1. Which of these is the most portable computer type?
B. A netbook is a mini-notebook, and it is the most portable. Servers and desktop PCs are not very portable, requiring disconnecting and moving several separate components including monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
2. Whats the difference between a desktop PC and a server?
D. A server is very much like a desktop PC and has both a monitor and a mouse; the main difference is that it runs a server version of the operating system. Servers tend to have more RAM than desktop PCs, but this is not a hard-and-fast rule.
3. What type of computing device would be best for someone who travels a lot and needs constant Internet access?
D. A smartphone combines the easy portability of a cell phone with Internet capabilities. Servers and desktops are not easily portable. A notebook is portable but may not always have Internet access available to it.
4. What case form factor would be best for someone who needed to have five disk drives in a
D. A full-tower case provides the largest number of drive bays of any case type.
5. What does a thermally advantaged chassis do better than a regular computer case?
A. A thermally advantaged chassis is a case designed to keep the system cool by efficiently flowing air through the case through a system of air vents and fans.
6. If you are setting up a PC in the UK, how do you set the voltage switch on the back of a
B. 230v is the standard for countries in the European Union (EU). 120v is appropriate for the USA. There are no countries that use 150v or 350v.
7. Which type of connector might you use to connect a monitor?
D. Digital Video Interface (DVI) is a monitor connector. PCI is a type of motherboard bus. CPU is the central processing unit (the processor). ATA is a standard for hard disks.
8. When connecting a computer to a printer, what type of plug is most likely to be used to
plug into the printer?
C. The USB Standard B connector is the one that plugs into a printer. USB Standard A plugs into a computer. Mini and micro connectors are used for smaller devices, such as cell phones and digital cameras.
9. Which type of USB, also known as High Speed, transfers data at 480 Mbps?
B. USB 2.0 is also known as High Speed, and it transfers data at up to 480 Mbps. Refer to Table 4.1 for the other types of USB connectors and their speeds.
10. What type of device would be most likely to use a FireWire connection?
C. video camera. FireWire is a very fast connection, so it is often employed by devices that need to move a lot of data, like a video camera. Printers, mice, and keyboards most often use a USB connection.
11. What type of device should be connected to a purple PS/2 connector on the back of an
older desktop PC?
C. Purple PS/2 connectors are for keyboards. Green ones are for mice. Printers and video cameras do not use PS/2 connectors.
12. If a device requires a DB9M connector, what type of connector would you look for?
D. A DB9 connector is a 9-pin serial connector. The M stands for male, meaning it has pins rather than holes.
13. If you see a DB25F port on the back of a computer, what could you connect to it?
C. A DB25 female connector on a computer is designed for an older-style printer connection. A mouse and keyboard would use a USB or PS/2 connection. A monitor would use a VGA, a DVI, or an HDMI connection.
14. If you see a DB15F port on the back of a computer, what could you connect to it?
D. A DB15 female connector on a computer is for a VGA monitor connection. A VGA connector has three rows of holes in a D-shaped connector.
15. Which type of port is used for a dial-up modem?
B. An RJ-11 jack, which is an ordinary phone jack connector, is used for a dial-up modem. A DB15F connector is a VGA connector for a monitor. RJ-45 is for Ethernet networking. PS/2 is used for an older keyboard or mouse.
16. Which of these is the newest and most modern card-based expansion slot in a notebook
B. ExpressCard is the modern standard for notebook expansion cards. PC Card was an earlier standard that supported 16-bit or 32-bit connections. CardBus came after PC Card but before ExpressCard.
17. What does a circle symbol with a vertical line cutting halfway through it mean?
D. That symbol is found on most power buttons. The USB symbol looks like a branching tree of arrows. Ethernet is often symbolized by three connected boxes. A microphone port may have a picture of a microphone on it.
18. Can an ExpressCard|54 and an ExpressCard|34 use the same card slot on a notebook PC?
D. Both of those cards fi t in a 34 mm slot with a 26-pin connector. The ExpressCard|54s back end is wider, but the end that connects to the PC is the same.
19. What kind of port does a Bluetooth connection use?
B. None of these
20. Another name for FireWire is .
D. IEEE1394 is the FireWire standard. RS232 is a legacy serial port. LPT is a legacy parallel port.
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