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END-TERM EXAMINATION
FIRST SEMESTER [BBA/BBA(B&I)/BBA(TTM)] - DECEMBER 2004
Paper Code: BBA 107 Time : 3 Hours Note: Attempt any five questions. Subject: Computer Fundamentals Maximum Marks : 75

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(a) Describe the various computer generations along with the 12 key characteristics of computers of each generation. (b) Why is speed of execution of resident programs faster? 3 Explain. (a) What are the basic components of the CPU of a computer system? Describe the roles of each of the components in the functioning of a computer system. (b) Explain how a central processing unit locates any particular data item in primary memory. (c) ‘A fast processor alone is not sufficient for good performance of a computer system’. Discuss.
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(a) Perform the subtraction using 2’s and 1’s complement 5 methods: (i) 10011 – 01010 (ii) 01010 – 10011 (b) Perform the following binary additions: 3 (i) 1111 + 111 + 1111 (ii) 10111 + 01110 (c) Describe the working mechanisms of a light pen input 3.5 device. (d) What is a touch screen device? Explain the technology 3.5 used in making touch screen devices. (a) Hard disks out perform floppy disks in both data storage capacity and data access speed. Explain why. (b) Why are timesharing systems considered to be must suitable for program development and testing? (c) How is multiprocessing different from multiprogramming? (d) Is ‘booting’ possible without the operating system? Explain your answer.

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(a) What is mean by the clock speed of a computer system? How does it influence the overall speed of a computer system? (b) Machine language programs written for one computer will generally not run on another computer with a different CPU. Explain why? (c) What are the key functions performed by the System Softwares of a computer system? Explain each one in brief.

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(a) List out the relative advantages and disadvantages of asynchronous and synchronous modes of data transmission. (b) Why is a bus topology more reliable? Explain. (c) What is an optical fiber? What are its advantages? (d) “A full-duplex line is faster since it avoids the delay that occurs in a half-duplex circuit”. Explain this statement. (a) What is mail-merge facility. How is it useful? (b) What is meant by WYSIWYG facility? Explain. (c) Explain how a cell address can be made fully or partially absolute when used in a formula. (d) Differentiate between a DVD-ROM and a CD-ROM.

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(a) Convert the following decimal number to binary and octal numbers. (i) 236 (ii) 382 (b) Convert following binary numbers into octal and hexadecimal number. (i) 1010101 (ii) 10011101 (c) What is meant by executing a computer program? (d) Distinguish between Compiler and Interpreter.

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