Learning the Basics of Computers

When asking a random person about the parts of a computer, the first thing that comes to mind in the “computer screen”, the computer mouse, and the keyboard. I know this because I was one of those random people who knew nothing; yesterday to be exact. But the computer has developed over time to become one of the most innovative tech advance in the world. Such a development deserves proper acknowledgement and research. So I’ve taken the initiative to do the studying for you, thanks to an awesome book outline and website! The first element that should be identified is the Monitor, which uses a video card in the actual computer to display everything a user sees once they turn it on. This is mainly because this is the first thing a computer user sees.

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A basic user would say that the monitor (showing off in style) is what does all the work. However, the main focus is the Motherboard, holding all of the computer components found inside the computer case together. The Central Processing Unit or CPU, for starters, is what constantly processes every spec of data they gather and execute. Every search and action we make is accurately followed by the CPU. Working beside it is the Random Access Memory or RAM, which is stored information that can be retrieved at any moment. With RAM, a user and store info, take them back out, and use them whenever they need to. The amount of RAM in a computer depends on the purpose of the computer or its Operating System (OS). Another method of memory storage in a computer is the Hard Drive, which tangibly stores a user’s information rapidly even when the computer is shut off. There’s also the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives that reads media drives that can be removed. To put it in simpler terms, a computer can process CDs and DVDs.

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A basic computer is also capable to connect to extensions such as a mouse, a type of pointing device, and a keyboard, made to communicate and control the OS. Of course based on the type of computer, there’s much more accessories that are compatible. But a common PC – Personal Computer – usually needs just a keyboard and computer mouse to regularly function. With this much information on computer components, you should at least have a good enough understanding on its parts and overall purpose. Hope you enjoy this new knowledge! (Or don’t, I don’t dictate your life.)