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A guide to basic computer terminology Ba


A guide to basic computer terminology

Basic computer terminology began innocently with the invention of computers, however now we see computer terms creeping in the English language. Invading and trampling old meanings and terms for something more or less related to new computer terms developed as fast as we can learn.

Isn’t a desktop simply the top of your desk? No wonder the average person gets confused and stressed when confronted with basic computer terminology. This language has taken on a path of its own, using words such as cookie, ram, mouse, hardware and more. However don’t panic yet, just read this article and soon you will be speaking the basic computer terminology language.

Lets start with basic Computer Terminology

Everything about a computer falls into a particular category. Even the motherboard, hard drive, Windows XP, and your keyboard fall into one of these basic computer terminology sections.

Hardware refers to the basic parts that make up your computer. For example a hard drive, memory, and motherboard are part of the hardware of your computer.

Peripherals are those pieces of hardware that you add on to your computer. For example a mouse, keyboard, modem, monitor, etc

Software refers to all of the programs on your computer. Software helps you get things achieved, like writing letters, sending emails, and surfing the internet.

Different types of hardware

This is not the tools you buy at the local hardware store as this basic computer terminology is all about computers!

Hard drive. This is where all your data is stored when you save it. Its size or capacity is measured in gigabytes.

For Example, I have a 160GB hard drive in my computer. Obviously a 20GB hard drive is very small in comparison. Below is a picture of a 3.5″ desktop hard drive and a 2.5″ laptop hard drive. Now we have 1Tb hard drives and larger. You can also have an external hard drive just to store files on. Please see what is an external hard drive for more information.

desktop and laptop hard drive – basic computer terminology

Processor or Central Processing Unit (CPU) interprets computer program instructions and processes data. The bigger your processor, the faster your computer performs your tasks. Its speed is measured in megahertz and gigahertz. 1000 megahertz equals 1 gigahertz. People still have computers that can be something like a Pentium III 933mhz, however a more up to date computer would be Pentium IV 3.0ghz. The cpu (picture to the right) has tiny pins that must not be bent in any way or they will not go into the correct holes on the motherboard. And see in one of the corners there are no pins, and sometimes you can see an arrow there. This lets you know which way it goes into the motherboard.

Motherboard, systemboard, or mainboard is the central circuit board that provides electrical connections so the other components of a computer can communicate with each other. It is the main part to a computer. Without a motherboard or mainboard there is no computer. Every part to a computer connects to the motherboard. Motherboards can be simple with the bare minimum add on or they can include onboard graphics, onboard sound, network connections, USB ports, etc. To get a decent motherboard now days you need one that supports things like loads of USB ports, front USB ports, front audio, compatible for dual or quad core cpu, TV in and out, and more..

Computer basics-motherboard

Ram (random access memory) is the memory of a computer which works with the other components of the computer to allow it to function. It stores your data when you are using it and returns it to the hard drive for storage when you are finished. For example it allows your programs to run and then puts them away when you close them. Ram size is measured in megabytes and gigabytes. Most computers have at least 512mb ram but if you doubled that it would be over 1 gigabyte. (1024mb).

When upgrade memory it is best to stick to a similar ram type that was…

What and where are the folders or direct


What and where are the folders or directories on my computer?

What and where are the folders or directories on my computer? If you can imagine a big filing cabinet with folders in it, all named into sections, with the contents stored in them. In the real world a filing cabinet holds folders which holds papers, filed into sections. The same applies on a computer.

make a new folder If you were in the my


make a new folder

If you were in the my pictures folder and you performed these steps to create a new folder, the new folder would be in the my pictures folder and not the my documents folder. You can go into any folder and create new folders in them. You can even create new folders directly on C: drive, however I do not recommend this as it is better to keep this area clean.
What happens when you copy a file or folder?

When you copy a file or folder this means the original file will still be in its original location. You can paste the file to another location on your hard drive and then have two copies of the same file. For example if you copy a file called DOG.jpeg from my documents and paste it into the my pictures folder, there will now be a copy of DOG.jpeg in both my documents and the my picture folder.
What does it mean when you cut a file or folder?

To cut a file or folder means you are taking it away and moving it to another location. That’s means you are moving the original file or folder. It is not copying the file it is cutting it out and pasting it somewhere else. This means you end up with one copy of the file.
How do you copy or cut a file or folder so you can move it to another location?

Go to the start menu and choose documents or my documents.
Select a folder that you want to cut or copy by making it blue.
Then Right click on the folder when it is blue and a menu will appear.
Choose to cut or copy. See screenshot below.

copy a file or folder
How do you paste a file to another location?

Once you have copied or cut a file or folder you will need to paste it somewhere. Just be careful because if you forget to paste a file after you have cut it then you may loose that file.

Go to the start menu and choose documents or my documents.
Go to the blank space in the documents folder with your mouse.
Then right click in the blank space, not on a folder or file.
A menu will appear. Choose paste from the menu.
Now the file you copied or cut will be pasted there.

