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  • Copyright 2015
  • Dimensions: 8" x 10"
  • Pages: 640
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-351755-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-351755-2

Computer Structure and Logic


Computer Structure and Logic, Second Edition gives you a complete overview of modern computer technology, from desktop and laptop PCs to mobile devices, hardware to operating systems, basic security to networking. Requiring no previous knowledge of computers, this textbook helps you build your knowledge and hands-on skills one easy step at a time.

The book starts by reviewing the history of computing and explaining what nearly all modern computers have in common, whether they are immensely powerful supercomputers, personal computers, or even smartphones. Next, it explains how computers process information, how hardware components are brought together in a working computer, and what happens “behind the scenes” when you turn on a computer.

Building on this essential hardware knowledge, the book then turns to software. You learn how modern operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, and Android, work and how operating systems are organized, configured, and managed. You then learn how computers can be connected into networks such as the Internet, and how networked computers communicate using shared protocols such as TCP/IP.

Computer Structure and Logic introduces modern innovations that are reshaping computing for both businesses and individuals, including virtual and cloud computing. Next, it introduces the basics of computer and network security, showing how to protect computers, information, and services from unwanted intrusion, unauthorized access, and/or the modification or destruction of data. The text concludes with a full chapter on troubleshooting, including a complete six-step process for identifying and solving computer problems of all kinds.

Full of real-world practical examples, Computer Structure and Logic, Second Edition gives you foundational knowledge and skills for starting your career in information technology, and for taking your first steps toward official certification from leading organizations such as CompTIA, Microsoft, and Cisco.

Powerful features make learning about computers easier!

--Clear introductions describe the big ideas and show how they fit with what you’ve already learned

--Specific chapter objectives tell you exactly what you need to learn

--Key terms lists help you identify important terms, and a complete glossary helps you understand them

--Glossary defines more than 250 essential computing terms

--Notes point out important transitions, key connections to other topics, items that might otherwise be lost in the detail, and real-world application of the topic at hand

--Chapter Review Activities call on you to define key terms, answer review questions, and work through case studies to help you make sure you’ve learned the material

Coverage includes

--Basic computer concepts

--Computer math, measurement, and processing

--Motherboards and buses


--Memory and storage

--I/O devices and ports

--Operating a computer

--Operating systems: characteristics and interfaces

--Operating systems: architecture, configuration, and management


--Virtualization and cloud computing

--Basic security

--Computer troubleshooting

Sample Content

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introduction to Computers

    Chapter Outline


History of Computers

The von Neumann Computer Model

Modern Computers

    From Tubes to Transistors

    Integrated Circuits

History of the PC

    Birth of the Personal Computer

    The IBM Personal Computer

    The PC Industry Today

What Is a PC?

    Who Controls PC Software?

    Who Controls PC Hardware?

    White-Box Systems

    PC Design Guides

    System Components

What Is a Mobile Computer?

    Mobile Computer Hardware

    Differences and Similarities Between Tablets and Laptops

    Mobile Computer Software

Chapter Summary

Chapter Review Activities

    Define the Key Terms for Chapter 1

    Answer These Questions and Case Studies

    Answers, Explanations, and Solutions

Chapter 2 Understanding Computer Math, Measurement, and Processing

    Chapter Outline


    CompTIA A+ Objectives Covered

Numbering Systems Used in Computers

    Decimal Numbering System

    Binary Numbering System

    Converting Decimal Numbers to Binary

    Hexadecimal Numbering System

Basic Boolean Operations




    Mixed Boolean Operations

Measuring Data Transfer and Frequency


    Hertz (Hz)

How Computers Process Information


    Working Storage

    Permanent Storage

    Input Devices

    Output Devices

    A Basic Example of Data Transfer Through the Computer

Chapter Summary

Chapter Review Activities

    Define the Key Terms for Chapter 2

    Answer These Questions and Case Studies

    Answers, Explanations, and Solutions

Chapter 3 Motherboards and Buses

    Chapter Outline


    CompTIA A+ Objectives Covered

The Evolution of Motherboards

    The 286 PC–Last of the 16-Bit Computers

    The 386 PC–and the 32-Bit Age

    Today’s 64-Bit Computing

    Other Examples of Modern Motherboards

Motherboard Components

    The Core Components

    The Chipset and Connecting Buses

    Form Factors

    I/O Ports and Front Panel Connectors

    Expansion Buses

    Drive Technologies

Installing Motherboards

    Step-by-Step Motherboard Removal

    Preparing the Motherboard for Installation (ATX)

