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Past exam papers Sept 2008

Post  PoPCornMeter on Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:27 am

Fundamentals of Hardware and Operating Systems September 2008 © NCC Education Ltd 2008
NCC EDUCATION
INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMA
IN
COMPUTER STUDIES
FUNDAMENTALS OF HARDWARE
AND
OPERATING SYSTEMS
SEPTEMBER 2008 – Local Exam
SECTION A
Answer all questions from this section.
SECTION B
Answer any 2 questions from this section.
Clearly cross out surplus answers.
Failure to do this in Section B will result in only the first two answers being marked.
Any reference material brought into the examination room must be handed
to the invigilator before the start of the examination.
Time: 2 hours
Fundamentals of Hardware and Operating Systems September 2008 © NCC Education Ltd 2008
SECTION A
ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS IN THIS SECTION
Marks
QUESTION 1
4
Explain the difference between configuration problems and hardware failure.
QUESTION 2
4
Explain the term electrostatic discharge (ESD) and state FOUR (4) possible causes.
QUESTION 3
4
Describe the purpose of the Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI) in a computer.
QUESTION 4
4
Explain the operations of the Windows Infrared Monitor utility in a computer.
QUESTION 5
4
Briefly describe FOUR (4) major components of a basic computer system.
QUESTION 6
4
Describe the terms Intranet and Extranet.
QUESTION 7
4
List FOUR (4) major problems that may be encountered while performing an operating systems upgrade.
QUESTION 8
4
Explain the purpose of a bridge and router and list any TWO (2) functions of a router.
QUESTION 9
4
Explain the purpose of a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.
QUESTION 10
4
Describe the purpose of Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) and identify how a WLAN connects to a
wired LAN.
Total 40 Marks
QUESTIONS CONTINUE ON NEXT PAGE
Fundamentals of Hardware and Operating Systems September 2008 © NCC Education Ltd 2008
SECTION B
ANSWER ANY TWO QUESTIONS
QUESTION 1
Marks
A) Compare the operations of Programmed I/O with Interrupt driven I/O. 10
B) Briefly describe the level-0, level-1 and level-5 Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID). 15
C) Draw a diagram of a Fibre-optic cable and explain its structure and operation. 5
Total 30 Marks
QUESTION 2
A) Most backup utilities allow backups to be performed in a number of ways. Describe the FOUR (4)
different ways of performing backup operation to create copies of important information.
12
B) Explain the concept of creating multiple logical drives in a single hard disk drive. 8
C) Explain the term IP address and briefly explain the THREE (3) classes of standard IP addresses. 10
Total 30 Marks
QUESTION 3
A) Explain the purpose of “Power On Self Test” (POST) in a computer system, and how it is conducted. 12
B) Describe the purpose of dual-booting process in a computer system. 2
C) Describe the operations and structure of the print spooler architecture in Windows NT and XP
operating systems.
8
D) Explain the difference between CHKDSK and ScanDisk commands. 8
Total 30 Marks
END OF PAPER

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