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Johny English Nov 02, 2009, 06:49am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Is it possible to build a functional computer with only one component (i.e. only RAM,or only hard disk) ?

If it is ,would it cost much,and what its speed would be?

(doesnt it matter if it would be useless ,just the possibility to function with only one main component)


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TamTheBam Nov 02, 2009, 07:53am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: (assignement question)Is it possible to build a functional computer with only one component

Erm Jonny, can you be more specific. Elaborate a lot more on this question.
Your question, is sparse. But enough to guess what you are asking, but nothing
can substantiated from the minute summary you provided us with!

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Shawn Langley Nov 02, 2009, 09:52am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: (assignement question)Is it possible to build a functional computer with only one component
If your being specific in your post.... then no not a conventional PC, each component has a purpose and is required for it to function overall, maybe a few things can be deducted like storage but overall CPU RAM, Northbridge are all required.

If your looking for a REALLY small system try looking at ITX form factor and below specifically some via products, something like a 10x15cm foot print,

And smaller yet SoC (System on a Chip) like Tegra which matches what you appear to need minus a few parts, but having said that it still is many components on a single wafer not sure if it is what your after.

So to sum up my gibberish define..... functional and only one component, Tegra is a single component/wafer/chip but still has many parts residing within it

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Chris M Nov 02, 2009, 03:30pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Can a bird fly with only one wing?

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It is said that when it comes to life, those who feel see it as a tragedy. Those who think see it as a comedy.
Johny English Nov 02, 2009, 03:47pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: (assignement question)Is it possible to build a functional computer with only one component
Sorry,I meant to ask something different.I meant ,is there a possibility to built such a computer that will function with just one type of memory ,example: only RAM,only hard disk,or only cache memory.I would be glad if you answer in a more detailed way,of course if you know the answer,thanks to all ...

Suspended User Nov 02, 2009, 06:56pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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The closest thing I can think of to do that is a netbook with onboard video and ram and cpu, but storage is add on as is display...if you could have a built in ssd, then you're good to go.....minus keyboard and mouse and display.

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>> Re: (assignement question)Is it possible to build a functional computer with only one component
Johny English said:
Sorry,I meant to ask something different.I meant ,is there a possibility to built such a computer that will function with just one type of memory ,example: only RAM,only hard disk,or only cache memory.I would be glad if you answer in a more detailed way,of course if you know the answer,thanks to all ...



No, but you can run a computer without a HDD but the CPU will have cache built in that is needed ( I think ).

It may be possible to run a PC with only RAM plus a CPU with no cache....

Dr. Peaceful Nov 02, 2009, 08:36pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: (assignement question)Is it possible to build a functional computer with only one component
As far as I know, you have to run a computer with some kind of memory, because that's where the instructions and data are stored before sending to the processor. Processor cache is only used for temporary memory storage, so to reduce access time to the main memory. Hard disk and flash memory are non-volatile memory, so data can be stored even when power is off. Non-volatile memory is usually loaded into the main memory before sending to the processor.

If you say computer as specifically referring to PC (personal computer), the answer is you can run it without the hard drive and you can use CPU without cache, but it must have main memory. If you say computer as a general term, then may be you can find some exceptions in embedded computer systems. Embedded systems are built for specific purpose. Depending on the designer, it may use non-volatile memory to substitute volatile memory completely. Or it may even use a processor with memory built in, so no need to use other supporting chips. But no matter what form the memory is in, you still need memory.

Johny English Nov 02, 2009, 11:30pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Johny English Nov 02, 2009, 11:32pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: (assignement question)Is it possible to build a functional computer with only one component
Another point of view,what do you think ,if the PC would function with only one kind of memory,(in this case RAM looks like the best option)
1.what would its speed be? and 2. Would it cost much?

TamTheBam Nov 03, 2009, 04:01am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Johny, you are cheating big time here! Do your research and get your own answers.
The reason I am saying this, is because you'll never get anywhere getting the answer
from someone else. Don't think I'm being disrespectful here, just trying to make you
understand.

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Johny English Nov 03, 2009, 07:12am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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TamtheBam,your answers do not show any relation with my questions.Pls just focus on the question,or do not write anything if you don't have time!

Shawn Langley Nov 03, 2009, 07:27am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Yeah Tam.... How dare you not write his question paper for him lol sheesh what does he pay us for......

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Nov 03, 2009, 10:49am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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TamTheBam (34692) said on Nov 03, 2009 at 01:01am PST:
Johny, you are cheating big time here! Do your research and get your own answers.

I always laugh at the people that never do their own homework, esspecially at the university level -- sure, you might get a degree, but once you apply for a job in that field and the interviewer realizes that you know jacks**t about the subject, s/he's going to be less than impressed.


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