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Title:
How computers work
Author:
White, Ron, 1944-
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Edition:
Millennium edition.
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : Que, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xi, 421 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780789721129
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

How Computers Work, Millenium Edition, shows you how chips, software, memory, and hardware work using detailed four-color drawings. An animated, full-color CD-ROM takes you directly inside your computer. This book is completely updated and revised to include the latest technology developments including the Internet, multimedia sound and video, Pentium III/ Xeon// Celeron processors, DVD drives, digital cameras, color printing, Y2K, and ebooks.


Author Notes

Ron White is a senior editor at PC Computing, where he writes the How It Works features and the Freeloader column. Founder of one of the earliest PC user groups, he has been writing about computers for 20 years. The second edition of How Computers Work won an award for best non-fiction computer book from the Computer Press Association.


Table of Contents

Introduction
Part 1 Boot-Up Processp. 2
Chapter 1 Getting to Know the Hardwarep. 10
Chapter 2 How a Computer Wakes Upp. 16
Chapter 3 How a Disk Boot Worksp. 20
Chapter 4 How an Operating System Controls Hardwarep. 26
Chapter 5 Computers of the Next Millenniump. 38
Part 2 How Software Worksp. 42
Chapter 6 How Programming Languages Workp. 56
Chapter 7 How Windows Worksp. 64
Chapter 8 How Software Applications Workp. 76
Chapter 9 How Software Will Workp. 102
Part 3 Microchipsp. 106
Chapter 10 How a Transistor Worksp. 112
Chapter 11 How RAM Worksp. 116
Chapter 12 How a Microprocessor Worksp. 122
Chapter 13 How Microchips Will Workp. 130
Part 4 Data Storagep. 134
Chapter 14 How Disk Storage Worksp. 140
Chapter 15 How a Floppy Drive Worksp. 152
Chapter 16 How a Hard Drive Worksp. 156
Chapter 17 How Disk Drives Increase Speed and Storagep. 160
Chapter 18 How Removable Storage Worksp. 168
Chapter 19 How Storage Will Workp. 180
Part 5 Input/Output Devicesp. 184
Chapter 20 How Energy Turns Into Datap. 192
Chapter 21 How a Bus Worksp. 200
Chapter 22 How Computer Ports Workp. 208
Chapter 23 How a Keyboard Worksp. 220
Chapter 24 How a Computer Display Worksp. 224
Chapter 25 How Pointing Devices Workp. 232
Chapter 26 How Game Controllers Workp. 238
Chapter 27 How a Modem Worksp. 244
Chapter 28 How Scanners and Optical Character Recognition Workp. 252
Chapter 29 How Portable Computers Workp. 258
Chapter 30 How High-Tech Input/Output Worksp. 266
Chapter 31 How Input/Output Will Workp. 276
Part 6 Multimediap. 280
Chapter 32 How CD-ROM and DVD Workp. 286
Chapter 33 How Multimedia Sound Worksp. 296
Chapter 34 How Multimedia Video Worksp. 306
Chapter 35 How Virtual Reality Worksp. 310
Chapter 36 How Multimedia Will Workp. 320
Part 7 How the Internet Worksp. 324
Chapter 37 How Local Area Networks Workp. 330
Chapter 38 How a PC Connects to the Internetp. 340
Chapter 39 How Email Worksp. 350
Chapter 40 How Internet Video and Audio Workp. 354
Chapter 41 How the World Wide Web Worksp. 360
Chapter 42 How the Internet Will Workp. 368
Part 8 How Printers Workp. 372
Chapter 43 How Basic Printing Worksp. 376
Chapter 44 How Color Printing Worksp. 386
Chapter 45 How Printers Will Workp. 396
Indexp. 398