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Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Fifth Edition, is the most comprehensive PC support reference available. Discover the best way to assess your system, install hardware, and troubleshoot problems. Learn about the latest state-of-the-art motherboards, processors, memory, and disk drives. This book addresses all PC-compatible systems, from notebooks to towers, as well as Windows 95 and the new Plug and Play standard - providing the most complete and up-to-date technical reference available. This book contains everything you need to know. You'll find detailed information and specifications for every component in your PC, including major peripherals. Special sections detail system capabilities and upgrade options, and troubleshooting tips help you identify and solve problems.
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In 2003, there has been a bumper crop of new PC technology. And to help you assess it, implement it, fix it, Scott Mueller produced the indispensable 15th edition of his legendary Upgrading & Repairing PCs.

For example, this edition includes detailed coverage of AMD's Opteron, the revolutionary 64-bit processor that delivers remarkable performance without sacrificing compatibility. Intel's latest innovations are here, too -- notably the new Hyper Threading Technology, which gives you two "virtual processors" inside the same Pentium 4.

These processors have immense performance potential, but you'll need new motherboards, memories, and chipsets to deliver on it. Mueller covers the latest, hottest stuff -- from higher bus speeds to dual-channel memory architecture. Along the way, he addresses everything from processor slots to form factors, cases, and power connectors -- the details wherein the devil often hides.

He's equally strong on the "almost new" technologies now coming into widespread use. For example, as part of a detailed chapter on optical storage, he demystifies the bewildering menagerie of DVD standards (DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW). Which ones are likely to last? How do you minimize your risks? What do you need to know about copyright protection and other, umm, realities?

As the value of computers increasingly moves to the network, Mueller has increased the book's coverage of networking, from LANs to broadband Internet connectivity. This edition covers all of today's Wi-Fi wireless standards, slow to fast, cheap to expensive -- with a focus on interoperability issues.

Most computers that need repair or upgrading aren't brand new, so Mueller presents systematic coverage of mainstream technologies, including every significant PC component. You'll find entire chapters dedicated to your PC's BIOS; to hard drives; to audio hardware; to I/O devices ranging from ancient RS-232 to contemporary USB 2.0, Serial ATA, and IEEE-1394b. Where you can upgrade existing devices to get the performance offered by newer interfaces, he tells you.

He covers myriad removable storage media 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 issues includes exceptional guidance on trying to recover data that seems irretrievably lost (even data on formatted, repartitioned, or erased hard drives and formatted flash memory devices).

In recent editions, Mueller added a detailed troubleshooting index that identifies hundreds of common PC hardware problems and points you directly to the solutions. That's still here, but the 15th edition adds new coverage on resurrecting dead systems and tracking down the flakiness in flaky systems.

Last but definitely not least, there's a DVD-ROM with two full hours of thoroughly updated digital video, in which Mueller walks you through a laundry list of current PC maintenance and repair tasks. Thankfully, the DVD will run on your home DVD player -- so if you've taken your computer apart and you've got no idea what to do next, you can still have Mueller show you. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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A book/CD-ROM guide to maintaining, upgrading, and repairing PC systems, for professionals and computer enthusiasts. After an introduction to the PC and physical disassembly and reassembly of a system, sections cover primary system components, input/output hardware, mass storage systems, maintenance, and troubleshooting and diagnostics. Includes a technical reference, a glossary, and a vendor list. The companion CD-ROM contains an encyclopedia of I/O cards from Micro House's Technical Library CD-ROM database. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780880228565
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 1/27/1992
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1000

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Development of the PC 9
2 PC Components, Features, and System Design 25
3 Microprocessor Types and Specifications 37
4 Motherboards and Buses 195
5 BIOS 365
6 Memory 421
7 The ATA/IDE Interface 497
8 The SCSI Interface 545
9 Magnetic Storage Principles 579
10 Hard Disk Storage 601
11 Floppy Disk Storage 643
12 High-Capacity Removable Storage 663
13 Optical Storage 697
14 Physical Drive Installation and Configuration 797
15 Video Hardware 835
16 Audio Hardware 905
17 I/O Interfaces from Serial and Parallel to IEEE-1394 and USB 945
18 Input Devices 979
19 Internet Connectivity 1023
20 Local Area Networking 1073
21 Power Supply and Chassis/Case 1125
22 Building or Upgrading Systems 1183
23 PC diagnostics, Testing, and Maintenance 1229
24 File Systems and Data Recovery 1299
App. A: Glossary 1369
App. B: Key Vendor Contract Information 1427
App. C: Troubleshooting Index 1431
List of Acronyms nd Abbreviations 1451
Index 1457
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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

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    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

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    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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