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The Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide is a problem-solving wonder. In simple, easy-to-follow language, it shows you how to prevent disasters, fix the ones that occur, and maximize your PC's power and longevity. Based on author Mark Minasi's popular seminars, this book is an unbelievable value—for only $59.99 U.S., it teaches you everything you need to know to meet your PC challenges.

Coverage includes:

  • Preventing hardware disasters
  • Installing new components
  • Upgrading memory
  • Replacing power supplies
  • Installing EIDE hard drives
  • Adding SCSI ports and devices
  • Partitioning and formatting EIDE and SCSI drives
  • Protecting your PC from viruses
  • Solving data backup challenges
  • Adding and repairing removable media devices CD-ROMs, floppies, and others
  • Troubleshooting printers Installing communications devices
  • Upgrading mice and keyboards Installing video and sound cards
  • Tackling networking issues Choosing a new PC
  • Troubleshooting Internet connectivity problems
  • Building your own PC
  • Solving special laptop problems
Featured on the CDs

On the first CD, you'll find over one hour of instructional video in which PC expert Mark Minasi teaches you his field-proven upgrade and repair techniques. Based on his popular $800 seminars, these videos are a great resource and an unbeatable value. On the second CD, you get over 20 system tune-up and diagnostic tools—utilities that help you monitor and fine-tune your PC's performance, restrict access to important data, and recover quickly when disaster strikes.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Mark Minasi's legendary guide to PC hardware -- based on his $800 live seminars -- has just been thoroughly updated for the latest gear: USB, DSL, cable modems, video capture hardware, MP3, Athlon processors, and lots more.

Of course, the friendly, expert tone remains. It's obvious from the get-go that Minasi knows his stuff -- and knows how to share it. The book is full of inside tips and anecdotes (How can you make sure it's not a software or virus problem before you crack the hood? Why might a certain brand of printer become less reliable when the seasons change?).

This 1,500-page book now also includes QuickStep sections that walk you through the most widely-performed upgrades at double-speed. Since there's no substitute for seeing it, you also get a CD-ROM with over an hour of digital movies that walk you through upgrading processors, motherboards, power supplies, memory, DVD drives, hard disks, and audio cards. If you have any plans for A+ certification, a second CD-ROM contains nearly 400 practice questions for both the CompTIA's core and Windows/DOS exams.

If we have any gripe, it's that the editors have been a little slow to retire some of the book's older coverage -- but hey, a lot of old PCs are still chugging along, and you just might have one of them. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

Library Journal
On the cover of this book, a headline reads "Get valuable information worth more than $800 for the price of this book." I could easily argue that this book might save someone the cost of a new computer. In any case, Minasi's handbook to personal computers fills 22 chapters and three appendixes with solutions to problems with virtually everything under the PC sun. Like any good repair book, it starts off by telling you the kinds of tools you'll need and explains how to open your computer and study its innards. Following these opening chapters, there's help on preventive maintenance and troubleshooting. If none of these ideas and suggestions work, the last two chapters describe how to buy a new system and how to look for a multimedia system. This book contains lots of excellent information of utility to almost anyone using a personal computer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780782121513
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 1479
  • Product dimensions: 7.89 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 2.53 (d)

Table of Contents

1 PC Models: How They're Different, How They're Similar 1
2 Disassembling the PC 11
3 Inside the PC: Pieces of the Picture 57
4 Avoiding Service: Preventive Maintenance 171
5 Troubleshooting PC Problems 201
6 Installing New Circuit Boards (Without Creating New Problems to Troubleshoot) 241
7 Repairs with Circuit Boards and Chips 331
8 Semiconductor Memory 361
9 Power Supplies and Power Protection 407
10 Hard Disk Drive Overview and Terminology 433
11 Installing a Hard Disk 491
12 How DOS Organizes Your Disk 559
13 Preventive Maintenance for Your Hard Disk 587
14 Recovering Data and Fixing Hard Disks 689
15 Understanding, Installing, and Repairing Floppy Drives 761
16 Understanding and Installing SCSI Devices 801
17 Troubleshooting Printers 843
18 Troubleshooting Laser Printers 859
19 Modems and Serial Interfaces 905
20 Keyboards and Mice 937
21 Video Adapters and Displays 949
22 Play It Loud: Sound Boards 971
23 You Oughta Be in Pictures: Video Capture 987
24 An Overview of CD-ROM 1027
25 A Buyer's Guide to PCs 1059
26 Notebook/Laptop Computers 1071
27 Utilizing the Internet and Online Services 1125
A A Vendor's Guide 1183
B A Short Overview on Reading Hexadecimal 1243
C Characteristics of Available Hard Disk Drives 1253
D Complete Hardware Dictionary 1299
Index 1417
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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    I was VERY impressed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2001

    Mark Minasi: PC Upgrade & Maint. Guide

    This is a super good reference guide for both beginners and advanced computer users. Mr. Minasi has written this book in such a way that everyone can understand. He gives you just enough information in the first few chapters to grasp concepts that will be fully explained later on in his book. Mr. Minasi also helps to inform the reader of the changing technologies and what to look for in the future. This is a good book, I have followed him for nearly 8 years and he continues to provide up-to-date concise information.

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