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.
PC Upgrade and Repair Bibleby Barry Press, Marcia Press
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/i>
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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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.
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!