    Step-by-Step Motherboard Installation

Installing Adapter Cards

    General Installation

    Display Adapters

    Video Capture Cards and TV Tuners

    Sound Cards

Chapter Summary

Chapter Review Activities

    Define the Key Terms for Chapter 3

    Answer These Questions and Case Studies

    Answers, Explanations, and Solutions

Chapter 4 The CPU

    Chapter Outline


    CompTIA A+ Objectives Covered

The Evolution of the CPU

How the CPU Operates

    Cache Memory


    Storing Data to RAM and the Hard Drive

    The Four Steps of Processing

    How the CPU Operates–Summary

CPU Technology

    Clock Rate


    Multicore Technologies

    Processor Throttling

    MMX and SSE


    32-Bit Versus 64-Bit Revisited


    Power Consumption


Intel and AMD Processors

    Intel Processors

    AMD Processors

    Overview of Processor Differences

Mobile Processors

    Mobile CPUs and Manufacturers

    ARM CPU Processing

Choosing the Best Processor for the Job

    Custom PC Configurations

    Other Important CPU Considerations

Installing and Upgrading Processors

    Installing a CPU

    Removing Older Heat Sinks

Chapter Summary

Chapter Review Activities

    Define the Key Terms for Chapter 4

    Answer These Questions and Case Studies

    Answers, Explanations, and Solutions

Chapter 5 Memory and Storage

    Chapter Outline


    CompTIA A+ Objectives Covered

RAM Basics

RAM Types

    SRAM Versus DRAM






    Laptop Memory

    RDRAM (Rambus)

RAM Technologies

    Single-Channel Versus Dual-Channel Versus Triple-Channel

    Memory Latency

    Single-Sided Versus Double-Sided

    Parity Versus Nonparity

    ECC Versus Non-ECC

    Registered and Fully Buffered

    One Final Note: Make Sure Your RAM Is Compatible!

The Synergy Between Memory and Programs

Installing DIMMs

    Installing RAM to a PC

    Installing RAM to a Laptop

    Testing RAM Installations

Hard Drives

    Hard Disk Drive Basics



    Solid-State Drives



Optical Drives

    Compact Disc (CD)

    Digital Versatile Disc (DVD)


Solid-State Storage Media

    Solid-State Drives

    USB Flash Drives

    Secure Digital Cards

    CompactFlash Cards

Chapter Summary

Chapter Review Activities

    Define the Key Terms for Chapter 5

    Answer These Questions and Case Studies

    Answers, Explanations, and Solutions

Chapter 6 I/O Devices and Ports

    Chapter Outline


    CompTIA A+ Objectives Covered

Understanding I/O Ports


    IEEE 1394 (FireWire)


