Laboratory Journal

The Laboratory Journal will contain detailed steps for each task you have done during the hardware building and software installing activities.  There will be two handins: 1.) The hardware installation steps, inventory and testing and 2.) The software products, installation steps and testing. These must be typed and stapled or in a folder when handed in. Not a big folder and no ring binder!

Using your hardware journal information alone you should be answers question about each piece of hardware used or installed and how tested. This would include manufacture, model number and major features. Since warrantees are on the parts, I need this information. I must eventually put the build information into my inventory list so this is also important for that reason. Using the software journal information alone you should be able to answer questions about the products installed, how installed and how tested.


You will be graded on the completeness of the steps, proper order, correctness, the ease of understanding, grammar, terminology, proper specifications and spelling. The journal should be complete enough that you or someone else could use this journal 6 months from now to perform the given task. When necessary, the step should include why the step was performed. For example do not just say "went into the BIOS" explain why we did that.  Do not just say "install DVD" explain where and how.

The format of the journal is your choice. In past many have used an "outline" format, with descriptions. A partial sample is given below.

  4.)    Installing a new video card:

  1. Turn PC off and unplug.
  2. Open PC, usually Philips heads screws on back edges.
  3. Identify old Video card, remove the card.
  4. Install the new card being careful not to touch the copper contacts. the slot is a PCI Express 3.0 x16.
  5. New card was GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  6. Card can be tested with cover off PC, but be sure not to touch the computer or leave equipment inside. Remember to turn off after testing.
  7. Replace cover and test.
  8. Windows 10 will most likely detect and install drivers. If not use CD that come with the card to install the video drivers. In Windows 10 you would typically do the following sequences of steps: Control Panel, Display, settings, add new video card, have disk. You might also do this through add new hardware or through an install command on the CD.

This is not a race to see who can get done first!!! It is a learning experience, ask questions of you fellow students and me! Do not proceed in the building/installing until I approve it.