Hardware and Software

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  • Created on: 16-02-18 14:00

Hardware and Software

  • Define hardware as consisting of physical components of a computer system
  • Identify internal hardware devices (e.g. processor, motherboards, random access memory (RAM), read-only memory (ROM), video cards, sound cards and internal hard disk drives)
  • Identify external hardware devices and peripherals (such as monitors, keyboards, mice, keyboards, printers as input and output devices and external storage devices in general)
  • Define software as programs for controlling the operation of a computer or processing of electronic data
  • Identify the two types of softwareapplications software and system software 
  • Define applications software as programs that allow the user to do specific tasks. (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, database management systems, control software, measuring software, applets and apps, photo-editing software, videoediting software, graphics manipulation software)
  • Define system software as programs that allow the hardware to run properlyand allow the user to communicate with the computer. (e.g. compilers, linkers, device drivers, operating systems and utilities)
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