Chapter One: Terms of Endearment•Computers can be sold as components(separate monitor and hard drive) or monolithic( one piece i.e. laptop)•Most monitors are bit-mapped(display information is stored in my computer’s memory 1/0’s )•Bulky Monitors use CRT’s(cathode ray tubes) while slimmer models use LCD’s(liquid crystal display)•Televisions can only show “reality” monitors can show a reality that has never existed (virtual reality)•For small devices such as a mouse the signal and power cord are combined in one•Computer screens use RGB•Monitor’s screen is divided into a grid of picture elements(pixels)•The size of the grid a standard laptop is 1024 x 768 pixels•The frequency of display changes is known as the refresh rate•Most parts of a computer (hard drive, cd drive etc) are in the processor box•The motherboardis located in the processor box and is a printed circuit board containing smaller circuit boards known as daughter boardsor cards•
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Liquid crystal display, random access memory, Printed circuit board, Cathode Ray Tube, cathode ray tubes