Basic PC Anatomy
Plug and Play Resource Allocation
Early PCs used a bus called Industry Standard Architecture (ISA). ISA devices cannot
share resources, each ISA device must have its own IRQ. In 1993, Microsoft and Intel
developed Plug and Play (PnP) to solve this problem. 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 ...
How a laser Printer Works
Laser printers work by using a laser beam to transfer an image to an electrically charged,
photo-sensitive drum. The charge on the drum attracts toner ink, which is transferred
to the paper. The primary steps in the laser printing process are listed below. More ...
ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AMD 760G AM3+ Motherboard Bundle
This desktop PC builders Kit gives you amazing power at an amazingly low price. It features
the latest 32nm AM3+ CPU with 8 cores, 8GB dual-channel DDR3, and integrated ATI Radeon HD
3000 GPU for vivid graphics performance. More ...
Via was founded in 1997. Via introduced the VP1 chipset to compete with Intel's 430
series. The VP1 offered support for EDO, BEDO and SDRAM as well as UltraDMA ahead of
Intel. Today Via is one of the worlds largest chipset manufacturers. More ...
Program Flow Charting
Depending upon the language used, program code my be difficult for humans to
read and understand. However, one type of programming that is very easy to
understand is flow charting. 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 ...
PC Technician Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to CompTIA A+ Skills
Hit the ground running with the street-smart training you'll find in this practical
book. Using a "year in the life" approach, it gives you an inside look at the common
responsibilities of PC Technicians, with key information organized around the actual
day-to-day tasks, scenarios, and challenges you'll face in the field. More ...
CPU Sockets Roundup
For current and upcoming motherboards, the PGA package is being replaced by the LGA
(Land Grid Array) package. With a LGA the pins are on the socket and they make contact
with gold-plated copper pads on the processor. More ...
Serial ATA Hard Drive
New computers will begin using the SATA (Serial ATA) interface to the hard disk. Some
new motherboards come with built-in SATA support. The SATA interface does not use
a ribbon cable. Instead, it uses a cable similar to a network cable with only seven wires. More ...
External Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (eSATA)
Initially all SATA (and PATA) interfaces were for internal hard disks. With the introduction
of eSATA, the SATA interface can be used with external storage media. This puts eSATA in
competition with Universal Serial Bus (USB) and Firewire. Especially since, like USB and
Firewire, eSATA allows hot swapping. More ...
AMD Sempron Processor
The Sempron replaced the Duron as AMD's budget processor. The socket A Sempron is
basically an Athlon XP with half the cache. The socket 754 Sempron is a cut down
version of the Athlon 64 processor with half the cache. More ...