- Updated and revised with eighty percent new material, this book is 100 percent of what readers need to upgrade, fix, or troubleshoot PCs
- Sixty-five percent of U.S. households own a PC; this book caters to the do-it-yourselfers in these households, both novices and tech hobbyists alike, who are looking for an approachable reference
- A one-stop reference for topics such as video, CD, and DVD; multimedia; storage; communications (network and Internet); peripherals; and integrating with laptops and handhelds
- Concludes with a step-by-step tutorial on building an "extreme" machine that can handle the most demanding multimedia or gaming applications
- Written by Marcia and Barry Press, authors of PC Toys (076454229X)
About the Author
Barry Press has designed leading-edge computer hardware, software, and networks for over 30 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.
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 Presses’ 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.
The Presses are the authors of PC Upgrade and Repair Bible; Networking by Example; Teach Yourself PCs; and PC Toys: 14 Cool Projects for Home, Office, and Entertainment and coauthors of Building the Power-Efficient PC: A Developer’s Guide to ACPI Power Management.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction.
Chapter 1: Getting Ready.
Chapter 2: Why Isn’t the Same Computer Right for Everyone?
Chapter 3: PC Overview.
Part II: Processors and Motherboards.
Chapter 4: Processors, Cache, and Memory.
Chapter 5: Buses, Chipsets, and Motherboards.
Part III: Video.
Chapter 6: Video.
Chapter 7: Monitors and Flat Panels.
Part IV: Storage.
Chapter 8: Hard Disks and Disk Arrays.
Chapter 9: CD and DVD.
Chapter 10: Removable Storage.
Part V: Networks and Communications.
Chapter 11: Modems.
Chapter 12: Wired and Wireless Networking.
Chapter 13: Hubs, Switches, Routers, and Firewalls.
Chapter 14: Configuring a Windows Network.
Chapter 15: Internet Services, Antivirus, and Anti-Spam.
Part VI: Multimedia and Peripherals.
Chapter 16: Sound Cards, Speakers, Microphones, and MP3 Players.
Chapter 17: Digital Cameras, Video Capture, and DVDs.
Chapter 18: Keyboards and Game Controllers.
Chapter 19: Mice, Trackballs, and Tablets.
Chapter 20: Printers, Scanners, and All-in-One Units.
Part VII: Integration.
Chapter 21: Cases, Cooling, and Power.
Chapter 22: Laptops and Handheld Computers.
Chapter 23: You’re Going to Put That Where?
Chapter 24: Diagnosis and Repair.
Chapter 25: Building an Extreme Machine.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!