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Lab 3.1 Using Windows to Discover Processor Information

Objective:

  • To identify various computer features such as the type of processor being used, processor socket, and additional expansion ports

Parts:

  • Computer with Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 10

Procedure:

  • Complete the following procedure and answer the accompanying questions.

Note:

  • If you do not remember how to locate an application, please refer to Lab 1.1 for Windows 7, Lab 1.2 for Windows 8, or Lab 1.3 for Windows 10.

  1. Boot the computer and log in.

    In Windows Vista or 7, access Windows Explorer through All Programs, Search programs and files.

    In Windows 8, access File Explorer using the Search function or a desktop tile.

    In Windows 10, access File Explorer using the Search the web and Windows search textbox or through the Start button.

  2. Right-click on the computer in the far left panel. This is commonly shown as Computer or This PC. Select Properties. Use the information displayed to answer the questions.

    Which processor is used?

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    How much RAM is installed?

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  3. Click on the Device Manager link in the left panel. From the top menu, select View > Devices by type.

  4. If only one line displays in the Computer category, expand the information by clicking on the icon to the left of the computer name. Is the computer a 32- or 64-bit computer?

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  5. Expand the Processors category.

    How many CPUs are listed?

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  6. Expand the System devices category.

    List any expansion slot types shown.

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  7. Close all windows.

Lab 3.2 Processor Speed, Processor Socket, and Ports

Objective:

  • To identify various computer features such as the type of processor being used, processor socket, and additional expansion ports

Parts:

  • Computer with Internet access

Procedure:

  • Complete the following procedure and answer the accompanying questions.

  1. Boot the computer.

  2. Use Windows/File Explorer and the computer properties to determine the processor type and speed. Write down the processor type and speed.

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  3. Power off the computer. Open or remove the cover. Locate the processor. Which type of processor socket is on the motherboard? If you are unsure, use the Internet as a resource. Use some of the search skills used in Chapter 1. Write down the processor socket type.

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  4. Which model of processors can go into this type of socket?

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  5. List the type of cooling that is used for the processor.

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  6. Look at the back of the computer, where the ports are located. List every port located on the computer and one device that could connect to the port. Document your findings using Table 3.9. Add more lines as needed.

TABLE 3.9 Activity for computer ports

Port        No. of ports        Device that commonly connects to the port

            

            

            

            

            

            

  1. Locate a picture of an IEEE 1394 port or connector on the Internet. Write down the URL for the site where you find this picture.

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  2. Using the Internet, locate one vendor that makes a motherboard that supports the Intel Z170 chipset. Provide the name/model of the motherboard and the URL where you found this information.

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