Basic Hardware Knowledge Quiz

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A quiz to test your knowledge of the hardware tutorial provided on wikispaces. Some of the questions may require a little additional research.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The main circuit board of the computer. The supply box, audio card, video card, etc. are all connected via cable (IDE, SATA, Molex), integrated, or attached to this device.

    • A.

      Hard Drive

    • B.

      RAM

    • C.

      CPU

    • D.

      Motherboard

    Correct Answer
    D. Motherboard
    Explanation
    The motherboard is the main circuit board of the computer that connects all other components such as the supply box, audio card, video card, etc. It serves as a central hub for communication and data transfer between these components. The motherboard also houses important components like the CPU and RAM, making it a crucial component for the computer's functionality.

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  • 2. 

    This is the device that stores all the physical data which includes; files, folders, programs, and the Operating System (OS).

    • A.

      Hard Drive

    • B.

      RAM

    • C.

      CPU

    • D.

      Motherboard

    Correct Answer
    A. Hard Drive
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Hard Drive. The explanation is that the hard drive is a device that is responsible for storing all the physical data on a computer system. This includes files, folders, programs, and the operating system. The hard drive provides long-term storage and allows users to access and retrieve their data whenever needed.

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  • 3. 

    This device holds your operations in memory while the computer is running. Once the computer is turned off, any processes running in this device are deleted.

    • A.

      Hard Drive

    • B.

      RAM

    • C.

      CPU

    • D.

      ROM

    • E.

      Motherboard

    Correct Answer
    B. RAM
    Explanation
    RAM stands for Random Access Memory. It is a type of computer memory that stores data and instructions temporarily while the computer is running. RAM allows the computer to quickly access and manipulate this data, which is necessary for the smooth functioning of the computer. However, once the computer is turned off, the data stored in RAM is lost, as it requires power to retain the information. Therefore, any processes running in RAM are deleted when the computer is shut down.

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  • 4. 

    This device is also known as the "brain" of your computer. It sends and receives instructions to/from other computer components and performs millions of calculations per second.

    • A.

      Hard Drive

    • B.

      RAM

    • C.

      CPU

    • D.

      Motherboard

    Correct Answer
    C. CPU
    Explanation
    The CPU, or Central Processing Unit, is often referred to as the "brain" of the computer because it is responsible for executing instructions and performing calculations. It communicates with other computer components, such as the RAM and motherboard, to send and receive instructions. The CPU is the main component that processes data and performs tasks, making it a crucial part of the computer's functionality.

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  • 5. 

    This computer port is a commonly used port in today's computers. You can connect keyboards, mouse, flash (jump) drives, fingerprint scanners, etc. to this port.

    • A.

      USB

    • B.

      Serial

    • C.

      Parallel

    • D.

      PS/2

    Correct Answer
    A. USB
    Explanation
    USB (Universal Serial Bus) is the correct answer because it is a commonly used port in today's computers. USB ports are versatile and can be used to connect various peripherals such as keyboards, mice, flash drives, and fingerprint scanners. The USB port has become the standard for connecting devices to computers due to its convenience and compatibility with a wide range of devices.

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  • 6. 

    To find out how large your hard drive is in terms of memory space, which steps could you follow?

    • A.

      Click on My Computer

    • B.

      Right click My Computer > Manage > Disk Management

    • C.

      Right click My Computer > Properties

    • D.

      Right click My Computer > Properties > Device Manager > Disk Drives > Right click Drive Specifications > Properties > Details Tab

    • E.

      A & B

    • F.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. A & B
    Explanation
    To find out how large your hard drive is in terms of memory space, you can follow steps A and B. Clicking on My Computer will allow you to access the Disk Management option, which provides information about your hard drive's memory space. Additionally, right-clicking on My Computer and selecting Properties will also give you information about your hard drive's memory space. Therefore, both steps A and B are correct and will help you determine the size of your hard drive.

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  • 7. 

    What devices(s) could be integrated (a part of) into the motherboard?

    • A.

      RAM

    • B.

      Video Card

    • C.

      Hard Drive

    • D.

      Sound (Audio) Card

    • E.

      A, B, D

    • F.

