This is a work in progress and will expand as time permits.
The USB ports on a computer are rectangular slots about the size of an Australian dollar coin. There
are three main locations on the computer where you can find them; the back panel near the PS2
connectors, in the expansion card slots and on the front of the computer. Below is a drawing of a
common back panel with all the ports marked, followed by a picture of the back of a computer
with the two built in USB ports circled in yellow and three more USB ports in an expansion card
slot, also circled in yellow. The front mounted ports will look the same and may be hidden behind
a door panel.
The majority of motherboards have their model number painted on the board in large letters, usually
in the centre or the front edge. Below are some pictures with the numbers circled in yellow, notice
how much bigger than the other text the numbers are. Once you have the motherboard model number
you can then find the manufacturer's web site via a search engine and visit it to get more technical
information, latest drivers or manuals. Some manufacturers stop making this information available after
the board's designed life span is up.
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