Teach How a Computer Works

For the new computing curriculum How a Computer Works is the ultimate guide and reference tool. Packed with stunning simulations and excellent graphics this guide brings the inside of a Windows PC to life. A fascinating and absorbing overview of what’s happening inside a computer.hacw_scr6
Great for use with computer science and computing curriculum.
Learn more about how a computer works.
Includes comprehensive guides to the main components of a windows based computer.
Explains the technologies that make up a computer. Explains where all the connections on the back go to. Demonstrates how MIDI works. Includes clear diagrams of the main computer parts and descriptions of how they work.

Tutorials
How a Computer Works includes 27 tutorials which explain the mystery of these technologies:-
Motherboard
Simulates how a motherboard works. How a Computer Works explains what the main chips and system buses do.
PCI Bus
How a Computer Works explains how the PCI bus works.
The power on self-test
Explains the POST procedure.
BOOT Up
Explains the BOOT UP procedure of a Windows XP computer.
Memory
Demonstrates with animations how memory works and interfaces to the CPU.
Hard Drive
Simulates a working hard disk drive and explains how a hard drive functions.
CD-ROM
How a Computer Works simulates a CD-ROM drive and shows how they work.
Modem
Simulates a modem with animations and explains how it works.
Printer
Shows how a document is printed and has animations of the main printer processes.
Interrupts
How a Computer Works shows how interrupts work on a PC.
FireWire
Explains how the FireWire interface works.
Expansion Cards
Guides you through the expansion card system on a P.C
Serial and Parallel Ports
Shows how the serial and parallel ports work.
BIOS
Explains how the ROM BIOS works.
Plug and Play
Explains how plug and play works.
Mouse
How a Computer Works simulates the mouse working and shows how the mouse connects to the computers motherboard.
Keyboard
Shows how a key press is read into the computers motherboard.
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Simulates a floppy disk drive.
USB
Explains how the USB interface works.
Scanner
Simulates a scanner and shows how it works.
MIDI and Sound
Simulates MIDI and a connected keyboard. Explains how sound is converted into digital data.
SCSI
How a Computer Works shows how the SCSI interface works.
Monitor
How a Computer Works simulates how a computer monitor works.
CPU Pentium
Shows in animation form the processes of an Intel Pentium processor working. Each stage of operations is described along with animated diagrams of the key pentium processing cycles. How a Computer Works shows the CPU parts.
Virtual Computer
Includes a stunning virtual computer that brings to life the workings of a real Windows PC. Use your own virtual computer.

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Virtual Computer

A virtual computer is useful addition to any schools computer science department.
Many Schools use our How a Computer Works package.
In response to Teachers comments we have made available separately an enhanced version of the Virtual Computer application included with How a Computer Works.
Great for use with computer science and computing curriculum. vc+scr
The Mouse Simulation shows either an external view or internal view of the mouse, the circuit board is shown transferring data as the mouse is moved. The mouse has control over a pointer on the virtual desktop. Useful to show how a mouse works.

Desktop The virtual desktop is based on Windows, clicking on the various desktop items opens application windows. The Word Processor application opens and allows words to be typed in using the Virtual Computers keyboard, as letters are typed in, the keyboards membrane lights up to show the data flow of the key being pressed. The motherboard is shown simulating the flow of data between the various chips. The Bitmap Editor allows dots to be drawn using the mouse. This shows how software works.

Motherboard is based on a Intel Pentium processor. The board includes all the chips that would be found on a basic PC. Data flow is simulated between all the main chips. The main processes of the motherboard are simulated. Individual simulations of the motherboard processes are available separately, these simulate data transfer between the CPU and Memory showing data flow between the North Bridge hub. Data is simulated between the CPU and Serial port. The IDE interface is simulated to the CPU. CPU to AGP slot (Graphics card). CPU to PCI slots. Mouse and Keyboard port simulated to CPU through LPC controller, South bridge and North bridge. Shows how a motherboard works.

Memory Card Simulates a Memory card with option of including operation with Motherboard simulations, so works when CPU reads/writes to memory.

AGP Graphics Card Simulates the operation of the Graphics card including on board memory, this simulation can optionally be included with the Motherboard simulations when the CPU updates the screen memory.

Hard Disk Simulates data being read from a IDE hard drive. Data is read from the hard drive and simulated through the South bridge to the North bridge into the CPU.

