model number

Foxconn A7da-s atx amd motherboard
June 27, 2010 at 06:01:28
Specs: Windows XP
what does this code mean n15235? I see hundreds of
boards offered for sale with this as the model
number but I sure it is a fcc code

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June 27, 2010 at 07:36:31
Most of the hits I got refer to it as a Foxconn Mobo.

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June 27, 2010 at 07:57:50
thanks for the reply but its not the model number, I know the
number as a white spot with a tick in it and all mother boards
have this mark followed by numbers I'm sure I read that the
n1996 was some thing to do with the sourcing of materials
complied with Canadian law a bit like the FCC standard and
the European CE code but the number of sellers on ebay that
list boards by this number is getting silly ,I blame MSI and
FOXCONN for making it near impossible to see the correct
model number as its normally put in some obscure place and
in really small type

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June 27, 2010 at 08:58:39
That is the PCB (printed circuit board) model number. It is NOT a Foxconn number. Foxconn (aka Winfast) almost always puts the model number on a paper label that's located between the CPU socket & RAM slots or thereabouts. That info is readily available at the Foxconn website:

The reason you're getting so many hits on "Foxconn n15235" is because a bunch of morons are mistaking the PCB number for the board model number. They're posting questions all over the internet asking for drivers or other info for their "n15235" motherboard. For instance, the following link was taken from a forum where the guy asked about his n15235 board. It's not a clear pic but you can see the label right next to the word, FOXCONN. You can also see the PCB number n15235 next to the capacitor, just under the word FOXCONN.

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June 27, 2010 at 10:37:11
Just when I thought I knew it all, lol.

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June 27, 2010 at 13:52:02
thanks for that .I thought it was something to do with the pcb,
thing is a few years ago a lot of makes had the same n1996
marking and I saw numerous question on the drivers for that
model MSI ,foxconn and others ,why asked I wanted to verify it
as Ive seen about a dozen listed on ebay just the last few days

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June 27, 2010 at 13:53:32
found it A C-Tick mark may also appear on our MSI products
that are required to comply with Australian electromagnetic
compatibility requirements and radio-communications standards.
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. Our ACA supplier code is
N1996. The supplier is responsible for holding a Compliance
Folder that contains compliant test reports and a Declaration of

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June 27, 2010 at 22:12:32
Yeah, here's the link for the above showing the N1996 is an Australian compliance code:

I came across that a couple years ago when I was trying to find a matching mobo on ebay and I also thought it was a model number.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.

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June 27, 2010 at 23:11:01
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:

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.

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June 28, 2010 at 01:06:39
can you find out what board it is by the Ctick number as I
thought MSI used the same number for all of their boards

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June 28, 2010 at 06:52:00
If the number is the same number for all of their boards, then it's useless.

If by white spot with a tick in it you mean e.g. a solid white circle with a blank check mark, that has characters beside it , in a white outlined rectangular box, that probably indicates the mboard complies with some standard.
E.g. I have a dead MSI mboard that has N1996 beside that in the box, 1996 probably being the year the standard was specified. That same mboard has KT4V and MS-6712 Ver. 10A (1.0A).
The reason that mboard is dead because I could not tell the difference between it and a similar mboard model going by it's appearance and model number and I used the wrong bios update with it. It turned out you have to take the heatsink off the Via southbridge main chip to see that the model of that chip is slightly different from the model the bios update was for. I should have used the bios string it had to pin down which of the two models it was.
My one and only experience with what can happen when one uses the wrong bios update

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June 28, 2010 at 11:23:31
I stand corrected on what the number represents, but I did some digging. The "C-tick" number is issued to the manufacturer, not to the individual board model. In fact, that number is branded into ALL the manufacturer's products that are in compliance with the Australian regulations. In other words, all MSI boards, whether they're motherboards, video cards, etc will have N1996 on them.

Here's a few more I came up with:

ASUS = N13219

EVGA = N11071

FOXCONN = N15235

MSI = N1996

ZOTAC = N895

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June 28, 2010 at 14:44:13
cheers now all we need to do is inform the rest of the world as I
typed in a search on ebay for n1996 mother board last night and
got about ten listed and every help link lists hundreds on
inquiries for this board and of course you are right it is the code
for compliance to the Australian electromagnetic standards

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June 29, 2010 at 08:20:49
jam saying "I stand corrected..." - that doesn't happen often !

So I was wrong about the 1996 part.

If you are trying to identify a MSI mboard, things I learned regarding the one I used the wrong bios update on, etc. ...

Sometimes the picture of the mboard on the support page for a model is the WRONG ONE on the MSI site, if there are several models, or different versions / revisions of the same model, that look almost identical.

Sometimes the model markings on the mboard are the SAME for similar MSI models that require different bios updates. E.g. KT4V and MS-6712 Ver. 10A (1.0A) are the same for at least two very similar models. One has a KT400A southbridge chip; the other has a KT400 - they are under a heatsink - I used the bios update for the latter rather than the former. If there is another Rev or Ver number otherwise, or some other marking that is different, I could not and still can't find it.
I later found the specs for the one mentioned KT400, the other KT400A - otherwise, the specs looked identical. I then removed the heatsink - aha!
(It has two plastic pins that retain it - difficult to remove unless the mboard is not mounted. If it isn't mounted, use pliers or similar to manipulate the tabs on the backside slim enough so the pins can be easily pulled out.)

Sometimes what the model's mboard looks like varies depending on what MSI region it was made in. The manual from the proper region should show the correct picture and/or mboard layout diagram.

If there is a picture in the manual for the MSI model, it's the right one. If there is no picture in the manual , it may be hard to tell one model from another based on the mboard layout diagram.

For any mboard, if in doubt, if the mboard is in a working system, determine what it's bios string is and search with that on the web - if it has a date, omit the date, and you'll get more "hits" (each version for a model may have many possible dates depending on when it was made initially and whether the bios had been updated since.)

Retail MSI mboard models I've seen always have an obvious model number and version printed between the slots on the mboard in large characters. OEM only MSI models made only for brand name system builders may or may not have that.

MSI no longer has support or manuals for their older mboards, but the manuals and sometimes bios updates for most of those can be found on the web on third party sites.

find Mobot - search for manuals.

I have SOME old manuals and info for old MSI models.

For any mboard brand, usually, if the first number of a mboard version or revision of the same model is the same, e.g. 1.x, 2.x , the same bios updates can be used for the same series, but there are EXCEPTIONS. Find the bios updates for exact version or revision, if not just 1.x or similar is found, to make sure you use the right bios update.
The release notes for the bios updates may state that it can be used for any of the versions or revisions in the series, they may not.

MSI often has more that one version or revision of the exact same model number, they often cannot use the same bios updates, and the mboards often do not even look similar.
They often have two labels for a model - the MS-xxxx model, Ver xx, and a marketing name.
E.g. for my example, KT4V and MS-6712 Ver. 10A (1.0A; there is no 10A; probably a typo. ), KT4V ? - but that wasn't enough info.
Sometimes the marketing name is NOT printed on the mboard, e.g. on OEM only models.
Sometimes you have to search using the marketing name rather than the model number to find the proper info. They used to have lists with both on them you could use as a cross reference, but they didn't have that online the last time I looked ( or if they did, it didn't list the model and ver I was looking up).
You MAY be able to find the marketing name by searching with the MS-xxxx model, Ver xx on the web.

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