PC Hardware: A Beginner's Guide

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9780072129908: PC Hardware: A Beginner's Guide

Ideal for PC owners looking for an accessible, easy-to-follow reference, this beginner's guide to PC hardware offers expert advice on every component--processors, motherboards, memory, BIOS, CD-ROM and DVD drives, video cards, and much more. You'll also get details on external devices, including monitors, printers, keyboards, and modems. The book covers both Intel and non-Intel CPUs and USB and AGP ports.

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This work aims to act as a detailed reference to the workings and components of a personal computer. It offers information on internal component and most external devices, basic troubleshooting information, and installation for the Windows and Linux operating systems.

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Learn how your PC works--and what to do when it doesn't

Understand the function of each component of your PC and learn how they all work together. PC Hardware: A Beginner's Guide first introduces you to the underlying principles of the PC, such as digital logic and electronics, then covers internal components, including GHz processors, high-speed data buses, and DVD drives. Next, you'll get details on external components--monitors, printers, keyboards, mice, modems, and more. The final section explains how to troubleshoot your PC, detect viruses, make repairs, and optimize your system.

  • Become familiar with your PC's motherboard components, including the CPU, chipset, cache, and memory
  • Learn how the chipset enables communication among all the motherboard devices
  • Maximize existing memory capacity and install more RAM
  • Add expansion cards to enhance graphics, video, and sound
  • Configure system resources for maximum efficiency
  • Protect your PC from power fluctuations using surge suppressors and UPC devices
  • Select the best monitor and printer for your needs
  • Connect to a network--dialup, local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), the Internet, or a wireless network
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and upgrade your PC

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