CHAPTER 3

Input and Output Ports and Peripherals

In this chapter, you will learn how to

•  Differentiate among expansion card and slot types

•  Identify the common ports and connectors on a PC

•  Describe the types, technologies, and connectors for monitors

•  Explain standard input devices

•  Describe other common I/O devices

In Chapter 2 you learned about the essential processing components of a computer: the central processing unit (CPU), memory, motherboard, and power supply. Without any one of those, a computer doesn’t function.

This chapter explores ways to expand the capabilities of a computing device through expansion slots and common ports. We’ll look at monitors, the primary output device for most computers, and examine standard input ...

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