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Title:
Build your own PC
Author:
Rosenthal, Morris.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : McGraw-Hill, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xvi, 223 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780072124675
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

-- Highly visual, easy-to-read guide to building a customized computer
-- Provides a visual glossary that defines each part of a PC
-- Over 150 step-by-step photographs


Author Notes

Morris Rosenthal is a best-selling author and computer consultant. He has built or repaired thousands of PCs and has trained numerous PC technicians. He has been featured on the Dateline MSNBC Web site and in the national press as an expert on computer repair and purchasing issues


Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Chapter 1 First-time Buildersp. 1
Case and Power Supplyp. 2
Motherboardp. 4
Central Processing Unit (CPU)p. 6
System Memory or RAMp. 7
Floppy Drivesp. 7
Hard Drivesp. 8
CD Drivesp. 10
CD Recorders (CDRs)p. 10
DVD Drives and Recordersp. 11
Tape Drivesp. 11
Modemsp. 12
Network Adapterp. 13
USB, FireWire, and I/O (Input/Output) Portsp. 14
Sound Cards and Speakersp. 15
Keyboard and Mousep. 16
The Video Monitorp. 17
Video Adaptersp. 19
Operating Systemsp. 20
Chapter 2 Selecting and Purchasing Partsp. 23
Paying for Performancep. 25
Selecting a CPUp. 26
Intel Pentium 4p. 28
AMD Athlon and Duronp. 29
Intel Pentium III and Celeronp. 30
AMD K6 Series CPUsp. 30
Multiprocessor and Workstation CPUsp. 31
Motherboardsp. 31
Memoryp. 35
Video Adapterp. 38
Case and Power Supplyp. 40
Intelligent Drive Electronics (IDE)p. 41
Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI)p. 44
Comparing Drive Performancep. 46
Modemsp. 48
Sound Cardsp. 50
Network Adaptersp. 51
Video Monitorsp. 51
Printers and Scannersp. 52
Chapter 3 Before You Assemble Your PCp. 53
Handling Parts and General Assembly Guidelinesp. 54
Problems to Watch Out Forp. 58
Faulty Connectionsp. 59
Chapter 4 Building a Pentium 4 in a Tower Casep. 65
Step 1 Preparing the Casep. 65
Step 2 Installing CPU and Heatsinkp. 70
Step 3 Installing Memoryp. 74
Step 4 Installing the Motherboardp. 77
Step 5 Installing Adaptersp. 81
Step 6 Installing the Drivesp. 83
Step 7 Connecting the Drivesp. 88
Option 1 An IDE RAIDp. 92
Option 2 A SCSI Subsystemp. 96
Step 8 Finishing Upp. 102
Chapter 5 Building an Athlon (Thunderbird) or Duron in a Midtower Casep. 105
Step 1 Preparing the Casep. 105
Step 2 Installing the CPU and Heatsinkp. 108
Step 3 Installing the Memoryp. 115
Step 4 Installing the Drivesp. 118
Step 5 Installing the Motherboardp. 122
Step 6 Connecting Power to the Drivesp. 125
Step 7 Making Ribbon Cable Connectionsp. 127
Step 8 Installing Adapters on the Motherboardp. 130
Step 9 Closing the Casep. 134
Step 10 Connecting the Peripheralsp. 136
Step 11 Exploring CMOS Setupp. 138
Chapter 6 Building a Pentium III or Celeron in a Minitower Casep. 145
Step 1 Preparing the Casep. 145
Step 2 Mounting Memory on the Motherboardp. 147
Step 3a Pentium III Optionp. 150
Step 3b Celeron Optionp. 154
Step 4 Mounting the Motherboardp. 159
Step 5 Making Connections and Reinstalling the Power Supplyp. 164
Step 6 Installing the Adapter Risersp. 166
Step 7 Installing Drivesp. 169
Step 8 Finishing Up and Closing the Casep. 177
Step 9 CMOS Setupp. 178
Chapter 7 Installing an Operating Systemp. 183
Chapter 8 Troubleshooting Checklistsp. 193
Scenario 1 Stone Deadp. 194
Scenario 2 Power Comes On; Screen Is Deadp. 195
Scenario 3 Screen Comes On; No Bootp. 196
Scenario 4 Boots; Locks Up During or After OS Installp. 198
Scenario 5 Boots and Runsp. 198
Floppy Drivep. 199
Hard Drivep. 199
CD or DVD Drivep. 199
Modemp. 200
Sound Cardp. 201
Networkp. 201
Videop. 202
Printers, Scanners, and Other External Peripheralsp. 202
Indexp. 203

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