Alice Y's CSC231 2014 Page

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Alice Yang's Lab Report

On 10/7/2014, I took a PC apart. The instructions are available here.


Steps taken and discoveries:

  • Case of Unopened Computer

The make of our PC, Margaret, is a Dell and the model number is DCNE.

CSC231AY case.jpg
  • Inside the Case

When we removed the cover, we saw the motherboard, RAMs, cd/dvd drive, cables, power cords, battery, crystal cover and power supply.

CSC231AY insidecase.jpg
  • The processor

The processor, located under the fan and a metal cover, is an Intel '84 with 3.0 Ghz.

CSC231AY processor.jpg
  • The RAM

There were two RAM cards, 1GB each, so Margaret had 2GB of RAM in total. She got her RAMs made by infineon.

CSC231AY ram.jpg
  • CD/DVD drive

This is a CD and DVD drive tha can play and burn CD and DVDs. It was located in one corner with one side touching the gridded panel that users can see through.

CSC231AY DVDdrive.jpg
  • Power Supply

The power supply was located in another corner accross from the CD/DVD drive. It can output 280 Watts of power.

CSC231AY PowerSupply.jpg
  • Cables

These grey cables supply power from the power supply to the motherboard, DVD drive, and other devices within Margaret.

CSC231AY Cables.jpg
  • Hard Disk

The hard disk was found directly underneath the cd/dvd drive. It can hold up to 250.0 Gigabytes of data.

CSC231AY HardDriveOutside.jpg

Inside the hard drive is the disk where memory is stored in and a spindle motor that reads and writes the information onto the disk.

CSC231AY HardDriveInside.jpg
  • Motherboard

The motherboard is the green board underneath and connected to all of the other components. The lines on the motherboard are electrical paths where data, instructions and power are moved between components.

CSC231AY Motherboard.jpg
  • Crystal

On the motherboard is a quartz crystal hidden underneath a metal cover. The crystal oscillates to produce ticks that indicate one cycle and executes one instruction.

CSC231AY Crystal.jpg
  • Small Battery

There is a small battery on the motherboard that is responsible for keeping track of the date and time, so it is still running while the computer is turned off.


Question 1 What is the make and model number of the computer you are taking apart?

Question 2 What are the parts visible when you remove the cover?

Question 3 Where is the processor? What brand and model number is it? Remove it from the motherboard!

Question 4 Where is the RAM (Random Access Memory)? How much RAM is in the PC you're taking apart? What company makes it?

Question 5 Where is the CD/DVD player/burner? Is it a CD or DVD drive?

Question 6 Where is the power supply? How many watts of power can it output?

Question 7 What are all the cables for? Cables supply power from power supply and other mother board and other components in PC

Question 8 Where is the hard disk? How many Gigabytes of data does it hold?

Question 9 (Optional) What is inside the hard disk?

Question 10 Where is the motherboard? What are the lines you see on the board?

Question 11 On the motherboard is a crystal. Where is it? What is it for?

Question 12 You may find a small battery on the motherboard. What is it for?