Floppy Disk Drive Simulates data being read from a IDE floppy disk drive. Data is read from the hard drive and simulated through the South bridge to the North bridge into the CPU. Simulates a disk being inserted into the system tower and read in the disk drive.

CD-ROM/DVD Drives Simulates a CD-ROM and DVD Drive. Both simulations feature side and top views of the disk being read. The system tower simulates a disk being inserted in the drive, has the option of using a transparent disk enabling the viewing of the laser and collector underneath. The side view simulates the laser working and reading data from the disk. Data is transferred from the drive to the IDE interface on the motherboard (in the South bridge) data is shown travelling to the North bridge into the CPU.

CPU Simulates the internal operation of a Pentium CPU. The block simulation can optionally be incorporated into motherboard simulations. Shows how a pentium works.

Cable Modem Simulates the operation of a Broadband connection, simulates the retrieval of a web page which is displayed in the virtual desktops web browser. The cable modem is connected to a PCI slot on the motherboard, data is simulated travelling between the Modem, PCI slot, North bridge and CPU.

Sound Card Simulates a sound card, loudspeakers and keyboard. Clicking on the keyboard produces a sound. The data from this travels through the Sound Card and onto the motherboard through the PCI slot to the North bridge into the CPU. Sound is reproduced through the loudspeakers and simulated through the sound chip on the PCI Sound card. Shows how a sound card works.

SCSI Card and Hard Disk drive Simulates the operation of a SCSI card and external SCSI hard disk drive. Data is read from the hard disk and transferred to the SCSI card. The card connects to the PCI slot on the motherboard, data is transferred through the PCI bus to the North bridge into the CPU.

Scanner Simulates a document being scanned. The scanner is connected to the Motherboard through a USB interface, data is read into the LPC controller and into the South Bridge and North Bridge before being processed by the CPU. data is then transferred to the AGP Graphics card where the document is rendered on the virtual desktop. Shows how a scanner works.

Digital Camera Simulates a digital picture stored in the Cameras memory being downloaded and displayed by the computer. The Camera is connected to the Motherboard through a USB interface, data is read into the LPC controller and into the South Bridge and North Bridge before being processed by the CPU. Data is then transferred to the AGP Graphics card where the picture is rendered on the virtual desktop.

System Tower includes a CD ROM, DVD Drive and Floppy Disk Drive these are fully functional and allow disks to be put into drives.

Inside the Computer is a program of screens with labelled images of the main computer parts. This program is included with Virtual Computer +

 

How a Raspberry Pi Works

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How a Raspberry Pi Works is a book packed with stunning graphics that brings to life the inside of a Raspberry Pi. How a Raspberry Pi Works introduces the main processes of a working Raspberry Pi. Students or hobbyists can see what is going on inside a Raspberry Pi. This book delves into the operation of the computers key components. The computers processes are described in short form. The book is a great introduction to the inner workings of a Raspberry Pi. Great for understanding the Raspberry Pi computer architecture, in easy to understand, step by step descriptions. This book covers the Raspberry Pi GPU, CPU ,GPU Ports, Local Memory ,SDIO Memory, GPIO, Graphics and Memory Ports, RCA and HDMI (Video), CSI, DSI, USB and Ethernet.

 

How a Computer Works

 

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How a Computer Works is a guide and reference book. Packed with stunning graphics this guide brings the inside of a Windows PC to life. A fascinating and absorbing overview of what’s happening inside a computer. Useful to students or those wishing to learn the mysterious operation of how a computer works. The book delves into the operation of the key components of a personal computer. The computers key processes are described in short form. Includes clear diagrams of the main computer parts. The heart of any computer is the CPU the book explains with clear diagrams the internal operation of an Intel Pentium processor. Includes comprehensive guides to the main components of a windows PC. Explains the technologies that make up a computer. Explains where all the connections on the back go to. Includes 28 chapters that explain the mystery of these technologies:- Motherboard, PCI Bus, The power on self-test, BOOT Up process, Intel Pentium CPU, Memory, Hard Drive, CD-ROM/DVD, Modem, Printer, Interrupts, FireWire, Expansion Cards, Serial and Parallel Ports, BIOS, Plug and Play, Mouse, Keyboard, Floppy Disk, USB, Scanner, Sound, MIDI, SCSI, Monitor.

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