Table of Contents

   
   
   
•  Table of Contents
•  Index
•  Reviews
•  Reader Reviews
•  Errata
PC Hardware in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
By Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson
 
Publisher : O'Reilly
Pub Date : June 2002
ISBN : 0-596-00353-6
Pages : 804
Slots : 1  


    Copyright
    Dedication
    Foreword
    Preface
      Audience
      Organization
      Conventions
      We'd Like to Hear from You
      Acknowledgments
   
    Chapter 1.  Fundamentals
      Section 1.1.  PCs Defined
      Section 1.2.  PC Components and Technologies
      Section 1.3.  System Resources
      Section 1.4.  Building or Buying a PC
      Section 1.5.  Upgrading a PC
      Section 1.6.  Smart Buying Practices
      Section 1.7.  Things to Do with Old PCs
   
    Chapter 2.  Working on PCs
      Section 2.1.  Rules to Upgrade By
      Section 2.2.  Tools
      Section 2.3.  General Procedures
   
    Chapter 3.  Motherboards
      Section 3.1.  Motherboard Characteristics
      Section 3.2.  Choosing a Motherboard
      Section 3.3.  Installing a Motherboard
      Section 3.4.  Upgrading the System BIOS
      Section 3.5.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 4.  Processors
      Section 4.1.  Processor Design
      Section 4.2.  Intel Processors
      Section 4.3.  Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Processors
      Section 4.4.  Choosing a Processor
      Section 4.5.  Installing a Processor
      Section 4.6.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 5.  Memory
      Section 5.1.  Understanding Memory
      Section 5.2.  Memory Access Methods
      Section 5.3.  Memory Packaging
      Section 5.4.  How Much Memory Is Enough?
      Section 5.5.  Memory Selection Guidelines
      Section 5.6.  Installing Memory
      Section 5.7.  Troubleshooting Memory Installation and Operation
      Section 5.8.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 6.  Floppy Disk Drives
      Section 6.1.  Diskette Types and Formats
      Section 6.2.  Drive Types
      Section 6.3.  FDD Interface and Cabling
      Section 6.4.  Installing a Floppy Disk Drive
      Section 6.5.  Working with FDDs
      Section 6.6.  Working with Obsolete Diskette Formats
      Section 6.7.  Salvaging Diskette Data
      Section 6.8.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 7.  High-Capacity Floppy Disk Drives
      Section 7.1.  High-Capacity FDD Types
      Section 7.2.  Choosing a High-Capacity Floppy Disk Drive
      Section 7.3.  Using an ATAPI Zip or SuperDisk Drive as the Boot Device
      Section 7.4.  Drive Letter Assignment Problems
      Section 7.5.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 8.  Removable Hard Disk Drives
      Section 8.1.  Uses for Removable Hard Disk Drives
      Section 8.2.  Cartridge-Based Removable Hard Disk Drives
      Section 8.3.  Frame/Carrier-Based Removable Hard Disk Drives
      Section 8.4.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 9.  Tape Drives
      Section 9.1.  Choosing a Tape Drive
      Section 9.2.  Installing and Configuring a Tape Drive
      Section 9.3.  Care and Feeding of a Tape Drive
      Section 9.4.  Troubleshooting Tape Drive Problems
      Section 9.5.  The Dirty Little Secret of Long Filenames
      Section 9.6.  Developing a Backup Strategy
      Section 9.7.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 10.  CD-ROM Drives
      Section 10.1.  Compact Disc Fundamentals
      Section 10.2.  CD-ROM Drive Performance
      Section 10.3.  Choosing a CD-ROM Drive
      Section 10.4.  Installing and Configuring a CD-ROM Drive
      Section 10.5.  Cleaning a CD-ROM Drive
      Section 10.6.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 11.  CD-R and CD-RW Drives
      Section 11.1.  CD Writers and Media
      Section 11.2.  Writable CD Formats
      Section 11.3.  CD Recording Methods
      Section 11.4.  BURN-Proof Technology
      Section 11.5.  Choosing a CD Writer
      Section 11.6.  CD Writer Software
      Section 11.7.  Installing and Configuring a CD Writer
      Section 11.8.  Updating CD Writer Firmware
      Section 11.9.  Media Issues
      Section 11.10.  Burning CDs
      Section 11.11.  Special Problems and Applications
      Section 11.12.  Writable CD Troubleshooting
      Section 11.13.  Additional CD-R(W) Source Material
      Section 11.14.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 12.  DVD Drives
      Section 12.1.  DVD-ROM
      Section 12.2.  DVD Writable and Rewritable
      Section 12.3.  Installing and Configuring a DVD Drive
      Section 12.4.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 13.  Hard Disk Interfaces
      Section 13.1.  IDE
      Section 13.2.  SCSI
      Section 13.3.  ATA Versus SCSI
      Section 13.4.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 14.  Hard Disk Drives
      Section 14.1.  How Hard Disks Work
      Section 14.2.  Choosing a Hard Disk
      Section 14.3.  Installing an ATA Hard Disk
      Section 14.4.  Installing a SCSI Hard Disk
      Section 14.5.  Preparing a Hard Disk for Use
      Section 14.6.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 15.  Video Adapters
