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1. Development of the PC.
Computer History-Before Personal Computers.
Timeline. Mechanical Calculators. The First Mechanical Computer. Electronic 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.
What Is a PC?
Who Controls PC Software? Who Controls PC Hardware? PC Design Guides.
System Types. System Components.
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.
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 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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