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A command to display information about hardware and diagnose problems
An input device that inputs biological data about a person, which can
be input data to identify a person’s fingerprints, handprints, face, voice, eye, and handwritten signature.
A condition in which chips loosen because of thermal changes.
COM1 (Communications port 1)
Another name for a serial port
CRT (cathode-ray tube)
A primary output device, which takes up a lot of desk space
and costs less than a LCD (li quid crystal display) monitor.
A button on a CRT monitor that can be pressed to eliminate
accumulated or stray magnetic fields around the monitor, which can cause a CRT
monitor to flicker or have wavy lines.
A port supporting both analog and digital signals.
ECP (Extended Capabilities Port)
A bidirectional parallel port mode that uses a DMA channel to speed up data flow.
Energy Star systems and peripherals have the U.S. Green Star, indicating
that they satisfy certain energy conserving standards of the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA), sometimes called the Green Standards.
EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port)
A parallel port that allows data to flow in both directions (bidirectional port) and is faster than original parallel ports on PCs that allowed communication only in one direction.
A common term for IEEE 1394
flat panel monitor
A desktop monitor that uses an LCD panel.
hard drive dock
A dock that will house and protect a hard drive outside the computer case.
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)
The latest digital audio and video
interface standard. It is not widely available on video cards or motherboards, but is expected to ultimately replace DVI.
A network device or box that provides a central location to connect cables.
Another term for IEEE 1394.
I/O controller card
An older card that can contain se rial, parallel, and game ports and
floppy drive and IDE connectors.
A standard for parallel ports and cables developed by the Institute for
Electrical and Electronics Engineers and supported by many hardware manufacturers.
Standards for an expansion bus that can also be configured to work as a
local bus. It is expected to replace the SC SI bus, providing an easy method to install and configure fast I/O devices. Al so called FireWire and iLink.
A standard, developed by the 1394 Trade Association, that is designed
for peer-to-peer data transmission and allows imaging devices to send images and
photos directly to printers without involving a computer.