Upgrading and Repairing Pcs, 17th Edition

book cover
Upgrading and Repairing Pcs, 17th Edition
By Scott Mueller
Publisher: Que
Pub Date: March 24, 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-7897-3404-4
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3404-4
Pages: 1608

Table of Contents  | Index

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book cover
Upgrading and Repairing Pcs, 17th Edition
By Scott Mueller
Publisher: Que
Pub Date: March 24, 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-7897-3404-4
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3404-4
Pages: 1608

Table of Contents  | Index

   About the Author
    Chapter 1.  Development of the PC
      Computer HistoryBefore Personal Computers
      Modern Computers
      History of the PC
    Chapter 2.  PC Components, Features, and System Design
      What Is a PC?
      System Types
      System Components
    Chapter 3.  Microprocessor Types and Specifications
      Pre-PC Microprocessor History
      Microprocessors from 1971 to the Present
      Processor Specifications
      Processor Features
      Processor Manufacturing
      Processor Socket and Slot Types
      CPU Operating Voltages
      Heat and Cooling Problems
      Math Coprocessors (Floating-Point Units)
      Processor Bugs
      Processor Codenames
      P1 (086) First-Generation Processors
      P2 (286) Second-Generation Processors
      P3 (386) Third-Generation Processors
      P4 (486) Fourth-Generation Processors
      P5 (586) Fifth-Generation Processors
      Intel P6 (686) Sixth-Generation Processors
      Other Sixth-Generation Processors
      Intel Pentium 4 (Seventh-Generation) Processors
      Eighth-Generation (64-Bit Register) Processors
      Dual-Core Processors
      Processor Upgrades
      Processor Troubleshooting Techniques
    Chapter 4.  Motherboards and Buses
      Motherboard Form Factors
      Processor Sockets/Slots
      Intel's Early 386/486 Chipsets
      Fifth-Generation (P5 Pentium Class) Chipsets
      Sixth-Generation (P6 Pentium Pro/II/III Class) Chipsets
      Seventh-Generation (Pentium 4) Chipsets
      Third-Party Pentium 4 Chipsets
      AMD Athlon/Athlon XP/Duron Chipsets
      Intel Workstation Chipsets for Pentium 4 and Xeon
      AMD Athlon 64 and Sempron Chipsets
      Super I/O Chips
      Motherboard Connectors
      System Bus Types, Functions, and Features
      Types of I/O Buses
      System Resources
      Resolving Resource Conflicts
      Motherboard Selection Criteria (Knowing What to Look For)
    Chapter 5.  BIOS
      BIOS Basics
      BIOS Hardware/Software
      Motherboard BIOS
      Upgrading the BIOS
      Preboot Environment
      CMOS Setup Specifications
      Plug and Play BIOS
      BIOS Error Messages
    Chapter 6.  Memory
      Memory Basics
      RAM Types and Performance
      Memory Modules
      Installing RAM Upgrades
      Troubleshooting Memory
      The System Logical Memory Layout
    Chapter 7.  The ATA/IDE Interface
      An Overview of the IDE Interface
      ATA Standards
      Parallel ATA
      Serial ATA
      ATA Features
      ATA Drive Capacity Limitations
      ATA RAID
    Chapter 8.  Magnetic Storage Principles
      Magnetic Storage
      History of Magnetic Storage
      How Magnetic Fields Are Used to Store Data
      Read/Write Head Designs
      Head Sliders
      Data Encoding Schemes
      Encoding Scheme Comparisons
      Partial-Response, Maximum-Likelihood Decoders
      Capacity Measurements
      Areal Density
    Chapter 9.  Hard Disk Storage
      Definition of a Hard Disk
      Hard Drive Advancements
      Form Factors
      Hard Disk Drive Operation
      Basic Hard Disk Drive Components
      Hard Disk Features
    Chapter 10.  Removable Storage
      The Role of Removable-Media Drives
      Comparing Disk, Tape, and Flash Memory Technologies
      Interfaces for Removable-Media Drives
      Floppy Disk Drives, Past and Present
      High-Capacity Magnetic Storage Devices
      Magneto-Optical Drives
      Flash Memory Devices
