Books & Videos

Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1 Getting Started

    1. Upgrading or Repairing Versus Buying New

    2. Popular Upgrades

    3. Choosing Components

    4. Buying Components

    5. Troubleshooting

  2. Chapter 2 Working on PCs

    1. Rules to Upgrade and Repair By

    2. Hand Tools

    3. Software Tools

    4. General Procedures

  3. Chapter 3 System Maintenance

    1. System Cleaning

    2. Preventative Maintenance

  4. Chapter 4 Motherboards

    1. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Motherboards

    2. A Motherboard Tour

    3. Identifying a Motherboard

    4. Replacing a Motherboard

    5. Troubleshooting and Maintaining Motherboards

  5. Chapter 5 Processors

    1. The Truth About Processor Performance

    2. Processor Characteristics

    3. Processor Types

    4. CPU Coolers

    5. Processor Upgrade Considerations

    6. Replacing the Processor

    7. Troubleshooting Processors

  6. Chapter 6 Memory

    1. Understanding Memory

    2. Memory Performance

    3. Other Memory Issues

    4. Choosing Memory

    5. Installing Memory

    6. Troubleshooting Memory Installation and Operation

  7. Chapter 7 Hard Disk Drives

    1. Hard Disk Drive Interfaces

    2. Choosing a Hard Disk Drive

    3. Installing a Hard Disk Drive

    4. Enabling DMA Mode Transfers (PATA Only)

    5. Troubleshooting Hard Drive Problems

  8. Chapter 8 Optical Drives

    1. Optical Drive Types

    2. Optical Drive Performance

    3. Optical Disc Types

    4. Installing and Configuring an Optical Drive

    5. Troubleshooting Optical Drives

  9. Chapter 9 External and Removable Storage Devices

    1. Uses for External and Removable Storage

    2. External Hard Drives

    3. External Drive Enclosures

    4. Removable Hard Drive Enclosures

    5. USB Flash Memory Drives

    6. Tape Drives

  10. Chapter 10 Video Adapters

    1. Video Adapter Interfaces

    2. Choosing a Video Adapter

    3. TV Tuner/Capture Cards

    4. Installing a Video Card

    5. Configuring Windows Video

    6. Troubleshooting Video Adapters Problems

  11. Chapter 11 Displays

    1. CRT Displays

    2. LCD Displays

    3. Troubleshooting Display Problems

  12. Chapter 12 Audio

    1. Audio Adapters

    2. Audio Adapter Characteristics

    3. Choosing an Audio Adapter

    4. Installing a Sound Card

    5. Configuring an Audio Adapter Card Under Windows

    6. Speakers and Headphones

    7. Choosing Speakers and Headphones

    8. Troubleshooting Audio Problems

  13. Chapter 13 Input Devices

    1. Keyboards

    2. Mice and Trackballs

    3. Game Controllers

  14. Chapter 14 Wireless Networking

    1. Wireless Networking Standards

    2. Wireless Components

  15. Chapter 15 Cases

    1. Case Characteristics

    2. Tweaking Your Current Case

  16. Chapter 16 Power Supplies and Power Protection

    1. Power Supplies

    2. Choosing a Power Supply

    3. Power Protection

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