Computing Facts.pdf - 10)23 PM 1.2.2 Computing Facts Computers are made up of several constituent components These components can be divided into two

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7/4/19, 10)23 PM Page 1 of 2 about:blank 1.2.2 Computing Facts 1.2.2 Computing Facts Computers are made up of several constituent components. These components can be divided into two main categories: Category Description Hardware The physical components that compose a computer system or network. Common hardware components include the following: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, printer Connectors and cables Hard disk drives Circuit boards Software Instructions or data that are stored electronically, either on a hard drive or a special chip. Software components include the following: Operating systems. Program applications. Hardware drivers (special programs that tell the operating system how to use the hardware.) Firmware is a special type of software that is embedded in the read-only memory of a hardware component. A BIOS chip is an example of firmware. Computer hardware can be categorized based on the function it performs.
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