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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 : Document   Computer File : English : 6th ed
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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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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
White, Ron, 1944-
How computers work.
Indianapolis, IN : Que, ©2002
(OCoLC)988772806
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
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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Topics covered in this volume include processors, RAM, expansion cards, modems, persistent storage devices (such as hard disks and zip disks), digital cameras, printers, networks, and the basics of  Read more...

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