You will only have the option to paste something if you have already copied or cut a file or folder. If there is no paste option then you have not copied or cut anything at all.

paste a file or folder
How do you delete files and folders?

Make sure you know what you are deleting when you want to remove a file or folder from your computer. Normal files and folders get taken to the recycle bin, however larger files get deleted and are too large for the bin. Therefore you have no chance to restore your files if you accidentally delete a large file.

Go to the start menu and choose documents or my documents.
Select a folder that you want to cut or copy by making it blue.
Then Right click on the folder when it is blue and a menu will appear.
Choose delete from the menu. See screenshot below.

copy a file or folder
How do you backup your files and folders to a cd or DVD disc?

To backup your precious files and folders is easy with Windows Xp and windows vista as it has an inbuilt cd copier program. See how to Burn a CD to backup your files and folders. Also see Backup your data files, pictures, music to DVD disc with Nero.

Forbidden or hidden system Files and Folders

The Windows operating system hides certain files and folders from the average user for safety reason, however sometimes you may need to see these hidden files. Here’s how to Show hidden files in Windows

Hope this helps if you need more help or your computer repaired please let PCRS Computers do it for you find out more at http://www.pcrscomputers.com or call Toll-Free 1-866-458-9779.

What are file extensions? What are file


What are file extensions?

What are file extensions? File extensions basically let you know what type of information is contained in a particular file. For example a note pad file has the .txt extension.

What is Software? What Is Software? In 1


What is Software?

What Is Software? In 1958, the term ’software’ was first used by John Turkey. Basically computer software consists of digital languages that involve binary values and direct specific instructions to the computer processor. In simple terms software is what makes the computer usable.

Quick Computer Tips for New Computer Use


Quick Computer Tips for New Computer Users

1. Enlarge the text on the screen:

Press CTRL and + on your keyboard to enlarge text while using Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Firefox. Press CTRL and – to reduce the size again.

2. Clicking on links:

Sometimes when you click on a link it might open on another tab or even in another window altogether. Often people click clicking a link because they think it is not opening. When browsing the Internet and you click on the link, it does not always open in the same window.

Hope this helps if you need more help or your computer repaired please let PCRS Computers do it for you find out more at http://www.pcrscomputers.com or call Toll-Free 1-866-458-9779.

Signs Your Computer is Infected with a V


Signs Your Computer is Infected with a Virus

There are no excuses not to protect your PC from harm when it comes to viruses. Unfortunately that means I don’t have the right to complain after losing all my files and photographs. Last week I noticed that my PC was acting strangely. All the pages were taking a long time to load when I went on the Internet and it kept turning itself off. I was beginning to think I had a problem when suddenly I was unable to boot up the system. The whole PC had crashed.

If you think you might have a virus here are some tell-tale signs

One common question we here is “how do I know I have a virus?” Well here are a few clues.

Everything slows down and feels sluggish. You might find the computer is running harder in order to perform the simplest tasks, and it may feel hotter die to the amount of energy it is using.

Starting up the computer takes a long time. You could have malware which needs to be started up at the same time, slowing everything down. You can check to see which programs start up when your computer does by clicking on the start menu, then run and type in MSCONFIG and start up. If there is anything you don’t recognise this could be a virus or malware. Google the name of the file to check if it is anything legitimate.

If you have more toolbars on your browser that is a good indicator that spyware has been downloaded. The spyware will track how you use the computer and gather information about you.

Your browser crashes frequently will definitely be a case of an infection. You may find that your homepage is changed which is caused by the hijacker trying to send you to a website which is infected.Free Privacy Scan

Your browser loads to a page you aren’t searching for. You can be sure your computer has been hijacked and infected if the address bar isn’t loading the page you have requested.

When you try to access your folder options you may not be able to if you have a virus. Check by going into My Computer, clicking tools followed by folder options. See if you can access the hidden and system files or if they are read only. You can change them from this window if the virus has been removed, but if it hasn’t you will need to do a scan and delete the infected files first.

Type in the name of your hard drive followed by :/autorun.inf into your search bar in the start-up menu. You have a virus if this opens into a notepad file and has an unidentified file or EXE reference.

How to Get Rid of the Virus

Prevention is always better than the cure but you can remove malware, spyware and most viruses without losing any files or requiring a system reboot. Download a decent antivirus protection and set it to scan your whole computer. You might be tempted to choose the quick option but choose the full scan to ensure all files are scanned properly. Viruses try very hard not to be located and a quick scan is not suitable at this time.

Let the scan work its magic and you should be shown a list of all types of viruses once it has been completed. Delete them all, restart your computer and you should see a huge difference in speed and performance. Once you have completed the full scan set up an automatic scan at regular intervals. Between these scan times you can run quick scans just to be on the safe side.

When my computer was infected I lost all of my data. Don’t let the same thing happen to you. Backup your files and keep your antivirus program running at all times.

Hope this helps if you need more help or your computer repaired please let PCRS Computers do it for you find out more at http://www.pcrscomputers.com or call Toll-Free 1-866-458-9779.

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