103b av 2012

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My Lab Report for CSC103

In our lab, we took apart a Dell DHS Optiplex GX270. When we removed the cover, we saw the power supply, the hard drive, the floppy drive, the CD/DVD drive, the system board, the padlock ring, the heat sink and blower assembly, cables, and a battery. A helper taught us that the cables provide power for all of the computer's different functions. He also helped us find the two crystals, located on the motherboard, which tell a processor how fast to go and control the frequency of information. We learned that the motherboard is on the bottom of the computer and has many fine wires on it which send binary information through the computer. In addition, he explained the function of the battery: "Even when the computer is shut off, it stores basic information--such as the date and time. Batteries usually last for 10 or more years."

RAM

Computers1.jpg This is the RAM (Random Access Memory).


The RAM is located on the motherboard.

  • The RAM stores 512 MB of information.

CD/DVD Player/Burner

Computers2.jpg This is the CD/DVD player/burner.


It is connected to the cover. It is a CD-RW/DVD Drive.

DVD Drive

Computers3.jpg This is a picture of the outside of the DVD drive.

Processor

Computers4.jpg


Computers11.jpg Included is the back and front of the processor.


The processor is located under the heat sink.

The back of the processor contained the following information:

  1. Pentium 4
  2. 2.80GHZ/512/800
  3. SL6WJ COSTA RICA
  4. 3420A336

Hard Drive

5.jpg This is the hard drive (also known as the hard disk).


It is located in the top of the computer.

  • The hard disk holds 40 GB of data.
  • According to WikiAnswers, "A hard disk is a device that is used to store large amounts of data in a computer system. Hard disks differ from other memory because they are non-volatile, they retain the data even when they do not have power." (in WikiAnswers. Retrieved Feb. 21 2012, from http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_function_of_a_hard_disk).

Inside of the Hard Drive

8.jpg This is the inside of the hard drive.


It is a circular mirror.

Power Supply

6.jpg This is the power supply.


It is located inside the computer.

  • The maximum output is 210 Watts.

Heat Sink and Blower Assembly

9.jpg This is the heat sink and blower assembly.


It is located on the bottom of the computer.

Its function is to cool the machine, as it overheats from the immense amount of power it generates.


Ariel & Me!

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