Computer Operating Systems
Urban Voice -- Instructor: Lenny Bailes
Day 6 Agenda
1. Check homework
Discussion of PC Hardware, review Meyers Lab 8.4, review vocabulary
Make Windows 98 Emergency Startup Disk
Building new computers -- Procedure
1. Put A+ computers back on shelf, but keep power cords, keyboards, mice & monitors
at your workstations.
2. Pick up shell computer and parts kit. Your parts kit should have the following:
cable for CD-ROM, and hard disk (we'll use one cable for both drives)
Check to see if floppy cable is needed)
Video Adapter Card
Network Interface Card
3. Pick up necessary screws at front of the lab
(at least two thinner, smaller screws for the hard disk and cd-rom,
medium-sized screws to hold cards in place, thick screws to fasten case cover).
4. Check jumper settings for drives. Hard drive should be set as master drive. CD-ROM
drive should be set as slave drive. (Hold drives carefully, and remember to ground
yourself once in awhile by touching the metal case of the computer.
5. Mount CD-ROM and hard disk in the computer's drive bay,(make sure no chips on
the bottoms of the drives are touching the metal surface of the drive bay). Fasten
screws and attach ribbon cable and Molex power cables.
Make sure the red stripe faces the right way. Be careful not to bend pins on the drives
or on the motherboard. Attach the ribbon cable to the Primary IDE Controller on the
motherboard. (If you're not sure which one that is, ask for help.)
6. Place the video adapter and the network card in appropriate slots and fasten screws.
7. Plug the power cable into back of the case. Connect the cables for the monitor,
mouse, and keyboard and boot the computer.
What signs should you look for to see whether the computer is starting up properly?
T he computer may not recognize or boot from the hard disk. How can you confirm this?
Will the computer boot from the floppy drive with the Windows Startup disk?
8. If the computer boots to the A prompt, enter the command DIR C:\ to see if a partition has been configured for the hard drive.
If you don't see a C partition, enter the command FDISK and wait for instructions
to determine whether the hard disk is recognized, and how to create a partition, if necessary.
9. ASUS research project. (If time permits)
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
Finish vocabulary definitions for Andrews, Ch.1 q through z.
Begin reading Andrews A+ in Depth Chapter 2. 44 through 73. Answer questions 1 through 5
on page 74 and prepare for classroom discussion of chapter 2..
On Tuesday, if all goes well, we will partition and format the hard drives on the new computers.!