Computer Basics/Operation and Maintenance/Connecting computer components

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Connecting computer components

Computers come with a variety of connection ports and cables. Some are used to connect input and output devices like a mouse, keyboard, printer, digital camera, and speakers; others connect to the internet and other computers (networks). The basic components of a computer system need to be connected correctly to enable it to operate safely. The ports, cables and buttons vary in different computers so this topic provides an introduction to the basic connections you might find on most personal computers.

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Please note: the following tutorial will open in a new window/tab. When you have finished the tutorial, simply close the window/tab and you'll return to this page.

  • Complete this online tutorial on Buttons, Sockets and Slots on a Desktop Computer You may have a different set-up to the desktop computer shown in this tutorial but try to identify as many of the features as you can on your home or work computer.

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Portfolio Activity

Please note: If you are completing the assessment for this course, then you need to complete this portfolio activity.

  • Use a digital camera, video recorder or smart phone to record the following features for assessment:

Select 5 examples from the list of components and for each, clearly show the connections on the computer, including ports, cables and devices.

List of components: mouse, monitor, keyboard, power leads, digital camera, scanner, portable external storage (USB), modem, network or internet connection.

Save your images or recording and add it to your assessment portfolio.

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