Troubleshooting, Maintaining, and Repairing PCs (with CD-ROM)

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9780072126860: Troubleshooting, Maintaining, and Repairing PCs (with CD-ROM)

ur PC problems--from motherboard conflicts and power supply issues to error codes and virus symptoms--quickly and thoroughly with this compr ehensive troubleshooting reference. Fully updated and expanded, this n ew edition covers the latest technologies and peripherals, including D VD drives and GHz processors. By using the well-organized "Symptoms-at -a-Glance" section, you'll be able to locate reliable solutions to com mon and little-known PC problems and reduce system downtime. This esse ntial volume also contains all the material covered on the A+ and CST certification exams and includes a CD-ROM packed with more than 120 re ady-to-use tools and utilities. This is the most authoritative and com plete PC resource available.Learn to: Troubleshoot hard drives and memo ry systemsIdentify and replace damaged and faulty componentsDecide whe n it's cheaper to replace than repairUnderstand operating systems and the boot processKnow what's wrong immediately with more than 2000 "Sym ptoms-at-a-Glance"Enhance system performanceInterpret beep codes and o ther error messagesInstall upgrades and new peripherals

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-- Thoroughly revised, updated edition of a perennial bestseller. 200,000 sold in 3 editions
-- Authoritative -- written by a well-respected PC expert
-- Complete coverage -- exhaustive details on every aspect of PC maintenance, upgrading, troubleshooting, and repair
-- Broad audience -- all PC users and technicians will find this to be an extremely useful reference
-- Unique format -- easy-to-use alphabetized "symptoms at a glance" section
-- References and icons are integrated throughout the text to direct readers to the 120 ready-to-use diagnostic tools and utilities on the CD-ROM

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Troubleshooting, Maintaining & Repairing PCs combines authoritative reference material on IBM-standard personal computers with condition-specific troubleshooting advice. Author Stephen Bigelow provides loads of technical reference information but combines it with how-to advice that clearly derives from experience in the hardware repair and upgrade industry. An update to popular earlier editions, this book includes new information about the latest processors and peripherals. As he always has, Bigelow distinguishes his work with coverage of hardware jobs others shun, such as the safe disassembly of a video monitor.

The most intriguing feature of this book is its "Symptoms at a Glance" section, in which Bigelow lists hundreds of conditions with references to the pages on which he discusses them. The descriptions of the symptoms are good--"A device driver small enough for the available UMA fails to load there" and "A 096xxxx error code appears" are two examples--but finding your problem in the list can prove challenging because the symptoms are grouped by the chapters in which they appear. Your best bet is to scan the table of contents for the chapters that discuss the likely sources of your problem, and then scan the symptoms listed for those chapters one by one. Once you've found the reference to the appropriate page, you'll be impressed by Bigelow's tight prose and the depth of the experience he shares. --David Wall

Topics covered: The boot process, BIOS variations, motherboards, processors, persistent storage (including magnetic hard disks, CD-ROM drives, and DVD drives), buses, ports, input devices, monitors, and multimedia peripherals.

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