, the bios string is usually a long string of numbers/letters at the bottom of the first black screen as you boot your computer - it often begins with a date - usually you can press the Pause key to read it and copy it down.
Press any key but Pause to continue booting.
It could also be higher up the screen under or beside the bios version line, e.g. under or beside Award or AMI or Phoenix...
Post that bios string here, and include any dashes, etc.
Please make sure you copied it right. Most Award and AMI Bios strings do not have spaces. Newer Phoenix bios strings, based most often on those for Intel mboards, are often like so: xxxxxxxx.xxx.xxxxxxxxx
Sometimes the bios string is not visible because a logo screen is displayed overtop of it while booting. In that case, if you are not able to use Bios Agent, go into your bios Setup while booting. Sometimes the bios version date, and sometimes the bios version number, are stated in the bios Setup screens somewhere, and/or some show the identifier part of the bios string at the top of one or more screens.
Or you could try disabling the display of the logo screen if there is such a setting, or disabling fast boot or similar, which often disables the logo screen.
Tell us what you find.