+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 6 of 6
Hardware Thread, What Basic Hardware Skills would you introduce? in Technical; As part of a wider project I asm going to be taking a series of 4 workshops on the basics ...
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Thank Post
    Thanked 6 Times in 4 Posts
    Rep Power

    What Basic Hardware Skills would you introduce?

    As part of a wider project I asm going to be taking a series of 4 workshops on the basics of hardware skills so upgrading memory, changing a hard drive, memory types, ide and sata etc - so this will be appox 10-15 hours in total. Firstly I will take this to some undergraduate female students and then to secondary school female students. Has anyone done anything similar? or any ideas of what else I should introduce them to, ie different os types? or is that going to be too much for the time I have to do it justice?

    Ideas welcome please

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Thank Post
    Thanked 258 Times in 211 Posts
    Rep Power
    Break it down into building a PC, and when they have done that, how to troubleshoot boot problems such as cables unplugged etc. You might want to cover the basic OS requirements as it might be usefull to help them identify requirements of different OS version and restrictions (such as the memory it can see) and that the hardware isn't always seen by the software.

  3. Thanks to penfold from:

    Advocate (8th March 2011)

  4. #3
    JaTayler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    UK, Swindon
    Thank Post
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
    Rep Power
    When i was at Secondary School, i joined a club at the end of the day where we built the machines that were to be used in the ICT Suite.

    We were given the basic motherboard to which we would eventually install the CPU, Heatsink, Fan, Memory, CMOS etc... The teacher would show us what we had to do for the certain part we were fitting that day & we would then go away and do it, for example, the CPU, we would be shown the correct way a CPU should fit into the socked on the motherboard & how to secure it, then how to apply the heatsink & install the cooling plate on top. We would then go away and do this to the machines.

    When all the motherboard stuff was complete, we moved onto the power connections and Hard Drives, CD Drives etc...

    Once everything was complete, we installed them into the ICT Suite. We didn't touch any of the OS or software stuff, that was done for us but the teacher.
    Just that little bit we did was useful for when i got to college & moved into other things like reseating Memory, installing a Parallel Printer etc...

  5. #4

    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    In the server room, with the lead pipe.
    Thank Post
    Thanked 777 Times in 604 Posts
    Rep Power
    Perhaps basic "how to determine whether X is working / as it should be?":

    Hard disk making a death rattle vs hard disk that's happy
    Bulging capacitor / non-bulging capacitor
    Checking fans for seizing
    The magic smoke smell vs normal hot electronics

    Basic stuff that lets them determine "yup, that's fubar".

  6. #5

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Thank Post
    Thanked 11 Times in 10 Posts
    Rep Power
    I'd suggest you take a look at the A+ study guides and see what the basic topics covered are then pick the most important ones that you can fit in your time window. Although building a PC week by week is a pretty cool project based way of learning.

  7. #6

    mac_shinobi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Thank Post
    Thanked 1,031 Times in 956 Posts
    Rep Power
    peripheral cards ie PCI, PCI Express, AGP ( although its dead ), difference in cable connectors ie vga, DVI-I , DVI - D, USB, PS 2 ( although again not existant )

    Identifying ports on the back of the motherboard ie vga, usb, parallel / serial / RJ45 aka NIC connector etc etc

    Also upgrading the machine safely so disconnecting mains lead - and if relevant any cables ie if you are replacing a graphics card you don't want to try and yank it out whilst its still connected to the display via VGA, DVI or HDMI etc

    Anti static wrist strap / matt ??

    Connector / interface types are important, had a few people not check what type of hard drive a laptop uses and trying to shove a sata drive in when its ide and bending all the pins or visa versa and the laptop needing a sata drive and bending the pins on the drive itself.

    Correct power supply as far as wattage ratings which will be calculated by how many devices etc you plan to run / use etc.

+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. New Edugeek Users - Introduce yourself here :)
    By tarquel in forum General Chat
    Replies: 2765
    Last Post: 11th July 2014, 11:10 PM
  2. New US Edugeek Users - Introduce yourself here :)
    By ZeroHour in forum US General Chat
    Replies: 59
    Last Post: 14th January 2014, 01:07 PM
  3. New New Zealand Edugeek Users - Introduce yourself here :)
    By ZeroHour in forum NZ General Chat
    Replies: 35
    Last Post: 21st March 2012, 02:47 AM
  4. Need to introduce HP one-copy bug
    By meastaugh1 in forum Windows
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 24th January 2008, 09:32 PM
  5. Links for Basic IT Skills
    By HodgeHi in forum Courses and Training
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 27th November 2007, 12:18 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts