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How computers work

Author: Ron White; Timothy Edward Downs
Publisher: Indianapolis, IN : Que, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : CD for computer : English : 6th edView all editions and formats
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Explains the structure and functions of microprocessors, hard drives, disk drives, tape drives, keyboards, CD-ROM, multimedia sound and video, serial ports, mice, modems, scanners, LANs, and printers.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ron White; Timothy Edward Downs
ISBN: 0789725495 9780789725493
OCLC Number: 48103843
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xi, 405 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Details: System requirements for accompanying disc: 486DX or higher processor (233 MHz Pentium MMX or AMD K6 class for interactive walkthrough); Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT or higher; 16MB RAM (32MB for interactive walkthrough); VGA monitor, 640x480 or higher with 256 colors; video card with minimum 4MB of RAM (including a 3D Accelerator for interactive walkthrough); minimum 10MB of storage space; mouse; Internet connection and Web browser optional.
Contents: Boot-up process (Getting to know the hardware --
How a disk boot works --
How an operating system controls hardware) --
How software works (How programming languages work --
How Windows works --
How software applications work) --
Microchips (How a transistor works --
How RAM works --
How a microprocessor works) --
Data storage (How disk storage works --
How disk drives work --
How disk drives increase speed and storage --
How optical storage works --
How removable storage works) --
Input/output devices (How energy turns into data --
How a bus works --
How computer ports work --
How a keyboard works --
How a computer display works --
How pointing devices work --
How game controllers work --
How a modem works --
How scanners and optical character recognition work --
How portable computers work --
How high-tech input/output works. Multimedia (How multimedia sound works --
How multimedia video works --
How virtual reality works) --
How the Internet works (How local area networks work --
How a PC connects to the Internet --
How wireless works --
How e-mail works --
How Internet video and audio work --
How the World Wide Web works) --
How printers work (How basic printing works --
How color printing works).
Responsibility: Ron White ; illustrated by Timothy Edward Downs.

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Explains the structure and functions of microprocessors, hard drives, disk drives, tape drives, keyboards, CD-ROM, multimedia sound and video, serial ports, mice, modems, scanners, LANs, and printers.

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