The Personal Computer: Operating, Troubleshooting, and Upgrading (2nd Edition)

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9780130200396: The Personal Computer: Operating, Troubleshooting, and Upgrading (2nd Edition)

For courses in Computer Applications and Computer Repair and Upgrading.Assuming no prior knowledge of computers or electronics--and emphasizing the practical experience students require to become professional computer technicians--this text helps beginning students develop the fundamental skills required to operate, troubleshoot, and upgrade minicomputer systems (PCs). Using hands-on examples and an adequate amount of theory, it covers all the important DOS commands, all types of internal computer hardware, system and memory management, and Windows 95/98/NT/2000. The author is a certified Netware Administrator and an instructor with industry experience, ensuring a thorough, practical resource.

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This book is designed to teach beginning students the fundamental skills required to operate, troubleshoot, and upgrade minicomputer systems. This book is also designed to provide insight and information on various components of a PC. This valuable information can be an aid to decision making and should lead to more effective choices of computer equipment. No prior knowledge of computer or electronics theory is required. Instead, this book is designed to develop the essential skills needed to operate and upgrade a personal PC. Emphasis is placed on the practical hands-on experience students require to become a professional computer technician.

The second edition of this book is designed to prepare the students from the introductory concepts to the analysis and services of a complete computer system. It can also be used for high school electronics programs and industry-based training programs, such as A+ certification, or as a reference for practicing technicians. The text is organized into seven chapters:

Chapter 1: Computer Fundamentals—It presents to the student the history, fundamental concepts, and basic operating system architectures of computers. Chapter 2: Configuring and Upgrading PC Hardware—It teaches the techniques and skills needed to upgrade and configure a personal computer hardware. Chapter 3: Windows 95/98/2000 Command Lines—It shows how to use Windows 95/98/2000 command lines needed to operate, troubleshoot, and upgrade a PC. Chapter 4: Configuring and Operating Windows 95/98/2000—It is designed to give students an understanding of how Windows 95 operates. It also provides practical handson examples to perform everyday tasks in a Windows 95/98/2000 environment. Chapter 5: Computer Service and Support—It describes the skills and tools necessary to troubleshoot, diagnose, and service a computer system and printers. Chapter 6: Computer Networks—It exposes the student to the theory of computer netwcarks, including their services and protocols. Chapter 7: The Internet—It summarizes the basic concepts of the Internet. In addition, students will learn how to create web pages using HTML.

This book could be used as a first semester manual to introduce computer fundamentals. It also provides all the necessary prerequisite material needed for a computer networks course. I have provided an adequate amount of theory to explain the topics and allow for further exploration if a student so desires. The reading level has been kept as simple as possible. The text follows a consistent format and pedagogy. On the other hand, I would be happy to hear from any readers about how to improve this text.

This edition redesigned the old 6 chapters into 5 new ones and added 2 additional chapters. The new material added to create the second edition is found in chapters 1, 2, 4, and 5. Chapters 6 and 7 were added to include computer networks and the Internet. The text is designed to give students a practical and step-by-step approach to maintaining and servicing a computer system.

Mike Mutasem Awwad
DeVry Institute
630 US Highway One
North Brunswick, New Jersey 08902-3362 E-mail MAwwad@admin.nj.devry

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New material is included throughout this second edition, and two new chapters (Chapters 6 and 7) have been added, making this the most current text of its kind. Topics covered in this edition are:

  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Configuring and Upgrading PC Hardware
  • Windows 95/98/2000
  • Configuring and Operating Windows 95/98/2000
  • Computer Service and Support
  • Computer Networks
  • The Internet

The Personal Computer: Operating, Troubleshooting, and Upgrading is appropriate for any first-semester course introducing computer fundamentals, and it provides all of the necessary prerequisite material needed for a computer networks course. It is also an excellent text for industry-based training programs, such as A+ Certification, and it is a ready reference for the practicing technician.

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