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digit chapter 4 vocab
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what you see when you look at a computer screen
home base for you computer
Plug and Play
a feature that recognizes devices you plug into your computer
What does your operating system control?
input and output devices
the speed with which your computer functions
4 most significant factors controlling system performance
the capacity for storage in a computer
handles data that cannot fit into the RAM when you are running several programs at once
a dedicated holding area in which the data and instructions most recently called from RAM by the processor are temporarily stored
The larger the cache size...
The more data can be held and quickly retrieved
Also known as the CPU, it is an electronic circuit that runs your computer hardware and software
subsystem that moves instructions and data around between the components in your computer
file allocation table
provides an index of data locations the OS can reference
mobile operating system
devices with a rich feature set that essentially makes them into very small computers
include an operating system
an underlying computer system in which applications can run
applications that run under only 1 operating system
What a user interface does
-provides a user interface
-controls input and output devices
-manages system performance and memory
-routes data between applications
-manages file systems
-provides search and help
-provides maintenance features
-sends the computers to sleep or shut off
a software program or a set of intructions progammed onto a hardware device
the files and programs that make up your computer's software systems. These files include libraries of functions
software that communicates with the hardware. This allows other systems to run.
software programs that add functionality to your computer. This software also makes your computer run better.
a computer maintenance utility found in microsoft windows. Disk cleanup is designed to free disk space in your computer.
defines the computer's processes, and devices that compose the system and the systems boundary.
operating system package
The major operating systems used by computers today
A software program that enables a specific software device to work with the computer's operating system
Stands for disk operating system. First operating system used by IBM-Compatible computers.
command line interface
A text based interface used for entering commands.
graphical user interface
User interface that includes graphical elements, such as windows, icons, and buttons.
organizes all the files on a hard disk.
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