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Week 1 discussion;Hardware and Operating Systems (graded);In this discussion, we will look at the basics of both hardware and operating systems. To begin this discussion, let's first define the difference between hardware and software. What is hardware? What is software? What is the purpose of hardware and software?;Avoid using the respond button at the top of the discussion. Help keep the discussion organized by responding only to other posts.;Power Supplies and Form Factors (graded);In this discussion, we will look at power supplies and form factors. What is the purpose of a power supply? What is a form factor? How do power supplies and form factors relate to one another?;Avoid using the respond button at the top of the discussion. Help keep the discussion organized by responding only to other posts.;Week 2 discussion;Motherboard and Motherboard Components (graded);Take some time this week to open up your computer (or better yet - an old junky one) and take a look inside (be sure to unplug your machine and not touch any of the components ? look but don't touch). Based on your readings, what kind of motherboard is being used? What form factor? How did you know?;Avoid using the respond button at the top of the discussion. Help keep the discussion organized by responding only to other posts.;CPU, RAM, and ROM (graded);What is a CPU? What is the purpose of the CPU?;Avoid using the respond button at the top of the discussion. Help keep the discussion organized by responding only to other posts.;Week 3 discussion;Windows OS Basics (graded);Describe the Windows operating system. Discuss some of your favorite Windows features.;Maintaining and Optimizing Windows (graded);Have you ever had a problem with your Windows operating system? What happened, and what was the result?;Week 4 discussion;Peripherals (graded);Identify and discuss some peripherals that ordinary desktop PC users would normally use. Discuss how they work and their purpose.;Back-up (graded);Discuss backup strategies and devices that you can use with your PC at home or in the workplace. How does the device connect? What standards does it use?;Week 5 discussion;Networked PCs (graded);What are the basic components required to set up a network? How do you add a PC to a network?;Internet and Applications (graded);What is one of your favorite applications that utilizes the Internet? Discuss what happens behind the scenes in the network that enables your PC to implement that application.;Week 6 discussions;Security for PCs and LANs (graded);What are some of the basic precautions a computer owner or network administrator can take to help make the computing environment secure? What are some of the basic security threats that a user or administrator might have to face?;Laptop Computers (graded);Discuss how notebooks differ from desktop computers, and how their special issues can be addressed.;Week 7 discussion;Troubleshooting (graded);Other than a computer, think of a household device that you've installed or repaired. Discuss the approach you used and how you might streamline your efforts the next time. How can this process be applied to troubleshooting computers and networks?;Preventive Maintenance (graded);What is preventive maintenance? Why is it important to keeping a computer healthy?

 

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