Computer Operating Systems

Urban Voice -- Instructor: Lenny Bailes

Day 35 Agenda

    1 . Discuss A+ in Depth Chapter 10 (Intro to I/O) concepts


        PCI stands for ________________________________.

        Standard PCI has a __ bit data path and runs at a speed of ____.

        PCI specifications also allow it to use a ____ bit data path at a speed of ____.   

        A modification of the PCI standard called ____ allows it to run at a speed of ____.

        PCI is a _________ bus that runs in sync with the system clock.

        The PCI bus and expansion slots are managed by ____________________. Does the
        user need to manually specify IRQs and I/O addresses for PCI peripherals? _____

        Some newer motherboards include a special, small slot called ___ for use with



       The original ISA slots had a data path of ___ bits.  This was updated on AT motherboards
        to ___ bits.

        When ISA cards are installed, does the user need to manually specify IRQs and I/O addresses?


         Keyboards and Pointing Devices

        Why have computer keyboards been criticized by users who have to work with them over
          long periods of time?


         The two types of keyboard connectors are ______    and ______.   Is it possible to use a
         keyboard designed with one type of connector on a computer designed for the other?    ____

       What are steps that you should take to troubleshoot keyboards?



      Two common types of mouse for PCs are ____ and ____, (each can have
       two or three buttons).

      In addition to the mouse,  common pointing devices for PCs include _____, _____,

      and ______ .

      What are some steps for troubleshooting mouse performance?




    Factors that determine the quality and performance of a PC monitor include:

    Characteristic                                                    Description

    ____________                                  ____________________________________

    ____________                                  ____________________________________

    ____________                                 ____________________________________

    ____________                                ____________________________________

    ____________                               ____________________________________

    ____________                                ____________________________________

    ____________                                ____________________________________

    Flat panel monitors for PCs come in two types ______________, and the older



    3. Lab Work

    Finish serial port lab from day 33, and Meyers Lab 19.1

    Try changing parallel port settings from Normal (SPP) to ECP in
    the CMOS, boot into Windows and see if the driver changes
    automatically. If not, you can install the ECP driver, manually?
    Does the ECP driver under Windows 98 use an IRQ? ____

    Video Card installation (See A+ in Depth, Ch. 10, p. 432 - 438)
    Device Manager and remove the listing for your Windows 98 Display Adapter
    Reboot the computer and see whether you can reinstall the driver. (It may be detected

    Go into the Display Properties through Control Panel (or right-click on the Desktop). On the
    Settings Tab, identify the color depth and Screen area used by your display. Screen area,

    also called ____________ is measured by the number of spots (or _______) in each
    horizontal line of the screen display, multiplied by the number of vertical lines. See if you
    can shift the screen resolution between 640x480 and 800x600. (You may need to download
    install a driver for the video card to do this, if the system is using the default Standard
    VGA driver.) Also see if you can shift the color depth between 256 and High-Color and
    compare the screen results by looking at a color photograph on the Internet.

    The refresh rate for your computer is the number of times per second an electronic beam
    fills the screen from top to bottom.
    Go into the Advanced Settings and determine the
    Vertical Refresh Rate for your system. (You'll probably find this on the Monitors tab.)


    Work on research projects. We want to start doing these 10-minute presentations
    before Thanksgiving. They don't have to be giant projects. If you have a topic,
    make a list of important points you want to share with the class and how many minutes
    to spend on each point. We'll talk about this next week, so we can review your gameplans
    for your presentations.

    Have answers to Chapter 10, questions 1-21 ready for inspection on Tuesday. We'll
    probably have a take home quiz on Chapter 10 that you can work on next week.

    Read A+ in Depth Chapter 11, and take notes. Focus on p. 454 to 461 on installing a
    sound card, which we'll do in class.

    Important concepts in Chapter 11 to take notes on:

    Installing sound cards
    Identify CDROM file systems
    How CDROMS and DVDs interface with the motherboard
    Different technologies for burning CDs and DVDs
    How Tape Drives Work
    Different types of removable drives (ZIP, JAZ)
    How to troubleshoot CDROM, DVD, Tape Drives and Removable Drives.


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