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Part 1: Getting Oriented > Expansion Slots: Room to Grow

Chapter 15. Expansion Slots: Room to Grow

If you think your hardware-buying spree is over once you get a computer, then you haven't heard about peripherals. Peripherals are all those wonderful things that increase the performance of your machine or add functions, from printers and modems, to scanners and video cameras. Until a couple of years ago, nearly all peripherals except printers and external modems required you to install an expansion card. Now all PCs have USB ports and some have FireWire ports, either of which can be used to add many external devices, without opening your computer's case.


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