Computer hardware set-up

What is a computer hardware? How can one set-up computer hardware so as to derive maximum output?

Computers are made up of many physical components of computer hardware. An operating system and various other software applications are being installed into this. Even though PCs are available in different forms, a typical personal computer mainly consists of a case or chassis in a tower shape (desktop), containing components such as a motherboard, power supply, monitor etc. You can also connect a webcam, printer and other external hardware devices to the system. This set-up procedure has to be done very carefully. Otherwise the system would not work.

Following are some tips to set-up computer hardware:

  • Set-up computer monitor

  • Set-up printer

  • Setting up the CPU

Set-up computer monitor

You need to have a monitor cable compatible with your computer and monitor. If you want to use an HDMI, S-Video or VGA cable connection, you have to buy the cable separately. Make sure the system is off. Connect the cable to the monitor and also connect the power to the monitor and insert the power plug. Then connect the monitor to the computer and ensure that the connections are in their proper slots. Start the system and allow it to automatically recognize and install the monitor. If any error occurs, insert the software that provided with the monitor at the time of its purchase and follow the wizard prompts.

Set-up printer

You have to position your printer. Then buy a bidirectional, IEEE 1284-compliant parallel printer cable. Then shut down the computer and leave it plugged into the surge suppressor. You need to compare the connectors at the opposite ends of the cable. After that attach the 25-pin end of the cable to the printer port on the computer and connect the other end of the cable into the printer's socket. Then plug the power cord into the printer and into the surge suppressor also. You have to turn the printer on and install cartridges. Turn on the system and install a driver for that.

Setting up CPU

You have to make sure that the CPU is compatible with the motherboard. If the jumper settings on the motherboard itself (or the CPU settings in the BIOS) do not show settings for the newer CPU's speed, you might not be able to use it. Then check the manufacturer's website for settings to determine the speed of the new CPUs. You have to connect the monitor, mouse and the keyboard to the ports present in the CPU. Then connect one power plug to deliver power to CPU. Make sure that the hat sink and the fan are in working condition.

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