Upgrading and Repairing PCs: Field Guide [NOOK Book]

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Upgrading and Repairing PCs: Field Guide is a portable, "essentials" version of Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 13th Edition - the bestselling PC hardware book of all-time. Weighing less than half a pound, this tiny book packs a hefty punch - containing the essential information you need to upgrade and repair PCs, whether you're a hardcore pro or a weekend warrior. All of this information fits nicely in your toolkit, briefcase or backpack and be there to rescue you when you're out of your office and away from your ...

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Overview

Upgrading and Repairing PCs: Field Guide is a portable, "essentials" version of Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 13th Edition - the bestselling PC hardware book of all-time. Weighing less than half a pound, this tiny book packs a hefty punch - containing the essential information you need to upgrade and repair PCs, whether you're a hardcore pro or a weekend warrior. All of this information fits nicely in your toolkit, briefcase or backpack and be there to rescue you when you're out of your office and away from your trusty copy of Upgrading and Repairing PCs.

  • Use the connector quick reference section to identify most any connector or port you run across while servicing PCs out in the wild!
  • Who says detailed coverage must come in a big package? This diminutive book makes up for its tiny size by providing you with a level of detail that exceeds that found in some bigger (in size and name) competitor books.
  • Hundreds of detailed tables boil down complicated settings, standards and specifications into an easy to read - and easy to find - format.
  • All of this detailed information easily fits in your toolkit, briefcase or book bag-right where you need it!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132714778
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 11/6/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 731,451
  • File size: 22 MB
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Meet the Author

Scott Mueller is president of Mueller Technical Research, an international research and corporate training firm. Since 1982, MTR has specialized in the industry's most in-depth, accurate, and effective corporate PC hardware and technical training seminars, maintaining a client list that includes Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. government and foreign governments, major software and hardware corporations, as well as PC enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. His seminars have been presented to several thousands of PC support professionals throughout the world.

Scott has developed and presented training courses in all areas of PC hardware and software. He is an expert in PC hardware, operating systems, and data-recovery techniques. He currently spends about 25 weeks per year on the road teaching his seminars at several corporate clients. For more information about a custom PC hardware or data-recovery training seminar for your organization, contact Lynn at

Mueller Technical Research

21 Spring Lane

Barrington Hills, IL 60010-9009

(847) 854-6794

(847) 854-6795 Fax

Internet: scottmueller@compuserve.com

Web: upgradingandrepairingpcs.com

m-tr.com

Scott has many popular books, articles, and course materials to his credit, including Upgrading and Repairing PCs, which has sold more than two million copies, making it by far the most popular PC hardware book on the market today.

If you have suggestions for the next version of the book, or any comments about the book in general, send them to Scott via email at scottmueller@compuserve.com, or visit upgradingandrepairingpcs.com and click the Ask Scott button.

When he is not working on PC-related books or on the road teaching seminars, Scott can usually be found in the garage working on several projects. This year he continues to work on his customized '99 Harley FLHRCI Road King Classic with a 95ci Twin-Cam motor (see you in Sturgis), as well as a modified 1998 5.9L Grand Cherokee (imagine a hotrod SUV).

Mark Edward Soper is president of Select Systems and Associates, Inc., a technical writing and training organization.

Mark has taught computer troubleshooting and other technical subjects to thousands of students from Maine to Hawaii since 1992. He is an A+ Certified hardware technician and a Microsoft Certified Professional. He has been writing technical documents since the mid-1980s and has contributed to many other Que books, including Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 11th, 12th,and 13th Editions; Upgrading and Repairing Networks, Second Edition; Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition; Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition; and Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition. Mark coauthored both the first and second editions of Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Technician's Portable Reference and Upgrading and Repairing PCs: A+ Study Certification Guide, Second Edition. He is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to High-Speed Internet Connections and coauthor of TechTV's Upgrading Your PC.

Mark has been writing for major computer magazines since 1990, with more than 140 articles in publications such as SmartComputing, PCNovice, PCNovice Guides, and the PCNovice Learning Series. His early work was published in WordPerfect Magazine, The WordPerfectionist, and PCToday. Many of Mark's articles are available in back issues or electronically via the World Wide Web at smartcomputing.com. Select Systems maintains a subject index of all Mark's articles at selectsystems.com.

