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How Computers Work : Millennium Edition (w/ CD-ROM)



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  • How Computers Work
    How Computers Work
  • How Computers Work
    How Computers Work
  • How Computers Work
    How Computers Work
  • How Computers Work
    How Computers Work
  • How Computers Work
    How Computers Work


Written for users of PCs built around an Intel processor and running Microsoft Windows, this book from Ron White will fully explain how your computer works and how you can best utilize your system. A CD-ROM is included.

Author Biography

Ron White is a senior editor at PC Computing, where he writes the How It Works features and the Freeloader column. Founder of one of the earliest PC user groups, he has been writing about computers for 20 years. The second edition of How Computers Work won an award for best non-fiction computer book from the Computer Press Association.

Table of Contents

Boot-Up Processp. 2
Getting to Know the Hardwarep. 10
How a Computer Wakes Upp. 16
How a Disk Boot Worksp. 20
How an Operating System Controls Hardwarep. 26
Computers of the Next Millenniump. 38
How Software Worksp. 42
How Programming Languages Workp. 56
How Windows Worksp. 64
How Software Applications Workp. 76
How Software Will Workp. 102
Microchipsp. 106
How a Transistor Worksp. 112
How RAM Worksp. 116
How a Microprocessor Worksp. 122
How Microchips Will Workp. 130
Data Storagep. 134
How Disk Storage Worksp. 140
How a Floppy Drive Worksp. 152
How a Hard Drive Worksp. 156
How Disk Drives Increase Speed and Storagep. 160
How Removable Storage Worksp. 168
How Storage Will Workp. 180
Input/Output Devicesp. 184
How Energy Turns Into Datap. 192
How a Bus Worksp. 200
How Computer Ports Workp. 208
How a Keyboard Worksp. 220
How a Computer Display Worksp. 224
How Pointing Devices Workp. 232
How Game Controllers Workp. 238
How a Modem Worksp. 244
How Scanners and Optical Character Recognition Workp. 252
How Portable Computers Workp. 258
How High-Tech Input/Output Worksp. 266
How Input/Output Will Workp. 276
Multimediap. 280
How CD-ROM and DVD Workp. 286
How Multimedia Sound Worksp. 296
How Multimedia Video Worksp. 306
How Virtual Reality Worksp. 310
How Multimedia Will Workp. 320
How the Internet Worksp. 324
How Local Area Networks Workp. 330
How a PC Connects to the Internetp. 340
How Email Worksp. 350
How Internet Video and Audio Workp. 354
How the World Wide Web Worksp. 360
How the Internet Will Workp. 368
How Printers Workp. 372
How Basic Printing Worksp. 376
How Color Printing Worksp. 386
How Printers Will Workp. 396
Indexp. 398
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