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CSC103 PC Demolition Lab 2012 Report

On September 25th 2012, my partners and I gathered in the foyer of Ford Hall to dismantle a Dell Windows XP Professional. The following report details our findings.

Dell Windows XP Pro Computer

Computer Parts

Parts visible when the cover was removed where the CD drive, Fan, Motherboard and Power supply.

Open Computer


Wikipedia describes the motherboard as "a printed circuit board (PCB) found in all modern computers which holds many of the crucial components of the system, such as the central processing unit (CPU) and memory, and provides connectors for other peripherals." (in Wikipedia. Retrieved October 12th 2012 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motherboard).


The lines seen on the motherboard are the computer's circuits.

  • Location: Back of the computer



According to Wikipedia, a processor also known as the central processing unit (CPU) is "the hardware within a computer system which carries out the instructions of a computer program by performing the basic arithmetical, logical, and input/output operations of the system." (in Wikipedia. Retrieved October 12th 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_processing_unit)

  • Location: On the motherboard, underneath the fan
  • Brand:Intel
  • Model: Premium 4

RAM (Random Access Memory)


Wikipedia states that the Random Access Memory is a form of computer data storage. (in Wikipedia. Retrieved October 12th 2012 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Random-access_memory)

  • Location: On the motherboard, next to the floppy disk drive
  • Brand: Samsung
  • Size: 512MB

CD/DVD Drive

The CD/DVD drive can retrieve and/or store data on discs like CDs and DVDs Our model had a DVD drive

  • Location: Right underneath the lid of the computer
DVD Drive

Power Supply

Wikipedia says that the power supply or the power supply unit "converts mains AC to low-voltage regulated DC power for the internal components of a computer. Modern personal computers universally use a switched-mode power supply."(in Wikipedia. Retrieved October 12th 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_supply_unit_(computer). Without the power supply, the computer cannot function.

  • Location: Next to the DVD drive on the side of the power supply cables. The cables connect all parts of the computer to the power supply and motherboard
  • Maximum output: 280 volts
Power Supply

Hard Disk

The hard disk is where programs are stored when the computer has been turned off. Inside the hard disk is a magnetic rotating disc with a magnetic mobile arm hovering above the disc. These two parts work together to write and save files

  • Location: Under the floppy disk drive
  • Size: 80 gigabytes
Closed Hard Disk
Open Hard Disk



The crystal regulates the processor by controlling the amount of data it receives. In other words, it tells the processor how fast to go.

  • Location: There are several crystals located on the motherboard


The battery is used to keep the time when the computer is not connected to a power supply/electricity. It acts as the computer's internal clock


Links to other pages

http://cs.smith.edu/dftwiki/index.php/CSC103_2012f http://cs.smith.edu/classwiki/index.php/CSC103_Page_2012F