PC Hardware: A Beginner's Guide

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Ideal for PC owners looking for an accessible, easy-to-follow reference, this beginner's guide to PC hardware offers expert advice on every component—processors, motherboards, memory, BIOS, CD-ROM and DVD drives, video cards, and much more. You'll also get details on external devices, including monitors, printers, keyboards, and modems. The book covers both Intel and non-Intel CPUs and USB and AGP ports.
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Overview

Ideal for PC owners looking for an accessible, easy-to-follow reference, this beginner's guide to PC hardware offers expert advice on every component—processors, motherboards, memory, BIOS, CD-ROM and DVD drives, video cards, and much more. You'll also get details on external devices, including monitors, printers, keyboards, and modems. The book covers both Intel and non-Intel CPUs and USB and AGP ports.
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Very few people know what all of the gadgets on their desk do, never mind how to set them up or get them to talk to one another. Like other beginner's guides, this book offers the mandatory evolution of personal computing and a discussion of terminology, but it goes on to fairly advanced concepts in Parts 2 and 3. Readers will get a handle on everything from digital logic and memory to external components such as monitors and printers as well as CD-ROMs and DVDs. This comprehensive, approachable resource is recommended for all libraries. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072129908
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 4/26/2001
  • Series: Hardware Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 7.27 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 1.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Personal Computer 3
2 Basic PC Concepts and Terminology 25
3 Microprocessors 39
4 Motherboards 71
5 Chipsets and Controllers 85
6 The BIOS and the Boot Process 107
7 Computer Memory 129
8 Cache Memory 157
9 Hard Disks and Floppy Disks 169
10 CD-ROMs and DVDs 201
11 Expansion Cards 219
12 Video Cards 253
13 System Resources 281
14 Power Supply and Electrical Issues 311
15 The System Case 339
16 Monitors and Displays 367
17 Printers 401
18 Keyboards, Mice, and Pointing Devices 441
19 Ports and Connectors 475
20 Networks and Communications 509
21 Audio/Visual Devices 539
22 PC Care and Maintenance 569
23 Electrical Power Issues 599
24 Troubleshooting PC Hardware 617
Index 639
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