Repairing and Upgrading Your PC
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Final Release Date: March 2006
Pages: 448

Most computer users think that fiddling with the insides of their PC is taboo. They fear that by removing the screws that hold the case on, they're crossing into forbidden territory. And even for those who know they can open the box and fix or upgrade their PC, analysis paralysis often stops them in their tracks:

Which upgrades offer the best bang for the buck? How do you pinpoint the faulty component that's making your system freeze? What about compatibility issues?

Get ready to get unstuck and get your PC running fast and running right. Repairing and Upgrading Your PC delivers start-to-finish instructions, simple enough for even the most inexperienced PC owner, for troubleshooting, repairing, and upgrading your computer. Written by hardware experts Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson, this book covers it all: how to troubleshoot a troublesome PC, how to identify which components make sense for an upgrade, and how to tear it all down and put it back together. This book shows how to repair and upgrade all of your PC's essential components:

  • Motherboard, CPU, and Memory. Choose the optimal match of these core components to keep your PC running at top speed
  • Hard Drive, Optical Drive, and Removable Storage
  • Give your computer what it needs for long-term and short-term storage
  • Audio and Video. Enhance your computing experience with the right sound and graphics devices for your needs
  • Input Devices. Pick the best keyboard and mouse to keep your hands happy and healthy
  • Networking. Set up secure wireless networking to keep the bits flowing between your computers and the outside world
  • Cases and Power Supplies. Keep everything running cool and reliably


With its straightforward language, clear instructions, and extensive illustrations, this book makes it a breeze for PC owners of any skill level to work on their computer.
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Repairing & Upgrading Your PC

By Dale

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I checked this book out at the public library. It so so full of wonderful information about computers. I wish I had it to read or partially read in 1998 before I ever purchased a pc. Several pc's and crashes later. I finally got a little bit smarter by reading information. This book needs to be in the classrooms for students who are interested in pc's or for people who want to purchase pcs. I am now in the process of going to the book store and buying it.

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Extra material???

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I have the iPad version and at the end of the chapter on networking, it says that the chapter isn't finished, but go on the web and you can get the rest online. I thought that was mildly inconvenient, but went to the place to get the rest of the info. Much to my surprise there wasn't ANYTHING there but info on how to buy the book! You need to honor the promise in the book or not sell the book in the App store!!!!!

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I WOULD LIKE A REFUND!!!!!!!!PLEASE!!!!!!!!

By Michael Battle

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Comments about oreilly Repairing and Upgrading Your PC:

I DID'NT LIKE THIS BOOK AT ALL.... I BOUGHT THIS BOOK AT BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE AND THOUGHT THE INFORMATION LISTED WOULD WALK ME THROUGH OR AT LEAST SHOW ME IN STEPS HOW TO REPAIR AND UPGRADE MY PC. THIS BOOK JUST GIVES YOU NAMES OF GOOD PRODUCTS/MANUFACTURES AND WHEN YOU SHOULD DO WHAT. BUT YOU NEVER TELL "HOW" TO DO SOMETHING!! I AM A DIS SATISFIED CUSTOMER AND WOULD LOVE A REFUND. DON'T BE MAD JUST ACKNOWLEDGE AND SATISFY A WASN'T FOR ME CUSTOMER. I SHOULD COME ABOARD THE WRITING TEAM. AT LEAST ON THE HANDS ON AND HOW TO FORMULAS...LOL!

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A great book for everyone

By Paul Hampson

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A retired couple was visiting our house and the man asked me about whether, how often, and how to clean their PC. In the middle of my somewhat stumbling but I think reasonable response, a package was delivered to the door - my copy of Repairing & Upgrading Your PC had arrived. I opened it, turned to the table of contents, then to system cleaning, and handed the book to our friend. He read the short section on system cleaning, closed the book and said, approximately, "I'd better not get into this any further right now" (being polite company). Then, "I can understand this, is this book available? Where can I get a copy?" That is what I mean when I say the Thompson's write well. The information is as complete as one can expect in this rapidly changing world, but you don't need to be some sort of techno nerd to understand what they present. If you are going to delve into your own computer maintenance or add/replace components then this is a darn good place to start, and with this book in hand there is no reason why you should not do so. It will help you make better decisions about what, when, how, and even whether you should bother to upgrade, and probably save you money besides.

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