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PC Hardware in a Nutshell

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ISBN-10: 059600513X

ISBN-13: 9780596005139

Edition: 3rd 2003

Authors: Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman Thompson

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"PC Hardware in a Nutshell is the practical guide to buying, building, upgrading, and repairing Intel-based PCs. A longtime favorite among PC users, the third edition of the book now contains useful information for people running either Windows or Linux operating systems. Written for novices and seasoned professionals alike, the book is packed with useful and unbiased information, including how-to advice for specific components, ample reference material, and a comprehensive case study on building a PC. In addition to coverage of the fundamentals and general tips about working on PCs, the book includes chapters focusing on motherboards, processors, memory, floppies, hard drives, optical…    
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List price: $44.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/3/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 874
Size: 6.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.310
Language: English

Robert Bruce Thompson is a coauthor of O'Reilly's Building the Perfect PC and PC Hardware in a Nutshell. A born geek, he built his first computer in 1976 with 256 bytes of memory, toggle switches, and no operating system. Since then, he has bought, built, upgraded, and repaired hundreds of PCs for himself, employers, customers, friends, and clients. Robert spends most clear, moonless nights outdoors with his 10-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope, hunting down faint fuzzies, and is currently designing a larger truss-tube Dobsonian (computerized, of course) that he plans to build.

Barbara Fritchman Thompson, the coauthor of Building the Perfect PC and PC Hardware in a Nutshell, worked for 20 years as a librarian before starting her own home-based consulting practice, Research Solutions. She's also a researcher for the law firm Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, & Rice, PLLC. During her leisure hours, Barbara reads, works out, plays golf, and, like Robert, is an avid amateur astronomer.

PCs Defined
PC Components and Technologies
System Resources
Building or Buying a PC
Upgrading a PC
Smart Buying Practices
Things to Do with Old PCs
Working on PCs
Rules to Upgrade By
General Procedures
Motherboard Characteristics
Choosing a Motherboard
Installing a Motherboard
Upgrading the System BIOS
Our Picks
Processor Design
Intel Processors
AMD Processors
Choosing a Processor
Forthcoming AMD and Intel Processors
Installing a Processor
Our Picks
Understanding Memory
Memory Access Methods
CAS Latency
Memory Packaging
How Much Memory Is Enough?
Memory Selection Guidelines
Installing Memory
Troubleshooting Memory Installation and Operation
Our Picks
Floppy Disk Drives
Diskette Types and Formats
Drive Types
FDD Interface and Cabling
Installing an FDD
Working with FDDs
Working with Obsolete Diskette Formats
Salvaging Diskette Data
Our Picks
High-Capacity Floppy Disk Drives
High-Capacity FDD Types
Choosing a High-Capacity FDD
Using an ATAPI Zip or SuperDisk Drive as the Boot Device
Drive Letter Assignment Problems
Our Picks
Removable Hard Disk Drives
Uses for Removable and External Hard Disk Drives
Cartridge-Based Removable Hard Disk Drives
Frame/Carrier-Based Removable Hard Disk Drives
Our Picks
Tape Drives
Tape Technologies
Choosing a Tape Drive
Installing and Configuring a Tape Drive
Care and Feeding of a Tape Drive
Troubleshooting Tape Drive Problems
The Dirty Little Secret of Long Filenames
Developing a Backup Strategy
Our Picks
CD-ROM Drives
Compact Disc Fundamentals
CD-ROM Drive Performance
Choosing a CD-ROM Drive
Installing and Configuring a CD-ROM Drive
Cleaning a CD-ROM Drive
Our Picks
CD Writers
CD Writers and Media
Writable CD Formats
CD Recording Methods
Buffer Underrun Protection
Choosing a CD Writer
CD Writer Software
Installing and Configuring a CD Writer
Updating CD Writer Firmware
Media Issues
Burning CDs
Special Problems and Applications
Writable CD Troubleshooting
Additional CD-R(W) Source Material
Our Picks
DVD Drives
DVD Writable and Rewritable
Installing and Configuring a DVD Drive
Troubleshooting DVD Problems
Our Picks
Hard Disk Interfaces
Serial ATA
Our Picks
Hard Disk Drives
How Hard Disks Work
Choosing a Hard Disk
Installing a PATA (Standard ATA) Hard Disk
Installing an SATA Hard Disk
Installing a SCSI Hard Disk
Preparing a Hard Disk for Use
Our Picks
Video Adapters
Video Adapter Characteristics
Choosing a Video Adapter
Installing a Video Adapter
Configuring Video Under Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
Configuring Video under Linux
Troubleshooting Video Adapter Problems
Our Picks
CRT Monitors
Flat-Panel Displays
Installing and Configuring a Display
Troubleshooting Display Problems
Our Picks
Sound Adapters
PC Audio Types
MIDI Synthesis Methods
Downloadable Sounds
Sound Card Components
Sound Card Characteristics
Choosing a Sound Card
Installing a Sound Card
Configuring a Sound Card Under Windows 98/98/2000/XP
Configuring a Sound Card Under Linux
Troubleshooting Sound Card Problems
Our Picks
Speakers and Headphones
Speaker and Headphone Characteristics
Choosing Speakers and Headphones
Our Picks
Keyboard Switch Types
Keyboard Styles
Keyboard Interfaces
Choosing a Keyboard
Configuring a Keyboard
Cleaning a Keyboard
Troubleshooting and Repairing Keyboards
Our Picks
Mice and Trackballs
Mice Versus Trackballs
Mouse Characteristics
Choosing a Mouse
Configuring a Mouse or Trackball
Cleaning a Mouse
Troubleshooting a Mouse
Our Picks
Game Controllers
Game Controller Characteristics
Gameport Interface
Choosing a Game Controller
Installing a Game Controller
Troubleshooting Game Controllers
Our Picks
Serial Communications
Serial Communications Overview
Serial Ports
Serial Cables
Installing and Configuring Serial Port Hardware
Troubleshooting Serial Port Problems
Our Picks
Parallel Communications
Mapping Parallel Ports to LPTs
Our Picks
USB Communications
USB Characteristics
USB Host Controller Interfaces
Configuring USB
Troubleshooting USB
Our Picks
Case Characteristics
Choosing a Case
Our Picks
Power Supplies
Power Supply Characteristics
Volts, Amps, Watts, and Regulation
Power Connectors
Choosing a Power Supply
Installing a Power Supply
Troubleshooting Power Supplies
Our Picks
Backup Power Supplies
What BPSs Protect Against
BPS Types
BPS Characteristics
Choosing a BPS
Our Picks
Building a PC
Purchasing Components
Building the System