Wednesday, April 2, 2003
March 19, 2003
(This information will be helpful if you need to contact your Internet company for help, or if you need to call anyone else for computer help.)
Memory EDO Fast-page SDram DDR
Hard Drive Size Type
Mouse PS2 Serial
Keyboard PS2 AT
Motherboard Company Model
Sound card or On Board
Operating System Debian Linux V.3.0 (woody)
About this computer:
This computer is installed with Linux. It works somewhat like Microsoft Windows . It has a word processor, spreadsheet, ability to connect to the Internet, and send and receive e-mail. There are also lots and lots of programs and games on the Internet that you can download.
However, you can NOT buy computer programs from the store and start them on this computer. They won't work, unless you find games or programs that were written for Linux. You're best off getting Linux software from the Internet.
If you want to print things from your computer you will need to buy a printer. The Working Centre sells printers for $5 - $20. They will install the printer on your computer. Bring your computer (but not your monitor) to the working centre. You can also buy a printer from the store. You will need to bring the printer to the Working Centre and have them install it. There will not be a charge for this.
If you wish to buy Microsoft Windows you can bring the Windows disk into the Working Centre and have it installed.
Setting Up Your Computer
You will have the following components
2 power cords for your computer and for your monitor
Keyboard (may not exactly match the one shown in the picture)
Computer mouse (you will have either a ps2 mouse or a serial mouse)
You will have a computer. There are two main types - mini tower and desktop.
Mini tower computer
Putting It Together
Laying Out the Pieces
Put your computer on a desk. Make sure that the back of the computer faces towards you.
Put your computer monitor to the left of your computer. Make sure the back faces towards you.
Put the keyboard to the right of the computer. Put the mouse to the right of the keyboard.
Put one power cord on top of the monitor. Put one power cord on the computer
Putting the Pieces Together
Put the power cord into the back of the computer:
Put the power cord into the back of the monitor.
Find the monitor plug on the computer
Plug in the monitor
Plugging in the keyboard:
There are two possibilities for plugging in the keyboard. The easiest is if you have an AT outlet. The newer type is PS2.
Installing AT outlet keyboards
Plug the keyboard into the monitor
Installing PS2 outlet keyboards
There will almost always be a picture of a keyboard next to one outlet, and a mouse next to the other. If you make a mistake, and install the keyboard into the wrong slot your computer will not be damaged. When you turn your computer on, it will not work correctly.
If one outlet is on top of the other, the top outlet is usually for the mouse. If there is one outlet next to the other, the one on the left is usually for the keyboard.
Computer with keyboard plugged in.
There are two type of mice.
Installing a PS2 mouse
Find the PS2 slot on your computer.
Connect the mouse to the computer
Computer with ps2 mouse and all other components plugged in.
Installing a Serial Mouse:
Find the serial mouse connection on the computer
Plug in the serial mouse
If you have a printer, see below.
Otherwise: carefully turn around all
the parts. Plug in both power cords into a power bar, or the
wall outlet. Your computer is now ready to turn on.
Otherwise: carefully turn around all the parts. Plug in both power cords into a power bar, or the wall outlet. Your computer is now ready to turn on.
If you have purchased a printer, you will receive a printer and a printer cable. This cable is also known as a parallel cable. The power cord for the printer is usually permanently attached to the printer.
Place the printer to the left of the monitor.
Put the printer cable into the printer.
Assemble your computer as above Plug the printer (parallel) cable into the computer.
Setup when finished
Carefully turn around all the parts of the computer, then plug in the power cords.
Your computer is ready to be used.