103b-ax PC Lab
- 1 Rebecca Lew's PC Demolition Laboratory Report
- 2 The Team
- 3 Images of the Computer at Various Stages of Disassembly
- 4 The Processor
- 5 The Memory
- 6 The Power Supply
- 7 The Hard Disk
- 8 The CD/DVD Rom
- 9 The Mother Board
- 10 Steps Taken to Disassemble the Computer
- 11 A Wiki Construct that Was Not in the Lab, But Was Found in One of the Resources Listed at the Bottom of This Page
Rebecca Lew's PC Demolition Laboratory Report
This lab was carried out in Ford Hall on Monday, February 7, 2011.
The model number of the computer used was Dell Optiplex Gx620.
Images of the Computer at Various Stages of Disassembly
The Power Supply
The Hard Disk
The CD/DVD Rom
The Mother Board
Steps Taken to Disassemble the Computer
There was no particular required order of disassembly to follow, so we took the screwdriver we had been given and unscrewed as many screws as we saw and could access. The cables connecting various pieces of hardware prove to be troublesome, but we realized there were clips locking them into their sockets, making their removal tedious and easier. The two of us split the tasks of unscrewing the hardware and removing what was unscrewed, and took breaks to record responses to the lab questions and take pictures of what had been removed. As we were writing our answers, I noticed the names of various companies that produced each piece and where they were created. I was surprised to find out how many company names I had recognized and how many foreign countries were responsible for assembling and creating different pieces of hardware. Since the United States is one of the most developed countries in the world, I was shocked to realize that so much of what we use everyday is provided through the labors of third-world countries, and that these same countries were capable of creating such complex devices.