Mark welcomes comments at mesoper@selectsystems.com

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Mark Reddin is president of Trinity Microsystems, Inc., a computer reseller and repair center in Indiana. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer(MCSE) and A+ Certified PC technician who has enjoyed using computers, as well as breaking and fixing them, since the days of the early Commodore and Atari machines. Mark still enjoys being involved with computers and networks at a hands-on level and can often be found in the trenches, configuring hardware and running cables. He has been involved with several Que publications, providing technical verification as well as development. You can reach him through the contacts page at trinitymicrosystems.com

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Table of Contents



Introduction.


1. General Technical Reference.


PC Subsystem Components Quick Reference. The Motherboard and Its Components. Understanding Bits and Bytes. Standard Capacity Abbreviations and Meanings. Glossary of Essential Terms. Hexadecimal/ASCII Conversions. Windows Release/Version Numbers.



2. System Components and Configuration.


Processors and Their Data Bus Widths. Differences Between PC/XT and AT Systems. Intel and Compatible Processor Specifications. Troubleshooting Processor Problems. Motherboard Form Factors. Which Motherboard Is Which? PC99 Color-Coding for Ports. Power Supplies. Memory Types. Other Add-On Card Configuration Issues. Expansion Slots.



3. BIOS Configurations and Upgrades.


What the BIOS Is and What It Does. When a BIOS Update Is Necessary. How BIOS Updates Are Performed. Where BIOS Updates Come From. Precautions to Take Before Updating a BIOS. How to Recover from a Failed BIOS Update Procedure. Plug-and-Play BIOS. Other BIOS Troubleshooting Tips. Soft BIOS CPU Speed and Multiplier Settings. Determining Which BIOS You Have. Determining the Motherboard Manufacturer for BIOS Upgrades. Accessing the BIOS Setup Programs. How the BIOS Reports Errors. Microid Research Beep Codes. Other BIOS and Motherboard Manufacturers' Beep and POST Codes. Reading BIOS Error Codes. BIOS Configuration Worksheet.



4. SCSI and ATA Hard Drives and Optical Drives.


Understanding Hard Disk Terminology. IDE/ATA Hard Drive Identification. ATA Standards. Using LBA Mode. Sources for BIOS Upgrades and Alternatives for Large ATA Hard Disk Support. Standard and Alternative Jumper Settings. Improving Hard-Disk Speed. Ultra DMA. Bus-Mastering Chipsets for ATA. Benefits of Manual Drive Typing. Troubleshooting ATA Installation. Serial ATA. SCSI. Single-Ended Versus Differential SCSI. SCSI Drive and Device Configuration. SCSI Configuration Troubleshooting. Hard Disk Preparation. Using FDISK. Benefits of Hard-Disk Partitioning. How Disk Partitioning and the Operating System Create and Allocate Drive Letters. Third-Party Hard-Disk Installation Programs. Drive Migration Data-Transfer Methods. Hard-Disk Drive Troubleshooting and Repair. Optical Drive Interface Types. MS-DOS Command-Line Access to CD-ROM Drives for Reloading Windows. Troubleshooting Optical Drives.



5. Floppy, Removable, Tape, and Flash Memory Storage.


Floppy Drives. Removable Storage Drives. Types of Flash Memory Devices. Tape Backup Drives and Media.



6. Serial and Parallel Ports and Devices.


Understanding Serial Ports. UARTs. High-Speed Serial Ports (ESP and Super ESP). Serial Port Configuration. Modems. Parallel Port Connectors. Printers.



7. USB and IEEE-1394 Ports and Devices.


Universal Serial Bus. IEEE-1394.



8. Keyboards, Mice, and Input Devices.


Keyboard Designs. Using Windows Keys. Key Switch Types. Adjusting Keyboard Parameters in Windows. Keyboard Layouts and Scan Codes. Keyboard Connectors. USB Keyboard Requirements. Keyboard Troubleshooting and Repair. Keyboard Connector Voltage and Signal Specifications. Keyboard Error Codes. Mice and Pointing Devices. Mouse Troubleshooting.



9. Video and Audio.


Monitor Resolution. Monitor Power-Management Modes. VGA Video Connector Pinouts. Video RAM. Memory, Resolution, and Color Depth. Determining the Amount of RAM on Your Display Card. Local-Bus Video Standards. Refresh Rates. Setting Up Multiple Monitor Support in Windows 98/Me/2000/XP. Multimedia Devices. Troubleshooting Video Capture Devices. Audio I/O Connectors. Sound Quality Standards. Configuring Sound Cards. Troubleshooting Audio Hardware.



