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IT Career JumpStart: An Introduction to PC Hardware, Software, and Networking by Randy Muller, Joey Alpern, Naomi J. Alpern

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Chapter 4

Hardware Configuration

In This chapter

  • Hardware installation
  • Software drivers
  • Interrupts
  • Base memory
  • I/O memory
  • Direct memory access (DMA)

con·fig·ure v : to assemble pieces so that they function as a single unit

Configuring your computer hardware can be an easy or difficult task to complete. Each hardware device must be configured with unique system resource settings. The resource settings enable the device to communicate with the computer's processor and memory without competing or conflicting with other devices. Most devices can accept various combinations of resource settings.

Installing Hardware

You install new hardware (for instance, a sound card or hard drive) through a multistep configuration process. The fundamental steps ...

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