CHAPTER 5CPUs

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Objective 5.01 CPU Technology

Objective 5.02 Installing CPUs

Objective 5.03 Troubleshooting CPUs

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The microprocessor, or as most techs call it, the central processing unit (CPU), is the thing that enables a computer to compute. Everything else on the computer can be considered part of the CPU’s life-support system. So what does the CPU do? If you believe the hyperbole of popular culture, the CPU is some sort of machine brain that’s always on the verge of declaring “I think, therefore I am” and trying to take over the world. Don’t let them kid you—computers don’t think! What the CPU does, and does amazingly well, ...

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