Peter Norton's Inside the PC, Eighth Edition

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Explains the technology and inner workings of PCs, covering components and how they work, hardware and software, operating systems, and other crucial aspects of computer operation

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Peter Norton's Inside the PC, this new edition included, is an excellent resource for those who need a broad-brush introduction to personal computer technology. It gives succinct explanations of important technologies--including information for shoppers--and even provides a high-level explanation of what computer programming is all about.

A book like this can't expect to stay current for long, and time has already introduced some shortcomings: There's no coverage of the new 66 Mbps Ultra DMA standard and the controller cards needed to implement it. Similarly, the authors neglect any discussion of the controversial serial number feature of the Intel Pentium III and (less excusably) barely touch on digital photography.

Nonetheless, Peter Norton's Inside the PC has a very readable style--it's possible to sit down with this book, enjoy reading it, and come away more knowledgeable than when you began. It's also handy as a reference--you can look up mysterious PC terms here and expect to find a good explanation. --David Wall

Topics covered: Inside IBM-standard PCs, processors, disks, memory, peripherals, networking (including the Internet), and the newest developments in 3-D audio and video.

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A SAMS Premier title with over one million copies in print, Peter Norton's Inside the PC, Seventh Edition addresses the needs of all levels of users-from novices to business professionals to power-users, not to forget the hobbyists. No competing book provides a more in-depth understanding of the working principles and operations of the computer to a general audience. Ensures maximum productivity by providing an intimate working knowledge of the personal computer at all levels Uses the unique "Peter Norton" approach: expert advice in a user-friendly, hands-on exploratory mode Includes jump tables in front and back of the book, a comprehensive pull-out reference card and a 16-page, full-color insert

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