    The RJ45 Ethernet Port

    Audio and Music Ports

    F Connector

    Serial Ports


Understanding Input Devices


    Mice and Other Pointing Devices

    Game Controllers

    Bar Code Reader

    Biometric Devices

    Voice-Activated Typing

    Mobile Input Devices

Display Types

    LCD Monitor

    LED Monitors




    Data Projector

    PC-based Touchscreens

Video Connector Types








Video Settings

    Color Depth


    Refresh Rate

Printing Fundamentals

    Laser Printers

    Inkjet Printers

    Thermal Printers

    Impact Printers

Understanding Multimedia Devices


    Digital Camera

    MIDI Music and MIDI Ports

    Sound Card


    Video Capture Card

Chapter Summary

Chapter Review Activities

    Define the Key Terms for Chapter 6

    Answer These Questions and Case Studies

    Answers, Explanations, and Solutions

Chapter 7 Computer Operation

    Chapter Outline


    CompTIA A+ Objectives Covered

Understanding the BIOS, CMOS, and Firmware

Configuring and Updating the BIOS

    Accessing the BIOS Setup Program

    BIOS Settings Overview

    Automatic Configuration of BIOS/CMOS Settings

    Clearing the BIOS

    BIOS Updates

    Flashing the BIOS

Power, the POST, and Error Reporting

    Power and Power Supplies

    POST and Error Reporting

Booting and Resetting Mobile Devices

The Fundamentals of Computer Operation

    Phase 1: Powering Up the Computer

    Phase 2: BIOS and POST

    Phase 3: From BIOS to the Operating System

    Phase 4: Completion of Operating System Startup

Chapter Summary

Chapter Review Activities

    Define the Key Terms for Chapter 7

    Answer These Questions and Case Studies

    Answers, Explanations, and Solutions

Chapter 8 Operating Systems and Their Characteristics and Interfaces

    Chapter Outline


    CompTIA A+ Objectives Covered

Types of Desktop Operating Systems

    Mac OS



Differences in Windows Versions

    Windows XP

    Windows Vista

    Windows 7

    Windows 8

    Summary of Windows Versions and Minimum Requirements

    Windows Server

Types of Linux Distributions

Types of Mobile Operating Systems



    Windows RT and Windows Phone

    Other Mobile Operating Systems

    Moving Beyond the Mobile Operating System

Chapter Summary

Chapter Review Activities

    Define the Key Terms for Chapter 8

    Answer These Questions and Case Studies

    Answers, Explanations, and Solutions

Chapter 9 Operating Systems Architecture, Configuration, and Management

    Chapter Outline


    CompTIA A+ Objectives Covered

Operating System Architectures

    Windows Architecture

    Linux Architecture

    Android Architecture

    OS X and iOS Architectures

    OS Architecture Wrap-up

Disk Partitions, Folders, and Files

    Windows Storage Structure

    Other Operating System Storage Structures

Introduction to Working in the Command-Line

    Accessing the Command-Line

    Working with Folders and Files in the Command-Line

    Managing Partitions and File Systems in the Command-Line

System Management Tools

    Control Panels and Settings Screens

    Advanced Configuration Tools

Chapter Summary

Chapter Review Activities

    Define the Key Terms for Chapter 9

    Answer These Questions and Case Studies

    Answers, Explanations, and Solutions

Chapter 10 Networks

    Chapter Outline


    CompTIA A+ Objectives Covered

Types of Computer Networks



    Local Area Networks

    Wide Area Networks

Network Devices



    Wireless Access Point


    Network Attached Storage


    Internet Appliance



    VoIP Phones

Wired and Wireless Network Connections

    Wired Connections

    Wireless Connections

Connecting Computers to the Network

    The Physical Connection

    The Logical Connection

    Testing the Network Connection

    Using the Network Connection

Understanding and Configuring TCP/IP

    Understanding IPv4: Addressing, IP Classes, and Subnet Masks

    Configuring IPv4

    Understanding IPv6

    Configuring IPv6

Using Networking Command-Line Tools

    Testing the Networking Connection

    Configuring a Networking Connection

    Troubleshooting a Networking Connection

TCP/IP Suite of Protocols







    Remote Desktop

Internet Connectivity Technologies

    Modems and Dial-Up Internet Connectivity

    ISDN Internet Connectivity


    Cable Internet




Chapter Summary

Chapter Review Activities

    Define the Key Terms for Chapter 10

    Answer These Questions and Case Studies

    Answers, Explanations, and Solutions

Chapter 11 Virtualization and Cloud Computing

    Chapter Outline


    CompTIA A+ Objectives Covered

Understanding Virtualization

    Types of Virtualizations

    Virtual Machine Technology

    Virtual Machine Vendors

    VLANs and VPNs

    Summary of Virtual Technologies

Cloud Computing Fundamentals

    Cloud Computing Services

    Cloud Computing Providers

    Cloud Computing Examples

Chapter Summary

Chapter Review Activities

    Define the Key Terms for Chapter 11

    Answer These Questions and Case Studies

    Answers, Explanations, and Solutions

Chapter 12 Basic Security

    Chapter Outline


    CompTIA A+ Objectives Covered

Security Fundamentals

    Secure and Insecure File Systems

    Authentication Technologies

    Protection Against Viruses and Malware

    Software Firewalls

    Hardware Recycling and Deconstruction

Data and Physical Security

    Data Access Local Security Policy

    Encryption Technologies


    Data Migration

    Data and Data Remnant Removal

    Password Management

    Locking a Workstation

    Locking the Door

    Incident Reporting

    Social Engineering

Access Control Purposes and Principles

    User Accounts

    Auditing and Event Logging

Configuring Security Features

    BIOS Security Features


    File Systems (Converting from FAT32 to NTFS)

    Malicious Software Protection

Mobile Security

    Protecting Against Stolen or Lost Devices

    Protecting Against Compromised or Damaged Devices

Wireless Security

    Secure the Administration Interface

    SSID Broadcast


    Rogue Access Points

    Evil Twin

    Weak Encryption

    Other Wireless Access Point Security Strategies

Virtual Computing and Cloud Computing Security

    Virtual Computing Security

    Cloud Computing Security

Chapter Summary

Chapter Review Activities

    Define the Key Terms for Chapter 12

    Answer These Questions and Case Studies

    Answers, Explanations, and Solutions

Chapter 13 Computer Troubleshooting

    Chapter Outline


    CompTIA A+ Objectives Covered

PC Tools

Preventing Electrostatic Discharge

Using a Troubleshooting Process

Determining the Type of Problem

Troubleshooting Hardware

    Troubleshooting Motherboards

    Troubleshooting the CPU

    Troubleshooting RAM

Troubleshooting Operating Systems

    Recovering an Operating System

    Troubleshooting Noncritical OS Errors

    Desktop Troubleshooting Example

Troubleshooting Mobile Devices

    Turning Off Apps

    Soft Resets

    Hard Resets

    Wi-Fi Troubleshooting

    E-mail and Internet Troubleshooting

Where to Go for More Information

    Manufacturers’ Websites

    Books and Certifications

    Search Engines

    Third-Party Websites: News/Information/Forums

    Standardization Bodies and Other Reference Websites

Chapter Summary

Chapter Review Activities

    Define the Key Terms for Chapter 13

    Answer These Questions and Case Studies

    Answers, Explanations, and Solutions


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