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8th Grade Terms #1

8th Grade Term Quiz #1

A circuit board that plugs into the motherboard, and gives your computer added capability, for example, a sound or a video card. ADD-IN CARD
A sequence of instructions a computer follows to load the operating system and other files when a computer is first turned on. BIOS
Starting or restarting your computer. BOOTING/REBOOTING
The electrical pathway or pathways that permit rapid transmission of data between one device or another. BUS
Represents a single letter or character in a computer file or memory. BYTE
Area of memory that stores the contents of frequently used data or instructions. CACHE
A circular disk that stores a large amount of information (data or music). CD-ROM
A temporary storage location for document content that is used in cutting and pasting or copying and pasting operations. CLIPBOARD
A machine that is able to accept, store, process, and display the information associated with both data and instructions. COMPUTER
A collection of utilities that help you maintain your computer (you can change screen colors and install printers and fonts). CONTROL PANEL
An electronic component on a computer's motherboard that interprets and carries out the basic instructions that operate the computer. (Sometimes called the brain of the computer.) CPU
The standard or most common setting for a particular option. DEFAULT
The onscreen work area that can display graphical elements such as icons, buttons, windows, links, and dialog boxes. DESKTOP
A data storage device that stores and retrieves data. In most PC's, the hard disk is normally called drive C; and the CD-Rom drive is usually Drive D. DISK DRIVE
Information you create in any application (text, graphics, or both). DOCUMENT
Process where you copy something from another computer or the Internet and save it on your computer. DOWNLOAD
A program that tells an operating system how to communicate with a specific device. DRIVER
A high-capacity storage medium similar in appearance to CD-ROM, but used for movies, applications, and music. DVD
A way to send a message from one computer to another. E-MAIL
A list that helps a user find answers to frequently asked questions. FAQ
Created by: Sueanne Hill