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 06-24-2005, 02:45 PM #1 (permalink) Monster Techie   Join Date: Mar 2005 Posts: 1,261 Bits? I'm gonna sound like an idiot but... What exactly is a BIT? I mean, we all say: 64 bit cpu 16 bit color 256 bit memory interface etc. etc. But what exactly does it mean? __________________ __________________
 06-24-2005, 02:47 PM #2 (permalink) Lord Techie   Join Date: Jan 2005 Posts: 8,013 A bit is as 1 or 0 __________________ __________________
 06-24-2005, 03:05 PM #3 (permalink) Junior Techie   Join Date: Jun 2005 Posts: 45 Its like a switch, either on or off. As Chris said its 0 or 1 __________________ Jonathan C.
 06-24-2005, 03:07 PM #4 (permalink) True Techie   Join Date: Mar 2005 Posts: 199 computer only recongize 0 and 1, which is on and off for a switch... for something mentioned 64 bits, means it is processing 64 of 1 or 0 in a certain time frame. hope it helps. __________________
 06-24-2005, 03:51 PM #5 (permalink) Monster Techie   Join Date: Mar 2005 Posts: 1,261 What do you mean? Like binary? __________________
 06-24-2005, 03:54 PM #6 (permalink) Master Techie   Join Date: Mar 2005 Posts: 2,433 Binary just means its made up of 2. One could say that the computer language is binary, cuz its made up of only 2 digits, 0 and 1 __________________ -AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Winchestor -MSI K8N Neo4-F -Sapphire Radeon X850 XT -2x 1024 Corsair XMS Pro
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 06-24-2005, 03:56 PM #7 (permalink) Monster Techie   Join Date: Mar 2005 Posts: 1,261 So what exactly is a bit then? Just the amound of "switches"? __________________
 06-24-2005, 03:59 PM #8 (permalink) Junior Techie   Join Date: Jun 2005 Posts: 45 one switch. an amount of switches can equal multiple things there are 8bits per 1byte.. So if you have 8 0's or 1's you have 1 byte of information __________________ Jonathan C.
 06-24-2005, 04:12 PM #9 (permalink) Monster Techie   Join Date: Mar 2005 Posts: 1,261 So a bit is the lowest amount of data? __________________ __________________

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