Category Archives: Computers

Computer Disposal Paper

There are many parts of the computer that can be hazardous to the environment in addition to simply taking up space in landfills.  According to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, recycling and reusing electronic equipment reduces the amount of … Continue reading

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Installing a Hard Drive

Determine if your drive needs to be PATA, SATA, SCSI, or if the drive is a dedicated RAID controller. Motherboards with built-in RAID controllers should have a CMOS setting that enables the RAID to be turned on or off. If … Continue reading

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Replacing a Processor and CPU fan

Make sure your intended replacement CPU will work with your motherboard.  Your motherboard manual will include the socket type used by the computer.  Make sure the CPU chosen will fit in the socket. Prepare your work area by turning off … Continue reading

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Basic instructions for replacing a motherboard

1 – Determine the motherboard needed. What CPU is being used? Is it the correct form factor for the case? Do you have the motherboard specific manual available? 2 – Prepare your work area. Have an anti-static wrist strap properly … Continue reading

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Microprocessors

The CPU is the brain of the computer, though it is more idiot savant than genius. A CPU uses a communication device called an external data bus (EDB). The external data bus uses on/off patterns to represent pieces of data … Continue reading

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Metric vs Computers

A common misconception is that computer bytes and bits follow the metric system.  It’s an easy mistake to make, as they use the same terminology and the results are somewhat close, but computers use base 2 while the metric system … Continue reading

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Computer Basics

A computer’s case provides a frame and protective skin for the computer components. It is also called the closure or system unit. The central processing unit (CPU), or microprocessor, performs the calculations for the computer. It generates heat, and thus … Continue reading

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