Exam Review Questions & Study Guide

CS 332

Hardware / Software Concepts

 

 

1.      What are the differences between ROM, PROM, EPROM and EEPROM?

 

 

2.      What is the major advantage of dynamic RAM over static RAM?

 

 

3.      When purchasing a video card to install in a particular unit, what considerations must be taken into account?

 

 

4.      What do the terms SIMM and DIMM stand for, and what kind of devices are they?  How are they different?

 

 

5.      Describe how data is stored on a magnetic disk. Draw a diagram.

 

 

6.      What is formatting, as it applies to a disk?

 

 

7.      What are the things you should document about your computer and why?

 

 

8.      Compare SRAM, DRAM, EDO-RAM and SDRAM.

 

 

Understand the following terms and concepts:

 

ESD

Bus

Northbridge

BIOS

ISA

EISA

PCI

AGP

I-P-O

CPU

Parallel

Serial

Frontside Bus

PGA

SEC

IRQ

I/O Address

ATX

P1, P4, P8/P9 Connectors

DAT

Double-density disk

Format

Radial Misalignment

Track

Sector

Cylinder

Defragmentation

EIDE

IDE

Extended partition

FAT 16 & 32

Geometry

Logical drive

MBR

MFT

NTFS

Platter

Primary partition

ATA

ATAPI