103b-ag PC Lab

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CSC 103 Demolition Lab Report

Angel Carpenter
Lab date: 7 February 2011

The team

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Lauren and I with the computer (put back together).

The computer

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A defunct Dell 620GX.

Various images of the disassembly

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The computer with its case off. It clearly has no shame.

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My incorporeal hand holding a 512 MB stick of RAM.

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My incorporeal hand holding the DVD/CD-RW drive.

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(Okay, the hand comment is getting old) -- me holding the CPU (manufactured by Intel).

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Power supply.

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The motherboard (and a daughterboard), and a nice shot of some Intel chip

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De(con)struction.

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Myspace picture ("Facebook picture"? Why hasn't that become the way to express "mirror shot"? Who uses Myspace anymore?) in the reflection of the disk in the hard drive. (I'm American, it's "hard drive.")

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Action shot of me destroying taking apart the computer.

The process

  1. We needed help trying to figure out how to get the case off the computer. Luckily a helper saw our struggles and told us it was a very simple process involving the tab at the top of the case (while I had a screwdriver in my hand ready to unscrew various screws in the back of the computer).
  2. Once we got in, it was pretty much a free-for-all. When I have a screwdriver in my hands, there is no stopping me.
  3. The first thing we managed to disassemble was the DVD/CD-RW drive. Not a terribly difficult process ... the hardest part was realizing that Dell made it incredibly easy to remove parts such as this. (I'm sure this is common for most computer manufacturers. Except for Apple.)
  4. Trying to get the "cylinder" part off to reveal the CPU was also difficult. We turned the computer upright and let gravity aid us in removing the screws/the part.
  5. We took out the CPU. It was grimy.
  6. Taking out the hard drive was easy, but removing its casing was difficult. Turns out there was a special screwdriver being passed around to remove the special screws. Once getting in, it revealed a nice, tarnish-free disk. Shiny.
  7. Upon putting the computer back together, we actually connected the cables to the parts that they belonged to. When we got the computer, these cables were all disconnected. We were more thorough than we had to be!
  8. We put everything back in its right place, and re-dressed the computer, then took pictures with it (refer to the first picture...)
  9. Much fun was had. Can't believe this was my first time taking apart a computer...