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Intel-and AMD-powered PCs--which account for more than 90% of all personal computers--are powerful and expandable, and operating systems like Windows and Linux do a great job of running well on this hardware. But to maintain maximum stability and predictability, these operating systems don't push the hardware to its limits.

That doesn't mean you can't.

PC Hacks shows PC users like you how to get the most out of your hardware and software to make your PC experience more satisfying than ever. You don't need another collection of simple tips and command-clicks; you need PC Hacks, where you'll find proven techniques for enhancing performance and preventing problems with your PC hardware. This step-by-step, hack-by-hack guide, with invaluable tips and tricks throughout, will get you hacking the system board, CPU, BIOS, peripherals and operating system--everything but the unhackable power supply!

In PC Hacks, Jim Aspinwall, the Windows Helpdesk columnist and feature editor for CNET.COM and author of three books on PC maintenance, delivers basic to advanced hacks for overclocking CPU and video cards, tweaking RAM timing, selecting the best performing components, and much more. He includes suggestions for reusing an old PC to off-load work from newer systems as well as ways to prevent security hacks. He also offers many tips for avoiding common mistakes--and for getting the system back up and running if something does go wrong.

PC Hacks combines of the bestselling Hacks series style with the world's most popular computing hardware. Presented in a clear and direct format and covering both Windows and Linux operating systems, PC Hacks ensure that you'll hack and tweak your way to the best performance possible out of your trusty PC.

Book News Annotation:

Covering both Windows and Linux operating systems, Aspinwall shares "100 industrial-strength tips and tools" for getting the most out of PC hardware and software. By "hacking," he means customizing features or optimizing performance rather than breaking into others' systems. E.g., step-by-step instructions are given for protecting against malicious hackers. The author has written extensively on computers in books and columns for PC magazines and websites.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Intel-and AMD-powered PCs--which account for more than 90% of all personal computers--are powerful and expandable, and operating systems like Windows and Linux do a great job of running well on this hardware. But to maintain maximum stability and predictability, these operating systems don't push the hardware to its limits.

That doesn't mean you can't.

PC Hacks shows PC users like you how to get the most out of your hardware and software to make your PC experience more satisfying than ever. You don't need another collection of simple tips and command-clicks; you need PC Hacks, where you'll find proven techniques for enhancing performance and preventing problems with your PC hardware. This step-by-step, hack-by-hack guide, with invaluable tips and tricks throughout, will get you hacking the system board, CPU, BIOS, peripherals and operating system--everything but the unhackable power supply!

In PC Hacks, Jim Aspinwall, the Windows Helpdesk columnist and feature editor for CNET.COM and author of three books on PC maintenance, delivers basic to advanced hacks for overclocking CPU and video cards, tweaking RAM timing, selecting the best performing components, and much more. He includes suggestions for reusing an old PC to off-load work from newer systems as well as ways to prevent security hacks. He also offers many tips for avoiding common mistakes--and for getting the system back up and running if something does go wrong.

PC Hacks combines of the bestselling Hacks series style with the world's most popular computing hardware. Presented in a clear and direct format and covering both Windows and Linux operating systems, PC Hacks ensure that you'll hack and tweak your way tothe best performance possible out of your trusty PC.

Synopsis:

I n t e l - a n d A M D - p o w e r e d P C s - - w h i c h a c c o u n t f o r m o r e t h a n 9 0 % o f a l l p e r s o n a l c o m p u t e r s - - a r e p o w e r f u l a n d e x p a n d a b l e, a n d o p e r a t i n g s y s t e m s l i k e W i n d o w s a n d L i n u x d o a g r e a t j o b o f r u n n i n g w e l l o n t h i s h a r d w a r e . B u t t o m a i n t a i n m a x i m u m s t a b i l i t y a n d p r e d i c t a b i l i t y, t h e s e o p e r a t i n g s y s t e m s d o n' t p u s h t h e h a r d w a r e t o i t s l i m i t s . T h a t d o e s n' t m e a n y o u c a n' t . C o v e r i n g b o t h W i n d o w s a n d L i n u x o p e r a t i n g s y s t e m s, P C H a c k s c o m b i n e s t h e b e s t s e l l i n g H a c k s s e r i e s s t y l e w i t h t h e w o r l d' s m o s t p o p u l a r c o m p u t i n g h a r d w a r e . T h i s s t e p - b y - s t e p g u i d e p r o v i d e s p r o v e n t e c h n i q u e s f o r e n h a n c i n g p e r f o r m a n c e a n d p r e v e n t i n g p r o b l e m s w i t h y o u r P C h a r d w a r e . A u t h o r J i m A s p i n w a l l d e l i v e r s h a c k s f o r o v e r c l o c k i n g C P U a n d v i d e o c a r d s, t w e a k i n g R A M t i m i n g, s e l e c t i n g t h e b e s t p e r f o r m i n g c o m p o n e n t s, a n d m o r e . H e i n c l u d e s s u g g e s t i o n s f o r r e u s i n g a n o l d P C t o o f f - l o a d w o r k f r o m n e w e r s y s t e m s a s w e l l a s w a y s t o p r e v e n t s e c u r i t y h a c k s . H e a l s o o f f e r s t i p s f o r a v o i d i n g c o m m o n m i s t a k e s - - a n d f o r g e t t i n g t h e s y s t e m b a c k u p a n d r u n n i n g i f s o m e t h i ng d o e s g o w r o n g .

