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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

Spring 2010


Computer Hardware

Course Overview

chapter 1 introducing hardware
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
chapter 2 introducing operating systems
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
chapter 2
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
chapter 3 working with people in a technical world
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
chapter 4 form factors power supplies and working inside of a computer
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
chapter 4
Chapter 4
  • Computer case, motherboard, power supply
    • Interconnected system
    • Must be compatible
chapter 5 all about motherboards
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
chapter 5
Chapter 5
  • Motherboard
    • Most complicated computer component
    • First item to consider when building a computer
    • Contains many detailed components
chapter 6 supporting processors
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
chapter 6
Chapter 6
  • Processor
    • Installed on motherboard
    • Determines system computing power
  • Two major processor manufacturers
    • Intel and AMD
chapter 7 upgrading memory
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
chapter 7
Chapter 7
  • Random access memory (RAM)
    • Holds data and instructions used by CPU
    • Static RAM (SRAM) and dynamic RAM (DRAM)
      • Both volatile memory
chapter 8 supporting hard drives
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
chapter 9 installing and supporting i o devices
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
chapter 9
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
chapter 10 multimedia devices and mass storage
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
chapter 10
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
chapter 11 pc maintenance and troubleshooting
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
chapter 17 networking essentials
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
chapter 21 supporting notebooks
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
chapter 22 supporting printers
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
chapter 22
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