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Lifting the Lid [electronic resource]: How Computers Work

Video Education Australasia
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Most computer users are familiar with terms such as chips, hard drives, and RAM, but what exactly is a chip and what does it do? What does a hard drive look like and how does it work? With helpful graphics and a lively presentation, this informative, entertaining program goes inside today's typical computer to look at the functions of its main components. Close-up visuals show the inner workings of the hard disc drive, while clever demonstrations make concepts such as memory, binary coding, and RAM easy to understand. Convenient summaries follow each section of new material.
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32 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 12, 2005.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
How computers work
  • Part 1: The Easy Part (1:30)
  • Inside the Computer Case (4:54)
  • Ports for Input and Output Devices (1:53)
  • How Does a Computer Really Work? (2:19)
  • Input and Output Devices (5:28)
  • Part 2: The Complex Part (4:52)
  • The CPU (6:16)
  • The Clock (1:40)
  • Summary (1:28)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2005], c2002.
Publisher no.
30697 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (32 min.) : sd., col., digital file + instructional materials (online)
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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