4 main parts of a computer
Submitted by Sheldon Livingston of VSL Consulting
If you own a computer, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of your system. You don’t need to know how to change the oil in your car, for example, but you should know that it needs to be done.
Basic computers are broken down into four pieces of hardware.
Hard drive: This is known as storage. All your programs and data are stored on your hard drive. This is like your stomach. Fill it too much and things will slow down. Realize that we typically have hard drives that are bigger than we’ll ever need in our lifetime.
Memory: You can equate a computer’s memory to your memory. A computer with plenty of memory is like a person with great memory. A computer with too little memory is like a human that has to use a notepad too much.
Case: The case is simply the body that everything sits in. Check out your computer case. It’s built pretty intelligently. For example, if you have a mouse with a round connector (PS2), then the connector is probably green and there is only one green round connection point on the motherboard for it. This is typical of anything that connects to the computer – there is only one place to connect it.
Motherboard: You could equate a motherboard to a spinal cord. Not only does everything plug into it, but this is also how everything communicates. Most of the motherboard is hidden from view and is only exposed at the rear of the computer.
Livingston is the owner of VSL Computer Services in Largo, Fla. VSL specializes in residential computer services and makes house calls.
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