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 07-20-2007, 07:25 PM #1 (permalink) Newb Techie   Join Date: Jul 2007 Posts: 1 Understanding Binary Code Hey, i'm new here and i'm having a little trouble. i"m needing to learn the fundamentals of binary code but it seems every link i've found on the topic just leaves me even more stumped than i began. Is there anyone out there who can explain it in simpler terms to help me understand... or who knows a site that may be able to help. I've got to get my head around how computers use the code. I'd really really appreciate it. ...pleeeeeeeease???????????? Jess __________________ __________________
 07-20-2007, 11:16 PM #2 (permalink) Lord Techie     Join Date: Mar 2007 Location: Australia Posts: 8,766 Re: Understanding Binary Code In binary you either have a 1 or a 0. Usually 1 means "on" or "set", and 0 means "clear" or "off". The complicated bit is all the gates and logic circuts in the computer. Different chips in the computer have different gates. i.e the 74LS00 has NAND gates. i cant explain it too well, but when you wire those chips up (connect them to a power source and other chips or switches) they can do different types of jobs/instructions. If a switch, connected to a chip, is off, it is sending 0 volts to the chip. The chip interprets that as a logic 0. which, depending on the chip, will do different things. It might turn the hdd light on, or make it blink once every 1 second. add, TONS of other circuts, and you have a computer! thats how it works in the big picture, but what part do you have trouble with? __________________ __________________ "As a result of all this hardship, dirt, thirst, and wombats, you would expect Australians to be a sour lot. Instead, they are genial, jolly, cheerful, and always willing to share a kind word with a stranger, unless they are an American." -- Douglas Adams
 07-21-2007, 01:09 AM #3 (permalink) True Techie     Join Date: Oct 2006 Posts: 181 Re: Understanding Binary Code only 10 kinds of people in the world.. __________________
 07-21-2007, 01:11 AM #4 (permalink) Lord Techie     Join Date: Mar 2007 Location: Australia Posts: 8,766 Re: Understanding Binary Code ...those who understand binary and those who dont. lol, i like that one. __________________ "As a result of all this hardship, dirt, thirst, and wombats, you would expect Australians to be a sour lot. Instead, they are genial, jolly, cheerful, and always willing to share a kind word with a stranger, unless they are an American." -- Douglas Adams
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Re: Understanding Binary Code

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 Originally Posted by saladfork only 10 kinds of people in the world..
those that understand binary, and those who don't
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 Originally Posted by peterhuang913 those that understand binary, and those who don't
ha, bit late there dude! lol
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 07-21-2007, 02:58 AM #7 (permalink) Private Joker     Join Date: Feb 2007 Location: South Dakota Posts: 24,560 Re: Understanding Binary Code Does anybody remember how to convert binary into normal numbers? I knew at one time, but now I've forgotten how? E.g. when you open up the calculator in Windows, type a number in the number field while in Hex (or something like that)/then click the Bin radio button, it converts the number you typed in, into binary? I knew how to do it in my head, but I can't remember now, so do any of you happen to? __________________ Laptop: MSI GT70 2OC-059us | i7-4700MQ | 16GB | GTX 770m | 500GB SSD / 750GB HDD | 17.3" | Win10 Pro Desktop: 4690k | 12GB g.Skill RipJaws | GTX 970 | 520hx | Z87X-UD4H | Corsair Vengeance C70 | Corsair H110 | Acer 25" | Acer 22" | Win10 Mobile: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 If I help you, or you just like what I said, rep me by clicking the under my post
 07-21-2007, 06:00 AM #8 (permalink) Techie Beyond Description     Join Date: Jun 2003 Location: Melbourne, Australia Posts: 14,559 Re: Understanding Binary Code Okay, here's a really simple way to explain what binary is: It's just a number system. That's all. We normally use base ten, where the digits "10" equals, well... ten. Binary is a base two system, where the digits "10" equal two. In our base ten system, we use the digits: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 etc.. But in binary, the digits are: 0 1 10 11 100 101 110 111 1000 1001 etc... A really simple way to convert binary numbers to base ten numbers is this: 1 = 1 10 = 2 100 = 4 1000 = 8 10000 = 16 100000 = 32 1000000 = 64 10000000 = 128 Or you can calculate it with 1X = 2^x where X is the number of zeros after the first '1' in the binary number Take the number (binary) 100110 for example it equals (binary) 100000 + 100 + 10 which in decimal, equals 32 + 4 + 2 = 38 __________________
 07-21-2007, 12:37 PM #9 (permalink) Private Joker     Join Date: Feb 2007 Location: South Dakota Posts: 24,560 Re: Understanding Binary Code Ah, ok. Thanks Apok =). That's a more simpler way of doing it than I was taught xD. __________________ Laptop: MSI GT70 2OC-059us | i7-4700MQ | 16GB | GTX 770m | 500GB SSD / 750GB HDD | 17.3" | Win10 Pro Desktop: 4690k | 12GB g.Skill RipJaws | GTX 970 | 520hx | Z87X-UD4H | Corsair Vengeance C70 | Corsair H110 | Acer 25" | Acer 22" | Win10 Mobile: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 If I help you, or you just like what I said, rep me by clicking the under my post
 07-21-2007, 01:10 PM #10 (permalink) True Techie     Join Date: Oct 2006 Posts: 181 Re: Understanding Binary Code And hex is the same, except it uses 0-9 and then A-F Its crazy like. __________________ __________________

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