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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.
End-User License Agreement.
CD-ROM Installation Instructions.
Posted September 23, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 3, 2000
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.