Even though you can accomplish many common tasks with your PC with just what comes in the box—meaning the computer itself, the keyboard, and the mouse—you’ll most likely need to attach and use peripheral devices such as printers, scanners, digital cameras, microphones, and so on. Before learning how to setup and install common peripherals, you should first make sure you’re familiar with the common ports on PCs into which you’ll be plugging your devices. This video offers a run-down of those ports.
- [Voiceover] Even though you can accomplish…many common tasks with your PC…with just what comes in the box,…meaning the computer itself, the keyboard, and the mouse,…you'll most likely need to attach and use peripheral devices…such as printers, scanners, digital cameras, microphones,…the list goes on and on.…So, in this chapter, we're gonna look at how to set up…and install common peripherals,…but first in this movie, I want to make sure…you're familiar with the common ports on PCs…into which you'll be plugging your devices.…By far, the most common port in use…for computer peripherals is USB,…short for Universal Serial Bus,…but there's absolutely no need to know that.…
All computers, Macs and PCs alike, have USB ports.…As you can see, they're a flat rectangular port…with what looks like a small plastic tab inside.…And of course, you plug USB cables into your USB ports.…This is what the end of the USB cable…that plugs into your USB port looks like.…Now, the other end of a USB cable can vary in appearance.…It can look like this, or this, or this.…
Interested in Mac computers? Check out Garrick's companion course, Computer Literacy for Mac.
- What is a computer?
- Purchasing a laptop vs. desktop
- Understanding files and folders
- Opening and saving files
- Working with software
- Setting up printers and Bluetooth devices
- Connecting to networks to go online
- Setting up email
- Receiving and sending email
- Searching the web
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Computers
2. Getting Started
3. Software and Applications
4. Computer Peripherals
5. Networks and Getting Online
7. Web Browsing and Searching
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