      Section 15.1.  Video Adapter Characteristics
      Section 15.2.  Choosing a Video Adapter
      Section 15.3.  Installing a Video Adapter
      Section 15.4.  Configuring Video Under Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
      Section 15.5.  Configuring Video Under Windows NT 4
      Section 15.6.  Troubleshooting Video Adapter Problems
      Section 15.7.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 16.  Displays
      Section 16.1.  CRT Monitors
      Section 16.2.  Flat-Panel Displays
      Section 16.3.  Installing and Configuring a Display
      Section 16.4.  Troubleshooting Display Problems
      Section 16.5.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 17.  Sound Adapters
      Section 17.1.  PC Audio Types
      Section 17.2.  MIDI Synthesis Methods
      Section 17.3.  Downloadable Sounds
      Section 17.4.  Sound Card Components
      Section 17.5.  Sound Card Characteristics
      Section 17.6.  Choosing a Sound Card
      Section 17.7.  Installing a Sound Card
      Section 17.8.  Troubleshooting Sound Card Problems
      Section 17.9.  MP3
      Section 17.10.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 18.  Speakers and Headphones
      Section 18.1.  Speaker and Headphone Characteristics
      Section 18.2.  Choosing Speakers and Headphones
      Section 18.3.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 19.  Keyboards
      Section 19.1.  Keyboard Switch Types
      Section 19.2.  Keyboard Styles
      Section 19.3.  Keyboard Interfaces
      Section 19.4.  Choosing a Keyboard
      Section 19.5.  Configuring a Keyboard
      Section 19.6.  Cleaning a Keyboard
      Section 19.7.  Troubleshooting and Repairing Keyboards
      Section 19.8.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 20.  Mice and Trackballs
      Section 20.1.  Mice Versus Trackballs
      Section 20.2.  Mouse Characteristics
      Section 20.3.  Choosing a Mouse
      Section 20.4.  Configuring a Mouse or Trackball
      Section 20.5.  Cleaning a Mouse
      Section 20.6.  Troubleshooting a Mouse
      Section 20.7.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 21.  Game Controllers
      Section 21.1.  Game Controller Characteristics
      Section 21.2.  Gameport Interface
      Section 21.3.  Choosing a Game Controller
      Section 21.4.  Installing a Game Controller
      Section 21.5.  Troubleshooting Game Controllers
      Section 21.6.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 22.  Serial Communications
      Section 22.1.  Serial Communications Overview
      Section 22.2.  Serial Ports
      Section 22.3.  Serial Cables
      Section 22.4.  Installing and Configuring Serial Port Hardware
      Section 22.5.  Troubleshooting Serial Port Problems
      Section 22.6.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 23.  Parallel Communications
      Section 23.1.  Mapping Parallel Ports to LPTs
      Section 23.2.  Parallel Port Types
      Section 23.3.  Configuring Parallel Port Hardware
      Section 23.4.  Parallel Connectors and Cables
      Section 23.5.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 24.  USB Communications
      Section 24.1.  USB Characteristics
      Section 24.2.  USB Host Controller Interfaces
      Section 24.3.  Configuring USB
      Section 24.4.  Troubleshooting USB
      Section 24.5.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 25.  Cases
      Section 25.1.  Case Characteristics
      Section 25.2.  Choosing a Case
      Section 25.3.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 26.  Power Supplies
      Section 26.1.  Power Supply Characteristics
      Section 26.2.  Volts, Amps, Watts, and Regulation
      Section 26.3.  Power Connectors
      Section 26.4.  Choosing a Power Supply
      Section 26.5.  Installing a Power Supply
      Section 26.6.  Troubleshooting Power Supplies
      Section 26.7.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 27.  Backup Power Supplies
      Section 27.1.  What BPSes Protect Against
      Section 27.2.  BPS Types
      Section 27.3.  BPS Characteristics
      Section 27.4.  Choosing a BPS
      Section 27.5.  Our Picks
   
    Chapter 28.  Building a PC
      Section 28.1.  Step 1: Prepare the Case
      Section 28.2.  Step 2: Configure the Motherboard
      Section 28.3.  Step 3: Install the Processor
      Section 28.4.  Step 4: Install the Memory
      Section 28.5.  Step 5: Prepare Drives for Installation
      Section 28.6.  Step 6: Install the Floppy Disk Drive
      Section 28.7.  Step 7: Install Other Drives
      Section 28.8.  Step 8: Install the Motherboard
      Section 28.9.  Step 9: Connect Cables to the Motherboard
      Section 28.10.  Step 10: Install Expansion Cards
      Section 28.11.  Step 11: Perform the "Smoke Test"
      Section 28.12.  Step 12: Install Software
      Section 28.13.  Step 13: Finishing Touches
   
    Colophon
    Index
   


PC Hardware in a Nutshell
PC Hardware in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition
ISBN: 059600513X
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2002
Pages: 246

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