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  1. 1. LESSON 34INPUT DEVICESINPUTInput is any data or instruction that you enter intothe memory of a computer.There are four types of input: which are text,graphic, audio and video.INPUT DEVICESInput devices are any electronic device connected to a computer andproduces input signals.A keyboard is an example of inputdevice for text input.A scanner is an example of inputdevice for graphical as well as textinput.A microphone is an example ofinput device for audio input and awebcam is an example of aninput device for video input.A mouse is also an input device but it is called apointing device used to input data that is continuousand multi-dimensional into a computer.82
  2. 2. a) INPUT DEVICES FOR TEXTSYou can enter data such as text and commands into a computer by pressingthe keys on the keyboard.You can press the keys of a virtual keyboard on the screen.An optical reader is a device that uses a light source to read characters,marks and codes and then converts them into digital data that a computercan process.b) INPUT DEVICES FOR GRAPHICSA scanner is a device that captures images from photographic prints,posters, magazine pages and similar sources for computer editing anddisplay.A digital camera allows you to take pictures and store the photographedimages digitally.c) INPUT DEVICES FOR AUDIOAudio input is the speech, music and sound effects entered into thecomputer. This can be done using input devices such as a microphone anddigital musical instruments like the Musical Instrument Digital Interface(MIDI) keyboard.83
  3. 3. d) INPUT DEVICES FOR VIDEOVideo input is input of motion images captured into the computer by specialinput devices.A Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) video camera is a type of digital videocamera that enables a home or small business user to capture video and stillimages.A webcam is any video camera that displays its output on a web page.A digital video camera allows you to record full motion and store thecaptured motion digitally.e) POINTING DEVICESA pointing device is another form of input device. Pointing devices such as amouse, trackball, graphics tablet and touch screen are used to inputspatial data into the computer.Spatial data refers to data that is continuous and multi-dimensional.LESSON 35OUTPUT DEVICESOutput is the result of data processingactivity when it is presented external to thesystem. The output from a computer can bein a form for use by people, for example,printed or displayed. There are four types ofoutput, which are:84
  4. 4. OUTPUT DEVICESAn output device is hardware that is capable of delivering or showinginformation to one or more users. An output device shows, prints andpresents the results of a computer’s work.TYPES OF OUTPUT DEVICESA display device is an output device that visually conveys texts, graphicsand video information. A printer is an output device that prints text andgraphics on a physical medium such as paper or transparency film.An audiooutput device produces music, speech, or other sounds.Other output devices include Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) projectors andfacsimile (fax) machines.A monitor is an example of an output device that can be used to displaytext. It can also display graphics and video. It is similar to a television setthat accepts video signals from a computer and displays information on itsscreen.A printer is another example of an output device that can be used to printtext, apart from graphics, on mediums such as paper, transparency film oreven cloths.A photo printer is a colour printer that produces photo-lab-quality pictures.85
  5. 5. An image setter produces high quality output compared to an ordinary laserprinter. An image setter is a high resolution output device that can transferelectronic text and graphics directly to film, plates, or photo-sensitive paper.A pair of speakers is an audio output device that generates sound. Theheadphone is a pair of small speakers placed over the ears and plugged intoa port on the sound card. A woofer or subwoofer is used to boost the lowbass sound and is connected to the port on the sound card.A Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) projector uses its own light source to projectwhat is displayed on the computer on a wall or projection screen. A digitallight processing (DLP) projector uses tiny mirrors to reflect light which canbe seen clearly in a well-lit room.LESSON 36MOTHERBOARDThis is a motherboard and its components. Motherboardis the main circuit board of the system unit, which hassome electronic components attached to it and othersbuilt into it.This is the location of the Central Processing Unit (CPU).86
