Basic PC Anatomy
The AMD Athlon 64 Processor
AMD's Athlon 64 processor, released in September 2003, was their first 64-bit processor
targeted for the workstation market to compete with Intel's Pentium 4. AMD's first
64-bit processor was the Opteron, released earlier in April that same year, targeted
for the server market to compete with Intel's Xeon processor. More ...
FREE Ebook - Basic PC Anatomy
This ebook explains the main components and functions of a computer in an efficient and concise
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Understanding Graphic Cards
Dedicated graphics cards, which we will be discussing in this article, are needed if you
want to do 3D gaming or watch high definition movies. The GPU (Graphic Processing Unit)
is the most determinant feature of every graphics card when it comes to the overall
performance and speed. More ...
CompTIA A+ Training Kit - Safety Issues
When working on computers it's important to pay attention to safety considerations. CompTIA A+ Training
Kit teaches computer safety issues as required for CompTIA A+ certification. More ...
Virtual Memory and Memory Paging
In the early days of computers, memory chips were small capacity, scarce, and expensive. Because
of this a memory management scheme called paging was invented. More ...
Tips and Techniques For Building Your Own PC
What do you need to build a computer? Believe us, it's not as complicated as it seems.
Let's start with the case. The variety is staggering, with hundreds of styles, shapes
and sizes available. We recommend that you look closely at the features. Some gorgeous
PC cases are nightmares to work with, or are cheaply built. More ...
A 16-bit bus can transfer 16 binary bits simultainiously. This requires 16 separate metal traces on a PC board.
We also need traces for control signals. The whole group of traces is referred to as a bus. More ...
An Overview of the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Fabrication Process
PCBs are fabricated with the use of two types of software. Computer Aided Design (CAD) software is
used to design the electronic schematic of the circuit. Then Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
software is used to produce the PCB design. More ...
A Guide to Basic PC Cooling
Desktop PCs and Notebook PCs generate heat that can reduce the performance, cause
intermittent errors, and be damaging to its components. Here are some tips that will
help lengthen the life of your precious personal computer. More ...
Anatomy of a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
Color LCD displays have a sandwich-like structure. One layer of the sandwich has
liquid crystal between two glass plates. One glass plate has a matrix of thin film
transistors on it. Liquid crystals move depending upon the charge applied to a tiny
capacitor by its related transistor. More ...
The Chemistry of Laptop Batteries Explained
Laptop batteries come in all shapes and sizes also differ in their chemical composition. The
chemistry of a battery refers to the chemical make-up of the cells inside the outer casing.
This artilce explains the most common chemistries used in laptop batteries. More ...
Microprocessor Counter, Clock, Timer Circuits
All the circuitry in the microprocessor, in fact all the circuitry on the motherboard require
a clock signal for operation. The clock signal is the heartbeat of the system. Without a
clock signal, the microprocessor and the computer are dead. More ...