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Computer Peripherals and Equipment Quiz

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  • 1. 
    The main computer cabinet housing containing the primary components of the system. This includes the main logic board (system board or motherboard), disk drive(s), switching power supply, and the interconnecting wires and cables.
    • A. 

      System unit

  • 2. 
    The most familiar computer input device, used to introduce characters and commands into the system. This is accomplished by incorporating a standard typewriter key layout with the addition of other specialized control and function keys.
    • A. 


  • 3. 
    A popular input device used with graphical user interfaces to point to, select, or activate images on the video monitor. By rolling the mouse along a surface, the user can cause a cursor on the display to move in a corresponding manner.
    • A. 


  • 4. 
    A visual output device capable of displaying characters and graphics on a screen. Also, a name for a CRT computer display.
    • A. 

      Video Monitor

  • 5. 
    A hard-copy output device that applies data to paper. Any printer that prints one character at a time. Normally, a dot-matrix printer, ink-jet printer, or laser printer.
    • A. 

      Character Printer

  • 6. 
    Audio output devices used to deliver voice, music, and coded messages.
    • A. 


  • 7. 
    The component in the system that converts the AC voltage from the commercial power outlet to the DC voltage required by the computer circuitry.
    • A. 

      Power Supply

  • 8. 
    The main component of a personal computer. It contains the major structures that make up a computer system.
    • A. 

      System Board

  • 9. 
    The system’s mass storage devices that hold data for an extended time, even when power is removed from the system. Disk drives include floppy drives, hard drives, and CD-ROM drives.
    • A. 

      Disk drives

  • 10. 
    Interface cards used to enhance the basic system with additional functions. Examples of common adapter cards include video display adapters, modems, and local area network (LAN) cards.
    • A. 

      Adapter Cards

  • 11. 
    Connecting cables, typically configured in a flat ribbon format, that pass control signals and data between system components such as the disk drives and the system board.
    • A. 

      Signal cable

  • 12. 
    The older form factor standard derived from PC-XT and PC-AT specifications.
    • A. 


  • 13. 
    A newer form factor standard that has been introduced to overcome problems found in the AT-style designs.
    • A. 


  • 14. 
    Is the nerve center of the computer system. It is the center of the PC-compatible microcomputer system.
    • A. 


  • 15. 
    Motherboards are also referred to as
    • A. 

      System boards and

    • B. 

      Planar boards

  • 16. 
    Which is quick enough to operate directly with the microprocessor and can be read from and written to as often as desired
    • A. 


  • 17. 
    Which contains the computer’s permanent startup programs. ROM is nonvolatile; its contents remain with or without power being applied.
    • A. 


  • 18. 
    An area of special high-speed RAM reserved for improving system performance by holding information that the microprocessor is likely to use.
    • A. 

      Cache memory

  • 19. 
    Microprocessor support ICs that coordinate the operation of the system.
    • A. 


  • 20. 
    A logical data unit which has a possible value of 0 or 1.
    • A. 


    • B. 


    • C. 


    • D. 


  • 21. 
    A unit of frequency. It is one million hertz. It describes the clock frequency the microprocessor runs at. The larger the number, generally the faster the microprocessor, but there are other factors that affect microprocessor speed.
    • A. 


    • B. 


    • C.