Unlike most of the devices, the motherboard cannot be found intuitively in the Device Manager. Instead, it is bundled with a myriad of other critical components under the “System Devices” tab.
In this article we will look further into where is motherboard in Device Manager exactly, which tabs to open and which elements to look at to figure out what kind of motherboard you have.
While the Device Manager would not highlight the EXACT make and model of the motherboard you have. It can certainly tell you the following key information regarding your motherboard:
- What chipset the motherboard is based on
- What systems and interfaces it has
- Whether the motherboard systems and interfaces are operating optimally
- What drivers each of the system and interface has and its version
Where is Motherboard in Device Manager – How to Access It
There are several ways through which a user can access the motherboard drivers from within their OS environment. For a Windows user, this can be easily done through the Device Manager.
It is important to note that Device Manager can be accessed in many ways
Step 1: Open File Explorer
You need to open the File Explorer. This is the default Windows program that’s used to navigate files on your computer.
You can easily access it by typing “File Explorer” in the search bar.
Step 2: Right Click This PC -> Hit Properties
In the new file explorer window, find the icon that says “This PC” on Windows 10.
In some versions of windows, you may need to find the “My Computer” icon.
Right-click on either and then find and click the “properties” tab in the popup window that appears. This will open the properties window.
Alternatively, you can also click the “Manage” option instead of “Properties” to go directly to the Device Manager. However, this option may not be available on all operating system versions.
Step 3: Find Device Manager
From the properties window, find the tab labeled “Device Manager” on the Left
You can also find the same under the “Hardware” tab in some older versions of Windows.
Once you have accessed the Device Manager window, you will find a list with all of the devices connected to your machine. They will be grouped systematically.
Step 4: Expand System Devices
You need to find the “System Devices” tab and expand it.
You can get some important bits of information regarding your motherboard from here. For instance, I can tell from here that the motherboard my system uses has the Intel C230 chipset.
With this chipset information, I can then find out the generation it belongs to, the CPUs it supports, the RAM channels it has and plethora of other information from Intel’s website.
Sifting Through Each Component
You can access the properties of each of these systems. They will open in a popup window and you will see different tabs for various information regarding the system.
Each of the component will have the following tabs of information:
1. General Information
This will be presented under a tab titled “General”. Here you can expect to find basic information about the device you’re looking at such as its type and manufacturer. You can also get device status information.
Under the “Driver” tab, you get information about the installed drivers for your system and their version.
From here, you can access the Driver details and carry out some administrative tasks like disabling the device or updating the drivers where necessary.
The “Details” tab lets you get more specific information about the motherboard.
This is for the advanced users who want to dive deep into the specifics of the system component in question.
This provides a log of some of the system changes that occur about the use of the motherboard such as when it was configured.
The logs are timestamped and you can also get extra information by clicking the “View All Events” button at the bottom.
Sometimes installing and updating devices can cause conflict with another system resulting in it becoming inoperable.
This tab allows you to check if there are any such conflict with the current selected system component.
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If you can’t find your “Motherboard Resources” selection under System devices in your Device Manager, chances are that it can be hidden.
To solve this issue, still in your Device Manager window, find the “View” tab at the top of the window. Click it, and in the drop-down menu that appears, find the “Show Hidden Devices” options and make sure it is checked. If not, click it.
Also Read: What CPU is Compatible with My Motherboard?
Reasons for Accessing Motherboard Settings
Accessing motherboard settings can also be accompanied by reasons such as
1. Making Sure a Certain Component is Accessible or Available
Device Manager is used to make sure whether a certain component or driver for a component is working properly on your PC.
If there is an issue, the device manager will either not show the device at all or would show a yellow caution sign signaling that there is an issue with the drivers.
So for example, if for some reason your audio is not working, it would be worth it to check the “High Definition Audio Controller” status under the “System Devices”.
2. Accessing Motherboard Information
Sometimes accessing the Device Manager is needed to figure out the make and model of your motherboard.
UNFORTUNATELY, the make and model of the motherboard cannot be figured out through the Device Manager.
However you CAN figure the chipset information as well as the driver information regarding the various systems and interfaces on the motherboard.
To find out the make and model of your motherboard, you can have a better luck with the “System Information” tool (Type “System Information” in Windows search bar).
3. Make Changes
Sometimes, the reason for trying to find motherboard settings is so that you can do some maintenance on the system and even upgrade it.
You can uninstall, install or update the drivers for the motherboard systems through device manager. You can enable or disable them.
Also Read: How to Reset Motherboard?
Exercise Caution Here
When fiddling around in the Device Manager, exercise caution. You do not want to tamper especially with the drivers unless you are absolutely sure.
Device Manager can give you access to a lode of information regarding the components on your PC.
Unfortunately, finding the motherboard in Device Manager is not as straight forward as the rest of the components. Therefore, there is no simple answer to “where is motherboard in device manager?”
Instead of having a single entry for the motherboard itself, the motherboard information in Device Manager is basically divided up into several of its sub systems and interfaces each with their own dedicated entry.
They can all be found bundled up under the “System Devices” drop down menu in the Device Manager.