Test 01

  1. Central processing units are often referred to by a Megahertz number, such as 100 Mhz, 350 Mhz, or 733 Mhz. Explain what these numbers mean.

  2. What are some of the limitations of Random Access Memory?

  3. When I say that my computer has 192 Megabytes of RAM, what the heck is the meaning of the "192 Megabytes?"

  4. Why might the deletion of operating system files not cause problems until the next time the computer is booted?

  5. What can I do with a computer that has DVD drive that I cannot do with a computer that lacks a DVD drive?

  6. If you are able to retrieve the COMFSM home page and not the page at FSM Telecom, where is the "break" in the line (between where and where?)

  7. What is "shark" in our network?

  8. If I unplug the network cables from the wall at the front of A204, will I be able to connect to the print server in A204 (

  9. What types of devices are setup in the Basic Input Output System?

  10. Microsoft, Apple, and Linus Torvalds are the originators of some of the operating systems found on campus. What are the names of each of these three operating systems?

  11. What is the name of the Operating system on the computer in front of you at this moment?

  12. I spent some time describing the new operating system from Apple that should be on an Apple computer headed for my desk later this Fall. What is the key new feature of this operating system that distinguishes it from prior Apple OS's?

  13. Your book describes some different classes (types) of computers. The most powerful are supercomputers and the least powerful are usually the personal digital assistants. What are the types that come in between these two extremes?

    Which class of computer is in front of you right now?

  14. Write 5 base ten in base two: ____________

  15. List the conditional operators that are evaluated by the Arithmetic and Logic Unit:
  16. Fill out the following truth table:
    P Q AND
    0 0 _______
    0 1 _______
    1 0 _______
    1 1 _______
  17. Evaluate the following expression: 5 > 3 AND 5 > 8
  18. What is the function of a register in a CPU?

  19. Write out the full name for the acronym CISC.

  20. What is the function of a on chip CPU cache?

  21. A salesperson at CompUSA is trying to get me to buy a computer with a 64 bit bus as opposed to one with a 32 bit bus. What the heck is a bus and what do these numbers mean?


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