Technology Tip Number 15
Common Cables & Connectors
Does it look like a bowl
of spaghetti behind your computer these days? Are you wondering what
cable does what? Well hopefully getting a little familiar with some
common computer cables, wires and connectors will help you the next time a
wire is loose.
Probably one of the biggest innovations in computers in a while, USB
(Universal Serial Bus) connectors are being used for all kinds of
things these days. The kinds of things you can plug into those ports:
your mouse, your keyboard, the cable for a digital camera, even your USB
drive (like the SanDisk thumb drive in the picture, on the right).
In this picture you can
see an older mouse with whatís called a
(on the left) and a newer one with a
(on the right). You could use either style mouse with your
computer if it's newer.
is often used to connect DVD players and TVís. These newer cables are
supposed to offer better video quality and more distance. If you have a
scan converter (AverKey) you might be using S-Video cable to connect it to
is the one that connects your monitor and computer together. If you ever
have to disconnect and reconnect one of these be real careful not to bend
any of the little prongs in there.
Digital Camera to TV
Ė Most newer digital cameras come with one of these. You could use this
to display pictures on the digital camera to the TV.
Surge Protectors and
Ė Yes you should have a surge protector on your computer. Computers are
very sensitive to sudden fluctuations in power and a surge protector
help. Its also a much safer way to multiply the number of outlets in a
room as most surge protects also have a fuse in them that will trip (shut
down) if you draw too much current. HELPFUL HINT: If
your computer suddenly stops working donít forget to check the surge
Not enough information?
Looking for the proper name for some dusty old cable you just found under
your desk? Try this website for more information:
PCCables.com - Cable Finder
Check the connections
on your own computer today. Make sure you have some idea where all the
wires go incase you ever have to check them in the future.
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Have a nice day!