Introduction to Computers/Basic operations

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Introduction to Computers Basic operations
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Input[edit | edit source]

Whatever goes into the computer. Input can take a variety of forms, from commands you enter from the keyboard to data from another computer or device. A device that feeds data into a computer, such as a keyboard or mouse, is called an input device.

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Output[edit | edit source]

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Anything that comes out of a computer. Output can be display screens, loudspeakers, and printers.

Processing[edit | edit source]

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The processor is the brain of a computer. It's also called the "CPU"(Central processing unit) and it is a microchip.

Storage[edit | edit source]

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Computer data storage is referred to as storage or memory, which can save digital data. Examples are RAM, hard disks or removable memory sticks.

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