About the Author

Jim Aspinwall (Campbell, CA) has been the Windows Helpdesk columnist and feature editor for CNET.COM and author of three books on PC maintenance. His articles have been the feature of two recent covers of PC Magazine - March and August, 2005. Jim is also an amateur radio operator, electronics technician and OSHA certified tower climber, maintaining radio transmission sites in northern California. He is the author of Installing, Troubleshooting, and Repairing Wireless Networks (McGraw-Hill, 2003), as well as PC Hacks (O'Reilly, 2005), IRQ, DMA, and I/O (MIS:Press, 1995) and several editions of Troubleshooting Your PC (MIS:Press, 1994).

Table of Contents

CreditsPrefaceChapter 1: Basic System Board HacksChapter 2: Basic System Board SetupChapter 3: CPU HacksChapter 4: Memory HacksChapter 5: Disk HacksChapter 6: Disk Drive Performance HacksChapter 7: Video HacksChapter 8: I/O Device HacksChapter 9: Boot-Up HacksChapter 10: Configuring a New PCColophon

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780596007485
Author:
Aspinwall, Jim
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media
Subject:
Networking - General
Subject:
Microcomputers
Subject:
Security
Subject:
Debugging in computer science
Subject:
Security - General
Subject:
Maintenance and repair
Subject:
Microcomputers -- Maintenance and repair.
Subject:
Microcomputers -- Upgrading.
Subject:
Networking-Computer Security
Subject:
BIOS;CPU;Hacks;Jim Aspenwall;Linux;PC;PC Hacks;Windows
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20041131
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TRADE PAPER
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English
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Pages:
304
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9 x 6 x 0.73 in 0.91 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Intel-and AMD-powered PCs--which account for more than 90% of all personal computers--are powerful and expandable, and operating systems like Windows and Linux do a great job of running well on this hardware. But to maintain maximum stability and predictability, these operating systems don't push the hardware to its limits.

That doesn't mean you can't.

PC Hacks shows PC users like you how to get the most out of your hardware and software to make your PC experience more satisfying than ever. You don't need another collection of simple tips and command-clicks; you need PC Hacks, where you'll find proven techniques for enhancing performance and preventing problems with your PC hardware. This step-by-step, hack-by-hack guide, with invaluable tips and tricks throughout, will get you hacking the system board, CPU, BIOS, peripherals and operating system--everything but the unhackable power supply!

In PC Hacks, Jim Aspinwall, the Windows Helpdesk columnist and feature editor for CNET.COM and author of three books on PC maintenance, delivers basic to advanced hacks for overclocking CPU and video cards, tweaking RAM timing, selecting the best performing components, and much more. He includes suggestions for reusing an old PC to off-load work from newer systems as well as ways to prevent security hacks. He also offers many tips for avoiding common mistakes--and for getting the system back up and running if something does go wrong.

PC Hacks combines of the bestselling Hacks series style with the world's most popular computing hardware. Presented in a clear and direct format and covering both Windows and Linux operating systems, PC Hacks ensure that you'll hack and tweak your way tothe best performance possible out of your trusty PC.

"Synopsis" by , I n t e l - a n d A M D - p o w e r e d P C s - - w h i c h a c c o u n t f o r m o r e t h a n 9 0 % o f a l l p e r s o n a l c o m p u t e r s - - a r e p o w e r f u l a n d e x p a n d a b l e, a n d o p e r a t i n g s y s t e m s l i k e W i n d o w s a n d L i n u x d o a g r e a t j o b o f r u n n i n g w e l l o n t h i s h a r d w a r e . B u t t o m a i n t a i n m a x i m u m s t a b i l i t y a n d p r e d i c t a b i l i t y, t h e s e o p e r a t i n g s y s t e m s d o n' t p u s h t h e h a r d w a r e t o i t s l i m i t s . T h a t d o e s n' t m e a n y o u c a n' t . C o v e r i n g b o t h W i n d o w s a n d L i n u x o p e r a t i n g s y s t e m s, P C H a c k s c o m b i n e s t h e b e s t s e l l i n g H a c k s s e r i e s s t y l e w i t h t h e w o r l d' s m o s t p o p u l a r c o m p u t i n g h a r d w a r e . T h i s s t e p - b y - s t e p g u i d e p r o v i d e s p r o v e n t e c h n i q u e s f o r e n h a n c i n g p e r f o r m a n c e a n d p r e v e n t i n g p r o b l e m s w i t h y o u r P C h a r d w a r e . A u t h o r J i m A s p i n w a l l d e l i v e r s h a c k s f o r o v e r c l o c k i n g C P U a n d v i d e o c a r d s, t w e a k i n g R A M t i m i n g, s e l e c t i n g t h e b e s t p e r f o r m i n g c o m p o n e n t s, a n d m o r e . H e i n c l u d e s s u g g e s t i o n s f o r r e u s i n g a n o l d P C t o o f f - l o a d w o r k f r o m n e w e r s y s t e m s a s w e l l a s w a y s t o p r e v e n t s e c u r i t y h a c k s . H e a l s o o f f e r s t i p s f o r a v o i d i n g c o m m o n m i s t a k e s - - a n d f o r g e t t i n g t h e s y s t e m b a c k u p a n d r u n n i n g i f s o m e t h i ng d o e s g o w r o n g .
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