Categories: Bill Babbitt
Science club met and we resumed pulling apart the old desktop PC we had
started working on the week before. Reopening the case and removing all the
components that had already been liberated from their former homes, we were down to the power supply, CD drive, motherboard, and CPU. Again the students happily took the screw drivers and set to work removing the remaining components. Once the motherboard was removed from the case we then set about removing the still attached CPU fan. Having forgotten about the glue that is used to close the thermal barrier an air space would provide, the fan came off with an unexpected ‘SNAP’. The CPU soon followed and it was greeted with a few ooohs and aaahs as the impressive array of wires that form the interface with the motherboard were examined. At this point all of the components had been removed and as usual time was running out really fast. I quickly gave the students the assignment of shopping online (tigerdirect.com) for a barebones PC to purchase and build over the next few weeks.