Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

What The Inside Looks Like…

Today’s article is going to be just a little bit different, and it will be ‘short and sweet’. On several recent onsite repair jobs, I have opened the computer’s side panel and heard the client exclaim, “that’s all that’s in there? I was expecting more.. more.. stuff.” I am always bemused by people’s reactions when they look inside a PC for the first time.
(Yes, there’s a lot of open space inside a desktop PC. Laptop’s are different, and every nook is filled.)

So today – for those of you who have never seen the insides of a computer – I provide two simple photos: inside a desktop, and inside a laptop. (Your configuration will have some differences..)

Fairly high-end desktop (aka “loaded”)

Inside a laptop

Today’s free download: YouTube Downloader
“This simple freeware application works pretty well, given how basic the interface is. It has two main features: to download FLV files from YouTube, and to convert them to most major formats..”

Copyright 2007-9 © Tech Paul. All rights reserved.jaanix post to jaanix

Share this post :

January 12, 2010 - Posted by | computers, PC, tech | , , , , ,


  1. What these pictures do for me…

    Wow! Mind boggling to see what is inside the computer.

    With all the “mish mash” of wires, cords, cards etc., the delicacy of its insides … yet most times it works like magic. I sit at my desk, push its buttons… become frustrated and annnoyed when this piece of technology does not do what I tell it to do.

    Thanks, Paul for letting me see the inside brains of the computer of “what makes our world go round” as well as the brains required of ‘you techies” to resolve the problems when all goes wrong. For sure further respect is necessary for this machine that is such a large part of my life.


    Comment by Gaia | January 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      I have a bit of an understanding of these machines, having studied and worked on them for years, and so I can tell you that those pictures show the simple stuff — the hardware. “Simple” because all it does is provide paths for some electrical currents — such as a sound signal to the speaker, or images to the monitor.

      The real complicated, and amazing, aspect – to me – is when you consider the programming… the “lines of code” people write that enables strings of 1’s and 0’s to appear to us as dancing babies.. or spreadsheets.
      (Windows XP has something like 40,000,000 lines of code…)


      Comment by techpaul | January 13, 2010 | Reply

  2. TechPaul,

    This is great… Why didn’t I think of doing this for an article…

    Not only have I had people say “that’s all that’s in there? I was expecting more.. more.. stuff.”

    I also have them say, “Wow, look at the dust balls” : )

    Great post…



    Comment by Ramblinrick | January 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Rick,
      Funny… I opened my editor and started to type, “And by the way, Folks, if you own a desktop, you really should know what the inside looks like from when you go in and brush and blow the dust out.. See my article here” at least six times yesterday… but decided against it.

      Bottom line; people are afraid of damaging their expensive computer, and “mucking something up”. And, maybe that’s not such a bad thing…


      Comment by techpaul | January 13, 2010 | Reply

  3. […] Tech-for Everyone What The Inside Looks Like […]


    Pingback by Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#43) « What's On My PC | January 13, 2010 | Reply

  4. LOL!!!@”that’s all that’s in there??” I was a freak about neatly arranging all the misc connections. I proudly display it with a clear sideboard. Infact, I just noticed a few dust bunnies.


    Comment by g | January 13, 2010 | Reply

    • g,
      I would never assemble a machine and leave it in the condition pictured; and I too prefer some LED’s and a side window. Not only do cord tangles reduce/alter airflow, they’re unsightly.
      I have never been .. um, gung ho enough to try any true exploration of the wonderful world of “case mods” (hint: use that text string in an image search), but I have heard that using automotive paint and baking it gives the best results…

      I take it your B-I-Y computer is still cranking over in the morning? Excellent! Folks, G took the plunge and built his very own computer.. and he wrote about his experience, here.


      Comment by techpaul | January 13, 2010 | Reply

Post your Comment/Question

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: