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Upgrading and Repairing PCs

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  253 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Computer Repair, PC Hardware, Hardware Installation, PC Care
Hardcover, 17th Edition, 1608 pages
Published April 3rd 2006 by Que (first published 1989)
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Erik Graff
Sep 21, 2011 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PC antiquaries
Recommended to Erik by: Joe Ronne
Shelves: sciences
Being poor, I taught myself how to assemble and repair PCs with the aid of this book and others, obtaining parts from computer discards. Among the books referred to for these purposes, this was the best in those years.
Filip Ligmajer
Jun 29, 2014 Filip Ligmajer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
page 118 | location 1799-1803 | Added on Sunday, 26 January 2014 10:27:27

Considering that main memory is used directly only about 1% of the time, if you doubled performance there, you would double the speed of your system only 1% of the time! That doesn’t sound like enough of an improvement to justify much expense. On the other hand, if you doubled L2 cache performance, you would be doubling system performance 9% of the time, which is a much greater improvement overall. I’d much rather improve L
Aug 30, 2016 Dylan rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of this book. I tried reading it cover to cover, and got about half way through before quitting. It definitely isn't designed as such. It's more of a reference book, but it does that wonderfully. It goes into explicit detail on every single aspect of a computer. I was a little annoyed by just how far the book decided to go into the history of the parts. Most of what I have read was relating to the history, which has never been a subject I particularly cared about.

All in all, the
Feb 22, 2008 Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Several parts of this book are repetitious. It seems after 18 editions they'd eventually figure out that two subsequent paragraphs sometimes contain the exact same sentence. Otherwise it's an impressive volume of PC knowledge.
This is definitely designed as a reference book, but it does offer some nice overviews and analogies that can aid in true comprehension of otherwise complex systems.
Mar 17, 2010 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lots of info about computer hardware technology, but some is difficult to understand without college computer courses or a certification.
Feb 11, 2013 Chenk18018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good resource. Packed with information. If you work on PCs, you should have this on your shelf.
Dec 21, 2010 Rubbal rated it it was amazing
This book is very much informative, especially for curious minds, who want to explore the real inner working of computer
Aug 28, 2013 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent tome on PCs. This is THE book. Every technician should have it. Period.
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Scott Mueller is an author of books concerning personal computers, as well as president of Mueller Technical Research, a research and training firm. Many of his books are published by Que Publishing.
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