PC Technology

SF State Information Technology Program -- Instructor: Lenny Bailes

Day 1 Agenda


    1.     Review class policies and online resources [20 min]

    Class website:   http://www.speakeasy.org/~lennyb/sfsu
    The PC Guide | Systems and Components Reference Guide  http://www.pcguide.com/ref/index.htm
    How Stuff Works -- Computers   http://www.howstuffworks.com/category.htm?cat=Comp 
    MCMCSE Study Center  http://www.mcmcse.com/studycenter.shtml
    Computer Lexicon   http://www.computerlexikon.com/amd/en/
    Troubleshooting Guide   [while it lasts] http://www.a1computers.net/START.HTM
    PC Mech Bios Reference  http://www.pcmech.com/bios.htm
    Lycos BIOS troubleshooter    http://howto.lycos.com/lycos/step/1,,139+24491+6247,00.html
    A+ Practice Tests:    http://www.simulationexams.com/        http://www.mcmcse.com/comptia/index.shtml  

    2.   History of the PC · Intro to PC Hardware: components of a computer [45 min]

    See also: PC Guide: system components reference guide  ; MCMCSE Study Guide

    3.  Operating Systems: Command-Line vs. Graphic User Interface [30 min]
          Differences between DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows 9.x, Windows NT, Windows 2000 ·

    4.  Basic Hardware Vocabulary CPUs and Motherboards [45 min]
         See class handouts

    5.  Lab 1: Exploring the PC [90 min]
      1. Identify external hardware ports and components + basic configuration features
      2. Check LEDs Identify hardware components
      3. Boot the operating system
      4. Basic Control Panel Options: Date/Time, System, Users and Passwords, Administrative Tools
      5. Show/hide files, examine Device Manager, examine Printers folder
      6. Use command-line session
      7. Examine Disk Manager

    6.  Disks and Disk Drives [60 min]

    See: How Stuff Works - Hard Disks , IDE,  PC Reference Guide

    PC Memory: DRAM, SIMMS, DIMMS· [60 min]
    See How Stuff Works -- Computer Memory


    Review Lab 2: Hardware Identification in Labs.doc handout.

    Check out the tutorials at the MCMCSE and Hardware Central websites. Read the handout sections on Lab 2, identifying PC components.