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“…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 industry’s #1 guide to PC hardware: the single source for reliable, step-by-step information on identifying and fixing problems, adding hardware, optimizing performance, and building new PCs from scratch. Now, this 19th Edition has been completely updated to focus on today’s technologies and today’s maintenance challenges!


From processors and motherboards, memory to storage, video to power, and networking to Internet connectivity, it’s all here: technical details, practical insights, and step-by-step solutions to difficult problems. Updates include new CPUs like the Intel Core i Series and AMD’s Phenom family...solid state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives...motherboard form factors, chipsets, power supplies, DDR3 memory, Windows 7 readiness, and a whole lot more!


Your guide, Scott Mueller, has taught thousands in his legendary personal seminars and millions more through his books and videos. Nobody knows more about choosing, installing, troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining PC hardware. Whether you’re a professional technician, a small business owner who doesn’t want to pay for service calls, or a home PC enthusiast, this is the one book you need!



  • Intel’s and AMD’s hottest new processors, including the Intel Core i Series and AMD Phenom family
  • The latest PC system designs and form factors, including the new mini-ITX and DTX motherboard form factors
  • State-of-the-art graphics cards, GPUs, and chipsets from NVIDIA and ATI/AMD
  • Terabyte-class hard disks, solid state drives, and other data storage innovations
  • Revamped coverage of building PCs from scratch–from selecting and assembling hardware to BIOS Setup and troubleshooting 


The DVD contains two hours of up-to-the minute, studio-quality how-to videos–all playable on either your DVD player or computer! You’ll find detailed presentations covering important PC components like processors, motherboards, chipsets, memory, hard disk drives, chassis, and power supplies, including tips that will help you select the best components when building or purchasing new systems as well as when upgrading or repairing existing ones. There is a complete step-by-step guide to building a new PC from scratch, including tips that will not only make the build process run smoothly, but will also help you build a system that has performance, durability, and will be easy to maintain, upgrade, and repair in the future. That’s not all: You’ll also find the complete 16th Edition of this book, plus extensive technical reference material, a comprehensive PC glossary, and much more!


Book News Annotation:

Mueller, who has also written numerous articles and teaches PC repair seminars, presents the 19th edition of this highly useful reference on computer components and technologies. He covers almost every processor ever made, with excellent illustrations of the various types of sockets, information about processor specifications and manufacturing, and even a chapter on overclocking. He includes detailed descriptions of how components work, as well as information about firmware, drivers, upgrades, and troubleshooting. In addition to standard hardware components, he covers network architecture, Internet connectivity, software (such as BIOS, diagnostic, and recording software), wired and wireless input devices, and power-protection systems. Includes a DVD with two hours of how-to videos, forty-five day access to an online edition, and an accompanying website with a variety of useful resources. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


For 20 straight years, Mueller's "Upgrading and Repairing PCs" has been the definitive guide to the inner workings of the latest PCs. Now for its 20th anniversary, Mueller has removed 400 pages of legacy content, beefed up coverage of the latest hardware, and shot two full hours of new DVD video--including a step-by-step video guide to building new PCs from scratch.

About the Author

'Scott Mueller is the PC industry™s most trusted, authoritative hardware expert. In addition to personally teaching PC repair to thousands of computer professionals and enthusiasts throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe, he has sold more than 2.2 million copies of his legendary book, Upgrading and Repairing PCs, making him the most successful PC hardware author in history. His articles have appeared in Forbes, Maximum PC, PC World, and numerous other publications. He has appeared on TechTV, ComputerAmerica, and Let™s Talk Computers, and serves as an industry expert for the news media, as well as an expert witness in legal cases.'

Table of Contents

Introduction     1

Chapter 1: Development of the PC     5

Chapter 2: PC Components, Features, and System Design     19

Chapter 3: Processor Types and Specifications     31

Chapter 4: Motherboards and Buses     171

Chapter 5: BIOS     313

Chapter 6: Memory     375

Chapter 7: The ATA/IDE Interface     435

Chapter 8: Magnetic Storage Principles     489

Chapter 9: Hard Disk Storage     513

Chapter 10: Removable Storage     557

Chapter 11: Optical Storage     585

Chapter 12: Video Hardware     671

Chapter 13: Audio Hardware     739

Chapter 14: External I/O Interfaces     765

Chapter 15: Input Devices     801

Chapter 16: Internet Connectivity     837

Chapter 17: Local Area Networking     865

Chapter 18: Power Supplies     913

Chapter 19: Building or Upgrading Systems     997

Chapter 20: PC Diagnostics, Testing, and Maintenance     1033  


Product Details

Mueller, Scott
Mueller, Scott William
Hardware - Personal Computers - PCs
Computer Architecture - Repair & Maintenance
Personal Computers & Micro / IBM-Compatible
Personal Computers-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Upgrading and Repairing
Publication Date:
December 2009
Grade Level:
9.26x7.14x2.40 in. 3.91 lbs.

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