What is a computer?
In today's, tech saturated, world a computer can come in many shapes and sizes. Anything from a massive server to a tiny HDMI dongle that you plug into your TV is considered a computer. Our site will only cover computers you may use in your day to day work or home life. This includes but is not limited to: Desktop computers, laptop computers, Tablet computers, Cell phones, Mini computers, and HDMI dongles. Regardless of the size, you will need to be able to put digital information in and get digital information out.
The start point for each guide is prior to turning the computer on. Picture getting a computer home from the store for the first time. You have just taken the machine out of the box and would like to get the thing going as smoothly as possible. The last thing you want is to buy something that is supposed to make life easier only to have a ton of hassles. That can lead to a bad user experience and cause you not to want to bother. Take a look at these few concise steps in order to help you on your journey. Let's begin!
• Did you get everything you paid for?
• Did you get everything you need?
• Do you have everything you want?
Take a look at the stores description for the item/items that you purchased. Look at the list printed on the box, if any. Also, look at the receipt. Do they match what you have in front of you? To use the computer, you will have to be able to interact with it. Generally, this is done by typing, touching, or talking.
If you are going to be using a desktop computer with a non-touch monitor, you will need a keyboard and mouse/touchpad.
If the keyboard and mouse are wireless, they will need batteries.
If the keyboard and mouse are wired, you will plug them in to the usb ports before you turn the computer on.
Great, so you have the computer tower, the monitor, and the keyboard/mouse input devices,
Do you have a power cord for the tower?
Do you have a power cord for the monitor?
Do you have a cord for connecting the tower to the monitor?
If you are going to want to output sound you will need speakers.
At this point, you will begin to connect the different parts of your computer system's hardware together.
The first thing you want to do is find a cool dry place near an outlet to plug your CPU tower in. A Cool and dry location is essential to the life and function of your computer. Heat and moisture are the enemy when it comes to the speed and longevity of your electronic equipment.
Once you have plugged the tower in and before you turn it on, plug in the monitor and the keyboard/mouse input devices.
Although it is often called the CPU tower, it houses much mor than just your Central Processing Unit. Inside it you will also find:
ram memory, rom memory, storage, and the graphics processing unit at the very least.
You may also have cd, dvd, or bluray drives installed.
Follow the prompts to configure the operating system. (See Software)