Identify the hardware components in your own computer. If you don’t have a computer, use a friend’s, or one at work or in a computer lab. The following list shows the components you should identify and how to find the information on a Windows computer. If you have a Mac, your job is probably easier. Until recently, Macs were standard hardware models produced by Apple. You can look up the technical information for your model in your documentation, or on the Apple web site, or with the free downloadable Mactracker database.
- Input devices (include internal and external devices) – they usually have a model name and number somewhere on the device.
- Output devices (include internal and external devices) – they usually have a model name and number somewhere on the device.
- Storage devices (include internal and external devices, and how much data each can hold) – Open Windows Explorer and right click on a drive name to open its properties.
- Amount of RAM – Open System Properties in the Windows Control Panel.
- Type and speed of CPU – Open System Properties in the Windows Control Panel.
- Ports (number and type) – Look for jacks into which a connector can be plugged on the front, back and sides of the machine. Compare the jacks to pictures in your textbook.
- Write a list of the parts in your computer system for each category specified above.
- Go to the GROUP Forums and find your group. You only have access to your own group’s forum. If you don’t have access to any group forum, please contact me immediately.
- Open the group discussion board and post your response in the “What’s in my Computer” forum.
- Read the other postings in your group’s forum.
- Respond to at least two postings in your group other than your own. State whether you would make any recommendations, what you would recommend and why.
- Read the responses to your own report.