Patent Number: 6,170,056

Title: Method and apparatus for identifying a computer through BIOS scanning

Abstract: A method and device for identifying the manufacturer make and model type of a computer involves scanning the BIOS area of memory for personal computer (PC) configuration data. This scanned data is then used to generate a character-based computer identification string that is unique to a certain type of computer. This string is then compared to a set of known strings to determine the manufacturer make and model type of the polled computer. From scanning a number of personal computers and through user feedback, the process may build upon its knowledge base of personal computers.

Inventors: Sidie; Robert J. (Lebanon, NJ)

Assignee: AT&T Corp.

International Classification: G06F 9/445 (20060101); G06F 009/445 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018