UNDERSTANDING ALL THE PARTS OF A COMPUTER
May 01, 2012
[MY COMPUTER TUTORIALS]
(P.S. I, acquired this blog during 2009, but I wasn't able to publish anything until 2012, due to my hectic schedule of being a working Mother of 1 boy). I, and my son, finally decided to come to Calgary during the year 2008; after graduating in Winnipeg for a one year college diploma in Computerized Accounting, (at the Academy of Learning).
Although, I was born in a remote village in the Philippines, I have already been familiar with the so-called computer device as early as 1988, during my Grade 12 Class. I spent my Senior high school class at the University of Pangasinan, which offers courses in Computer Technology. Our teacher in Comp. Tech. class during that time was a westerner. Mannequin was the first movie I ever watched on a computer screen. Back then, the "desktop computer" was really thick and heavy.
Whether you have a laptop or a desktop computer, Plugging it to a power bar is very important, so that way it is protected against electrical power surges. If you will try to use your laptop as a PC, (a desktop computer like in a 24 hours situation, then you can do so but leave the battery and do not remove it, just plug the laptop and also charging the battery at the same time while using it. The battery will stop charging once fully charged and won't harm it at all. (It will be lighted up in greenish color once fully charged). Laptops are designed and capable to be used as a PC-desktop.
- Monitor: when you turn on your computer, automatically the comp. monitor screen gets lighted up and will get to display information in visual form using the text and graphics. Your comp. screen can also show still or moving pictures.
- Modem is a must hardware, if you wanted to connect to the internet. The modem is the one that is sending and receiving information from your computer over a telephone line or a high speed cable.
FYI: Just to let you know that with my experiences with Wi-fi: The signal is sometimes different in other areas inside the house. If for instance your wi-fi is on the upper level, (meaning 2nd level), the occupant on the 3rd level will have no problem receiving the signal, but within the basement level; wi-fi signal will be kind of slow, so you will need a powerline wi-fi repeater in the basement area of your house. You can ask your Internet provider about it and also it is being sold at your local electronics stores.
PC-Desktop needs to have a Motherboard (inside the comp's unit and or the PC-Tower); Just make sure you also purchase the Tower that comes along with it; because sometimes, it's not included in the whole package price. While in a Laptop; it's built in inside the system, meaning the whole Laptop is already completely functional.
|Computer's System Unit -the Tower, [Motherboard is inside]|
- Hard disk is housed in a drive (usually the Drive : C), inside the computer.
- System Unit-is the central part of a computer system, there are many electronic components inside this box that do process all the information. The very imperative part of these components is the CPU- microprocessor , the brain of your computer. while the RAM-(random access memory), is the one which is responsible to temporarily stores information, that is being used by CPU, while your computer is on. The (temporary data): information being stored on RAM, (Random Access Memory); is erased when computer is turned off.
- Mouse is the device which is being used for pointing and selecting information on your computer screen. It has the left and right side, left is for pointing and selecting, is the main way for interacting with your computer. While the right is for right clicking, for showing options to you, to what you can do with such an information being displayed and also has a wheel for smooth scrolling of screen's: (file/docs/web pages), information. There is a wireless mouse option too, to add if you want some fancy mice. You can always get other kinds of accessories to add to your Desktop-PC.
- Speakers are already built in within your computer but you have options to add an extra hardware that you might think is good to hear sound effects or to listen to better mp3's . They are attached through USB-CABLE to the back of the system unit, also depending on what computer you have.
- Printer is the device you should have if you want to transfer any data from your computer to paper such as to print your resume, scan your photos/images or have a copy of your licence, etc.
- Keyboard has function keys which are use for different functions depending on their assigned jobs, and to your right side is the numeric keypad that gives you access to easily enter numerical value on your files/documents or whatever you are working with that requires numbers; at the right side bottom is the navigational keys to help you scroll up and down the page within your document or on a webpage that are presently opened on your screen, (P.S. my Keyboarding post).
The Power Bar, or a Power Strip with Electrical Outlets: It will protect any device that is being plugged into, against electrical power surges.