  6. 6. This is where the expansion slots are located.These are the Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI)expansion slots.Peripheral Component Interconnect. Apersonal computer local bus which runs at 33 MHz andsupports Plug and Play. It provides a high-speedconnection with peripherals and allows connection ofseven peripheral devicesIn addition, the Industry Standard Architecture (ISA)expansion slots are also the components of themotherboard.Industry Standard Architecture. A PCexpansion bus used for modems, video displays,speakers, and other peripherals.PCs with ISA commonlyhave some 8-bit and some 16-bit expansion slots.These are the expansion card.The expansion cards areslotted in the expansion slots.This is called RAM or Random Access Memory. RAM isthe memory of the computer.This is the location of the ports. Connectors are pluggedinto these ports. Port is Point at which peripheralattaches to a system unit so it can send data to orreceive information from the computer.The connector connects to the port. For example, theprinter port matches its connector. All computercomponents are connected to its respective ports by aconnector.87
  7. 7. LESSON 37COMPONENTS OF A MOTHERBOARDCENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT (CPU)The Central Processing Unit (CPU) controls the operationof the computer. It interprets and carries out the basicinstructions that operate a computer. The processorsignificantly impacts overall computing power andmanages most of a computers operations.On larger computers such as mainframes and supercomputers, the variousfunctions performed by the processor extend over many separate chips andoften multiple circuit boards. On personal computer, all functions of theprocessor usually are on a single chip. Some computers and chipmanufacturers use the term microprocessor to refer to a personal computerprocessor chip.EXPANSION SLOTSExpansion slots are the sockets where the circuit boards or the adaptercards can be inserted into the motherboard. In computers, a slot orexpansion slot, is an engineered technique for adding capability to acomputer in the form of connection pinholes (typically in the range of 16 to64 closely-spaced holes).It is a place to fit an expansion card containing the circuitry that providessome specialised capability, such as video acceleration, sound or disk drivecontrol.A Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) bus is a high speed expansionbus that connects high speed devices.An Industry-Standard Architecture (ISA) expansion slot is a slot in acomputer where ISA accessories can be added to.88
  8. 8. EXPANSION CARDSAn expansion card is plugged into an expansion slot. It is used to add newdevices or capabilities to a computer.An expansion card is a circuitry designed to provideexpanded capability to a computer. It is provided on thesurface of a standard-sized rigid material (fiberboard)and then plugged into one of the computers expansionslots in its motherboard (backplane).Cards may come in one of two sizes designed to match standard slotdimensions. Cards may come in one of two sizes designed to match standardslot dimensions.RAM SLOTThe slot where the computer memory, also called asRAM is placed on the computer’s motherboard.PORTS AND CONNECTORSA port is the point at which a peripheral attaches to asystem unit so that the peripheral can send data to orreceive information from the computer.An external device, such as a keyboard, monitor,printer, mouse and microphone is often attached by acable to a port on the system unit.The back of the system unit contains so many ports. Some newer personalcomputers also have ports on the front of the system unit.Ports have different types of connectors. A connector joins a cable to aperipheral. One end of a cable attaches to the connector on the system unitand the other end of the cable attaches to a connector on the peripheral.LESSON 38PORTS AND CONNECTORSThere are different kinds of port in a system unit. Theports are :Serial portParallel portUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port.FireWire port89
  9. 9. special purpose ports- MIDI port- SCSI port- IrDA port1) SERIAL PORTA serial port is a socket on a computer used to connecta modem, data acquisition terminal or other serialdevices via a slow-speed serial interface.A serial port is used to connect a device to the systemunit by transmitting data one bit at a time.Earlier PCs used the serial port for the mouse, and earlier Macintosh modelsused the serial port to attach a printer.Today, the serial port is a legacy interface, having been superseded by theUSB bus. An example of a serial port is the COM (communication) port.2) PARALLEL PORTA parallel port is a socket on a computer used to connect a printer or otherparallel devices via the computers parallel interface.Unlike a serial port, a parallel port is an interface thatconnects devices by transferring information more thanone