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Need Help Understanding Computer Lingo

submitted on May 5, 2010 by tammy987 in "Member's Lounge"
Since I've joined Buxr, I've been hesitant to vote on computer and hardware deals because I don't understand all the lingo associated with computers. I need a recommendation for a book to read that will help me understand. Now, I get the basics (RAM,software, hardware,drives,etc.) I don't understand terms like SATA, cache,LAN, etc. I looked on Amazon and their books for Dummies seem pretty basic. I want maybe an intermediate? level. I don't want anyone to vote on this, just your suggestions. Thanks!
        

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  • 61339
    Solstice
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    Posted by Solstice on May 5, 2010
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    A Dummies book will run you up to speed on a lot of the basics. Its not a bad place to start to be honest.

    Most of what I know was garnered with general research and actual application.

    Are you looking to become knowledge enough to build your own computer?

    -or-

    Are you looking to stay on the strictly user end of things, knowing how to maintain your computer outside of the case, and/or how to determine value and needs when purchasing?
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    tammy987
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    Posted by tammy987 on May 6, 2010
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    Don't want to build my own computer, just want to expand my knowledge enough so when someone spouts a bunch of computer jargon I have some idea of what's being said.
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    pablos17
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    Posted by pablos17 on May 6, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Just try using Google and Wikipedia. There is a lot of good info available on the internet for free. Smile

    If there is anything in particular you are still unclear about, just post it in the discussion area. Quite a few of us here are rather computer adept, myself included.
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    busant20
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    Posted by busant20 on May 6, 2010
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    I vote this, because my knowledge about computer is just basic. So, might be this thread will give me more. Smile
  • 61386
    tammy987
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    Posted by tammy987 on May 6, 2010
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    OK, here goes, Pablos you posted this today:
    http://www.buxr.com/deal/dell-.....itor_50404
    Is 64 bit better than 32bit, and how is it better if it is/isn't?
    I get dual core vs. quad core, but what is 27 GHZ, 2MB L2, 800FSB?
    1333 MHZ-2 Dimms?
    Serial ATA hard drive? Is this regular hard drive in all computers?
    and what is DataBurst Cache?
    GMA X4500?
    Sorry if I threw too much at you. That's why I thought it would be good to get a book. Confused
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on May 6, 2010
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      I'll do what I can here in a short time span, but some of this will be broken down into a very quick and dirty way for ease. In short, don't fault me for trying to keep it simple to be helpful. Wink

      FSB = Front Side Bus / How much data can flow into the processor.

      GHz - Gigahertz / How fast can my processor/memory handle the data its being given.

      Multiple Cores / The processor(s) can handle more data being fed to it and faster.

      SATA = Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (Versions I, II, II) / SATA hard drives are currently the standard being employed. However, "SATA " actaully refers to the connection on the drive to allow it to interface with the computer motherboard. The old standard was "IDE" connections. Depending on the age of your computer you may need one or the other. The higher the version, the faster it can take and deliver data from and to the computer.
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on May 6, 2010
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      Oh sorry, forgot to toss out an explanation.

      64-Bit vs. 32 Bit / Helps to determine how much data can be moved around your computer, into and out of the processor.

      That was a very quick and dirty explanation for that answer!

      Um... now that I think about it... its probably better that you go buy the Dummies book. Amused

      The problem is that like a car, all this stuff is interconnected and dependent on each other, and one aspect can impede or improve the performance of the next part. Additionally, on a very basic level, some of these things sound like they do the same thing initially if broken down too far for a simplistic explanation, yet they don't do the same things.
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    tammy987
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    Posted by tammy987 on May 7, 2010
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    Yeah I'll probably still buy the dummies book, but this actually helped. Some things I'm curious about: is it better to buy external hard drive or install internal? What is range of Ghz in computers? Thanks for your help Solstice. Smile
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    • tammy987
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      Posted by tammy987 on May 7, 2010
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      What I mean by range of Ghz is what is good range to have for internet use, copying and downloading files, movies, etc.
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    • YanBz
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      Posted by YanBz on May 7, 2010
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      External hard drives offers mobility (you can plug it in to another computer if needed) but internal offers better access speed to your files and less clutter since the hard drive is hidden and is powered off of your computer. Before you buy an internal hard drive though, make sure you have a spare slot inside to fit it.
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    • YanBz
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      Posted by YanBz on May 7, 2010
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      Internet use requires very little CPU, any new desktop or laptop will do just fine (I am writing this on a 3 year old computer with 2GHz CPU). Some netbooks may feel sluggish though... just my 2 cents.
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    • tammy987
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      Posted by tammy987 on May 8, 2010
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      Thanks, Yan. Big Grin

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