      B, D

    Correct Answer
    F. B, D
    Explanation
    RAM, Video Card, and Sound (Audio) Card are devices that can be integrated into the motherboard. The motherboard provides slots, connectors, and interfaces to connect these devices directly to it, allowing them to function as an integral part of the computer system. The Hard Drive, on the other hand, is not typically integrated into the motherboard but rather connected to it via cables or interfaces such as SATA. Therefore, the correct answer is B, D.

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  • 8. 

    This device is made with zinc or copper alloy which is attach to the CPU with a thermal material and is designed to draw away the heat from the CPU.

    • A.

      Computer Fan

    • B.

      Heat Sink

    • C.

      RJ-45

    • D.

      PCMCIA

    Correct Answer
    B. Heat Sink
    Explanation
    A heat sink is a device made with zinc or copper alloy that is attached to the CPU with a thermal material. Its purpose is to draw away the heat generated by the CPU, helping to prevent overheating and ensuring optimal performance. By providing a large surface area and fins, a heat sink increases the contact area between the CPU and the surrounding air, allowing for efficient heat dissipation. This helps to maintain the CPU's temperature within safe limits, preventing damage and ensuring the smooth operation of the computer system.

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  • 9. 

    This device allows a computer to communicate over the network and provides and Ethernet connection of 10, 100, 1000Mbps and higher. This card must be physically connected to a cable that leads to a device (switch, router, modem) in order to allow network access.

    • A.

      RJ-45

    • B.

      Modem

    • C.

      NIC Card

    • D.

      Wireless NIC Card

    Correct Answer
    C. NIC Card
    Explanation
    A NIC (Network Interface Card) is a device that allows a computer to connect and communicate over a network. It provides an Ethernet connection with varying speeds (10, 100, 1000Mbps and higher). In order to access the network, the NIC card must be physically connected to a cable that leads to a device such as a switch, router, or modem. The NIC card acts as an interface between the computer and the network, enabling network access and communication.

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  • 10. 

    ROM (Read-Only Memory) is storage which is written and then cannot be changed. Once written the only way to destroy the data is to destroy the device holding the data.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    ROM (Read-Only Memory) is a type of storage that is written with data and cannot be altered or modified afterwards. Once the data is written onto ROM, it becomes permanent and cannot be changed. The only way to get rid of the data is by physically destroying the device that contains the ROM. Therefore, the statement "True" accurately describes the characteristics of ROM.

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  • 11. 

    When purchasing a new computer, the only important features include hard drive size, RAM size, CPU speed, and video card size.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This statement is false because there are other important features to consider when purchasing a new computer, such as the operating system, display resolution, battery life, connectivity options, and build quality. These factors can greatly impact the overall performance and user experience of the computer. Therefore, it is not accurate to say that only hard drive size, RAM size, CPU speed, and video card size are the only important features to consider.

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  • 12. 

    The best way to get rid of a virus on your computer is to do a low-level reformat of the hard drive and reinstall the Operating System (OS).

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Reformatting the hard drive and reinstalling the operating system is indeed the best way to get rid of a virus on a computer. This process erases all the data on the hard drive, including any viruses or malware that may be present. By reinstalling the operating system, the computer starts fresh with a clean slate, ensuring that any lingering viruses are completely removed. It is important to note that this method should only be used as a last resort, as it also erases all other data and programs on the computer.

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  • 13. 

    An audio card CANNOT be integrated onto the motherboard.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This statement is false because it is possible for an audio card to be integrated onto the motherboard. Integrated audio cards, also known as onboard audio, are commonly found on modern motherboards. These integrated audio cards provide basic audio functionality without the need for a separate audio card.

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  • 14. 

    1024KB is equal to 1 GB.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "1024KB is equal to 1 GB" is false. In the binary system, 1 kilobyte (KB) is equal to 1024 bytes, and 1 gigabyte (GB) is equal to 1024 megabytes (MB), which in turn is equal to 1024 kilobytes. Therefore, 1024KB is equal to 1 megabyte (MB), not 1 GB.

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  • 15. 

    BIOS is stored in a ROM chip intergrated to the motherboard.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) is indeed stored in a ROM (Read-Only Memory) chip that is integrated into the motherboard. This chip contains the firmware that initializes the hardware components of the computer and provides the necessary instructions for the computer to boot up. Since ROM is non-volatile memory, the BIOS remains intact even when the computer is powered off. Therefore, the statement "BIOS is stored in a ROM chip integrated to the motherboard" is true.

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