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How Computers Work,9780789734242

How Computers Work

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Edition:
8th
ISBN13:

9780789734242

ISBN10:
0789734249
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2006
Publisher(s):
Que
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Summary

A classic is back in its 8th and best edition yet!How Computers Work, 8th Editionis a must-have for anyone interested in the inner-workings of computers. The full-color, detailed illustrations will take you deep inside your PC and show you just how intricate it is. This latest edition has been updated with information on all of the latest technologies, including: PCI Express Bus Serial ATA Connections Digital Photography Software TiVos, Gas Plasma Screens, iPods, and Other Home Entertainment Equipment Google and eBay 3D Game Development, Two-Slot Video Cards, and Overclocking How Computers Workhas sold over two million copies world wide. But don't take our word for it -- get your copy today!

Table of Contents

Introduction xii
Part 1: Boot-Up Process
2(36)
Getting to Know the Hardware
10(12)
How a Disk Boot Wakes Up Your PC
22(6)
How an Operating System Controls Hardware
28(10)
Part 2: Microchips
38(34)
How Transistors Manipulate Data
44(8)
How a Microprocessor Works
52(20)
Part 3: How Software Works
72(60)
How Programming Languages Work
86(10)
How Windows Works
96(10)
How Software Applications Do Your Work
106(26)
Part 4: Data Storage
132(56)
How a Computer's Long-Term Memory Works
140(12)
How Disk Drives Save Information
152(10)
How the Little Things Make Disk Drives Faster and Store More
162(8)
How PCs Use Light to Remember Data
170(10)
How Removable Storage Works
180(8)
Part 5: Input/Output Devices
188(74)
How Energy Turns into Data
196(12)
How Computer Ports Work
208(10)
How a Computer Display Works
218(10)
How Data Gets into Your PC
228(10)
How Scanners Capture Images and Words
238(8)
How Portable Computers Work
246(8)
How Digital Cameras Work
254(8)
Part 6: Games and Multimedia
262(42)
How Multimedia Sound Works
268(12)
How Multimedia Video Works
280(6)
How Games Put You in the Action
286(18)
Part 7: How the Internet Works
304(92)
How Local Area Networks Work
312(10)
How PCs Connect to the Internet
322(10)
How Wireless Sets PCs Free
332(8)
How the Internet Moves Data
340(6)
How We Reach Each Other Through the Net
346(10)
How Internet Video and Audio Work
356(6)
How the World Wide Web Is A-Changing
362(14)
How Internet Security Fights Off PC Invaders
376(20)
Part 8: How Printers Work
396(29)
How Black-and-White Printing Works
402(10)
How Color Printing Works
412(13)
Index 425


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