This is a rather basic question, but it is not of the usual sort. I understand the basic bench tech concept of how a computer works; you have your processor which has a set of instructions of very specific ways to crunch staggering amounts of numbers, your motherboard with the ROM BIOS which has a pre-built set of instructions on how to start up, your graphics card or integrated graphics which works with converting all the electronic signals it receives into understandable pixels upon the screen for the end user, and the HDD which contains all of the end user's information via a disk which contains particles spinning one way or the other(on or off in essence, binary), and a read/write head which detects these fluctuations. Every last piece of this functions on the basic principle of on or off, the language of binary.
However, I find this understanding of things to be insufficient. While it is a general knowledge of the way things work, it is not a true understanding. I have always been curious how electronics have worked, and while it's a general piece of knowledge that it all functions thanks to transistors, electricity, and the state of being on or off, it is not enough. I would like to be able to comprehend from start to finish how this all works and comes together as pixels upon my screen. From the very moment the first pulse of DC current is sent from my power supply to my motherboard, fueling my processor and all associated circuitry to kicking on my CD drive and hard drives.
I find myself baffled by the fact that in one way or another the computations going on within my processor are translated by my graphics card into pixels visible upon my screen, all using this so rudimentary concept of "on" or "off". No, even further still, how can the processor even crunch numbers in the first place when it can maintain only the 2 states of being on or off? I get the feeling my lack of understanding concerning all this stem from not understanding the interaction between the transistors themselves. I wonder if perhaps there is a material out there which outlines this entire process in such a way without overbearing use of technical jargon? I've done my own research, and have at best found either complex schematics involving electrical symbols which I can only hope at understanding, or found overly simplified explanations which toss around some bench tech lingo, failing to truly outline the process at it's most basic level.
I've entertained the idea of coming to understand this by etching some diagrams myself of how things would work, but I get stuck very early on, and mind you this is nothing pretty nor complex as my knowledge of circuitry schematics is -very- limited, a senior in high school at the moment. Anyways, as I stated earlier, I'm confident my lack of understanding stems from not being able to grasp how all of the transistors interact. As I understand currently, they more or less work in conjunction to create something called 'logic gates', which then gives birth to more advanced arguments such as "and or", "else if", "then if". A very basic diagram or even animation pertaining to how transistors can work together using "on/off" to create such arguments may clear away the mysticism I feel for electronics, as I am a visual learner. Not to say I wouldn't mind a good read on it, but I fear I may lose myself in a wish-wash of jargon. Perhaps it is asking a bit much, though. In any case, I'd appreciate any help with this matter, and thanks in advance!