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If you've ever upgraded a PC, or fixed one, or if you plan to, you need Scott Mueller's legendary reference, Upgrading & Repairing PCs. As you'd expect, Mueller's new 16th edition is thoroughly updated to reflect the latest in everything from power supplies to eighth-generation video cards. As you might not expect, he's added a thorough introduction to overclocking and hardware hacking: how to squeeze max performance out of your PC, without frying it.
You'll find detailed coverage of the latest 64-bit processors, along with the new motherboards, memories, and chipsets that complement them. As part of Mueller's thorough chapter on optical storage, he demystifies the bewildering menagerie of DVD standards (DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW). And, as the value of computers increasingly moves to the network, he continues to deepen his networking coverage -- especially Wi-Fi.
Since most computers that need repair or upgrading aren't new, Mueller presents systematic coverage of mainstream technologies, including BIOSes, hard drives, audio hardware, I/O -- you name it. He discusses removable storage media ranging from today's external USB 2.0 and FireWire drives to those failed media formats that doubtless hold your Great American Novel. His detailed coverage of backup/restore includes guidance on recovering data that seems irretrievably lost (even data on formatted, repartitioned, or erased hard drives and formatted flash memory devices).
Last but definitely not least, there's a DVD with two full hours of up-to-date digital video, shot on a new professional set with expert lighting and camerawork. You'll see every last detail, whether you're viewing on a PC or your TV (hey, your computer could be open for surgery)! Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.