Components of a Computer System
A computer system consists of both hardware and information stored on hardware. Information stored on computer hardware is often called software. The hardware components of a computer system are the electronic and mechanical parts. The software components of a computer system are the data and the computer programs. The major hardware components of a computer system are:
Input devices: Keyboard, mouse, scanner, digital camera and joystick. Peripheral device used to provide data and control signals to an information processing system such as a computer or other information appliance. Output devices: Monitor printer, plotter and voice output device, Modem, Automotive navigation system, Projector. Peripheral device that converts machine-readable information into people-readable information.
Processing devices: CPU, Motherboard, Chipset, bus, RAM. Hardware components process information within the computer system.
Storage devices: Hard disk drives and compact disk drives. Hardware components allow data to be stored within a computer system.
Software components of a computer system have no physical presence; they are stored in digital form within computer memory.
System software is an operating system designed to operate and control the computer hardware and to provide a platform for running application software.
Utility software: anti-virus software, firewalls, disk defragmenters. Which helps to maintain and protect the computer system but does not directly interface with the hardware.
Applications software: Web browsers, Office software, Games, Multimedia Software, Database Software, and Graphic Software. Designed to allow the user of the system complete a specific task or set of tasks.
Different types of computer software.
Programming software, system software and application software are the three main types of computer software used in computer networking. Programmers use the programming software to...
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