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Repairing and Upgrading Your PC

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Publisher Comments:

Most computer users think that fiddling with the insides of their PC is taboo. They fear that by removing the screws that hold the case on, they're crossing into forbidden territory. And even for those who know they can open the box and fix or upgrade their PC, analysis paralysis often stops them in their tracks:

Which upgrades offer the best bang for the buck? How do you pinpoint the faulty component that's making your system freeze? What about compatibility issues?

Get ready to get unstuck and get your PC running fast and running right. Repairing and Upgrading Your PC delivers start-to-finish instructions, simple enough for even the most inexperienced PC owner, for troubleshooting, repairing, and upgrading your computer. Written by hardware experts Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson, this book covers it all: how to troubleshoot a troublesome PC, how to identify which components make sense for an upgrade, and how to tear it all down and put it back together. This book shows how to repair and upgrade all of your PC's essential components:

  • Motherboard, CPU, and Memory. Choose the optimal match of these core components to keep your PC running at top speed
  • Hard Drive, Optical Drive, and Removable Storage
  • Give your computer what it needs for long-term and short-term storage
  • Audio and Video. Enhance your computing experience with the right sound and graphics devices for your needs
  • Input Devices. Pick the best keyboard and mouse to keep your hands happy and healthy
  • Networking. Set up secure wireless networking to keep the bits flowing between your computers and the outside world
  • Cases and Power Supplies. Keep everything running cool and reliably


With its straightforward language, clear instructions, and extensive illustrations, this book makes it a breeze for PC owners of any skill level to work on their computer.

Book News Annotation:

Working on a PC is surprisingly easy--provided one has knowledge of what all the PC components are, how they fit together compatibly, the use of troubleshooting and analytical software, and basic maintenance--and has the advantages of allowing the user to customize the PC to fit individual needs while simultaneously saving a significant amount of money on labor. This text provides that knowledge with straightforward language and copious photographic illustrations. The authors, who have also penned a similar text on building PCs from scratch, present the information in a relatively intuitive way, first covering basics and system maintenance and then moving on to discussion of each type of component and its installation. Specific product recommendations are not provided, but the authors maintain a free and frequently updated website offering such recommendations.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Working on a PC is surprisingly easy--provided one has knowledge of what all the PC components are, how they fit together compatibly, the use of troubleshooting and analytical software, and basic maintenance--and has the advantages of allowing the user to customize the PC to fit individual needs while simultaneously saving a significant amount of money on labor. This text provides that knowledge with straightforward language and copious photographic illustrations. The authors, who have also penned a similar text on building PCs from scratch, present the information in a relatively intuitive way, first covering basics and system maintenance and then moving on to discussion of each type of component and its installation. Specific product recommendations are not provided, but the authors maintain a free and frequently updated website offering such recommendations. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The focus of this do-it-yourself book is on hardware, but it also devotes attention to various software issues related to troubleshooting and testing, upgrading and maintaining systems, drivers, installing security patches, and defragging. Repairing and Upgrading Your PC is organized in a way that's accessible to casual users, with plenty of full-color screen shots to illustrate the discussions. Handy charts summarize the different upgrades a user might consider, whether it's to add features, increase reliability, improve performance, reduce noise level, make the system more convenient to use, enhance safety and security, or some combination of these factors. For users who want to upgrade their current systems, but are a little wary of poking around unfamiliar territory, this guide offers a friendly and dependable step-by-step approach for doing the job with confidence.

About the Author

Robert Bruce Thompson is a coauthor of Building the Perfect PC, PC Hardware in a Nutshell and Astronomy Hacks. Robert built his first computer in 1976 from discrete chips. It had 256 bytes of memory, used toggle switches and LEDs for I/O, ran at less than 1MHz, and had no operating system. Since then, he has bought, built, upgraded, and repaired hundreds of PCs for himself, employers, customers, friends, and clients.

Barbara Fritchman Thompson is a coauthor of Building the Perfect PC, PC Hardware in a Nutshell, and Astronomy Hacks. Barbara worked for 20 years as a librarian before starting her own home-based consulting practice, Research Solutions, and is also a researcher for the law firm Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, & Rice, PLLC.

Table of Contents

DedicationForewordPrefaceChapter 1: Getting StartedChapter 2: Working on PCsChapter 3: System MaintenanceChapter 4: MotherboardsChapter 5: ProcessorsChapter 6: MemoryChapter 7: Hard Disk DrivesChapter 8: Optical DrivesChapter 9: External and Removable Storage DevicesChapter 10: Video AdaptersChapter 11: DisplaysChapter 12: AudioChapter 13: Input DevicesChapter 14: Wireless NetworkingChapter 15: CasesChapter 16: Power Supplies and Power ProtectionColophon

Product Details

ISBN:
9780596008666
Author:
Thompson, Robert Bruce
Publisher:
Maker Media, Inc
Author:
Thompson, Robert
Author:
Thompson, Barbara Fritchman
Subject:
Maintenance and repair
Subject:
Microcomputers
Subject:
Computer Architecture - Repair & Maintenance
Subject:
Repairing
Subject:
Hardware - Personal Computers - PCs
Subject:
Microcomputers -- Maintenance and repair.
Subject:
Microcomputers -- Upgrading.
Subject:
Computer Architecture
Subject:
Computer Architecture - General
Subject:
Personal Computers-General
Subject:
computer components,;pc hardware;pc maintenance;pc repair;pc troubleshooting;pc upgrade
Subject:
Personal Computers & Micro / IBM-Compatible
Subject:
CourseSmart Subject Description
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.75 x 8 x 1.1 in 2.29 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The focus of this do-it-yourself book is on hardware, but it also devotes attention to various software issues related to troubleshooting and testing, upgrading and maintaining systems, drivers, installing security patches, and defragging. Repairing and Upgrading Your PC is organized in a way that's accessible to casual users, with plenty of full-color screen shots to illustrate the discussions. Handy charts summarize the different upgrades a user might consider, whether it's to add features, increase reliability, improve performance, reduce noise level, make the system more convenient to use, enhance safety and security, or some combination of these factors. For users who want to upgrade their current systems, but are a little wary of poking around unfamiliar territory, this guide offers a friendly and dependable step-by-step approach for doing the job with confidence.
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