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Spring 2010 CSCI 33 Computer Hardware Course Overview Welcome, let’s have some fun! Chapter 1 Introducing Hardware Learn that a computer requires both hardware and software to work Learn about the many different hardware components inside of and connected to a computer

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Spring 2010


Computer Hardware

Course Overview

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Chapter 1Introducing Hardware

  • Learn that a computer requires both hardware and software to work

  • Learn about the many different hardware components inside of and connected to a computer

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Chapter 2Introducing Operating Systems

  • Learn about the various operating systems and the differences between them

  • Learn about the components of Windows operating systems

  • Learn how operating systems interface with users, files and folders, applications, and hardware

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Chapter 2

  • Operating system (OS) software

    • Controls a computer

  • OS services

    • Manages hardware

    • Runs applications

    • Provides an interface for users

    • Retrieves and manipulates files

  • OS acts as a “middleman”

  • Computer needs only one operating system

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Chapter 3Working with People in a Technical World

  • Learn about some job roles and responsibilities of those who sell, fix, or support personal computers

  • Learn what customers want and expect beyond your technical abilities

  • Learn how to interact with customers when selling, servicing, and supporting personal computers

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Chapter 4Form Factors, Power Supplies, and Working Inside of a Computer

  • Learn about different form factors used for computer cases, motherboards, and power supplies

  • Learn how electricity is measured and about electrical components

  • Learn how to select a power supply

  • Learn how to protect yourself and your equipment against the dangers of electricity

  • Learn how to work inside a computer case

  • Learn how to troubleshoot electrical problems

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Chapter 4

  • Computer case, motherboard, power supply

    • Interconnected system

    • Must be compatible

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Chapter 5All About Motherboards

  • Learn about the different types and features of motherboards

  • Learn how firmware on the motherboard controls what happens when you first turn on a PC before the OS is loaded

  • Learn how to install, configure, and maintain a motherboard

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Chapter 5

  • Motherboard

    • Most complicated computer component

    • First item to consider when building a computer

    • Contains many detailed components

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Chapter 6Supporting Processors

  • Learn about the characteristics and purposes of Intel and AMD processors used for personal computers

  • Learn about the methods and devices for keeping a system cool

  • Learn how to install and upgrade a processor

  • Learn how to solve problems with the processor, the motherboard, overheating, and booting the PC

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Chapter 6

  • Processor

    • Installed on motherboard

    • Determines system computing power

  • Two major processor manufacturers

    • Intel and AMD

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Chapter 7Upgrading Memory

  • Learn about the different kinds of physical memory and how they work

  • Learn how to upgrade memory

  • Learn how to troubleshoot problems with memory

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Chapter 7

  • Random access memory (RAM)

    • Holds data and instructions used by CPU

    • Static RAM (SRAM) and dynamic RAM (DRAM)

      • Both volatile memory

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Chapter 8Supporting Hard Drives

  • Learn about the technologies used inside a hard drive and how data is organized on the drive

  • Learn how a computer communicates with a hard drive

  • Learn how hard drives can work together in a RAID array

  • Learn about floppy drives

  • Learn how to select and install a hard drive

  • Learn how to solve hard drive problems

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Chapter 9Installing and Supporting I/O Devices

  • Learn about the general approaches you need to take when installing and supporting I/O devices

  • Learn about the types of I/O devices and their characteristics

  • Learn how to install input devices, including the mouse, keyboard, barcode reader, fingerprint reader, and touch screen

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Chapter 9

  • Learn how to install and configure several I/O devices, including ports on the motherboard, dual monitors, and expansion cards

  • Learn how to troubleshoot I/O devices, including keyboards, pointing devices, and video

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Chapter 10Multimedia Devices and Mass Storage

  • Learn about multimedia adapter cards, including sound cards, TV tuner cards, and video capture cards

  • Learn about optical storage technologies, including CD, DVD, and Blu-ray

  • Learn about removable storage, including solid-state devices, external hard drives, and tape drives

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Chapter 10

  • Learn how to install multimedia peripherals and input devices

  • Learn how to install and configure multimedia and mass storage devices, including optical drives, adapter cards, and external drives

  • Learn how to troubleshoot multimedia and mass storage devices

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Chapter 11PC Maintenance and Troubleshooting

  • Learn about operational procedures to keep you, other people, the equipment, and the environment safe

  • Learn how to develop a preventive maintenance plan and what to include in it

  • Learn how to approach and solve a PC problem

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Chapter 17Networking Essentials

  • Learn about hardware devices used for networking

  • Learn about the different types of networks

  • Learn about the protocols and standards Windows uses for networking

  • Learn how to connect a computer to a network

  • Learn about troubleshooting tools and tips for network connections

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Chapter 21Supporting Notebooks

  • Learn about special considerations when supporting notebooks that are different from supporting desktop computers

  • Learn how to install, configure, optimize, troubleshoot, and repair peripheral devices used with notebooks

  • Learn how to troubleshoot, upgrade, and replace internal notebook components

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Chapter 22Supporting Printers

  • Learn about printer types and features

  • Learn how to install printers and how to share a printer over a local area network

  • Learn how to manage print jobs in Windows and how to install printer consumables

  • Learn about routine maintenance tasks necessary to support printers

  • Learn how to troubleshoot printer problems

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Chapter 22

  • Major categories of printers:

    • Laser, inkjet (ink dispersion), solid ink, dye sublimation, thermal printers, and impact printers

  • Laser printer: electrophotographic printer

    • Uses mechanical, electrical, and optical technologies

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