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Upgrading and Repairing PCs » (19th Edition)

Book cover image of Upgrading and Repairing PCs by Scott Mueller

Authors: Scott Mueller
ISBN-13: 9780789739544, ISBN-10: 0789739542
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Que
Date Published: December 2009
Edition: 19th Edition

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Author Biography: Scott Mueller

Scott Mueller is president of Mueller Technical Research (MTR), an international research and corporate training firm. Since 1982, MTR has produced the industry’s most in-depth, accurate, and effective seminars, books, articles, videos, and FAQs covering PC hardware and data recovery. MTR maintains a client list that includes Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. and foreign governments, major software and hardware corporations, as well as PC enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. Scott’s seminars have been presented to several thousands of PC support professionals throughout the world.

Scott personally teaches seminars nationwide covering all aspects of PC hardware (including troubleshooting, maintenance, repair, and upgrade), A+ Certification, and data recovery/forensics. He has a knack for making technical topics not only understandable, but entertaining as well; his classes are never boring! If you have 10 or more people to train, Scott can design and present a custom seminar for your organization.

Although he has taught classes virtually nonstop since 1982, Scott is best known as the author of the longest-running, most popular, and most comprehensive PC hardware book in the world, Upgrading and Repairing PCs, which has become the core of an entire series of books, including Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Upgrading and Repairing Laptops, and Upgrading and Repairing Windows.

Scott’s premiere work, Upgrading and Repairing PCs, has sold well over two million copies, making it by far the most popular and longest-running PC hardware book on the market today. Scott has been featured in Forbes magazine and has written several articles for PC World magazine, Maximum PC magazine, the Scott Mueller Forum, various computer and automotive newsletters, and the Upgrading and Repairing PCs website.

Book Synopsis

“…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!

NEW IN THIS EDITION

  • 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

ON THE DVD

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!

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

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