bit at a time. Originally, parallel ports weredeveloped as an alternative to the slower speed serialports. Many printers connect to the system unit using aparallel port.This parallel port can transfer eight bits of data (one byte) simultaneouslythrough eight separate lines in a single cable. An example of a parallel portis the printer port.3) USB PORTA USB port is a socket on a computer or peripheraldevices into which a USB cable is plugged in. A USBport, short for universal serial bus port, can connect upto 127 different peripherals together with a singleconnector.Its used to connect all kinds of external devices, such as external harddrives, printers, mouse and scanner. It can transfer data to a speed of 12megabits per second.90
  10. 10. USB ports began to appear on PCs in 1997, and Windows 98 was thefirst Windows to support it. Within a few years, the USB became popularfor connecting nearly every external peripheral device. Now that it isreplacing the serial and parallel ports on a PC, at least four USB ports arestandard on every computer.4) USB PORTPreviously the FireWire port is called IEEE 1394 port, a personal computer(and digital audio/video) serial bus interface standard.FireWire is similar to a USB port in that it can connectmultiple types of devices that require faster datatransmission speeds. Usually camcorders and othervideo equipment use this port to transmit data on acomputer. Data can move across the port at up to 400megabits per second.Apple invented this technology and had branded it as FireWire. It was alsoadopted as an industry standard and is called IEEE 1394 on non-Applecomputers. Up to 63 devices can be daisy-chained to one FireWire port.Daisy-ChainA bus wiring scheme in which, for example, device A is wired to device B,device B is wired to device C, device C to device D etc.5) SPECIAL PURPOSE PORTSThere are four special purpose ports, which are:MIDI portIt is designed to connect the system unit to a musicalinstrument, such as an electronic keyboard.SCSI portIt is a special high-speed parallel port used to attachperipheral devices such as disk drives and printers..IrDA portSome devices transmit data via infrared light waves.For these wireless devices to transmit signals to acomputer, both the computer and the device musthave an IrDA port.91
  11. 11. LESSON 39CENTRAL PROCESSING UNITLike human beings, computers too have a ‘brain’ that processes rawinformation into usable data. Users input data into the computer system andit is then processed by the central processing unit or the CPU. The results ofthe processed data are then sent to an output device as usable data.THE CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT (CPU)A Central Processing Unit or CPU is a microprocessor(or processor for short). It is an integrated circuit chipthat is capable of processing electronic signals. The CPUis the most important element in a computer system.A CPU interprets instructions given by the software and carries out thoseinstructions by processing data and controlling the rest of the computer’scomponents.Nowadays, processors are found in all kinds of electronic devices such as cellphones, calculators, automobile engines, and even industrial and medicalequipment. They process information so that humans can enjoy theireffective and efficient operation.A CPU consists of two subcomponents; the Control Unit (CU) and theArithmetic Logic Unit (ALU).1) CONTROL UNIT (CU)Basically the Control Unit’s main function is to direct theCPU to process data. The Control Unit extractsinstructions from memory and decodes and executesthem.Under the direction of a program, the Control Unit manages a four-stepbasic operation which is called a machine cycle or processing cycle.Fetch and decode is in the instruction cycle whereas execute and store is inthe execution cycle. Today’s microprocessor can go through this entirefour-step process billions of times per second.92
  12. 12. FETCHRetrieves the next program instruction from the computer’s memory.DECODEDetermines what the program is telling the computer to do.STOREStores the results to an internal register (a temporary storage location or tomemory).EXECUTEPerforms the requested instruction, such as adding two numbers or decidingwhich one of them is larger.2) ARITHMETIC LOGIC UNIT (ALU)The Arithmetic Logic Unit (ALU), as its name implies,can perform all arithmetic and logical operations.Arithmetic operation is an operation that forms afunction of two numbers. This function is usually one ofthe class of operations: add, subtract, multiply anddivide.Logic operation is an operation on logical values, producing a Boolean result.In general there are 16 logic operations over one or two operands; theyinclude AND, OR, NOT, NAND, NOR, XOR and equivalence.HOW DATA IS PROCESSED BY THE CPUWhen a user starts a program, its instructions aretransferred from the storage device to the memory. Theuser enters the data needed by the program.The Control Unit then interprets and executes instructions in the memory.The Arithmetic Logic Unit then performs calculations on the data in thememory. As a result, information is then stored in the memory. Informationcan then be sent to an output device or a storage device.93
