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Mar 19, 2012

Understanding How Your Computer Works

Getting to know your computer

Most new computers today are notebook models. A notebook or laptop PC differs from a desktop PC in that all the pieces and parts are combined into a single unit that you can take with you virtually anywhere. And since all components are built-in, you don’t have to worry about making sure everything is connected!

Chances are you’re reading this book because you have a new computer. At this point, you might not be totally sure what it is you’ve gotten yourself into. Just what is this mess of boxes and cables—how does it all go together, and how does it work? We’ll start by looking at the physical components of your system—the stuff we call computer hardware. A lot of different pieces and parts make up a typical computer system. You should note, however, that no two computer systems are identical because you can always add new components to your system—or disconnect other pieces you don’t have any use for. And notebook computers are a bit different from desktop models, even though they do the same thing; the parts are just assembled a little differently.

Published by Sarah Poehler & last updated on March 19, 2012 6:54 am

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