What’s a Computer? Lesson 1 – Motherboard

Note: There will be terms that might be unknown to you. Eventually, we’ll reach them in further lessons. Just understand the parts of the motherboard and how they operate with each other.

Motherboards are printed circuit-boards that connect all of the computer parts through data and control lines. These control lines are called traces. The traces help send information and power throughout the motherboard.

Modern motherboards today have parts that weren’t included in past motherboards. The minimum of past motherboards included CPU and RAM. Today, motherboards include audio, Ethernet, video, and PCI slots for extra cards.

The CPU is connected to the motherboard through a connector called a socket. RAM slots are built into the motherboard as well, multiple ones. However, they don’t include the RAM cards themselves to run the computer.

There is also a hard drive control chip that connects data from the hard drive itself. Once connected, it’ll send information from the hard drive to the rest of the motherboard.

In order for a motherboard to become fully operational, it must receive power. This power comes from the power source which is located off the motherboard. To be precise, it’s right by the plug.

What is also located on the motherboard is the clock. Unfortunately, it’s not a clock like a clock on a wall. It goes from 1 to 0 really really fast over and over again. The clock provides timing to the CPU and the devices so it won’t overrun itself.

So far in this lesson, you’ve been introduced to unknown terms, but you’ve learned on how these basic parts work together to create the motherboard. BTW, you can find me on Steam as Bones. 😉

All Credit Goes to Bones. Thank you for your cooperation.


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