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Repairing and Upgrading Your PC
     

Repairing and Upgrading Your PC

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by Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman Thompson
 

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Most computer users think that fiddling with the insides of their PC is taboo. They fear that by removing the screws that hold the case on, they're crossing into forbidden territory. And even for those who know they can open the box and fix or upgrade their PC, analysis paralysis often stops them in their tracks:

Which upgrades offer the best bang for the

Overview

Most computer users think that fiddling with the insides of their PC is taboo. They fear that by removing the screws that hold the case on, they're crossing into forbidden territory. And even for those who know they can open the box and fix or upgrade their PC, analysis paralysis often stops them in their tracks:

Which upgrades offer the best bang for the buck? How do you pinpoint the faulty component that's making your system freeze? What about compatibility issues?

Get ready to get unstuck and get your PC running fast and running right. Repairing and Upgrading Your PC delivers start-to-finish instructions, simple enough for even the most inexperienced PC owner, for troubleshooting, repairing, and upgrading your computer. Written by hardware experts Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson, this book covers it all: how to troubleshoot a troublesome PC, how to identify which components make sense for an upgrade, and how to tear it all down and put it back together. This book shows how to repair and upgrade all of your PC's essential components:

  • Motherboard, CPU, and Memory. Choose the optimal match of these core components to keep your PC running at top speed
  • Hard Drive, Optical Drive, and Removable Storage
  • Give your computer what it needs for long-term and short-term storage
  • Audio and Video. Enhance your computing experience with the right sound and graphics devices for your needs
  • Input Devices. Pick the best keyboard and mouse to keep your hands happy and healthy
  • Networking. Set up secure wireless networking to keep the bits flowing between your computers and the outside world
  • Cases and Power Supplies. Keep everything running cool and reliably

With its straightforward language, clear instructions, and extensive illustrations, this book makes it a breeze for PC owners of any skill level to work on their computer.

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Start with the practical PC repair/upgrade insights you'd expect to hear only from a live trainer. Add up-to-date answers to the questions you really have (which, somehow, other books fail to answer). Then, add plenty of color photos, and a clean, oversized format you can actually use while you're performing PC surgery. You've got O'Reilly's Repairing & Upgrading Your PC -- and you'll be glad you do.

What other book is this focused on keeping you from wasting money on products that don't deliver? Or reveals the interface "gotchas" that complicate adding internal drives? Or tells you that the best way to cool your system might be to simply move it a few inches? Or thoroughly demystifies buying video cards and LCD displays? Or helps troubleshoot everything from memory to USB? Best of all, like the authors' Building the Perfect PC, it's all in wonderfully readable English. Superb. Bill Camarda, from the May 2006 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596008666
Publisher:
Maker Media, Inc
Publication date:
02/20/2006
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.75(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Bruce Thompson is a coauthor of Building the Perfect PC, PC Hardware in a Nutshell and Astronomy Hacks. Robert built his first computer in 1976 from discrete chips. It had 256 bytes of memory, used toggle switches and LEDs for I/O, ran at less than 1MHz, and had no operating system. Since then, he has bought, built, upgraded, and repaired hundreds of PCs for himself, employers, customers, friends, and clients.

Barbara Fritchman Thompson is a coauthor of Building the Perfect PC, PC Hardware in a Nutshell, and Astronomy Hacks. Barbara worked for 20 years as a librarian before starting her own home-based consulting practice, Research Solutions, and is also a researcher for the law firm Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, & Rice, PLLC.

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Repairing and Upgrading Your PC 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are you a computer user that thinks that fiddling with the insides of your PC is taboo? If you are, then this book is for you! Authors Barbara Fritchman Thompson and Robert Thompson, have done an outstanding job of writing a book that helps you get your PC unstuck and running fat and running right. Thompson and Thompson, begin by providing detailed advice on maintaining, securing, and working on your system. Then, the authors cover the core components of your PC--the motherboard, processor and memory. Next, they cover storage devices--hard disk drives, optical drives, and removable storage such as external hard drives and USB flash drives. The authors continue by covering the components that allow you to get information into and out of your PC. Finally, the authors cover three components--cases, power supplies, and power protection--that receive little attention, but are important for system reliability and usability. In this most excellent book, the authors base their recommendations on their own experience. More importantly, they don¿t base that experience after using the product for a day or a week, but after extensive day-in-day-out use under realistic conditions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the course of building and upgrading pcs, I have also gotten the latest Robert and Barbara Thompson book. Their newest book is their best yet. Their prior experience in writing useful, practical computer books shows in latest book. The organization is logical and easy to follow. Their tips, suggestions, photos, and comments all make the book easy to use and extremely helpful. Their approach is helpful in making the right choice of equipment given the huge range of computer parts. This is a book that would be equally useful for anyone considering purchasing a new computer. With their experience, knowledge, and guidance anyone can choose the right componants for their computer even if they are not planning on building, upgrading, or repairing a computer. Highly recommend and a good read for anyone looking for a better understanding of computer hard drives, video cards, and other important computer componants.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the opening chapters that cover how to find good parts at great prices, give the reader basic guidance on how to get started and a present a through look at maintaining a PC, through the last chapters that introduce wireless networking, cases and power supplies this book is useful. Each chapter provides an overview of the current capabilities of related components recommends upgrades based on several levels of performance and then shows how to install these components. Detailed troubleshooting procedures are given in each chapter as well. The hands-on sections couldn¿t be better. This book is loaded with great background material for the inexperienced. Robert and Barbara again have created a well written and well researched book that many will find indispensable. This book combines a through discussion of what is in use today with an insightful look at where PC technology will be tomorrow and makes intelligent recommendations of how to upgrade your system cost effectively. Invaluable.
Hetheone More than 1 year ago
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