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Chapter 0001:  Power Supplies - System Board

"If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it."
-- Anonymous


Chapter Objectives

The objective of this chapter is to provide the reader with an understanding of the following:

1.1 Identify basic terms, concepts, and functions of system modules, including how each module should work during normal operation and during the boot process:

  • System Board; Power Supply; Firmware; CMOS

1.2 Identify basic procedures for adding removing field replaceable modules for both desktop and portable systems:

    • System Board; Power Supply

1.3 Identify available IRQs, DMAs, and I/O addresses and procedures for device installation and configuration:

    • Standard IRQ settings; Hexadecimal/addresses

1.8 Identifies hardware methods of upgrading system performance, procedures for replacing the basic subsystem components, unique components and when to use them:

    • Memory; CPU; Upgrading BIOS; When to upgrade BIOS

2.1 Identify common symptoms and problems associated with each module and have to troubleshoot and isolate the problems:

    • Processor/memory; Motherboards; BIOS; CMOS

    • Power supply; POST audible/visual error codes

2.2 Identify basic troubleshooting procedures and how to elicit problem symptoms from customers:

    • Troubleshooting/isolation problems determination procedures

    • Determine whether hardware or software problem

    • Symptoms/error codes and situations when the problem occurred

4.1 Distinguish between popular CPU chips in terms of their basic characteristics.

    • Popular CPU chips (Intel, AMD, Cyrix)

    • Sockets; (SEC) single edge contact

4.3 Identify the most popular types of motherboards, the components and architecture (bus structures and power supplies):

    • Types of motherboards: AT (full and baby); ATX

    • Bus architecture: ISA; PCI; AGP; USB (Universal serial bus); VESA local bus (VL-bus)

4.4 Identify the purpose of CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor), what it contains and how to change its basic parameters:

    • Boot sequence; Date/Time; Plug & play BIOS


Getting Ready - Questions
  1. The Pentium IV uses _______ RAM.

  2. Athlon uses a ______ to connect the CPU

  3. Slot 1 supports the __________, __________, and __________ CPU.

  4. Slot 1 uses a ___________ _________ __________.

  5. The Pentium III introduced ____.






Getting Ready - Answers

  2. Slot A

  3. Celeron, Pentium II, Pentium III

  4. Single Edge Connector

  5. SIMD

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