In This Chapter
Recognizing different types of PCs
Looking at the basic PC hardware
Perusing items on the console
Locating PC connectors, holes, and jacks
Using helpful symbols and colors
The very first PCs were not known for their stunning, aerodynamic designs. They were hefty metal boxes — intimidating, beige. By contrast, today's PCs have a sleek, almost aerodynamic, design to them. They can come in a wide array of bold colors. Some newer models sport ominous internal lighting, an evil glowing red or a cool blue, hinting at some internal, hideous intelligence.
Well, forget anything about computer hardware being intelligent. In a computer system, the hardware plays a subservient role to software, which is the real brain. Still, it's important to know about basic computer hardware. This chapter provides a quick overview, showing things you'll find on a PC that can be interesting and useful.
Even though your PC may sport an aerodynamic design, that doesn't imply flightworthiness — despite any desire you may have to hurl the computer out a window.
Figure 2-1 shows a typical personal computer system. Try to avoid the urge to yawn.
Figure 2.1. Basic computer things.
The big, important pieces have been labeled in Figure 2-1 for your enjoyment. You should know which piece is which and what the proper terms are:
The main computer box is the console, ...