Readable, friendly, and up-to-date, PC Hardware and A+ Handbook is a great resource for anyone who wants to understand, fix, or upgrade PC hardware. You won’t get lost in a forest of jargon or ancient, irrelevant drive settings here: Kate J. Chase focuses on the stuff you’re most likely to care about.
Her coverage ranges from motherboards and CPUs to power supplies, networking to notebooks. You’ll put together your PC repair toolkit -- and, later, an entire PC from scratch. The advice is practical, and there are loads of photos. Every chapter ends with a hands-on lab that walks you through a specific, common task. Great if you’re prepping for A+ -- or even if you’re not. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.