Troubleshooting, Maintaining, and Repairing PCs

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9780079137326: Troubleshooting, Maintaining, and Repairing PCs

Highlighted by 8 new chapters and 5 new appendices, this thoroughly updated and expanded edition of the best-selling "Troubleshooting, Maintaining, and Repairing Personal Computers" is your total guide to PC problem-solving.

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Covering everything from general troubleshooting strategies to specific problem-solving procedures, Troubleshooting, Maintaining & Repairing PCs is an excellent resource for people who want to understand how personal computers work and how to fix them when they fail.

Bigelow explains, in great detail, how each subsystem of an IBM-compatible PC works. In the BIOS section, for example, he details the actions, in sequence, taken by various popular BIOS routines at boot up. The CD-ROM section describes exactly how to make a bootable CD-ROM that takes advantage of the El Torito standard. In other chapters, he takes on video monitors, processors from all three major vendors, DVD drives, diagnostic beep and power-on self test (POST) codes, modems, and tons more. Throughout, he combines excellent "how it works" text with bountiful reference material. Bigelow also has paid considerable attention to troubleshooting, concluding each chapter with statements of common problems and their solutions.

A "Symptoms at a Glance" section lists common problems, along with references to the pages that describe what to do about them. This is a useful feature, but it would be easier to find a particular problem if the list were broken up by subsystem. A companion CD-ROM includes lots of shareware and freeware programs that assist with benchmarking and problem solving. --David Wall

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With over 3 times as many PC symptoms and solutions than before, here's the most comprehensive, hands-on guide to PC repair, maintenance and troubleshooting ever! Highlighted by 10 new chapters and 5 new appendices, this thoroughly updated and expanded edition of the best-selling Troubleshooting, Maintaining, and Repairing Personal Computers is your total guide to PC problem-solving. Equally useful to technicians, enthusiasts, and PC students, this mammoth resource reviews the fundamentals of PCs and peripherals and features: a unique, alphabetized "Symptoms at a Glance" section stocked with fully explained solutions to over 1,300 PC problems--900 more than before! New CD-ROM full of shareware and freeware diagnostics and utilities that help you pinpoint the peskiest PC problems. Newly reorganized material that makes locating beep, POST, and diagnostic codes much easier. Fully revised DLS Technician's Certificate II test that also serves an ideal prep for the A+ and ETA certification exams. New Web addresses in all 73 chapters, which offer extra details, self-study aid, and news on manufacturers and organizations. An opportunity to get ongoing troubleshooting, help via a subscription to The PC Toolbox newsletter. Including new guidance on PC standards, new information on PC newsgroups, Windows 95 shortcuts, and a variety of forms you can photocopy, the Second Edition is your quick and dependable cure for every PC ailment.

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