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PC Demolition Lab

The lab is part of the course CS 103, and students upload their reports of the lab onto the main wiki page


The computer taken apart is Dell Optiplex GX280 DCNE.

Dell GX280

After we remove the cover, the following parts are visible:

  • Motherboard
  • Fans
  • Video and Audio Card
  • Power Supply Unit
  • CD-Drive
  • Floppy-Disk Drive
  • Battery

Mother Board

According to Wikipedia, a motherboard "A motherboard (sometimes alternatively known as the mainboard, system board, planar board or logic board) is 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 Feb. 15 2012, from It has four major componnets:

  1. Processor
  2. RAM
  3. Crystal
  4. Battery