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    • How to Identify a Motherboard

      How to Identify a Motherboard

      Computer users who intend to own their computer for a prolonged period of time should be able to identify the computer’s motherboard in order to conduct upgrades. The motherboard type affects computer BIOS upgrades, new CPU installations, and determines the maximum amount of RAM that the motherboard supports. A computer’s motherboard can be identified in

    • MicroSD Cards

      MicroSD Cards

      MicroSD cards are the newest and smallest flash memory secure digital cards available, much smaller than both standard SD memory cards and even Mini SD memory cards. MicroSD cards were created by SanDisk Corporation and were introduced into use in 2006. These cards were created to be used with mobile phones; however other applications such

    • PROM (Programmable Read Only Memory)

      PROM (Programmable Read Only Memory)

      PROM stands for Programmable Read-Only Memory. It was invented by Wen Tsing Chow in 1956. Unlike a ROM chip, a PROM chip comes from the manufacturers devoid of any programming. Programming is done by the end user or the makers of electronic devices which require a permanent data storage device. Since it is cheaper than

    • How an Optical Mouse Works

      How an Optical Mouse Works

      Optical mice are the de facto standard for mice to communicate between the end user and the computer. The optical mouse is a great improvement of the mechanical mouse that was created in the early 1970s. Agilent Technologies introduced the Optical mouse in 1999. The technology uses a tiny camera that takes thousands of pictures

    • Blu-Ray

      Blu-Ray

      Blu-ray is an optical storage format developed by Sony and Phillips. It was created to store large amounts of high definition video and sound. Blu-ray’s name came from the type of laser it uses to read and write data. The laser is a hue of blue-violet. A blue-violet laser has a shorter wavelength than the

    • How to Connect SCSI to USB

      How to Connect SCSI to USB

      Computer wire connections have been redefined and reset with the emergence of the universal serial bus or USB. Nowadays, almost all modern computers are equipped with USB terminals. Consumers or new computer buyers should always make sure that the personal computer units they will be purchasing have USB terminals. That is because almost all wires

    • RISC vs. CISC

      RISC vs. CISC

      CPUs process data using instructions stored in the computer memory or RAM. The RAM is a temporary storage area that makes information and instructions available to the microprocessor, which does not have to use this information until required. The two processor classifications are the Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) and the Complex Instruction Set Computer

    • USB to Ethernet Adapter

      USB to Ethernet Adapter

      USB (Universal Serial Bus) is a hardware specification that allows a connection to be established between a source device and a peripheral device. Most modern electronic devices include at least one built-in USB port and can use USB technology to connect to other devices, such as keyboards, mice, cameras, flash drives, external hard drives, printers,

    • How to Burn an ISO Image

      How to Burn an ISO Image

      An ISO file contains not only files and folders but also the disk file system metadata. This includes boot code, structures, and attributes. This is why burning an ISO image is different from writing files from a CD or DVD. To burn an ISO image, you need a CD or DVD burning program that can

    • QVGA (Quarter Video Graphics Array)

      QVGA (Quarter Video Graphics Array)

      QVGA (Quarter Video Graphics Array or Quarter VGA) is a type of resolution whose dimensions are 320×240 pixels. The QVGA display is normally found in devices such as mobile phones and PDAs. The display is also common on other hand-held devices such as game consoles. Resolution Most of the time, the display is in the

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