How to determine BIOS version, BIOS date, and Model Product Name of a computer using Ubuntu

Here are some commands that queries dmidecode will help you determine key parameters of your computer’s hardware:

BIOS Version

~ sudo dmidecode -s bios-version 


~ sudo dmidecode -s bios-release-date

Motherboard / Computer Manufacturer

~ sudo dmidecode -s baseboard-manufacturer
Intel corporation

Motherboard / Computer Name / Model

~ sudo dmidecode -s baseboard-product-name

Motherboard & RAM

This is useful if you want to know if you can upgrade a laptop:

~ sudo dmidecode -t 2
[sudo] password for root: 
# dmidecode 3.2
Getting SMBIOS data from sysfs.
SMBIOS 2.7 present.

Handle 0x000E, DMI type 2, 16 bytes
Base Board Information
Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
Product Name: 22DA
Version: KBC Version 92.15
Serial Number: REDACTED
Asset Tag: Not Specified
Board is a hosting board
Board is replaceable
Location In Chassis: 
Chassis Handle: 0x000F
Type: Unknown
Contained Object Handles: 0

➜ ~ free -m 
total used free shared buff/cache available
Mem: 7837 4387 627 771 2822 2381
Swap: 975 764 211

In the instance above, it appears it’s an HP 22DA and has 8 GB RAM. Some googling determined that the motherboard uses DDR3L PC3-12800 SDRAM (1600 MHz) and is upgradable to 16 GB.



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