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  • NEW - Hundreds of pages of new coverage reflecting the very latest PC technologies.
    • Helps students rapidly get up to speed with the latest PC technologies, as they understand how these enhancements fit into the evolving PC platform.

  • NEW - Includes brand-new coverage of today's most advanced processor, motherboard, storage, and interface technologies.
    • Helps students make intelligent decisions about hardware, and successfully integrate new technologies in any computer system or environment.

  • DVD containing more than two hours of high-quality digital video—Video presents Scott Mueller walking through essential PC repair and upgrade techniques.
    • Enables students to actually watch PC repairs and upgrades—even when they only have access to a DVD player, not a computer.

  • Comprehensive, authoritative PC hardware coverage—Covers every PC component: processors, BIOS, memory, drives, optical storage, video, audio, USB, FireWire, power supplies, cases, and much more.
    • Gives students a single source for understanding all aspects of PC maintenance and troubleshooting.

  • Extensive troubleshooting index—Contains troubleshooting index pointing to solutions for over 250 common PC hardware problems.
    • Helps students rapidly solve the problems they are most likely to encounter.

  • Extensive technical reference on DVD-ROM—Contains an extensive technical reference with thousands of pages of content drawn from previous versions of the book.
    • Helps students troubleshoot problems with older, more failure-prone PCs.

  • Coverage of network and Internet connections—Covers LANs, modems, cable/DSL modems, performance issues, and more.
    • Gives students practical guidance for understanding and troubleshooting problems with networks and Internet connectivity.

  • Comprehensive PC technical glossary—Includes hundreds of definitions of the PC hardware terminology and acronyms students are most likely to encounter.
    • Gives students a single resource for understanding virtually all contemporary PC hardware terminology.


  • Copyright 2004
  • Edition: 15th
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-2974-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-2974-3

Runaway best-selling PC hardware book of all time and one of the best-selling computer books ever!

  • Written by the all-time bestselling PC hardware author in history!
  • Has earned more than any other Que book in existence in gross profit since the 5th Edition was published in 1995, placing it among the Pearson Technology Group elite!
  • DVD includes more than two hours of high quality video - playable on both standalone DVD player and DVD-ROM!

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PC Components, Features, and System Design

PC Components, Features, and System Design

Table of Contents


1. Development of the PC.

Computer History-Before Personal Computers.

Timeline. Mechanical Calculators. The First Mechanical Computer. Electronic Computers.

Modern Computers.

From Tubes to Transistors. Integrated Circuits. The First Microprocessor.

History of the PC.

Birth of the Personal Computer. The IBM Personal Computer. The PC Industry More Than 20 Years Later.

2. PC Components, Features, and System Design.

What Is a PC?

Who Controls PC Software? Who Controls PC Hardware? PC Design Guides.

System Types. System Components.

3. Microprocessor Types and Specifications.

Pre-PC Microprocessor History. Microprocessors from 1971 to the Present. Processor Specifications.

Data I/O Bus. Address Bus. Internal Registers (Internal Data Bus). Processor Modes. Processor Speed Ratings. Processor Speeds and Markings Versus Motherboard Speed. Cyrix Processor Speeds. AMD Processor Speeds. Overclocking. Cache Memory. How Cache Works. Level 2 Cache.

Processor Features.

SMM (Power Management). Superscalar Execution. MMX Technology. SSE and SSE2. 3DNow!, Enhanced 3DNow!, and Professional 3DNow! Dynamic Execution. Dual Independent Bus Architecture. Hyper-Threading Technology.

Processor Manufacturing.

Processor Remarking. PGA Chip Packaging. Single Edge Contact and Single Edge Processor Packaging.

Processor Socket and Slot Types.

Zero Insertion Force. Socket 1. Socket 2. Socket 3. Socket 4. Socket 5. Socket 6. Socket 7 (and Super7). Socket 8. Socket 370 (PGA-370). Socket 423. Socket 478. Socket A (Socket 462). Socket 603. Socket 754. Processor Slots.

CPU Operating Voltages. Heat and Cooling Problems.

Heatsinks. Active Heatsinks. Installing a Heatsink.

Math Coprocessors (Floating-Point Units). Processor Bugs. Processor Update Feature. Processor Codenames. Intel-Compatible Processors (AMD and Cyrix).

AMD Processors. Cyrix.

P1 (086) First-Generation Processors.

8088 and 8086 Processors. 80186 and 80188 Processors. 8087 Coprocessor.

P2 (286) Second-Generation Processors.

286 Processors. 80287 Coprocessor.

P3 (386) Third-Generation Processors.

386 Processors. 386DX Processors. 386SX Processors. 386SL Processors. 80387 Coprocessor.

P4 (486) Fourth-Generation Processors.

486 Processors. 486DX Processors. 486SL. 486SX. 487SX. DX2/OverDrive and DX4 Processors. Pentium OverDrive for 486SX2 and DX2 Systems. AMD 486 (5x86). Cyrix/TI 486.



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