Computer Operating Systems
Urban Voice -- Instructor: Lenny Bailes
Day 4 Agenda
1. Buy lab manuals and/or toolkits
2. Discussion of PC Hardware
Examples of how hardware and software work together
Why have PCs grown more and more complicated?
What does a hardware device need to be functional?
Input and Output Devices -- examples
3. Check homework, review
port and cable types
Review answers to Ch. 1 questions 15-28 (and 5)
4. Prepare for Meyers Lab 1.3 Internal Components
5. Meyers Lab 1.3
a) Take cover off PC. Locate CPU chip.
Is fan attached? ________, is it easy to remove _______?
b) What kind of CPU is it __________?
c) What kind of RAM does your PC have (SIMMS or DIMMS) _______?
d) How many and what kind of expansion slots are in your PC
e) How many and what kind of cards are in the expansion slots?
f) Trace the wires that go from your power supply to the motherboard and to the floppy, CDROM, and hard drive?
g) Carefully disconnect and reconnect each device's cable (one at a time, in
sequence, don't get confused). See whether the cable will go on backward.
(Don't force it, if it won't go,)
h) Can you see any ways to make sure you connect the cables the right way?
i) See if you can locate any jumpers or DIP switches on your motherboard, but
don't change the settings.
See if you can identify the components in the picture on p. 12 of the lab manual.
Complete fill-in for Meyers Lab 1.3 (above), study Meyers Lab 2.1, if you have the manual.
See MCMCSE Study Guide- Processors for more notes on CPUs http://www.mcmcse.com/comptia/aplus/notes/processor.shtml
Review Andrews, Ch.1, pages 15-37. Write vocabulary definitions for terms
on p.36-37, g through p.
Tomorrow, if all goes well, we will assemble some new PCs from components in the lab!