      Microdrive Technology
      Tape Drives
    Chapter 11.  Optical Storage
      Optical Technology
      CD-Based Optical Technology
      Blu-ray Disc
      Optical Disc Formats
      CD/DVD Read-Only Drives and Specifications
      Writable CDs
      Recordable DVD Standards
      CD/DVD Drive and Software Installation and Support
      Booting from a Floppy Disk with CD/DVD Drive Support
      Troubleshooting Optical Drives
    Chapter 12.  Physical Drive Installation and Configuration
      Installing All Types of Drives
      Hard Disk Installation Procedures
      Replacing an Existing Drive
      Hard Disk Drive Troubleshooting and Repair
      Installing an Optical Drive
      Floppy Drive Installation Procedures
    Chapter 13.  Video Hardware
      Video Display Technologies
      Maintaining Your Monitor
      Video Display Adapters
      3D Graphics Accelerators
      Upgrading or Replacing Your Video Card
      Adapter and Display Troubleshooting
    Chapter 14.  Audio Hardware
      Early PC Audio Adapters
      PC Multimedia History
      Audio Adapter Features
      Choosing the Best Audio Adapter for Your Needs
      Playing and Creating Digitized Sound Files
      Audio Adapter Concepts and Terms
      Who's Who in Audio
      3D Audio
      Troubleshooting Sound Card Problems
    Chapter 15.  I/O Interfaces from Serial and Parallel to IEEE 1394 and USB
      Introduction to Input/Output Ports
      Universal Serial Bus
      IEEE 1394
      Standard Serial and Parallel Ports
      Serial Ports
      Parallel Ports
    Chapter 16.  Input Devices
      Keyboard Technology
      Keyboard Troubleshooting and Repair
      Keyboard Recommendations
      Pointing Devices
      Input Devices for Gaming
      Wireless Input Devices
    Chapter 17.  Internet Connectivity
      Relating Internet and LAN Connectivity
      Cable Modems
      Digital Subscriber Line
      Fixed-Base Wireless Broadband
      Internet Connectivity via Satellite with DirecWAY or StarBand
      Integrated Services Digital Network
      Comparing High-speed Internet Access
      Leased Lines
      Securing Your Internet Connection
      Asynchronous (Dialup) Modems
      Modem Standards
      Sharing Your Internet Connection
      Internet Troubleshooting
    Chapter 18.  Local Area Networking
      Focus of This Chapter
      Defining a Network
      Client/Server Versus Peer Networks
      Network Architecture Overview
      Hardware Elements of Your Network
      Network Protocols
      Other Home Networking Solutions
      Putting Your Network Together
      Tips and Tricks
      Direct Cable Connections
      Troubleshooting a Network
    Chapter 19.  Power Supplies
      Considering the Importance of the Power Supply
      Primary Function and Operation
      Power Supply Form Factors
      Power Switches
      Motherboard Power Connectors
      Additional Power Connectors
      Power Supply Specifications
      Power-Use Calculations
      Power Cycling
      Power Management
      Power Supply Troubleshooting
      Repairing the Power Supply
      Obtaining Replacement Units
      Power-Protection Systems
      RTC/NVRAM (CMOS RAM) Batteries
    Chapter 20.  Building or Upgrading Systems
      System Components
      Hardware and Software Resources
      System Assembly and Disassembly
      Motherboard Installation
      Troubleshooting New Installations
      Installing the Operating System
      Disassembly/Upgrading Preparation
    Chapter 21.  PC Mods: Overclocking and Cooling
    Chapter 22.  PC Diagnostics, Testing, and Maintenance
      PC Diagnostics
      Diagnostics Software
      The Hardware Boot Process
      PC Maintenance Tools
      Preventive Maintenance
      Troubleshooting Tips and Techniques
    Appendix A.  Appendix
    Appendix B.  Key Vendor Contact Information
    Appendix C.  Troubleshooting Index
   List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
   License Agreement
      Installing the DVD
      Access to DVD Content Without a DVD Player or DVD Drive