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Basic Computer Terms

Hardware

TermDefinition
CPU Central processing unit: brain of the computer; controls the other elements of the computer
Disk Drive Peripheral device that reads and/or writes information on a disk
Hard Drive Device that reads and writes info. including the operating system, program files, and data files.
Keyboard Peripheral used to input data by pressing keys.
Modem Peripheral device used to connect one computer to another over a phone line.
Monitor Device used to display info. visually.
NIC Network Interface Card; a board inserted in a computer that provides a physical connection to a network.
Printer Peripheral device that converts output from a computer into a printed image.