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How Computers Work

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Edition:
6th
ISBN13:

9780789725493

ISBN10:
0789725495
Format:
Paperback w/CD
Pub. Date:
1/1/2002
Publisher(s):
Que

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This is the 6th edition with a publication date of 1/1/2002.
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Summary

How Computers Work shows you how chips, software, memory, and hardware work using detailed four-color drawings. An interactive game-like CD-ROM takes the reader directly inside your computer. This book is completely updated and revised to include the latest technology developments.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Book-Up Process 2(32)
Getting to Know the Hardware
10(8)
How a Disk Boot Works
18(6)
How an Operating System Controls Hardware
24(10)
Part 2: How Software Works 34(58)
How Programming Languages Work
48(8)
How Windows Works
56(12)
How Software Applications Work
68(24)
Part 3: Microchips 92(28)
How a Transistor Works
98(4)
How RAM Works
102(6)
How a Microprocessor Works
108(12)
Part 4: Data Storage 120(52)
How Disk Storage Works
128(12)
How Disk Drives Work
140(6)
How Disk Drives Increase Speed and Storage
146(8)
How Optical Storage Works
154(10)
How Removable Storage Works
164(8)
Part 5: Input/Output Devices 172(92)
How Energy Turns into Data
180(10)
How a Bus Works
190(8)
How Computer Ports Work
198(12)
How a Keyboard Works
210(4)
How a Computer Display Works
214(8)
How Pointing Devices Work
222(6)
How Game Controllers Work
228(6)
How a Modem Works
234(8)
How Scanners and Optical Character Recognition Work
242(6)
How Portable Computers Work
248(8)
How High-Tech Input/Output Works
256(8)
Part 6: Multimedia 264(30)
How Multimedia Sound Works
270(10)
How Multimedia Video Works
280(4)
How Virtual Reality Works
284(10)
Part 7: How the Internet Works 294(54)
How Local Area Networks Work
302(10)
How a PC Connects to the Internet
312(10)
How Wireless Works
322(6)
How E-Mail Works
328(4)
How Internet Video and Audio Work
332(6)
How the World Wide Web Works
338(10)
Part 8: How Printers Work 348(26)
How Basic Printing Works
354(10)
How Color Printing Works
364(10)
Index 374


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