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Chapter 33. Understanding System Compone... > Identifying the Parts Inside Your PC

Identifying the Parts Inside Your PC

Before you begin working on your PC, it helps to be able to identify the basic components you might need or want to upgrade or repair. Think of it this way: Before you attempt to do any routine maintenance on your car, you should be able to identify items such as an oil filter, a spark plug, and a radiator. The same principle applies to your PC. Before you start pulling out your hard disk drives or your memory DIMMs, you have to be able to locate and identify them.

Identifying the Main System Board

After you remove the cover of your PC and look inside (remember to unplug your PC and ground yourself), you can see the main system board, also known as the motherboard—an affectionate term that supposedly originated in the days of Apple II computers (see Figure 33.4).


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