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Title:
Newnes PC troubleshooting pocket book
Author:
Anderson, Howard.
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Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; Burlington, MA : Newnes, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
ix, 232 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction -- The Internet -- Microcomputer fundamentals -- System architecture and construction -- The PC expansion buses -- Semiconductor memory -- Printers and the printer interface -- The serial communication ports -- Replaceable disk drives -- Hard disk drives -- Displays -- Viruses -- Troubleshooting Windows error messages -- Troubleshooting Windows registry.
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ISBN:
9780750659888
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Newnes PC Troubleshooting Pocket Book provides a concise and compact reference that describes, in a clear and straightforward manner, the principles and practice of faultfinding and upgrading PCs and peripherals. The strong practical emphasis is backed up with many illustrations and examples of real-lie problems. The book is aimed at anyone who is involved with the installation, configuration, maintenance, upgrading, repair or support of PC systems. It also provides non-technical users with sufficient background information, charts and checklists to enable the diagnosis of faults and help to carry out simple modifications and repairs. The new edition of PC Troubleshooting will continue to include a number of short cuts that are instrumental in avoiding hours of potential frustration and costly effort.

In order to reflect rapid changes in computer technology (both hardware and software) this new edition has been completely revised and rewritten. New and expanded sections on: modern machines (Pentium II, III, IV, AMD); modern buses (FSB, AGP, Cyrix, Chip sets); different RAM chip types and connectors; Win 2000, ME, XP; latest SCSI standards, Ultra DMA, "live" re-partitioning of the disc, FAT16, FAT36, NTFS, performance and compatibility differences; 'famous' viruses and personal firewalls.


Author Notes

Mike Tooley is a technical author and consultant. He was formerly Vice Principal at Brooklands College in Surrey, England, where he was responsible for the delivery of learning to over 10,000 Further and Higher Education students increasingly by flexible, open and on-line distance learning. Mike is the well-known author of several popular engineering and related text books, including widely adopted course texts for BTEC, GCE A-level and GCSE qualifications in Engineering. Mike's hobbies include astronomy, amateur radio, aviation, computing and electronic circuit design and construction.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
1 Introductionp. 1
1.1 A brief history of the PCp. 1
1.2 Conventions used in this bookp. 3
1.3 General approach to troubleshootingp. 3
1.4 Where to startp. 4
1.5 What to askp. 4
1.6 Categorizing faultsp. 5
1.7 Hardware faultsp. 7
1.8 Software faultsp. 8
1.9 Configuration problemsp. 9
1.10 Burn-inp. 9
1.11 What is fitted in your PC?p. 9
1.12 General pointsp. 9
2 The Internetp. 11
2.1 Internet, the main search enginesp. 12
2.2 Searching the webp. 13
2.3 An example of searching the Internetp. 16
2.4 Can you trust the answers you find?p. 17
3 Microcomputer fundamentalsp. 18
3.1 Microcomputer basicsp. 18
3.2 Catching the busp. 19
3.3 Expanding the systemp. 19
3.4 Clocks and timingp. 22
3.5 Interrupting the systemp. 22
3.6 Data representationp. 23
3.7 Binary and hexadecimalp. 24
3.8 A quick tour of the systemp. 24
3.9 Operating systemsp. 28
3.10 Dismantling a systemp. 30
3.11 Safety first!p. 31
3.12 Static hazardsp. 32
3.13 Coolingp. 33
4 System architecture and constructionp. 35
4.1 PC architecturep. 35
4.2 Modern system board layoutsp. 35
4.3 Wiring and cablingp. 37
4.4 Replacing the CPUp. 38
4.5 Upgrading the CPUp. 39
4.6 Troubleshooting the motherboardp. 39
5 The PC expansion busesp. 45
5.1 ISA busp. 45
5.2 EISA busp. 46
5.3 MCA busp. 46
5.4 VESA (or VL) busp. 46
5.5 PCI busp. 46
5.6 Troubleshooting the PCI busp. 48
5.7 Accelerated graphics port (AGP)p. 49
5.8 Troubleshooting the AGPp. 49
6 Semiconductor memoryp. 51
6.1 Memory basicsp. 51
6.2 Upgrading your BIOS ROMp. 52
6.3 Random access memory (RAM)p. 53
6.4 RAM troubleshootingp. 55
6.5 CMOS RAMp. 57
6.6 Memory diagnosticsp. 57
7 Printers and the printer interfacep. 59
7.1 Parallel I/Op. 59
7.2 ECP/EPP (Centronics) printer portp. 59
7.3 Printer types and emulationsp. 60
7.4 Troubleshooting the printerp. 62
7.5 Printing from Windowsp. 62
7.6 General printer troubleshootingp. 63
8 The serial communication portsp. 65
8.1 The RS-232 standardp. 65
8.2 Troubleshooting the serial portsp. 67
9 Replaceable disk drivesp. 74
9.1 Floppy disk formatsp. 74
9.2 The boot recordp. 75
9.3 Booting the systemp. 75
9.4 Troubleshooting the floppy disk drivep. 76
9.5 Replacing a disk drivep. 77
9.6 Zip and Jaz disk drivesp. 78
9.7 Troubleshooting Zip disksp. 78
10 Hard disk drivesp. 80
10.1 Hard drive basicsp. 80
10.2 Disk performancep. 82
10.3 Drive interfacesp. 84
10.4 Comparative performance of SCSI and IDE/ATAp. 88
10.5 Partitioning the diskp. 89
10.6 The master boot recordp. 90
10.7 Troubleshooting the hard drivep. 91
10.8 Installing, replacing or upgrading a hard disk drivep. 94
10.9 Recovering from disasterp. 99
11 Displaysp. 102
11.1 PC display standardsp. 102
11.2 Video graphicsp. 103
11.3 Graphics cardsp. 104
11.4 Video RAM requiredp. 106
11.5 Display typesp. 109
11.6 Troubleshooting displaysp. 114
11.7 Troubleshooting video adaptersp. 115
12 Virusesp. 116
12.1 Types of virusp. 116
12.2 Email virusesp. 118
12.3 Hoaxesp. 118
12.4 Sources of virusesp. 119
12.5 Virus preventionp. 120
12.6 Detecting and eliminating virusesp. 121
12.7 Anti-virus software - seven of the bestp. 123
12.8 Getting virus help via the Internetp. 124
13 Troubleshooting Windows error messagesp. 126
13.1 Invalid page faultsp. 128
13.2 General protection faultsp. 129
13.3 Fatal exceptionsp. 137
13.4 Protection errorsp. 140
13.5 Kernel errorsp. 143
13.6 Dynamic link library faultsp. 144
13.7 Using Dr Watsonp. 145
14 Troubleshooting Windows registryp. 155
14.1 Windows 95, 98 and MEp. 155
14.2 Windows 2000p. 157
14.3 Windows XPp. 157
14.4 More links to registry related sitesp. 158
Appendix A Common file extensionsp. 159
Appendix B The Command Prompt and DOSp. 161
Appendix C Using batch filesp. 185
Appendix D Using DEBUGp. 190
Appendix E Hex, binary, decimal and ASCII character setp. 192
Appendix F IBM POST and diagnostic error codesp. 197
Appendix G Reference section and glossary of termsp. 202
Appendix H Useful websitesp. 215
Appendix I Processor types, sockets and familiesp. 217
Indexp. 227