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Basic Computer definitions
Part Three of "Computer Parts - what are they?" presented by The PC Doctor of
Chilliwack, British Columbia.
- This device allows you to BURN cd's so that you can make data back ups or
create your own music cd's or MP3's. With this you have choice between CD-R and
CD-RW disks. Basically CD-R means you can write to it once only and CD-RW means
you can write to it many times, more on this in a later column.
Allows you to watch DVD movies on your computer and access special
computer features on your DVD disk.
Allows you to watch DVD movies on your computer and access special computer
features on your DVD disk as well as make copies of DVD's, more on this later.
This is the memory or temporary storage area on your computer. If you lose
power to your computer while it is turned on, you will lose any information stored
here, that is why you have a hard drive.
Ram will also speed up your computer, basically the more
ram you have the better and faster your machine will work. We will discuss the
pros and cons and differences at a later date
This is a large green circuit board inside your computer that everything else plugs into.
This card plugs into your motherboard and allows the video (pictures)
signal to be displayed on your monitor.
This card plugs into your motherboard and allows the audio (sounds)
signal to be played on your speakers.
You plug these into your sound card so you can hear your computer.
This device allows you to hook your phone up to your computer so that
you can access the internet or send and receive faxes.
- This card allows you to access the internet at high speed using
the phone line or cable.
I saved the best for last, the CPU is the brain of the computer. When someone
asks the speed of your computer this is what they are asking about, more about this later.
There are more devices that are not mentioned here but these are the basics.
We will be covering them all in more detail as time goes by. If you have a specific
question, please feel free to contact me by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to answer you
as best I can over email.
(The) PC DOCTOR
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