CIS 107a: Introduction to Hardware Concepts

Review for Third Test
The third test will be be partially cumulative. Go over all review guides for this course to prepare for the third test.
  1. What is the difference between a notebook and a desktop computer?

  2. What comparison can generally be made between the prices of notebooks and similarly equipped desktop computers?

  3. What is the current name for PCMCIA cards? Why are they important for notebooks? What are the three types you are likely to see?

  4. What are some common features of notebooks that distinguish them from desktops?

  5. How do you treat a notebook battery to extend its life?

  6. What is a dongle? What "peripheral" device might commonly require you to use one?

  7. What might you expect to see as additional functionality when using a docking station for a notebook?

  8. What prefix is commonly attached to the names of memory modules used in notebooks?

  9. With reference to PC cards, what is a socket service? Why is is required?

  10. What is a Field Replaceable Unit? Why do some manufacturers see these as sales options?

  11. What is a tablet PC? How is it different from a notebook?

  12. What is a PDA? What operating systems are commonly found on PDAs? What are some brands of PDAs?

  13. What features are commonly found on PDAs?

  14. What is a UART? Why might there be two UARTs inside your computer? What problem could occur if both are active?

  15. What are nodes and hosts?

  16. What is a packet? What do you call the information tacked on to each end of a packet?

  17. What is a physical topology? How is it different from a logical topology?

  18. What logical topology is used for an Ethernet? What is the most common physical topology for an Ethernet?

  19. What is a token ring? What is a token?

  20. What are three common bandwidths (data transfer rates) found in Ethernet LANs?

  21. Segment length varies with each type of cable medium. What physical characteristic of data transmission establishes segment length?

  22. What is the most commonly used cable medium on LANs?

  23. What is a LAN? What is a PAN? What is a MAN? What is a WAN?

  24. What kind of connectors are used with thin Ethernet? What kind of cable?

  25. What does the IEEE 802.11 standard support? What are three variations you might encounter?

  26. What is the FDDI standard? What medium does it use?

  27. What is a NIC? Why are they needed? What are three factors that should influence your choice when buying a NIC?

  28. Why are protocols bound to NICs?

  29. What are routers for? How are they different from switches? Why are switches preferable to hubs?

  30. What are three kinds of addresses (or equivalents) are used in networks?

  31. What protocol described in the text is only useful inside networks? What protocol suite is typically only found on networks using older Novell servers? What protocol suite is found on most computers that communicate across the Internet?

  32. What are the six processes that take place in a laser printer?

  33. What does CMYK refer to on a color printer?

  34. Is it possible to share a printer that is physically connected to only one computer? What must be true to do so? What drawbacks are there to doing so?

  35. What is Windows Safe Mode?

  36. Why are intermittent problems harder to diagnose?

  37. Photograph files are usually stored in what format? How might the extension of the file be spelled? What second format did the text recommend as a good one for photographic files?

  38. What are the common uses of the four MPEG standards? What sound file standard is descended from one of them, and which one?

  39. What are two common optical storage technologies used on desktop computers?

  40. What is an intranet? How is connecting to one different from connecting to the Internet?

  41. What are several different technologies described in the text for color printing?

  42. How can we use scanners to create editable electronic documents?

  43. What is the difference between a flatbed scanner and a sheet-fed scanner?

  44. What are some languages used to create print jobs? What companies created them?