CHAPTER 3The Visible PC

In this chapter, you will learn how to

• Describe how the PC works

• Identify all the connectors and devices on a typical PC system unit

• Discuss the major internal components of a PC

Mastering the craft of a PC technician requires you to learn a lot of details about the many pieces of hardware in the typical PC. Even the most basic PC contains hundreds of discrete hardware components, each with its own set of characteristics, shapes, sizes, colors, connections, and so on. By the end of this book, you will be able to discuss all of these components in detail. This chapter takes you on a tour of a typical PC, starting with an overview of how computers work, and then examining both external connectors and internal components. ...

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