PC Hardware: A Beginner’s Guide by Ron Gilster

PC Hardware pdf

PC Hardware – Ideal for PC owners looking for an accessible, easy-to-follow reference, this beginner’s guide to PC hardware offers expert advice on every component–processors, motherboards, memory, BIOS, CD-ROM and DVD drives, video cards, and much more. You’ll also get details on external devices, including monitors, printers, keyboards, and modems. The book covers both Intel and non-Intel CPUs and USB and AGP ports.

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Very few people know what all of the gadgets on their desk do, never mind how to set them up or get them to talk to one another. Like other beginner’s guides, this book offers the mandatory evolution of personal computing and a discussion of terminology, but it goes on to fairly advanced concepts in Parts 2 and 3. Readers will get a handle on everything from digital logic and memory to external components such as monitors and printers as well as CD-ROMs and DVDs. This comprehensive, approachable resource is recommended for all libraries. 
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Learn how your PC works–and what to do when it doesn’t

Understand the function of each component of your PC and learn how they all work together. PC Hardware: A Beginner’s Guide first introduces you to the underlying principles of the PC, such as digital logic and electronics, then covers internal components, including GHz processors, high-speed data buses, and DVD drives. Next, you’ll get details on external components–monitors, printers, keyboards, mice, modems, and more. The final section explains how to troubleshoot your PC, detect viruses, make repairs, and optimize your system.

  • Become familiar with your PC’s motherboard components, including the CPU, chipset, cache, and memory
  • Learn how the chipset enables communication among all the motherboard devices
  • Maximize existing memory capacity and install more RAM
  • Add expansion cards to enhance graphics, video, and sound
  • Configure system resources for maximum efficiency
  • Protect your PC from power fluctuations using surge suppressors and UPC devices
  • Select the best monitor and printer for your needs
  • Connect to a network–dialup, local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), the Internet, or a wireless network
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and upgrade your PC

Originally published: 2001

AuthorRon Gilster


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