It found it frustrating. I have not read one blog or post that said it wasn’t. Somehow i feel there is some piece of information that i just haven’t gotten. I understand how you add and subtract using registers and memory addresses. I even get how to do a loop and a counter within a loop to break it. I get the concept(s) and understand how it should work; but making it do it, are two different things.
edit: I will find out hot to make it work, if get no credit at all. i will make it work.
This week we learend about hardware; the devices that a computer uses to receive input to process that input and then output it.
We discussed the Von Neuman architecture design that has been the basis of all computers since and how CPUs work.
We also discusses input and output devices and they mimic human senses.
We learned what devices an how they are used in modern computers and how they fit together.
I most enjoyed learning about the intricacies of the processor and how it works.
I have included links to where you may purchase parts to build this computer, and a short description of the devices.
(Most all items chosen bases on price point.)
Case with Power Supply: needed for holding all your parts and powering your computer and devices.
This item chosen because of price point, size and included power supply (also it looks pretty).
Linkworld 32104-68WU+P07 Black/ Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply – Retail 39.99
- With Power Supply: Yes
- Power Supply Mounted: Top
- With Side Panel Window: Yes
- External 5.25″ Drive Bays: 4
- External 3.5″ Drive Bays: 2
- Internal 3.5″ Drive Bays: 5
- Front Ports: USB / Audio
- Side Air duct: No
- Model #: 32104-68WU+P07
- Item #: N82E16811164122
Mother Board and Sound Device: needed to mount processor, an daughter cards and for connectivity to audio output device.
This device chosen because of price point, availible inputs and outputs, available clots for daughter boards, support for the processor, and total slots of storage for RAM.
- Number of Memory Slots: 4×240pin
- Memory Standard: DDR3 1600
- PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (green @ x16 mode, orange @ x4 mode)
- Onboard Video Chipset: None
- Audio Chipset: VIA VT1708S
- Audio Channels: 8 Channels
- Max LAN Speed: 10/100/1000Mbps
- eSATA: 2 x Powered eSATAII/USB Connectors
- Model #: M3A770DE
- Item #: N82E16813157176
Processor: needed to do ‘math’ and to control all other parts of the computer.
This device chosen because of price point, speed of processing instructions per dollar. (more speed less money)
- Series: Athlon II X4
- L2 Cache: 4 x 512KB
- Manufacturing Tech: 45 nm
- 64 bit Support: Yes
- Hyper-Transport Support: Yes
- Cooling Device: Heatsink and Fan included
- Hyper Transports: 4000MHz
- Virtualization Technology Support: Yes
- Model #: ADX620WFGIBOX
- Item #: N82E16819103706
CPU Cooler (with contact thermal transfer ‘grease’): needed to keep your CPU cool so that it does not over heat. (‘Grease’ needed to allow better thermal transfer from CPU to CPU Cooler)
This device chosen because it’s price point and it’s required to keep the CPU from over heating and it also came with thermal ‘grease’.
- Type: Fan & Heatsinks
- RPM: 1000-2500 RPM
- Air Flow: 38.9-98.6 CFM
- Noise Level: 15.8-43.3 dBA
- Heatsink Material: Aluminum Fins
- Compatibility: Intel Socket 775 and AMD Sockets K8/754/939/940/AM2/AM3
- Fan Dimensions: 120x120x25mm
- Features: Fan: Delta Fan: AD1212UB-A73GL Voltage: 12VDC . 0.5A Connector: Molex 2695- 3 Wire Approval: UL ,CUL , TUE and CE Heatsink: Base: Forge C1100 Copper Base , Mirror Polished Heatpipes: 4 Piece of 8Ø Pipes Thermal Grease: Arctic Silver 5
- Model #: Extreme-X Rev.A
- Item #: N82E16835708001
Memory: This is the short-term memory for the CPU and computer.
This item chosen because of price point, capacity to dollar, speed and capacity.
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL – Retail 104.99
(limit 5 per customer)
- Cas Latency: 9
- Voltage: 1.5V
- Multi-channel Kit: Dual Channel Kit
- Timing: 9-9-9-24-2N
- ECC: No
- Buffered/Registered: Unbuffered
- Heat Spreader: Yes
- Features: Compatible with Dual Channel Intel Core i5 CPU for P55 chipset motherboard, Dual Channel Core i7 CPU for P55 chipset motherboard, and AMD AM3 Platform.
- Model #: F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
- Item #: N82E16820231277
Hard Drive: Long term storage for OS, Programs and person files and settings.
This device chosen because of price point, capacity (in gigabytes) to dollar, and required for long term storage.
- Cache: 32MB
- Features: IntelliPower – A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance. IntelliSeek – Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise, and vibration. Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) – Employs PMR technology to achieve even greater areal density. Low
- Parts: 3 years limited
- Labor: 3 years limited
- Model #: WD5000AADS
- Item #: N82E16822136358
Video Card: The Device that outputs video to your display so that you may see the information that you computer is outputting visually.
This device chosen because of price point, processing power, speed, amount of ram for video processing and video quality.
XFX GS250XYDFC GeForce GTS 250 512MB Core Edition 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card – Retail 139.99
(limit 99 per customer)
- Chipset Manufacturer: NVIDIA
- Core Clock: 738MHz
- Stream Processors: 128
- Effective Memory Clock: 2200MHz
- DirectX: DirectX 10
- OpenGL: OpenGL 2.1
- DVI: 2 x DVI
- TV-Out: HDTV Out
- Model #: GS250XYDFC
- Item #: N82E16814150357
Display (Monitor): Device that connects to Video Card to output or display information from the computer.
