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Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP): Ports developed specifically for video cards. Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP)
active partition: The partition used for booting. active partition
audio/modem riser (AMR): A specification for a small slot on a motherboard to accommodate an audio ormodem riser card. audio/modem riser (AMR
boot loader: Responsible for loading the OS. boot loader
boot record: This OS boot record contains a small program that points to a larger OS program file that is responsible for starting the OS load.boot record
booting: Refers to the computer bringing itself up to a working state without the user having to do anything but press the on button. booting
BootMgr: The OS boot record program for Windows Vista. BootMgr
CMOS battery: A lithium coin-cell battery enables CMOS RAM to hold configuration data, even while the main power to the computer is off. CMOS battery
Communication and networking riser (CNR): A specification for a small expansion slot on a motherboard that accommodates a small audio, modem, or network riser card. Communication and networking riser (CNR)
CrossFire: ATI ‘s technology for installing two video cards on a motherboard. CrossFire
dual inline package (DIP) switch: A switch on a circuit board or other device that can be set on or off to hold configuration or setup information. dual inline package (DIP) switch
front panel header: The corner of the motherboard for lights and switches. front panel header
hard boot: A hard boot, or cold boot, involves turning on the power with the on/off switch. hard boo
I/O shield: The plate installed in the computer case to provide holes for I/O ports.I/O shield
jumper: Two wires that stick up side by side on the motherboard and are used to hold configuration information. The jumper is considered closed if a cover is over the wires, and open if the cover is missing. jumper
land grid array (LGA): Sockets that use lands rather than pins. land grid array (LGA)
Master Boot Record (MBR): A record at the beginning of the drive that contains the partition table, which contains a map to partitions on the drive. Master Boot Record (MBR)
North Bridge: The faster hub in the Accelerated Hub Architecture. North Bridge
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