In the world of computing, the term hardware refers to the physical computer itself or it's peripherals, as opposed to software, which refers to the programs and operating systems that are loaded onto the hardware to make it useful.  There is also a third term, firmware, that refers to programs that have been burned into a chip in the computer for startup or diagnostic purposes.  Firmware is available to get things going in the computer before it can see any software that might be available or to help with problems when the software isn't working.

There are lots of hardware categories and they will be addressed here as questions or contributions pop up.

If you see a link (i.e.,blue or purple text) in the list, you can click on it to see more information on that topic. We hope to add more links as our site develops.

If you have a question or comment about hardware, send it to the club president.

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