  13. 13. LESSON 40STORAGEWHAT IS COMPUTERSTORAGE ?Information and documents are storedin computer storage so that it can beretrieved whenever they are neededlater on.Computer storage is the holding ofdata in an electromagnetic form foraccess by a computer processor.FUNCTIONS OF COMPUTER STORAGE.Computer storage is important to help users storeprograms and data to be used at a later time.It is also useful to keep current data while beingprocessed by the processor until the information is savedin a storage media such as a hard disk or a diskette.Computer storage also stores instructions from acomputer program.TYPES OF COMPUTER STORAGEPrimary storage is known as the main memory of acomputer, including RAM (Random-Access Memory)and ROM (Read-Only Memory). It is an internalmemory (inside the CPU) that can be accessed directlyby the processor.Secondary storage is the alternative storage in acomputer. It is an external storage that refers tovarious ways a computer can store program and data.94
  14. 14. PRIMARY STORAGEPrimary storage is installed internally. Two main typesof primary storage are RAM and ROM.Data from RAM can be read or retrieved and written orstored during processing whereas data from ROM canjust be read only.RAM is volatile, which means the program and data will be lost when thecomputer is turned off.ROM is non-volatile which means it holds the programs and data even whenthe computer is turned off.Many complex functions, such as translators for high-level languages andoperating systems are placed in primary storage.volatile : The content is lost when a computer’s power is turned off.SECONDARY STORAGESecondary storage is analternative storage. It is veryuseful to store programs and datafor future use. Secondary storageis required for two reasons.1. The working memory of theCPU is limited in size andcannot always hold theamount of data required.2. Data and programs insecondary storage do notdisappear when the power isturned off.LESSON 41PRIMARY STORAGEPrimary storage is the main memory in a computer. It stores data andprograms that can be accessed directly by the processor.95
  15. 15. TYPES OF PRIMARY STORAGEThere are two types of primary storage which are RAM and ROM.RAM is an acronym for Random-Access Memory whichmeans the data and program in RAM can be read andwritten.ROM is an acronym for Read-Only Memory. The data orprogram in ROM can just be read but cannot be written atall.RANDOM-ACCESS MEMORY (RAM)RAM is installed inside computers. RAM is alsoknown as a working memory.The data in RAM can be read (retrieved) orwritten (stored).RAM is volatile which means the programs anddata in RAM are lost when the computer ispowered off.A computer uses RAM to hold temporary instructions and data neededto complete tasks. This enables the computers CPU (CentralProcessing Unit) to access instructions and data stored in the memoryvery quickly.RAM stores data during and after processing.READ-ONLY MEMORY (ROM)ROM is another type of memory permanentlystored inside the computer.ROM is non-volatile. It holds the programs anddata when the computer is powered off.Programs in ROM have been pre-recorded. It canonly be stored by the manufacturer; once it isdone, it cannot be changed.Many complex functions, such as start up operating instructions,translators for high-level languages and operating systems are placedin ROM memory.All the contents in ROM can be accessed and read but cannot bechanged.96
  16. 16. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN RAM AND ROMRAMData and program Stores during and afterprocessingROMStored by manufacturerContent Stores informationtemporarilyStores instructions(Information) permanentlyProcessing time Very fast, but uses a lot Fast, but uses very littleof power powerVolatilityLESSON 42Volatile Non-volatileSECONDARY STORAGEWHAT IS SECONDARY STORAGE?Secondary storage is anotheralternative storage to keep your workand documents. It is very useful tostore programs and data for future use.It is non-volatile, which means thatit does not need power to maintainthe information stored in it. It willstore the information until it is erased.TYPES OF SECONDARY STORAGE97
