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13-11-03, 01:46
Okay I want to look like I know what I'm doing while I'm on my computer. Right now I have a really really old computer with dial up (56 modem) and windows 98 and I'M practically computer illiterate http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/bash.gif . Does anyone have any reccomendations for sleek and sophisticated looking computers. Are lab tops any good? What should I know when 'puter shopping? And how can I start becoming more wise in all computer things :confused:

Oh and it would really help if someone could explain the basic components of a computer to me and what is important to each one lol

Thanks in advance,
Rogue http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif

John Falstaff
13-11-03, 01:50
To be computer smart - you need to know a lot more than me!

Well have you finished your homework etc:? How did it go?


13-11-03, 01:54
Talk about a topic! This could take some time.
there are countless sites devoted to helping you out. I took the hands-on approach. I had a stupid Emachines computer- my first- and after a couple months decided to build a better one. I just bought all the components and jumped right in! It took me years to understand the small ammount that I know now.
here are a few sites to help get you in "the know"

13-11-03, 02:00
Ahaha you wouldn't believe the smile on my face when I got tonsilitis last night and so I didn't get to go to school today and I get to stay home tomorrow AND there'S no school on Friday. BUT to be on the safe side (since I'm such a great student ;) ) I went in today to do some exams but the teachers sent me home saying that with me being sick I shouldn't take any exams because it'll likely that I won't do well on them.

I guess this means I won't be going to school till Monday Wahooo http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif ! But I still have to study for those exams and I have to get the rest of that homework done. OH and I found an awesome site for To Kill A Mockingbird it's at Classnotes.com

Thanks for your concern http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif I'll talk to you later John,

Rogue http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif

13-11-03, 02:04
Oh thanks a lot Dragon Dan for those sites. I will definately give them a looksie ;) .

Woah- your building or built a computer :eek: That's very impressive! Keep us updated on how that goes for you. I once heard that knowledge builds up and squares itself. Ex 2 make 4, 4 makes 16... I'm sure someday you'll be a computer master if you keep up the good work. Best of luck http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

Rogue http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif

13-11-03, 02:07
You should go to a computer class if you want to get to know the basics of computers, and find out stuff out of books and on the internet about the basics of computers and stuff.

Main components:
Motherboard, CPU/processor, sound card and video card, hard disc drive, fan and heatsink, CD and floppy drives, RAM and ROM memory
Then you've got your speakers, keyboard, VDU/monitor, mouse etc.
You should find out as much as you can about these in any and every way possible, it will help a lot.

If you're buying a new 'puter, you should consider carefully what you will use it for. If it's for gaming... a laptop is not your best option. If it's for work, and you travel a lot, then a laptop would be a good idea. If it's just general purpose, then a fairly cheap desktop computer should do you. Don't go spending any more than a thousand pounds if you're not going to be going hardcore with the computing, but don't go for one that's so cheap it won't do anything except Notepad and Paint.
I use a fairly old, pretty low range and not-very-powerful laptop (P2 400MHz, 6GB etc ;) ) for all my stuff and it does me fine cos I don't try and use all the latest software and so on. You should, if you're gaming, be going for a Pentium 4 2.4 GHz processor (or thereabouts), maybe 40 GB or 60 GB hard drive, 45x min CD-RW and 16x DVD-ROM drives, a floppy drive,and you should look around for video and sound cards to suit. I don't keep up-to-date with that stuff cos it makes me jealous that I haven't got it so I'm not an expert on the hardware subject really.
Try and get yourself a copy of Windows XP professional if you can, or a Linux distribution like SuSe or Redhat. Then you can work from there.

Hope I helped a little! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

13-11-03, 02:11
oohhh your sick!how unconsiderate of me!i hope you feel better!you can also go to www.sparknotes.com (http://www.sparknotes.com) for really awesome notes!you shouldn't be on the net cause you will feel all lightheaded and stuff!i've done that before and almost fell out of me own chair!don't worry i always feel illiterate on the net.plus i'm younger than a lot of y'all so i feel so immature!ohh well i'm babbling, uh yeah, umm i'll be leaving now... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/privateeye.gif

13-11-03, 02:12
A simple starter list:
motherboard - the circuit board that everything plugs into. It is the bridge between operating system and hardware.
CPU - central processing unit, or processor. the brains of a computer. it makes the millions of calculations that make programs work. measured by speed, usually Gigahertz. Hertz is a measure of electricty in cycles per second.
Memory - often called RAM, comes in several speeds. RAM stores information that open programs need to work properly.
Hard drive - the magnetic media device that stores information. unlike RAM, it keeps info when the computer is turned off. usually measured in Gigabytes of storage capacity.
CD-ROM - the optical device that reads information stored on Compact Discs. there are of course CD-RW drives that can write info to special CDs. Usually described by the Read speed, or the 'X' (52x).
Video card - the device that you plug your monitor into. it sends images generated from programs to your monitor. these have onboard RAM, so your CPU dosen't have to work as hard generating those images. more is better here.
Sound card - generates sound from programs. you could have figured that one out on your own!
Power supply - the piece of hardware that all components get their power from. for todays fast desktop systems, look for at least 300 Watts of output.
I'm sure I left stuff out. This topic should get lots of feedback from our tech-savvy members.

13-11-03, 02:17
Originally posted by rogue_eclipse:
I'm sure someday you'll be a computer master if you keep up the good work.
Rogue http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif Thank you very much for that vote of confidence. I have no intention of being a "master", at least not in computing. my goals were very direct. I can build a much better comp for the same price of those in the stores. I have built many systems. I often build custom units for friends. After all of this, I still only want to be a driver, not a mechanic. No real interest in figuring out how to write a program.

13-11-03, 02:19
And I'm the opposite. ;)

13-11-03, 02:33
Thanks a lot everyone especilly Dragon Dan http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif You guys all have helped me out lots. Hey keep the knowledge flowing...

Rogue http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/bash.gif

13-11-03, 02:37
Oops I forgot Geck- You helped out lots too (thanks to you I know what I mother board is and so much more) http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

By the way I like you avator, it's so you ;)

Rogue http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif

http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif I'm taking a computer break (starting to feel a bit light-headed :rolleyes: ) I'll be back in an hour...

13-11-03, 13:03
Originally posted by rogue_eclipse:
Are lab tops any good? Rogue http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif :D
hey rogue!
hahahah you make me laugh. thanks hun! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif
dont worry about not being computer savvy, just fiddle around with your comp (dont delete anything!!) and you'll get used to how it works. thats how i figured it all out. not that im Bill Gates or anything. :D
have fun!

13-11-03, 13:12

Check out this site:


It explains just about every thing.


13-11-03, 18:33
Great Spence! I'll have to check that site out. Thank you.

Andromeda: I'm so glad I make you laugh, you make me laugh too http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif Hey check out my post to your "brings a tear to my eye thread"

Rogue, http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif