Understand the Basic Parts of a Laptop

 

Laptops are portable computers that contain many components. A basic understanding of the names for these components can be helpful when communicating with the Technology Help Desk regarding your computing needs.

1. LCD Screen: Standard screen that is the display for your laptop. They come in various sizes, with 14.1” and 15.4” being common sizes. (see picture above)

2. Keyboard: Standard keyboard for typing information. (see picture above)

Built-in Mouse: There are two versions of this standard.

Touch Pad Mouse:

The square pad below the keyboard on your laptop. The touch of your finger on this pad moves the mouse on the computer. The two smaller rectangles below the square pad are the left and right click buttons.

Button Mouse:

The small circular button in the middle of the keyboard (between the G, H, and B keys). The touch of your finger on this button moves the mouse.

 

Activity lights:

These lights tell you information about your laptop such as hard drive activity, AC power, and if your 802.11 wireless internet card is enabled. (see picture above)

Power button:

The circular button located above the keyboard on the far right that contains a picture of a circle with a vertical bar. This button starts up and shuts down your laptop by pressing it. If you are unable to shut down your laptop properly, you can press and hold this key for 10 seconds and your laptop will shut down. (see picture above)

DVD/CD-ROM drive:

This is located on the side of your laptop. Pressing the small button will open and close the door so that you can insert CD’s and DVD’s to be used. (see picture above)

USB Port/Ports:

This port or ports are located on the side of your laptop near the hinge. They are used to connect USB media such as a flash drive, USB mouse, digital camera, or web camera. (see picture above)

PCI card ports:

These ports are located on the side of your laptop, near the front. With them, you can use PCI accessories such as Wireless Internet Cards and PCI Firewire ports. (see picture above)

Secure lock port:

This port is located on the side of your laptop, near the hinge. This is a port you can use to lock your laptop to a table or desk to prevent theft. (see picture above)

Network port:

This is located on the back of your laptop on the far left. You plug your network cable into this port when not using wireless. (see picture above)

VGA port:

This is located on the back of your laptop in the middle and is always blue. It is used to connect to projectors and other screens. (see picture above)

 AC Power input:

This is located on the back of your laptop next to the blue VGA port. It allows you to use AC power instead of battery power. (see picture above)

 CPU Cooling Fan:

This is located on the back of your laptop next to the AC Power Input. It is where your computer vents out the hot air produced by the CPU. (see picture above)

Note: Do not block this area of the laptop it will cause the computer to overheat.