  17. 17. MAGNETIC MEDIUMMagnetic Medium is a non-volatile storage medium.It can be any type of storage medium that utilizesmagnetic patterns to represent information. Thedevices use disks that are coated with magneticallysensitive material. The examples of magnetic storageare:magnetic disk such as:o a floppy disk, used for off-line storageo hard disk, used for secondary storagemagnetic tape; including video cassette, audio storage reel-to-reeltape and others.OPTICAL MEDIUMOptical Medium is a non-volatile storage media thatholds content in digital form that are written and readby a laser. These media include various types of CDsand DVDs.These following forms are often commonly used :CD, CD-ROM, and DVD: Read only storage, used for distribution ofdigital information such as music, video and computer programs.CD-R: Write once storage, the data cannot be erased or written overonce it is saved.CD-RW, DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM: Slow to write but fast readingstorage; it allows data that have been saved to be erased andrewritten.Optical media have a number of advantages over magnetic media such asthe disk capacity. One optical disk holds about the equivalent of 500 floppydisks worth of data. Durability is another feature of optical media, they areable to last for up to seven times as long as traditional storage media.FLASH MEMORYFlash Memory is a solid-state, non-volatile, rewritablememory that functions like RAM and a hard disk drivecombined. Flash memory store bits of electronic data inmemory cells just like DRAM (Dynamic RAM), but it alsoworks like a hard disk drive that when the power isturned off, the data remains in the memory. Flashmemory cards and flash memory sticks are examples offlash memory.Flash memory cards are also used with digital cellularphones, MP3 players, digital video cameras and otherportable digital devices.98
  18. 18. Flash memory is also called USB drives, thumb drives, pen drives or flashdrives, are the up-and-coming players in the portable storage market.The advantages of flash memory are, it offers fastreading access times among the secondary storagedevices, (though not as fast as RAM) it is durable andrequires low voltage. It is also light and small. Thedisadvantage is, it is more expensive than the magneticdisk of the same capacity.LESSON 43TYPES OF SOFTWARESoftware is a program which consists of a set ofinstructions that tells the computer how to performa specific operation.A computer is just a machine with no specialbenefits without software.CATEGORIES OF SOFTWARESoftware can be divided into two categories, which are:System SoftwareSoftware that is used to control and manage computer devices andoperations.Application SoftwareSoftware that is used to help a user perform a task and solve a problem.SYSTEM SOFTWARESystem software refers to all programs that help thecomputer to function properly. The most importanttype of system software is the computer’s operatingsystem, which enables the computer to start, such asMicrosoft Windows, MS-DOS and Mac OS.Other types of system software include system utilitiessuch as file compression (zip program) and antivirusprograms.99
  19. 19. APPLICATION SOFTWAREApplication software are all programs that performspecific tasks for users, which include wordprocessing, spreadsheet, database, presentatione-Mail and Web browser software. Examples ofapplication software are Microsoft Word, MicrosoftExcel, Outlook Express and Internet Explorer.SYSTEM SOFTWARE VS APPLICATION SOFTWAREThe differences between system software and application software.LESSON 44SYSTEM SOFTWAREWHAT IS SYSTEM SOFTWAREA system software is a program that controls or maintains the operations ofa computer and its devices. A system software also serves as the interfacebetween the user, the application software and the computer’s hardware.100
  20. 20. There are two types of system software:• operating system• utility programOPERATING SYSTEMAn operating system is a set of programs that coordinates all the activitiesamong the computer hardware devices. In most cases, the operating systemis installed and resides on the computer’s hard disk.However, on handheld computers and many mobile devices such as PDAsand smart phones, the operating system may reside on a ROM chip.The operating system that a computer uses sometimes is called theplatform.101
  21. 21. Linux is a freely distributed UNIX, it is a compatibleoperating system for PCs and a number of otherprocessors.Mac OS X is a multitasking operating system that isthe latest version of the Macintosh operating system.UNIX is an operating system, or family of operatingsystems, developed at Bell Laboratories in early1970sas a replacement for an earlier system calledMultics.Windows XP is the latest version of the Windowsoperating system, which is Microsoft’s fastest, mostreliable Windows operating system.UTILITY PROGRAMA utility program which is also called a utility is a type of system softwarethat allows a user to perform maintenance-type tasks usually related tomanaging a computer, its devices or its programs.AntivirusFile Manager102Diagnostic UtilityScreen Savers
  22. 22. ANTIVIRUSAntivirus is a program that protects a computer against viruses byidentifying and removing any computer viruses found in a memory orstorage media or in incoming files.DIAGNOSTIC UTILITYDiagnostic utility is a utility program that compiles technical informationabout a computer’s hardware and certain system software programs andthen prepares a report outlining any identified problems.FILE MANAGERFile manager is a utility program that performs functions related to files anddisk management.SCREEN SAVERScreen saver is a utility program that enables a display device’s screen toshow a moving image or blank screen if no mouse activity occurs for aspecified time.THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OPERATING SYSTEMSAND UTILITY PROGRAM103
  23. 23. LESSON 45TYPES OF OPERATING SYSTEMSDEFINITION OF OPERATING SYSTEMAn operating system is a set of programs that schedule tasks, allocatesstorage and presents a default interface to the user between applications.Many of the first operating systems were device-dependent and proprietary.The functions of the operating systems are:starting a computerproviding a user interfacemanaging data and programsmanaging memoryconfiguring devicesA device-dependent program is the one that runs only on a specific make ofa computer.Proprietary software is privately owned and limited to a specific vendor orcomputer.PC PLATFORM OPERATING SYSTEMSThere are various types of operating system used on different platforms. Theexamples of operating systems used on PC platforms or IBM compatiblecomputers are:Disk Operating System (DOS)Microsoft Windows XPIt is necessary for computer manufacturers to produceunique software versions for each platform available inthe market. For instance, the Apple Macintosh, PC-compatibles, and Sun SPARC-Stations are all differentplatforms.DOS is an acronym for Disk Operating System.Microsoft developed DOS in the early 1980s forpersonal computers. DOS used a command lineinterface when Microsoft first developed it. It is aclosed source software.Microsoft Windows XP’s operating environment is aGraphical User Interface (GUI). It is a closed sourcesoftware.104
  24. 24. APPLE PLATFORM OPERATING SYSTEMSThe operating systems used on Apple platforms are:Mac OSMac OS XMac OS was the first commercially successful graphicaluser interface released in 1984. It is a closed sourcesoftware and are targeted for use with home desktopsand workstations.Mac OS X is a multitasking operating system and it isthe latest version of the Macintosh operating systemreleased in 2001. Mac OS X is targeted for use withhome desktops, workstations and servers. It also hasbetter security protection compared to Mac OS, forexample the integrated firewall utility.CROSS-PLATFORM OPERATING SYSTEMSCross-platforms operating systems are:UNIXLINUXUNIX is a multitasking operating system developed inthe early 1970s by scientists at the Bell Laboratories.Some versions of UNIX have a command line interfacebut most versions of UNIX offer a graphical userinterface.Linux is a popular, free, UNIX-like graphical userinterface operating system. It is an open sourcesoftware. Linux follows the Free Software Foundationsradical licensing model, which provides a great deal ofliberty to those that interact with Linux technology.Although Linux runs on many kinds of equipment, it isbest known for its support of IBM-Intel PC-basedhardware.105
  25. 25. LESSON 46FUNCTIONS OF OPERATING SYSTEMSDEFINITION OF OPERATING SYSTEMAn operating system, also commonly called OS is a set of programs thatcoordinates all the activities among computer hardware devices. It alsosupports the application software that we run.It is designed to work with a specific type of computer such as a PC or aMacintosh. Examples of popular Operating Systems are:-Disk Operating System (DOS)LinuxMac OS XUnixWindows XPFUNCTIONS OF OPERATING SYSTEM1) STARTING THE COMPUTERThe first function of an operating system is to startthe computer. When we start a computer, it loads theoperating system into the computers memory. Thisprocess is called booting. Booting means to load andinitialize the operating system on a computermachine. It can happen in two ways: warm boot orcold boot.106
  26. 26. WARM BOOTA warm boot means restarting a computer that is already on.It normallyhappens after installing a new software or hardware or after an applicationcrashes or stops working.COLD BOOTA cold boot means starting a computer that is already off. It happens whenwe turn on a computer that has been completely powered off.2) PROVIDING A USER INTERFACEFrom the users perspective, the most important function of an operatingsystem, is providing the user interface. This function controls how the userenters data and instruction and how information is displayed.The user interface typically enables users:to start an application programto manage disks and files such as formatting, copying and renamingto shut down the computer safely by following the correct proceduresThe three types of user interface are Command-Line, Menu-Driven andGraphical User Interface (GUI).Command-Line Menu-Driven GUI3) MANAGING DATA AND PROGRAMSThe next function of an operating system is to manage data and programs.When we start an application, the CPU loads the application from storageinto memory.In the early days of personal computing, single-tasking operating systemscould run only one application at a time.Multitasking operating systems enable users to work with two or moreapplication programs at the same time.107
  27. 27. 4) MANAGING MEMORYThe computers operating system is responsible for managing memory suchas:optimizing the use of random accessmemory (RAM)allocating data and instruction to anarea of memory while beingprocessedmonitoring the contents of memoryreleasing data and instructions frombeing monitored in memory when theprocess is done5) CONFIGURING DEVICESAnother function of an operating system is handlinginput and output, as well as enabling communicationwith input and output devices. Most operatingsystems come with drivers for popular input andoutput devices.These drivers install new devices and checkwhenever there is conflict with these devices.LESSON 47INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SYSTEMTHE IMPORTANCE OF USER INTERFACESThe user interface is the part of an operating systemthat you see and interact with and by which usersand programs communicate with each other.The importance of user interfaces are:to assist users interacting with a softwareto control how a user enters data andinstructionsto control how information is displayed108
  28. 28. COMMAND-LINE USER INTERFACEThe command-line user interface requires a user totype commands or press special keys on thekeyboard to enter data and instructions that instructthe operating system what to do. It has to be typedone line at a time.The command-line user interface is difficult to usebecause it requires exact spelling, syntax or a set of rules of enteringcommands and punctuation.We must observe the complicated rules of syntax that specify exactly whatyou can type in a given place.For example, if we want to rename a filenamefrom ABC.txt to DEF.txt we use the following command.The command-line user interface also requires memorisation. It is also easyto make a typing mistake. The advantage of command-line interface is, ithelps the user to operate the computer quickly after memorizing thekeywords and syntax.MENU DRIVEN INTERFACEMenu-driven user interface enables the user to avoidmemorizing keywords such as copy, paste andsyntax. On-screen, menu-driven interface providemenus as means of entering commands. It shows allthe options available at a given point in a form oftext-based menu. Menu-driven user interfaces areeasy to learn.GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE (GUI)Graphical user interface makes use of the computer’sgraphics capabilities to make the operating systemand programs easier to use, which is also called‘user-friendly’. On today’s PCs and Macintoshes, GUIsare used to create the desktop that appears after theoperating system finishes loading into memory.We can easily differentiate the interfaces between Mac OS, Windows XP orLinux by looking at their desktops. Graphical user interface interact withmenus and visual images such as buttons, icons and other graphical objectsto issue commands.On the desktop, we can initiate many actions by clicking icons that representcomputer resources such as files, programs and network connections.Graphical user interface is commonly used and has become a standard.109
  29. 29. LESSON 48TYPES OF APPLICATION SOFTWAREDEFINITION OF APPLICATION SOFTWAREApplication software is a computer program or a suite of computerprograms that performs a particular function for the user. Applicationsoftware includes all programs that perform specific tasks such as wordprocessing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, e-mail and Web browsingA software application that enables a user to display and interact with text,images, and other information typically located on a web page at a websiteon the World Wide Web.TYPES OF APPLICATION SOFTWARECOMMON TYPES OF APPLICATION SOFTWAREWord ProcessingWord Processing an office application that enables user to create, edit,format and print textual document.SpreadsheetA program that processes information in the form of tables. Tables cells canhold values or mathematical formula.PresentationAn application software that allows a user to create visual aid forpresentation to communicate ideas, messages and other information to agroup.Graphics EditingProgram that can edit digital representation or non-text information such asdrawing, charts and photograph.110
  30. 30. 1)WORD PROCESSINGA word processing program is an office application that enables users tocreate, edit, format and print textual documents. It also offers commandsthat enables users to format a document so that they can create anattractive appearance.2) SPREADSHEETA spreadsheet is a program that processes information in the form of grid ofcolumns and rows. It is also called a table. Table cells can hold values ormathematical formulas. Spreadsheets are indispensable tools for anyonewho works with numbers.3) PRESENTATIONA presentation software enables users to create transparencies, slides andhandouts for presentation. It allows a user to create visual aids forpresentation to communicate ideas, messages and other information to agroup.111
  31. 31. 4) GRAPHICS EDITINGGraphics editing is a program that can edit digital representation or non-textinformation such as drawings, charts or photographs.SOFTWARE SUITEA software suite is a collection of individual programs sold as a singlepackage. The software suite is designed to enhance the performance of ourwork. It typically includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and e-mail. Currently, Microsoft Office is a very popular example of software suitebeing used.EXAMPLES OF SOFTWARE SUITES112
  32. 32. LESSON 49USAGES OF APPLICATION SOFTWAREUSAGES OF WORD PROCESSING SOFTWAREA word processing software (word processor) allowsusers to create and manipulate documentscontaining mostly text and sometimes graphics. Itprovides the ability to create, check spelling, editand format a document on the screen before printingit to paper.A word processing software can be used to produce documents such asletters, memos, reports, fax cover sheets, mailing labels, newsletters, andweb pages. Examples of word processing software are Microsoft Word,StarOffice Writer, TexMaker and Corel WordPerfect.Some features of word processing include the capability of:creating and editing documentdefining the size of paper on which to print and specifying the marginchanging the shape and size of charactersorganising texts in newsletter-style columnsincorporating many types of graphical imagestyping words in a paragraph continually without processing the ENTERkey at the end of each linereviewing the spelling of a document (spelling checker)inserting header and footer in a documentdrawing tables of any size or shapeUSAGES OF SPREADSHEET SOFTWARESpreadsheet software is an application that allows usersto organise and manipulate data in rows and columns. Itproduces worksheets that require repetitive calculations– budgeting, maintaining a grade book, balancingaccounts, tracking investment, calculating loanpayments, estimating project costs and preparingfinancial statements.Some features of spreadsheet include:creating, editing and formatting worksheet in rows and columnscontaining formulas which can perform calculations on the data in theworksheetmaking charts, which depicts the data graphically such as columncharts or pie chartswhat-if analysis, the ability of recalculating the rest of the worksheetwhen data in a worksheet changes.113
  33. 33. USAGES OF PRESENTATION SOFTWAREPresentation software is an application that allows usersto create visual aids for presentations to communicateideas, messages and other information to an audience.Examples of presentation software are MicrosoftPowerPoint, StarOffice Impress and CorelDraw.Some features of presentation software include:providing a variety of predefined presentation formats that define thecomplementary colours for backgrounds, text and graphical accents onthe slidesproviding a variety of layouts for each individual slide such as a titleslide, a two-column slide and a slide with clip art, a picture, a chart, atable or animationenhancing text, charts and graphical images on a slide with 3-D andother special effects such as shading, shadows and texturessetting the slide timing so that the presentation automatically displaysthe next slide after a preset delayapplying special effects to the transition between each slideinserting images, video and audio clipsUSAGES OF GRAPHICS SOFTWAREGraphics software is an application that allows usersto work with drawings, photos and pictures. Itprovides the users the ability of creating, manipulatingand printing graphics. Examples of graphics softwareare Microsoft Paint, Adobe Photoshop, AdobeIllustrator, Corel Painter and Macromedia Fireworks.Some features of graphics software include:drawing pictures, shapes and other graphical images with various on-screen tools such as a pen, brush, eyedropper and paint bucketmodifying the contrast and brightness of an imagecropping unwanted objectsremoving “red eye”adding special effects such as shadows and glows114