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BPC125: Microcomputer Setup & Maintenance

Homework Assignment: PCMaint-4


Chapter 8


  1. What is the difference between brand name and clone computers?
  2. What considerations must you make when deciding to purchase either a brand-named computer versus a clone?
  3. Where can you purchase computers?
  4. How do you determine what options and features you should purchase?
  5. What is the importance of standards when purchasing a new computer?
  6. How does a portable computer differ from a desktop computer?
  7. What kinds of portable computers are available?
  8. What are the steps in building your own computer (briefly)?
  9. The most important thing you should do to protect your data is __________.


Chapter 9


  1. What are some of the considerations might you make in setting up a home network?
  2. What are some of your alternatives?
  3. What are some of the advantages to having a home network?
  4. What are some of the considerations in choosing an Ethernet Interface Card?
  5. What is an Ethernet hub?
  6. What does CAT 5 indicate when dealing with a home network?
  7. What is a network protocol?  Name two types.
  8. What is PING?  (Brand of golf club doesn’t count here.)
  9. What is a firewall?