10. Networking.


Client/Server Versus Peer-to-Peer Networking. Choosing Network Hardware and Software. Network Protocols. Selecting a Network Data-Link Protocol (Specification). Network Cable Connectors. Wire Pairing for Twisted-Pair Cabling. Network Cabling Distance Limitations. Specialized Network Options. TCP/IP Network Protocol Settings. Troubleshooting Networks. Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). Direct Cable Connections.



11. Tools and Techniques.


General Information. Hardware Tools and Their Uses.



12. Connector Quick Reference.


Serial Ports and Cables. Keyboard and Mouse Ports. Video Connectors. Sound Card Ports. Network and Modem Ports and Cables. Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2000

    WHAT A RESOURCE!

    I first looked in this book for a serial-port pin-diagram to settle an argument at a hardware troubleshooting seminar. While browsing through I was so impressed by the quality of it's content that I immediately paid the $59.95 purchase price & comitted myself to reading it 'cover-to-cover.' I am now about 200-300 pages into the book and am even more impressed than I was at first. This book is a MUST HAVE for any good tech-support area (I recommend keeping 3-5 copies on-hand as you will end up with techs fighting for them when a call-in pops ANY hard question).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2001

    Very Informative!

    I highly recommend this book to all the newbies in the industry. Well written and easy to follow!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    This book is great besides the fact that a lot Fjhljdhawssfbjf

    This boook is great since i have the print version it came with a how to DVD with two hours for runtime it has helped me alot with understandibg not only how to repair and upgrade a pc it has helped me understand a pc more thoroughly and pc history. Thanks Scott Mueller for making a book that completely covers e erything in one book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Scott Mueller did it again a great book for computer people that want to learn about the newest technology and to UpGrade & Repair their computers.

    Five out of Five Stars

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

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    Become an EXPERT with PCs thanks to Scott Mueller!

    Upgrading And Repairing PCs by Scott Mueller is THE reference manual for PCs. This new edition of the book covers the latest technology, while still providing plenty of knowledge regarding the older technology as well. Scott writes in a way that is precise and easy to understand, which is incredibly helpful to everyone from beginners to those with an advanced level of knowledge regarding PCs. I highly recommend this book, as well as any books by Scott Mueller, in your quest for knowledge of PCs!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Everything you ever wanted to know about computer hardware!

    A LOT of information in one place. Could be overwhelming to the casual reader but a real find for someone what wants indepth information on computer hardware in one place. The DVD-ROM is a clear, easy to absorb, chunk of information which I recommend as a "view first" before jumping into the book. I wish I had read the book before I bought my last computer, I'll probably build my next one.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Great Reference Manual

    This book is definitely for people who are technicians or understand the technology gibberish. If you are someone who is just learning computers this is NOT the book for as it is simply too in-depth. This book is a must-have for any technician's reference library.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    An industry standard

    Have worked in all areas of I/T for the past 20 years this book is used more than any other for detailed, cogent. and extremely accurate information on the guts of PC's and laptops.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2003

    Scott 'HELP'

    He is the best when it comes to 'computer technology explained so I can understand.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2001

    Excellent Study Guide

    This is a great book in preparing for A+ Certification. I read it and took the sample questions on the CD, for two weeks straight. I passed both portions of the exam first time out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2000

    A must-have for an PC enthusiast

    This book is great for the intermediate to advanced user in PC upgrades or repair. This guy really knows what he is talking about. I espicially enjoyed the software on the CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2000

    Informative but not definitive

    The author appears to position this book as THE definitive guide to PC upgrade and repair. If so, this proactive assertion does an injustice to the reader. 1) I believe this book (and the 10th edition) contains a fair number of 'sins of omission and comission' (e.g., revisionist/inaccurrate computer history, incomplete understanding of x86 internals). 2) Although books of this size (1500+ pages) are rarely error-free, poetic license can be graced upon honest mistakes/typos. Opinionated diatribe warrants no such respect. It seems that at times, the author will serve opinions as bold facts. The author's take on overclocking (multiplier-lock/unlocking) is an example of this. 3) Fortunately, if you have a good grasp of x86 (PC), most of the 'hiccups' in this book will be trivial. 4) Overall, a good guide -especially to the beginner- but not THE definitive text on the subject of PC upgrade and repair. 5) This review is 100% personal opinion on the text in question. :)

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