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October 05, 2006

Hardware Questions

Hardware Questions

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Mitchell Vanderkodde
Annie Meyer
Henry Elefter

1. How does the Intel chip in the new Mac OSX operating system allow you to run both the Linux and Windows software?

I know that you can partition your hard drive and run two different programs; so my question is what makes the individual INTEL chip unique? (i.e. What allows this to happen that couldn’t normally happen if you would just normally partition your hard drive yourself?) This question came about while reading about the new chip in an online magazine.

2. What is the difference between jpg, wmv, and mp3 files?

While organizing files on my hard drive, I noticed each of these suffixes tagged onto the end of various files, and depending on whether the file was a jpg, wmv, or mp3 it had to be opened by a certain program. Why is this?

3. How do DVD manufacturers prevent copying of their DVDs?

I tried to burn a DVD and couldn’t get it to play on my DVD player because of copyright protection. How is this possible?

4. How do USB storage drives work?

I was in Best Buy and saw thumb drives with 2 gigs. How do they fit that on such a small drive, and what is the max capacity that they can fit on one? Will we see 100 gig thumb drives soon?

5. How does wireless technology work (i.e. how does a wireless card pick up signal)?

While unsuccessfully troubleshooting in an attempt to connect my laptop wirelessly to the business school network, I began to wonder how my laptop is able to pickup a wireless signal. Additionally, I am curious to know how firewalls and network keys work.

6. What is the difference between different internet connections such as cable, modem, and high-speed?

These terms are frequently used when referring to internet connections, and while watching TV, a RoadRunner High-Speed Internet Commercial aired, and left me wondering what the difference is between high-speed internet and other means of connection.

7. If using a network adapter how might it (if it does at all) slow down your internet connection. Or, how might a network adapter come into conflict with a firewall?

From what I understand, your network adapter connects a multitude of computers to a single internet connection. Because this connection has a specific bandwidth (or amount of information it can process at a certain time), I want to know how that affects the speed of the entire connection (if it does at all).

8. What is the difference between a dual core processor and a single processor?

I read an article saying how great the new duo core processor is. I know it has two processors, but how is this faster than one?

9. In terms of a video graphics card, what does the number 64mb as opposed to 128mb represent considering a screen can reach a maximum resolution?

When looking to purchase a laptop from IBM, two of the different models had a different size graphics card. Although I know the 128 mb one obviously creates a more precise picture, I want to know in reality how it can actually improve picture quality on a screen if you have an old monitor (or new one); I always thought each screen had a maximum picture quality ratio.

10. What compatibility issues do you run into if you choose to use firewire over a USB connection?

I understand that most computers come with USB ports, not normally (or as many) fire-wire ports. My interest was sparked after reading an article of the new 2.0 USB ports (for speedier connection than the newest fire-wire port). Can you even use the same port on the computer? And is there really a difference? Also, I think Apple created FireWire, and I also know that you can use FireWire on Windows (read in an article online). So was there an issue with compatibility, but now either is universal?

Posted by helefter at October 5, 2006 08:55 PM


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