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Below is an overview of the most common ports that can be found on the back of a home computer:-

 

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1

Mouse

PS/2 style mouse - one with a round connector

2

Keyboard

PS/2 style keyboard - one with a round connector

3

Digital Audio

Connection to a digital audio or speaker system

4

Monitor

This connection is for your screen/monitor

 

The above image is showing a VGA connection but several other connections are used for connecting a monitor

 

See table below for more details

5

Firewire

Connection for items such as video cameras

6

Ethernet

Network connection - usually connected via a cable to your broadband router

7

Audio

Speaker connections - green is for standard speakers, pink for microphone, blue for line-in, the yellow, black and grey connections are used for surround sound speaker systems

8

USB

Connection for external hard drives, USB keyboards/mouse, printers, scanners and anything else that comes with a USB cable

 

 

The table below shows all the different types of connector/cable used for connecting a monitor to your computer:-

 

 

Name

 

 

Connector

 

 

Cable

 

VGA

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cables_vga

DVI

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cables_dvi

HDMI

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cables_hdmi

DisplayPort

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cables_displayport

Mini DisplayPort

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cables_minidisplayport