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PC Maintenance and Repair / Edition 1
     

PC Maintenance and Repair / Edition 1

by Michael Graves
 

ISBN-10: 079061250X

ISBN-13: 9780790612508

Pub. Date: 11/02/2001

Publisher: Cengage Learning

As the technology surrounding our desktop PCs continues to evolve at a rapid pace, the opportunity to understand, repair and upgrade your PC is attractive. In an era where the PC you bought last year is now "out of date", your opportunity to bring your PC up-to-date rests in this informative text. Author Michael Graves addresses this subject in a one-on-one manner,

Overview

As the technology surrounding our desktop PCs continues to evolve at a rapid pace, the opportunity to understand, repair and upgrade your PC is attractive. In an era where the PC you bought last year is now "out of date", your opportunity to bring your PC up-to-date rests in this informative text. Author Michael Graves addresses this subject in a one-on-one manner, explaining each category of computer hardware in a complete, concise manner.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780790612508
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
11/02/2001
Series:
Professional Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
900
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.89(d)

Table of Contents

1Pieces and Parts1
The Guts1
Expansion Cards14
The Power Supply22
The Box Itself23
Conclusion29
2Basic Electricity and the Power Supply31
The Basics of Electricity31
Electrical Parts40
The Power Supply42
Troubleshooting Power Supplies50
3You'll Never Have a Better Friend Than Your Mother(board)53
Navigating the Motherboard54
BIOS68
Chipsets86
Winding Down on Motherboards96
4The CPU97
Transistors, Binary, and Logic Gates97
The Micro-Components of the CPU100
The CPU and Memory110
CPU Form Factor114
The Making of a CPU121
Advanced CPU Capabilities123
The Evolution of the CPU128
The Future of CPUs151
5Your Computer and Its Memory155
Quantifying and Qualifying Memory156
How Memory Works158
DRAM Timing and Memory Types161
Memory Chips and Modules170
Module Sizes and Banks of Memory193
Error-Correction Methods197
Conclusion201
6Riding the Expansion Bus203
Why Do We Have an Expansion Bus?203
The Functions of the Expansion Bus205
The Evolution of the Expansion Bus223
7Input Devices239
The Keyboard239
The Mouse249
Game Controllers255
Touchscreen Monitors257
8Working with Removable Disks261
The Floppy Disk261
Other Removable Disk Drives270
Tope Solutions277
9Hard Disk Drives: Keeping an Orderly Closet283
Basic Hard Drive Geometry284
How a Hard Drive is Constructed286
Hard Drive Performance and I/O Operations292
Hard Disk I/O Operations295
Data-Encoding Mechanisms299
File Systems302
Hard Drive Interfaces315
SCSI331
The Nonstandard Interfaces331
Hard Disk Preparation334
10Dealing With SCSI343
How SCSI Works344
Techniques of Spanning Disks351
The Evolution of SCSI362
Advanced SCSI Features373
Installing SCSI Devices377
Comparing IDE and SCSI385
11Your Computer and Graphics389
Computer Monitors389
Transistors, Binary, and Logic Gates389
Graphics Adapters400
Conclusion424
12Multimedia: The $2,000 Deck of Cards425
Computer Monitors425
Transistors, Binary, and Logic Gates425
The Components of Multimedia426
Installing CD-ROMs439
The Descendants of CD-ROM445
Sound Cards451
Computer Graphics456
3D Computer Graphics465
13Printing Technologies: Getting It All on Paper471
Impact Printers472
Inkjet Technologies478
Optical Printers480
Printer Languages487
IEEE 1284491
14Networking Computers497
Why Build a Network?498
Peer-to-Peer or Client/Server?501
The Hardware of Networking503
Networking Media506
Some Other Basic Hardware for the Network521
Network Topologies525
The OSI Layers and IEEE529
Network Operating Systems532
Navigating the Hardware Protocols536
Networking Protocols542
15Telecommunications553
Modems554
Installing and Troubleshooting Modems577
ISDN582
DSL585
Cable Modems587
High-Speed WAN Connections590
16Basic Troubleshooting593
The Troubleshooting Method593
Troubleshooting Tools598
Troubleshooting Roadmaps606
Troubleshooting Memory609
Troubleshooting Hard Drives617
Motherboard Replacement625
Making Heads or Tails of a Motherboard Spec Sheet626
Troubleshooting Motherboard-Related Issues630
Diagnosing Processor-Related Failures633
Troubleshooting Floppy Disk Drives634
Troubleshooting Graphics Adapters639
Troubleshooting Keyboards641
Troubleshooting CD-ROM drives642
Troubleshooting the Expansion Bus644
Troubleshooting Modems647
Figuring Out the I/O Ports649
Troubleshooting Power Supplies651
Conclusion653
17Data Backup and Recovery655
Disk Structure and Data Recovery656
Initiating Disaster Recovery670
Fault Tolerance, Data Recovery, or Disaster Recovery?690
18Here a Tweak, There a Tweak693
Before You Tweak694
Overclocking a System695
Tweaking the BIOS701
Tweaking the OS702
Conclusion718
Appendix ABuilding a Computer from Scratch719
Sorting Out the Inventory719
Putting It All Together735
Appendix BThe PC's Somewhat Checkered History751
Primitive Computing Methods751
The Seventeenth Century754
The Nineteenth Century756
The Computer as We Know It761
1937 to World War II762
Post-War Developments765
The Birth of the PC769
Appendix COff to a Good Start771
Who is CompTIA, and Why Should I Get Certified?771
PC Basics775
How your Computer Eats Data--One Byte at a Time779
PC System Architecture790
Appendix DBIOS Beep Codes and Error Messages793
BIOS Setup (Award)794
BIOS Beep Codes798
Common Chipsets802
Appendix ERecommended Technical Resources811
Books811
Web Sites812
Subscription Services814
Appendix FAbbreviated List of Manufacturers817
Motherboard Manufacturers817
Microprocessors823
Memory823
Storage Devices825
Video Cards826
Modems827
Network Cards830
Glossary831
Index873

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