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PC Upgrade and Repair Bible, 3rd Edition brings together the personal and professional editions of this popular series into one enormously comprehensive volume. Whether you just bought your first computer or are an IT professional managing thousands of workstations, this book is indispensable. Virtually all descriptive upgrade sequences and graphics have been updated for today's technology, and all of the current issues pertaining to Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 are fully explained in ...
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Overview

PC Upgrade and Repair Bible, 3rd Edition brings together the personal and professional editions of this popular series into one enormously comprehensive volume. Whether you just bought your first computer or are an IT professional managing thousands of workstations, this book is indispensable. Virtually all descriptive upgrade sequences and graphics have been updated for today's technology, and all of the current issues pertaining to Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 are fully explained in easy-to-understand language. Plus, PC Upgrade and Repair Bible, 3rd Edition includes product reviews and comparisons, a Q&A, and an exhaustive online vendor list. This book is ideal if you want to:
  • Evaluate the suitability of upgrading an existing computer.
  • Determine the upgrades needed to make an under-powered machine suitable for your specific purposes.
  • Specify an effective new configuration of an existing machine to meet your requirements.
  • Build a new machine from components that precisely meet your needs.
  • Design an approach for integrating personal computers into local area networks, wide area networks, and the Internet.
  • Tune your computer system for peak performance.
  • Repair or install upgrades into an existing machine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764533570
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/15/1999
  • Series: Bible Series , #17
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1383
  • Product dimensions: 7.61 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 2.28 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Authors Barry Press has designed leading-edge computer hardware, software, and networks for over 25 years, including a unique cable television modem, campuswide ATM networks, a desktop computer capable of analyzing adverse drug interactions, and an artificial intelligence planning system. He has programmed Windows since Version 1.0 and has taught as an adjunct professor of computer science at the University of Southern California. He is the author of PC Upgrade and Repair Bible, Professional Edition and Teach Yourself PCs. Marcia Press worked in public accounting as a tax CPA for what was then one of the Big Eight, moving later to her own practice. She handles the administrative part of the work for the Press' computer books — the tracking, calls, follow-ups, and research — and does the sanity checks on their initial drafts. She's a fan of good wine, gardening, reading, and shopping, and is a serious gourmet cook.
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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

PART I: Introduction and Issues.

Chapter 1: Getting Ready.

Chapter 2: Why Isn't the Same Computer Right for Everyone?

Chapter 3: Windows System Requirements and Support Options.

PART II: Your Workload Determines What Your Computer Does.

Chapter 4: Choke Points: Where Your Computer Slows Down.

Chapter 5: Workloads.

PART III: Specs, Lies, and Duct Tape.

Chapter 6: Cases, Power Supplies, and Uninterruptible Power Supplies.

Chapter 7: Processor, Memory, and Bus.

Chapter 8: Processors.

Chapter 9: Cache, Memory, and Bus.

Chapter 10: The Real World: Motherboard and BIOS.

Chapter 11: I/O and Peripherals.

Chapter 12: I/O Buses.

Chapter 13: Hard Disks and Disk Arrays.

Chapter 14: CD-ROMs, CD-ROM Changers, CD-Rs, and DVD-ROMs.

Chapter 15: Removable Disks.

Chapter 16: Tape.

Chapter 17: Video.

Chapter 18: Video Adapters.

Chapter 19: Monitors.

Chapter 20: Keyboards.

Chapter 21: Sound Cards, Speakers, and Microphones.

Chapter 22: Mouse / Trackball / Joystick / Tablet.

Chapter 23: Modems.

Chapter 24: Digital Still Cameras, Video Capture, and Video Conferencing.

Chapter 25: Scanners.

Chapter 26: Printers and All-in-One Units.

PART IV: Networking Know-How.

Chapter 27: Network Cabling and Interfaces.

Chapter 28: Peripheral Network Equipment.

Chapter 29: Hands-On Networking.

Chapter 30: Accessing and Serving the Internet.

PART V: Putting It Together.

Chapter 31: Growth and Combining Components.

Chapter 32: Making Choices That Fit the Road Warrior.

Chapter 33: System Management.

Chapter 34: You're Going to Put That Where?

Chapter 35: Benchmarking.

Chapter 36: Diagnosis and Repair.

PART VI: Just Do It.

Chapter 37: Building a Desktop — Hardware.

Chapter 38: Building a Desktop — Software Installation.

Chapter 39: Building a Server — Hardware.

Chapter 40: Building a Server — Software Installation.

Chapter 41: Certification.

PART VII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: On the CD-ROM.

Appendix B: Vendor List.

Appendix C: Glossary.

Appendix D: CompTIA A+ Certification Exam Objectives.

Index.

End-User License Agreement.

CD-ROM Installation Instructions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2004

    'Repair' is really 'Replace'

    The authors offer a nice description of the main components within a PC, and how these fit together to give you a working machine. Necessarily, they use technical jargon. But the level of discussion does not assume any previous technical background on your part. Also, several chapters are devoted to the vital subject of how to hook your PC into a network, via wired or wireless means. In either case, hubs and switches are explained. While these are not part of a PC, nowadays, a lot of the value of a PC is when it is connected to the Internet. Note that 'Repair' in the title is really a misnomer. An important point made the the authors. If a part of a PC breaks, it is rarely repaired. The complexity is often beyond most customer's ability to do so, or that of a local computer shop, for that matter. Plus, the low price of the part often does not make it economic anyway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    Buy it , or you 'll be (SORRY) !!!

    In the name of ALLAH, A Magnificent technical reference for any PC-Nerd, it explains in detail most of the PC components, how to upgrade,maintain and trouble-shoot them. I highly recommend this book and Scott Muellers 'Upgrading and Repairing PC's', you may own one of them or better both of them to avoid being NERD in the PC's Hardware field!

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