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How is a computer manufactured from start to finish?

by emmissaire922 / February 28, 2013 2:19 AM PST

I want to know the complete type of journey a computer undergo before you buy it. Something like:
1. Gathering raw materials
2. Rafining/purifying those material
3. Send it so pieces can be made
4. Pieces are shipped so they can be assembled
5. The full operational computer is then sent to be sold in stores

Am I missing something? Or some steps could be merged because they're happening in the same place/factory?

Thanks in advance

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Clarification Request
About step 1. How raw is this?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 28, 2013 7:49 AM PST

Are we talking about getting a bucket of sand to chip manufacture as well? It's a very interesting process in itself.

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You need to add software
by wpgwpg / February 28, 2013 2:37 AM PST

Somewhere along the line the OS and application software needs to be added and customized. If the manufacturer is making a whole bunch of exact duplicate computers, they could clone the hard drives, but with some like Dell or HP, users can customize what is shipped, so the software customization with appropriate drivers has to be taken into account. In most cases I'd think there would have to be some kind of quality assurance to make sure there aren't undiscovered defects.

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Ask the Pacific rim areas
by Willy / February 28, 2013 12:59 PM PST

-OR- watch how it's done via some cable show or yet some PBS show. -----Willy Happy

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a wee bit late but
by itsdigger / March 2, 2013 11:18 AM PST
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