Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Upgrading and Repairing PCs (Upgrading & Repairing PC's (W/DVD))” as Want to Read:
Upgrading and Repairing PCs (Upgrading & Repairing PC's (W/DVD))
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Upgrading and Repairing PCs (Upgrading & Repairing PC's (W/DVD))

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  292 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Upgrading and Repairing PCs For 20 years, "Upgrading and Repairing PCs" has been the world's #1 guide to PC hardware: the single source for reliable information on troubleshooting and fixing problems, adding hardware, optimizing performance, and building new PCs. Now, better than ever, this 20th edition offers beefed-up coverage of the newest hardware innovations and maint ...more
Hardcover, 1104 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by QUE (first published 1989)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

Be the first to ask a question about Upgrading and Repairing PCs (Upgrading & Repairing PC's

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Erik Graff
Feb 15, 2010 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
Feb 16, 2014 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
...more
Dylan
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Bryan
Feb 22, 2008 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.
Marshal Mdeza
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This a computer hardware bible.
Thomas
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.
Paul
Jun 27, 2009 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.
Chenk18018
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very good resource. Packed with information. If you work on PCs, you should have this on your shelf.
Rubbal
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very much informative, especially for curious minds, who want to explore the real inner working of computer
Carlos Meza
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book taught me a lot about hardware and developmental history of computer.
Gary
rated it it was amazing
Mar 05, 2017
Tim
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent tome on PCs. This is THE book. Every technician should have it. Period.
Jose Antonio
rated it really liked it
May 05, 2017
Bitmap
rated it liked it
Jul 11, 2016
Stavros Skamagkis
rated it it was amazing
Jul 29, 2013
AnemicChipmunk
rated it it was amazing
Apr 16, 2015
Cynthia Frakes
rated it it was amazing
Mar 14, 2012
Adrian
rated it it was amazing
Oct 05, 2012
Bryan
rated it liked it
Feb 15, 2007
Jason Birnie
rated it really liked it
Nov 05, 2015
Dennis Doolittle
rated it it was amazing
Jan 08, 2017
Elie Oussi
rated it it was amazing
Dec 06, 2017
Mahmoud Hossan
rated it it was amazing
Oct 23, 2017
Francis Leo
rated it it was amazing
Jan 26, 2018
Scott
rated it really liked it
Jan 22, 2013
Brian
rated it it was amazing
Mar 19, 2014
Terry Perrine
rated it really liked it
Nov 13, 2014
Sam
rated it it was amazing
Feb 20, 2015
Grant
rated it it was amazing
May 01, 2008
Peter Koutrikas
rated it really liked it
Dec 10, 2017
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • CompTIA A+ Certification All-In-One Exam Guide: (Exams 220-701 & 220-702) [With CDROM]
  • The People's Almanac Presents the Book of Lists #3
  • Comptia A+ Certification All-In-One Exam Guide: Exams 220-801 & 220-802
  • Java in a Nutshell
  • The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions
  • Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering
  • Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project
  • Practical Guide to Linux (R) Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming
  • Beginning Python: From Novice to Professional
  • Programming Perl
  • Comptia Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: Sy0-301 Study Guide
  • Learning Perl
  • Learning the bash Shell
  • Active Directory
  • Testing Computer Software
  • Practical C++ Programming
  • Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier
  • Python in a Nutshell

Goodreads is hiring!

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.
Learn more »
61575
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.
More about Scott Mueller...

Nonfiction Deals

  • Death by Living: Life Is Meant to Be Spent
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Sometimes You Win--Sometimes You Learn: Life's Greatest Lessons Are Gained from Our Losses
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
    $5.99 $1.99
  • The Long Tail: Why the Future Is Selling Less of More
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Quantum Healing (Revised and Updated): Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine
    $12.99 $1.99
  • Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II
    $15.99 $1.99
  • Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life
    $13.99 $2.99
  • Funny In Farsi: A Memoir Of Growing Up Iranian In America
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity
    $5.99 $2.99
  • The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
    $8.99 $2.99
  • Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France
    $8.49 $1.99
  • Bad Boy
    $7.74 $1.99
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
    $4.99 $1.99
  • All Over But the Shoutin'
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager
    $14.99 $1.99
  • Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change
    $13.99 $1.99
  • WEIRD: Because Normal Isn't Working
    $6.99 $2.99
  • Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness
    $5.99 $0.99
“MOSFETs can be constructed as either NMOS or PMOS types, based on the arrangement of doped silicon used. Silicon doped with boron is called P-type (positive) because it lacks electrons, whereas silicon doped with phosphorus is called N-type (negative) because it has an excess of free electrons.” 0 likes
“When both NMOS and PMOS field-effect transistors are combined in a complementary arrangement, power is used only when the transistors are switching, making dense, low-power circuit designs possible. Because of this, virtually all modern processors are designed using CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) technology.” 0 likes
More quotes…