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Upgrading and Repairing PCs: Field Guide


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Upgrading and Repairing PCs: Field Guide is a portable, "essentials" version of Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 13th Edition - the bestselling PC hardware book of all-time. Weighing less than half a pound, this tiny book packs a hefty punch - containing the essential information you need to upgrade and repair PCs, whether you're a hardcore pro or a weekend warrior. All of this information fits nicely in your toolkit, briefcase or backpack and be there to rescue you when you're out of your office and away from your trusty copy of Upgrading and Repairing PCs.

  • Use the connector quick reference section to identify most any connector or port you run across while servicing PCs out in the wild!
  • Who says detailed coverage must come in a big package? This diminutive book makes up for its tiny size by providing you with a level of detail that exceeds that found in some bigger (in size and name) competitor books.
  • Hundreds of detailed tables boil down complicated settings, standards and specifications into an easy to read - and easy to find - format.
  • All of this detailed information easily fits in your toolkit, briefcase or book bag-right where you need it!


Written for intermediate to expert readers, this text includes tables and charts on everything from BIOS settings, to monitor sizing, to jumper settings for corner peripherals. It also covers troubleshooting and error-codes.


"Upgrading and Repairing PCs" is a portable, "essentials" version of "Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 13th Edition." This tiny book packs a hefty punch--containing the essential information readers need to upgrade and repair PCs, whether a hardcore pro or a weekend warrior.

About the Author

Scott Mueller is president of Mueller Technical Research, an international research and corporate training firm. Since 1982, MTR has specialized in the industry's most in-depth, accurate, and effective corporate PC hardware and technical training seminars, maintaining a client list that includes Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. government and foreign governments, major software and hardware corporations, as well as PC enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. His seminars have been presented to several thousands of PC support professionals throughout the world.

Scott has developed and presented training courses in all areas of PC hardware and software. He is an expert in PC hardware, operating systems, and data-recovery techniques. He currently spends about 25 weeks per year on the road teaching his seminars at several corporate clients. For more information about a custom PC hardware or data-recovery training seminar for your organization, contact Lynn at

Mueller Technical Research

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Barrington Hills, IL 60010-9009

(847) 854-6794

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Scott has many popular books, articles, and course materials to his credit, including Upgrading and Repairing PCs, which has sold more than two million copies, making it by far the most popular PC hardware book on the market today.

If you have suggestions for the next version of the book, or any comments about the book in general, send them to Scott via email at, or visit and click the Ask Scott button.

When he is not working on PC-related books or on the road teaching seminars, Scott can usually be found in the garage working on several projects. This year he continues to work on his customized '99 Harley FLHRCI Road King Classic with a 95ci Twin-Cam motor (see you in Sturgis), as well as a modified 1998 5.9L Grand Cherokee (imagine a hotrod SUV).

Mark Edward Soper is president of Select Systems and Associates, Inc., a technical writing and training organization.

Mark has taught computer troubleshooting and other technical subjects to thousands of students from Maine to Hawaii since 1992. He is an A+ Certified hardware technician and a Microsoft Certified Professional. He has been writing technical documents since the mid-1980s and has contributed to many other Que books, including Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 11th, 12th,and 13th Editions; Upgrading and Repairing Networks, Second Edition; Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition; Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition; and Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition. Mark coauthored both the first and second editions of Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Technician's Portable Reference and Upgrading and Repairing PCs: A+ Study Certification Guide, Second Edition. He is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to High-Speed Internet Connections and coauthor of TechTV's Upgrading Your PC.

Mark has been writing for major computer magazines since 1990, with more than 140 articles in publications such as SmartComputing, PCNovice, PCNovice Guides, and the PCNovice Learning Series. His early work was published in WordPerfect Magazine, The WordPerfectionist, and PCToday. Many of Mark's articles are available in back issues or electronically via the World Wide Web at Select Systems maintains a subject index of all Mark's articles at

Mark welcomes comments at

Mark Reddin is president of Trinity Microsystems, Inc., a computer reseller and repair center in Indiana. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer(MCSE) and A+ Certified PC technician who has enjoyed using computers, as well as breaking and fixing them, since the days of the early Commodore and Atari machines. Mark still enjoys being involved with computers and networks at a hands-on level and can often be found in the trenches, configuring hardware and running cables. He has been involved with several Que publications, providing technical verification as well as development. You can reach him through the contacts page at

Table of Contents


1. General Technical Reference.

PC Subsystem Components Quick Reference. The Motherboard and Its Components. Understanding Bits and Bytes. Standard Capacity Abbreviations and Meanings. Glossary of Essential Terms. Hexadecimal/ASCII Conversions. Windows Release/Version Numbers.

2. System Components and Configuration.

Processors and Their Data Bus Widths. Differences Between PC/XT and AT Systems. Intel and Compatible Processor Specifications. Troubleshooting Processor Problems. Motherboard Form Factors. Which Motherboard Is Which? PC99 Color-Coding for Ports. Power Supplies. Memory Types. Other Add-On Card Configuration Issues. Expansion Slots.

