Explain what makes Computer system and draw a hierarchical chart to represent how they are categorized (Internal, Input, Output and Peripheral) with suitable examples.
2.1 A computer system.
A system is a collection of elements that work together to archive a common objective. A computer system consists of hardware, software, firmware and live ware elements that support information processing.
• A programmable machine that inputs, process and outputs data.
• A computer is an electronic device that can store and process data, converting it into information that is useful to people.
Raw data are numbers, characters, images or other outputs from device to concert physical quantities into symbols, in a very board sense. Such data are typically further processed by a human or input a computer, stored and processed there, or a transmitted (output) to another human or computer.
Raw data is a relative term; data processing commonly occurs by stages, and the “processed data” from one stage may be considered the “raw data” of the next.
When you input data to the computer, the computer will process those data, and then information will be output from the computer. To output information you will able to use many types of devices.
Structure Chart of a computer system
2.2 Hierarchical chart of computer system.
The computer system is divided by five items.
1. Internal Devices
2. Input Devices
3. Output Devices
4. Storage Devices
5. Peripheral Devices
2.3 Internal Devices
All the devices that are installed within the computer can be called as “internal devices”.
4. Sound Card
5. Network Card
6. Video Card
1. Processor /Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The first processor released by Intel was the 4004 processor. The processor is often thought as the “Engine” of the computer. It does also can be called as CPU. CPU handles all instructions it receives from hardware and software running on the computer. Processors produce heat, so they are covered with a heat sink or cooling fan to keep them cool and running smoothly. All computers require some type of CPU. Without CPU the computer does not work. Processors are available in three types.
• Socket Type (PGA)
• Slot Type
• Socket Type (LGA)
The major two types of processors brand available in the market and the latest processors of them.
• Intel processors
Core 2 Duo
• AMD processors
Motherboard also called as mainboard of the computer. Motherboard is a printed circuit board that is the foundation of a computer. All the hardware devices of the computer will connect with the motherboard directly or indirectly. This motherboard will support to the communication between all the hardware devices on the computer. Most of the newer motherboards come with the “onboard device” concepts which integrate a lot of interface cards to the motherboard itself.
Latest motherboards are having newer and faster interfaces for connecting devices. IDE interfaces are replaced by SATA. AGP slots replaced by PCI express slots,
Overview of the motherboard,
3. RAM (Random Access Memory)
Random access memory will be one of main memory device on the computer. When the computer starts all the instruction will copy in to the RAM, then processor able to access those instructions very fast, but if processor get his instruction directly from the hard disk the processing task will be very slow because of the very slow speed of the hard disk. The RAM can be called as one of main devices that effect on computer speed.
Different Types of RAM
4. Sound Card
A sound card is an expansion card or IC for producing sound on a computer that can be heard through speakers or headphones. Most of newer motherboards we can get sound card as onboard device. Separate interface cards are mostly in PCI slot.
5. Network Card
Network Interface Card is also called as an Ethernet card and network adapter. Network card is used to connect the computer to another computer or the internet using an Ethernet cable with an RJ-45 connector. It is available in PCI interface standard or USB versions.
6. Video Card (VGA)
VGA (Video Graphics Array) used to connect the monitor to the motherboard using the VGA card. A video card is used to process images so they can be displayed on the monitor. A good video card can make a big difference in the quality of the graphics, so this is particularly important if you play games or work with photography and video.
1. Input Devices
The devices that we use to input data to the computer system called as “input devices”. Input devices are,
• Mouse/Touch pad
• Optical character reader (OCR)
• Optical mark reader (OMR)
• Magnetic ink character reader (MICR)
• Barcode reader
2. Output Devices
The devices that we use to output information called as “output devices”. Output devices are,
• Visual display unit (VDU)
• Multimedia projector
3. Central Processing Unit
All the devices on your computer including ALU, Register and Cache memory handled by the control unit.
• Arithmetic and logic unit (ALU)
All mathematical and logical tasks will be handled by this unit.
During the processing tasks of the computer the processor may create temporary data, to store those temporary data processor use this register.
• Cache memory
To do processing tasks, the processor need instruction. Most useful instruction will keep on this cache memory.
4. Storage/ Memory Devices
On your computer you should store data, information or instruction to store these items computer use storage/ memory devices on a computer system. You will able to see 2 main types of storage/ memory devices.
1. Primary/ Internal devices
2. Secondary/ External devices
1. Primary/ Internal storage devices
The memory or storage devices that connect with computer motherboard directly called as internal storage devices. These memories content temporary, but very fast, low amount of memory. There are two main types of internal storage devices.
1. Random Access Memory (RAM)
Random access memory will be one of main memory device on the computer. When the computer starts all the instruction will copy in to the RAM, then processor able to access those instructions very fast, but if processor get his instruction directly from the hard disk the processing task will be very slow because of the very slow speed of the hard disk. The RAM can be called as one of main devices that affect on computer speed.
2. Read Only Memory (ROM)
Read Only Memory (ROM) as the name suggests is a special type of memory chip that holds software that can be read but not written to. A good example is the ROM –BIOS chip which contains read only software that starts up your computer.
2. Secondary/ External storage devices
The devices that connect with computer motherboard through a third party called as external storage devices. These devices content fixed very large amount of data capacity, but the speed of these devices will be very low.
• Hard disk
• Compact disk(CD)
• Digital versatile disk(DVD)
• Flash drive
5. Communication Devices
To share data, information or instructions between computer and electronic devices we can use communication devices on a computer system.
• Network interface card(NIC)
Software is a collection of programs or application, which contain the instructions that make the computer work. To do any kind of processing tasks the processor should use instructions software on your computer provide each and every instruction that needs to the processer to do processing task. Without software your computer will not able to at least start. There are two main types of software.
1. System software/ operating software
2. Application software
1. System software/ operating software
System software provides all the instructions to the processor to handle or operate hardware devices on your computer. System software can be categorized as operating software and utility software.
• Microsoft Disk Operating system (MS DOS)
• Windows 1.0
• Windows 95
• Windows 98
• Windows me
• Windows XP
• Windows 7
• Windows 8
• Windows 8.1
• Windows 10
2. Application software
Application software is a set of computer programs designed to permit the user to perform a group of coordinated functions, tasks or activities. Application software cannot run itself but is dependent on system software to execute.
• Microsoft Word
• Microsoft Excel
• Microsoft PowerPoint
• Microsoft Visual Studio
• Microsoft Outlook
• Adobe Flash
• Adobe Photoshop
2.5 Live ware
The operators who operate the computer called as live ware. A live ware should able to give correct commands to the computer with correct order.
The main memory of a computer consists of two parts. The Random Access Memory (RAM) and Read Only Memory (ROM). The RAM is used to load the software when you need to run them, while ROM contains some programs written by the computer manufacturer which can only be read but not written. These programs are called as firmware. Firmware is software called Basic Input Output System (BIOS).This software located on read only memory (ROM) of the computer. When you press power button on the computer this firmware will start and check basic hardware devices of the computer, then if hardware devices in a suitable situation to start the operating system, then operating system will starts. If hardware devices not suitable to start the operating system, then it will notify the error using the monitor or beep sounds.