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Title:
The indispensable PC hardware book
Author:
Messmer, Hans-Peter.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
PC-Handwarebuch. English
Edition:
Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Addison-Wesley, 2002.
Physical Description:
xx, 1273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780201596168
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

This manual offers a detailed explanation of every aspect of PC hardware. It should be useful to both newcomers to the field and veteran systems programmers, and covers topics such as disk to DVD storage, ports, cache-organization, and realmode. This fourth edition has been updated, with outdated material deleted and every chapter brought up-to-date to 2001. There is a new chapter on Pentium 2 and MMX technologies.


Author Notes

Hans-Peter Messmer is a physicist who for many years has worked as a freelance consultant in the hardware and software industries.


Table of Contents

Part 1 Basicsp. 1
1 The main components of a PCp. 1
Part 2 The PC's microprocessorsp. 53
2 Introduction to microprocessor technologyp. 53
3 Everything began with the ancestor 8086p. 69
4 Downwards compatibility - the 80286p. 82
5 Introduction to the world of 32-bit computing - the 80386p. 94
6 Programing and operating typesp. 128
7 Quick buffering: cachingp. 184
8 All in one - the i486p. 201
9 Coprocessors and 386/486 CPU clonesp. 246
10 The Pentiump. 288
11 Pentium-compatible microprocessorsp. 365
12 Pure 32-bit technology - the Pentium Prop. 405
13 Pentium II, Pentium III, and Celeronp. 455
14 The Athlonp. 473
Part 3 Memory, chipsets, and support chipsp. 491
15 Memory chips: the computer's memoryp. 491
16 Chipsetsp. 533
17 Hardware interrupts and DMAp. 557
18 CMOS RAM and realtime clockp. 602
19 The timer and other peripheral chipsp. 614
Part 4 Personal computer architectures and bus systemsp. 635
20 The 8-bit PC/XT architecturep. 635
21 16-bit architecturep. 647
22 EISA architecturep. 662
23 Microchannelp. 682
24 The VESA local bus (VLB)p. 701
25 The PCI busp. 715
26 ISA PlugandPlayp. 773
27 Accelerated graphics port and 3-D graphicsp. 786
Part 5 Mass storage and its interfacesp. 802
28 Floppies and floppy drivesp. 802
29 Hard disksp. 871
30 SCSIp. 911
31 Optical mass storagep. 935
Part 6 External and peripheral devicesp. 949
32 The parallel portp. 949
33 The serial portp. 968
34 The keyboard, mouse, and joystickp. 1004
35 Universal serial busp. 1038
36 Local networksp. 1043
37 Graphics adaptersp. 1058
Appendicesp. 1117
A ASCII and scan codesp. 1117
B Interrupts and DMAp. 1124
C Accessing portsp. 1128
D Access to keyboard and mousep. 1136
E The commands of the (E)IDE interface (ATA)p. 1152
F SCSI Commandsp. 1169
G Glossaryp. 1215
Indexp. 1265