3. BIOS Configurations and Upgrades.

What the BIOS Is and What It Does. When a BIOS Update Is Necessary. How BIOS Updates Are Performed. Where BIOS Updates Come From. Precautions to Take Before Updating a BIOS. How to Recover from a Failed BIOS Update Procedure. Plug-and-Play BIOS. Other BIOS Troubleshooting Tips. Soft BIOS CPU Speed and Multiplier Settings. Determining Which BIOS You Have. Determining the Motherboard Manufacturer for BIOS Upgrades. Accessing the BIOS Setup Programs. How the BIOS Reports Errors. Microid Research Beep Codes. Other BIOS and Motherboard Manufacturers' Beep and POST Codes. Reading BIOS Error Codes. BIOS Configuration Worksheet.

4. SCSI and ATA Hard Drives and Optical Drives.

Understanding Hard Disk Terminology. IDE/ATA Hard Drive Identification. ATA Standards. Using LBA Mode. Sources for BIOS Upgrades and Alternatives for Large ATA Hard Disk Support. Standard and Alternative Jumper Settings. Improving Hard-Disk Speed. Ultra DMA. Bus-Mastering Chipsets for ATA. Benefits of Manual Drive Typing. Troubleshooting ATA Installation. Serial ATA. SCSI. Single-Ended Versus Differential SCSI. SCSI Drive and Device Configuration. SCSI Configuration Troubleshooting. Hard Disk Preparation. Using FDISK. Benefits of Hard-Disk Partitioning. How Disk Partitioning and the Operating System Create and Allocate Drive Letters. Third-Party Hard-Disk Installation Programs. Drive Migration Data-Transfer Methods. Hard-Disk Drive Troubleshooting and Repair. Optical Drive Interface Types. MS-DOS Command-Line Access to CD-ROM Drives for Reloading Windows. Troubleshooting Optical Drives.

5. Floppy, Removable, Tape, and Flash Memory Storage.

Floppy Drives. Removable Storage Drives. Types of Flash Memory Devices. Tape Backup Drives and Media.

6. Serial and Parallel Ports and Devices.

Understanding Serial Ports. UARTs. High-Speed Serial Ports (ESP and Super ESP). Serial Port Configuration. Modems. Parallel Port Connectors. Printers.

7. USB and IEEE-1394 Ports and Devices.

Universal Serial Bus. IEEE-1394.

8. Keyboards, Mice, and Input Devices.

Keyboard Designs. Using Windows Keys. Key Switch Types. Adjusting Keyboard Parameters in Windows. Keyboard Layouts and Scan Codes. Keyboard Connectors. USB Keyboard Requirements. Keyboard Troubleshooting and Repair. Keyboard Connector Voltage and Signal Specifications. Keyboard Error Codes. Mice and Pointing Devices. Mouse Troubleshooting.

9. Video and Audio.

Monitor Resolution. Monitor Power-Management Modes. VGA Video Connector Pinouts. Video RAM. Memory, Resolution, and Color Depth. Determining the Amount of RAM on Your Display Card. Local-Bus Video Standards. Refresh Rates. Setting Up Multiple Monitor Support in Windows 98/Me/2000/XP. Multimedia Devices. Troubleshooting Video Capture Devices. Audio I/O Connectors. Sound Quality Standards. Configuring Sound Cards. Troubleshooting Audio Hardware.

10. Networking.

Client/Server Versus Peer-to-Peer Networking. Choosing Network Hardware and Software. Network Protocols. Selecting a Network Data-Link Protocol (Specification). Network Cable Connectors. Wire Pairing for Twisted-Pair Cabling. Network Cabling Distance Limitations. Specialized Network Options. TCP/IP Network Protocol Settings. Troubleshooting Networks. Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). Direct Cable Connections.

11. Tools and Techniques.

General Information. Hardware Tools and Their Uses.

12. Connector Quick Reference.

Serial Ports and Cables. Keyboard and Mouse Ports. Video Connectors. Sound Card Ports. Network and Modem Ports and Cables. Index.

Product Details

Mueller, Scott
Mueller, Scott William
Mueller, Scott M.
Soper, Mark Edward
Equipment and supplies
Computer Engineering
Computer Architecture - Repair & Maintenance
Output Equipment
Computer Architecture - General
Engineering-General Engineering
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Upgrading and Repairing
Publication Date:
October 2001
Grade Level:
8 x 4.62 x 0.8 in 336 gr

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"Synopsis" by , Written for intermediate to expert readers, this text includes tables and charts on everything from BIOS settings, to monitor sizing, to jumper settings for corner peripherals. It also covers troubleshooting and error-codes.
"Synopsis" by , "Upgrading and Repairing PCs" is a portable, "essentials" version of "Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 13th Edition." This tiny book packs a hefty punch--containing the essential information readers need to upgrade and repair PCs, whether a hardcore pro or a weekend warrior.
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