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Winn L. Rosch Hardware Bible, Sixth Edition by Winn L. Rosch

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System Control

The basic function of a chipset is to turn a chip into a computer, to add what a microprocessor needs to be an entire computer system. Not just any computer. You expect your computer to match the prevailing industry standards so that it can run as wide a variety of software as possible. You don't want surprises, such as your screen freezing when you try to install an application recommended by a friend. No matter what program you buy, borrow, or steal, you want it to find all the features it needs in your computer.

To assure you this level of compatibility, nearly all the functions of the system controller in a computer chipset are well defined and for the most part standardized. In nearly all computers, the most basic of these ...

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