This device chosen because of price point, display size (in inches) to dollar, resolution (the quality of video display).
- D-Sub: 1
- DVI: 1
- Built-in TV Tuner: No
- Built-in Speakers: No
- HDCP Support: Yes
- Recommended Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Pixel Pitch: 0.2655mm
- Display Colors: 16.7 Million
- Model #: 2330V
- Item #: N82E16824160042
Keyboard: allows manual input from the user; to communicate with the computer.
This device chosen based on price point, features and use-ability.
- Operating System Supported: Win XP/Vista/Win 2000/Win 98/Win ME
- Dimensions: 536 x 201 x 27 mm / 21.1″ x 7.9″ x 1.1″
- Features: SteelSeries Z Engine allows full customization of each key Pre-defined profiles for more than 150 games Anti-ghosting capability: Up to 7 simultaneous keystrokes Special gaming key area The SteelSeries Merc gaming keyboard features 34 dedicated gaming terrain keys, making it easier and more intuitive than ever to walk, run, jump, crouch and
- Parts: 1 year limited
- Model #: 64059
- Item #: N82E16823239008
Mouse: Another type of manual input device that allows you to control the cursor in a Graphical User Interface (GUI), environment .
This device chosen based on price point, and features (resolution for input in DPI), and it’s pretty.
- Maximum dpi: 1600 dpi
- Operating System Supported: Windows 98/2000/ME/XP 32bit/Vista
- Features: Laser precision: Experience high accuracy and fluid tracking on virtually any surface 800/ 1600 DPI adjustable: To switch 1600 or 800dpi resolution just by one-touch press in games Back & Forward Buttons: Quicken surfing on the internet and searching your documents. Gaming mouse with perfect weight: Equipped perfect weight- 100g
- Model #: GM-M6880
- Item #: N82E16826146010
Speakers: These allow you to hear the output of audio processed and output from your sound device.
This device chosen based on price point, features, frequency response and output power.
- Satellite RMS Power /ea: 6 Watts
- Subwoofer RMS Power: 20 Watts
- Frequency Response: 40Hz – 20KHz
- Signal to Noise Ratio(SNR): >75dB
- Remote: Wired
- Dimension: Satellite – 5.9″ x 3.0″ x 3.5″ Subwoofer – 10.2″ x 6.3″ x 7.5″
- Weight: Speaker – 11.3 oz. Subwoofer – 7.7 lbs.
- Features: Creative Image Focusing Plate (IFP) design The system’s IFP design features a flare surrounding the satellite driver to improve sonic directivity and imaging to the listening area, giving the music more focus while preserving tonal accuracy. Phase Cap The speaker system also features an extended bullet-shaped dust cap which deflects midrange audio from
- Model #: 51MF4105AA002
- Item #: N82E16836116049
Optical Storage Device: this device allows you to access portable digital optical data media. You may also (with proper media) create or copy (burn) data to optical storage media.
This device chosen based on price point, features: speed, types of reading and writing materials.
(limit 20 per customer)
- Type: DVD Burner
- DVD+R: 24X
- DVD-R: 24X
- CD-R: 48X
- DVD-ROM: 16X
- CD-ROM: 48X
- DVD+RW: 8X
- DVD-RW: 6X
- Model #: AD-7240S-0B
- Item #: N82E16827118030
Microphone: another sound device that allows you to input analog audio to be digitized by the computer.
This device chosen based on price point and frequency response.
(limit 5 per customer)
- Microphone Sensitivity: -67 dBV/µbar, -47 dBV/Pa +/- 4 dB
- Microphone Frequency Response: 100Hz-16KHz
- Features: Advanced digital USB: Experience superior sound clarity with the simplicity of a single USB plug-and-play connection. Noise-canceling microphone: Filters out unwanted background noise. Power switch: Illuminates when microphone is active. Adjustable microphone: Pivots on base to hold preferred position. Eight-foot shielded cord: Gives you more desktop flexibility. Mute switch on
- Parts: 2 years limited
- Labor: 2 years limited
- Model #: 9801860403
- Item #: N82E16836111601
This week we learned to count, again. It seems that one umber system is never enough. (personally i like base 20, thanks to the Maya.)
Our focus though(beyond the given base 10) ; was base 2 (binary), base 8 (Ocatals) and base 16 (Hexadecimal).
I was enlightened to learn how simple it was to convert from one base to the other.
As well as how these number systems are used to digitize everything in our world to be recorded and stored by computers.
not sure what else to say here…
So here I go. This blog will mostly include things about and related to, CSIT-1110-P01/P70 – Intro Info Tech w/ Lab.
So i’m mildly dyslexic (odd i can always spell that).
so often there will be odd things like missing letters or words in the wrong place. I do my best to keep these to a minimum. Yes i do spell check but that doesn’t know if the words are in the correct order or not. Also I rarely capitalize i, when referring to my self.
that out of the way.
The first class that i attended we discussed the history of computers and how they “think”( in binary).
It was interesting to see the progression from simple gears to switches to tubes to transistors to Integrated circuits , to micro processors , pardon me if i have left out a step in evolution.
It was the first time i had ever had a chance to see this progression and handle some of the pieces.
I am president of the Knoxville Linux User Group. http://www.knoxlug.org