Upgrading and Repairing PCs

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  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
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Upgrading and Repairing PCs is the runaway best-selling PC hardware book of all time and one of the best-selling computer books ever! This 15th Edition is loaded with the most up-to-date hardware information anywhere. World-renowned PC hardware expert Scott Mueller has taught thousands in his weeklong seminars and millions through his books, videos and articles. This edition contains hundreds of pages of new material, including the latest in processor and motherboard technologies. The DVD offers you more than two hours of high quality video plus a searchable hard drive database, a searchable vendor database, and thousands of pages of legacy PC hardware coverage that can no longer be included in the printed book, but that are invaluable to PC techs servicing older computers!

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
What Are the Main Objectives of This Book?p. 3
Who Should Use This Book?p. 3
What Is in This Book?p. 4
Introductionp. 7
Personal Computer Backgroundp. 9
Personal Computing Historyp. 9
The IBM Personal Computerp. 11
The IBM-Compatible Marketplace 16 Years Laterp. 13
Overview of System Features and Componentsp. 15
Types of Systemsp. 15
Documentationp. 17
Manufacturer-Specific Documentationp. 23
Warranties and Service Contractsp. 23
System Teardown and Inspectionp. 27
Using the Proper Toolsp. 27
Using Proper Test Equipmentp. 33
Chemicalsp. 37
A Word About Hardwarep. 39
Disassembly and Reassembly Proceduresp. 40
Preventive Maintenance and Backupsp. 57
Developing a Preventive Maintenance Programp. 58
Primary System Componentsp. 77
Motherboardsp. 79
Replacement Motherboardsp. 79
Knowing What to Look For (Selection Criteria)p. 79
Motherboard Form Factorsp. 90
Motherboard Interface Connectorsp. 98
Motherboard CMOS RAM Addressesp. 101
Bus Slots and I/O Cardsp. 105
What Is a Bus?p. 105
The Need for Expansion Slotsp. 108
Bus Masteringp. 109
Types of I/O Busesp. 109
System Resourcesp. 140
Resolving Resource Conflictsp. 148
Microprocessor Types and Specificationsp. 159
Processor Specificationsp. 159
Intel Processorsp. 166
Intel-Compatible Processorsp. 204
Math Coprocessorsp. 206
Processor Testsp. 210
Memoryp. 223
The System Logical Memory Layoutp. 223
Physical Memoryp. 256
Upgrading by Increasing System Memoryp. 273
Adding Motherboard Memoryp. 274
Upgrading the ROM BIOSp. 283
The Power Supplyp. 291
Power Supply Function and Operationp. 291
Leave It On or Turn It Off?p. 310
Energy Star Systemsp. 312
Power Supply Problemsp. 313
Power Supply Troubleshootingp. 314
Repairing the Power Supplyp. 319
Obtaining Replacement Unitsp. 321
Using Power-Protection Systemsp. 323
RTC/NVRAM Batteriesp. 329
Input/Output Hardwarep. 333
Input Devicesp. 335
Keyboardsp. 335
Micep. 368
Game Adapter (Joystick) Interfacep. 381
Video Display Hardwarep. 385
Monitorsp. 385
Video Cardsp. 396
System Video Informationp. 424
Adapter and Display Troubleshootingp. 425
Communications and Networkingp. 429
Using Communications Ports and Devicesp. 429
Future Serial and Parallel Port Replacementsp. 455
Understanding the Components of a LANp. 457
Selecting the Proper Cablep. 476
Examining Protocols, Frames, and Communicationsp. 478
Evaluating High-Speed Networking Technologiesp. 483
TCP/IP and the Internetp. 486
Audio Hardwarep. 489
Sound Card Applicationsp. 489
Sound Card Concepts and Termsp. 495
Sound Card Characteristicsp. 499
Sound Card Optionsp. 504
Sound Card Installationp. 507
Troubleshooting Sound Card Problemsp. 510
Mass Storagep. 517
Floppy Disk Drivesp. 519
Development of the Floppy Disk Drivep. 519
Drive Componentsp. 520
Drive-Configuration Devicesp. 527
The Floppy Disk Controllerp. 534
Disk Physical Specifications and Operationp. 536
Types of Floppy Drivesp. 544
Analyzing Floppy Disk Constructionp. 551
Drive-Installation Proceduresp. 559
Troubleshooting and Correcting Problemsp. 560
Repairing Floppy Drivesp. 562
Floptical Drivesp. 564
Hard Disk Drivesp. 567
Definition of a Hard Diskp. 567
Hard Disk Drive Operationp. 569
Basic Hard Disk Drive Componentsp. 588
Hard Disk Featuresp. 615
Hard Disk Interfacesp. 627
Interfaces Choicesp. 627
The ST-506/412 Interfacep. 629
Encoding Schemes and Problemsp. 629
The ESDI Interfacep. 632
The IDE Interfacep. 633
Introduction to SCSIp. 653
IDE versus SCSIp. 681
Disk Hardware and Software Limitationsp. 684
Hard Disk Drive Installationp. 687
Hard Disk Installation Proceduresp. 687
Hard Disk Drive Troubleshooting and Repairp. 718
17xx, 104xx, and 210xxxx Hardware Error Codesp. 719
CD-ROM Drivesp. 723
What Is a CD-ROM?p. 723
What Types of Drives Are Available?p. 728
CD-ROM Disc and Drive Formatsp. 736
Multimedia CD-ROMp. 743
Installing Your Drivep. 744
Software Loadingp. 754
Troubleshooting CD-ROMsp. 756
Tape and Other Mass-Storage Drivesp. 759
Tape Backup Drivesp. 759
Removable Storage Drivesp. 780
System Assembly Maintenancep. 791
Building a Systemp. 793
System Componentsp. 794
System Assemblyp. 807
Sources and Suppliersp. 807
Portable Systemsp. 809
Form Factorsp. 809
Portable System Designsp. 811
Upgrading and Repairing Portablesp. 812
Portable System Hardwarep. 813
Peripheralsp. 830
Troubleshooting and Diagnosticsp. 835
Software and Hardware Diagnostic Toolsp. 837
Diagnostics Softwarep. 837
The Power-On Self Test (POST)p. 838
IBM Diagnosticsp. 843
General-Purpose Diagnostics Programsp. 864
Disk Diagnosticsp. 868
Data Recovery Utilitiesp. 870
Shareware and Public-Domain Diagnosticsp. 871
Operating Systems Software and Troubleshootingp. 873
Disk Operating System (DOS)p. 873
Windows 95p. 919
Windows NTp. 922
IBM Personal Computer Family Hardwarep. 925
System-Unit Features by Modelp. 926
An Introduction to the PC (5150)p. 927
An Introduction to the PC Convertible (5140)p. 936
An Introduction to the XT (5160)p. 941
An Introduction to the Portable PCp. 951
An Introduction to the ATp. 955
An Introduction to the XT Model 286p. 971
A Final Wordp. 979
Manualsp. 980
Machinesp. 982
Modemsp. 984
Magazinesp. 985
The Appendixesp. 985
In Conclusionp. 986
Appendixesp. 987
Vendor Listp. 989
Glossaryp. 1039
Indexp. 1101
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