Computer Hardware: The Icky Left Over Details
Five Categories of Computers:
What defines the “useful lifetime” of a computer? Determined by how long a computer is able to run the programs you need it to.
Proper care of computers:
Clean external components (mouse, keyboard, and monitor)
Blow out the inside of your desktop gently with air
Things you can replace on a computer: Printers, keyboards,
mice, speakers, microphones, anything on the outside.
NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER personally replace any electronic devices on the inside of your computer. Have a specially trained person do it for you, like BestBuy.
What is a warranty? It’s legally binding contract that guarantees your computer (All the hardware/software) will work as you originally purchased it.
Bluetooth (Infrared): type of technology that allows for you to communicate information wirelessly.
USB Ports/Devices – The most common type of device/plug-in used to connect hardware.
Trouble-Shooting Problems on a Computer
1.Replicate/identify the error
2. Gather information about the problem
3. Attempt basic solutions
4. Seek local help (internet, friends, computer administrator)
5.Confirm problem is fixed
6. Document how you fixed the problem and take steps to prevent it in the future