“…a comprehensive resource for PC enthusiasts and professionals alike. Packed with the latest speeds and feeds, you’ll want to keep this book on-hand as an authoritative technology reference.”
–Chris Angelini, Managing Editor, Tom’s Hardware
For 20 years, Upgrading and Repairing PCs has been the world’s #1 guide to PC hardware: the single source for reliable information on troubleshooting and fixing problems, adding hardware, optimizing performance, and building new PCs. Now, better than ever, this 20th Edition offers beefed-up coverage of the newest hardware innovations and maintenance techniques, plus more than 90 minutes of new DVD video.
Scott Mueller delivers practical answers about PC processors, motherboards, buses, BIOSes, memory, storage, video, audio, I/O, input devices, networks, Internet connectivity, power, and much more. You’ll find the industry’s best coverage of diagnostics, testing, and repair–plus cutting-edge discussions of improving performance via overclocking and other techniques.
Mueller has taught thousands of professionals in person and millions more through his books and videos–nobody knows more about keeping PCs running perfectly. Whether you’re a professional technician, a small business owner trying to save money, or a home PC enthusiast, this is the only PC hardware book you need!
NEW IN THIS EDITION
The newest processors, including Intel’s 2nd generation Core i3, i5, i7 plus the Atom, and AMD’s new VISION series CPUs
3TB (and larger) disks, 4K sectoring, partition alignment, faster SATA disk interfaces, and SSD (Solid State Drive) hard drive replacements
New firmware innovations, from full UEFI BIOS support to built-in motherboard flash BIOS upgrade utilities
Integrated video and audio, including 5.1/7.1 surround sound, HDMI, and DisplayPort connections
Updated PCI Express and Power Supply specifications for powering high-end video cards
Emerging interfaces such as USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt
Updated coverage of building PCs from scratch–from choosing and assembling hardware through BIOS setup and troubleshooting
ON THE DVD
Get more than 90 minutes of up-to-the minute, studio quality how-to videos–all playable on your DVD player or computer! In this edition, Scott Mueller offers true insider information about several of the key components in a PC, including hard disk drives, power supplies, motherboards, and more.
You will see hard drives completely dissected–even see an open hard drive in operation–so you can observe exactly what happens under the covers. One of the most common causes of failure in modern motherboards, power supplies, and many other PC components are bad capacitors–otherwise known as the capacitor plague. Mueller will show several real-world examples of this “disease,” so you can easily identify and perhaps even repair the problem. Finally, because external hard drives are now commonly used for supplementary storage and backups, you’ll find a complete discussion of several alternatives on the market. This includes tips and tricks for building or assembling your own flexible, high performance and highly reliable external storage drives, with several examples shown. This DVD also contains the complete 19th edition of this book in printable form, plus extensive technical reference material, a comprehensive glossary, and more!
Table of Contents
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
- Contents at a Glance
- About the Author
- We Want to Hear from You!
- Reader Services
- Chapter 1. Development of the PC
- Chapter 2. PC Components, Features, and System Design
- Chapter 3. Processor Types and Specifications
- Chapter 4. Motherboards and Buses
- Chapter 5. BIOS
- Chapter 6. Memory
- Chapter 7. The ATA/IDE Interface
- Chapter 8. Magnetic Storage Principles
- Chapter 9. Hard Disk Storage
- Chapter 10. Flash and Removable Storage
- Chapter 11. Optical Storage
- Chapter 12. Video Hardware
- Chapter 13. Audio Hardware
- Chapter 14. External I/O Interfaces
- Chapter 15. Input Devices
- Chapter 16. Internet Connectivity
- Chapter 17. Local Area Networking
- Chapter 18. Power Supplies
- Chapter 19. Building or Upgrading Systems
- Chapter 20. PC Diagnostics, Testing, and Maintenance
- Title: Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 20th Edition
- Release date: August 2011
- Publisher(s): Que
- ISBN: 9780132682152