5.1 Individual Computer Components

Computing, more than most fields, has its own special jargon and acronyms. We begin this chapter by translating the specification for a laptop computer. We then examine the components of a computer as a logical whole before looking at each component in some detail.

Consider the following specification for a laptop computer that might appear in a typical advertisement.

A screenshot represents the specifications of a Dell Inspiron 5000 laptop.

There are two important and interesting things about this list: The average person probably doesn’t know what it all means, and by the time you are reading it, the machine it describes may be obsolete. In this chapter, we try to give you a ...

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