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Whitney Oliver

Computer Parts

Computer A machine that can be programmed- Invented in the 1940's
Personal Computer A pc that includes a keyboard, mouse, and monitor
Hardware the computer and all attched equipment (ex: speaker, headphones, etc.)
Software Virtual set of instructions for the computer that has the ability to change or create data
Monitor A display screen
Mouse An input device that moves the cursor on the monitor
Keyboard A set of keys or buttons that are used to input information and instructions to a computer
Hard Drive Primary unit on a computer that magnetically stores data
CDROM a compact disc used to store data
CDROM Drive` a box that lets the CDROM be read
Data pieces of information changed by software on a computer
Program Another word for software (a list of instructions)
Operating System It tells the programs what to do
BIOS It wakes the computer up
Motherboard It holds all the circuitboards together
CPU Central Processing Unit that serves as the brain of the computer
ROM only reads memory (Backup for ROM)
RAM reads and writes memory
Fan Cools the computer off
Power Supply gets electricity to the computer
Modem connects computers to each other
Port what hardware plugs into
Video card allows graphics to be displayed on the monitor
Power Plug used to provide power into computer,and out to the monitor
Parallel Port connects to printer to send information through wires
Serial Port connects to older or specialized devices to send parts of a message to the comoputer
Network INterface Card NIC!!! an ethrnet cable connection (sub for wifi)
UNiversal Serial Bus USB!!! port that transports MBPS (megabytes per second)
Created by: mrspowell2