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A PCMCIA card. The term PC Card is more widely used than PCMCIA. See PCMCIA.
PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association) is the name of the
group that produced the specification for the credit card-sized plug-in boards for laptop
computers. The cards used to be called PCMCIA cards, but as this was rather
unpronounceable, these cards are now termed PC cards. An example of a PC card is a credit
A pixel (Picture Element) is a part of your screen. Your screen is made up of thousands of
pixels, enabling you to see colours and pictures on it. The more pixels, the higher the
resolution and the better the image quality.
The processor is the brains of the computer; it processes the instructions of your system’s
programs. The processor is also known as the CPU or microprocessor and can be found on
the motherboard (see this word) of your computer.
Product recovery CD-ROM
The product recovery CD-ROMs include the application recovery CD-ROM and the system
A type of mouse or keyboard port.
PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) refers to the plain old telephone service, the
national telecommunication networks implementing voice transmission by using analog
Short for Random Access Memory, the memory used to run programs and store data in
current use. RAM is the fastest kind of memory to read from and write to. Information stored
in RAM is lost when you turn off the computer. The higher the RAM capacity, the faster your
current data can be processed.
The degree of sharpness and clarity of an image. Resolution is expressed in pixels. Frequent
computer screen resolutions are 640 x 480 pixels (VGA resolution; appropriate for a 14-inch
screen), 800 x 600 (appropriate for a 15-inch screen), 1,024 by 768 (appropriate for a 17-inch
screen), and 1,280 by 1,024. LCD displays usually use a higher resolution than a CRT of the
RGB signal cable
RGB stands for Red, Green, Blue. A cable that requires separate transmission types for the
three colours on the display.
Synchronous DRAM is a kind of dynamic random access memory running at a much higher
clock speed than regular memory.