[sysconfig1] Test 2 Pointers

  • From: "Burt Philp" <bphilp@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Sysconfig1 list" <sysconfig1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 27 Oct 2002 11:47:00 -0500

The following are some pointers to help you prepare for Test #2:

  1.. Know what SRAM and DRAM are, and the differences between them. What is
flash memory? What are the different types of DRAM?
  2.. What is the FSB, Backside bus? Why is this a key specification for PCs
today? What speeds are available?
  3..  What is the universal serial bus? Why is this bus an important
development for the PC? What benefits does it offer over existing buses? Can
all PCs take advantage of USB?
  4.. What are the differences between an AT and ATX motherboard? Know the
main components on a motherboard and be able to identify them.
  5.. The Intel 440BX chipset was an important development for Intel. Why?
The 400 series of chipsets introduced changes for Intel-based motherboards,
what are they? What 850 and 845 chipsets are also important, why?
  6.. What are the main differences between CISC and RISC processors?
  7.. What is a wait state? How is it configured?
  8.. What is a PNP BIOS and how does it work with a PNP OS?
  9.. What is multiprocessing? How is it implemented?
  10.. Review the DOS commands that are often used to manage disks and
files, e.g. COPY, XCOPY, DEL CD, etc.
  11.. What are the benefits of the AGP bus?
  12.. Why is your choice of motherboard important? How does your choice
affect the features of a computer system?
  13.. What is the bus? Why is it important? What signals are carried in
these circuits?
  14.. Know how memory is mapped in real mode. What is conventional, upper,
extended and expanded memory, and HMA? How is memory optimized for DOS
programs? What commands are used? What is a memory address? What is a memory
  15.. How is memory mapped under Windows NT based operating systems?
  16.. How does SIMMs differ from DIMMs? How does the type of memory module
affect memory upgrade decisions?
  17.. What are the different types of memory cache and where are they
  18..  What are tracks and sectors and how are they defined on the disk?
What is the formatting process?
  19.. What is the FAT? What role does the FAT and directory play in
tracking files stored on disk? What are the logical structures used to
organize data? E.g. MBR, BOOT RECORD
  20.. What are some of the common errors encountered when using floppy
  21.. What components make up the floppy drive sub-system? How is data read
and written to the disk?
By reviewing the PowerPoint slides, reading chapters 3-5 and reviewing what
you did in lab, you should be able to  answer these and other questions.
Prepare early and prepare well.


Burt Philp
Computer Systems Dept.
St. Clair College
E-mail: bphilp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Tel.: 519-972-2727 Ext. 4083

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