Newnes PC Troubleshooting Pocket Book


  • Howard Anderson, IT Consultant; formerly of Waltham Forest College, U.K.; previously a member of the Edexcel HN syllabus drafting team
  • Mike Tooley, BA; Advanced Technological and Higher National Certificates, Kingston University, Formerly Vice Principal, Dean of Faculty and Head of Engineering at Brooklands College, Surrey, UK

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.
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Technicians, technical support staff, PC operators, engineers, further education students, home PC users and small businesses that have to provide their own front-line technical support.


Book information

  • Published: October 2003
  • Imprint: NEWNES
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-5988-8


"The strength is that it has a 'fundamentals' feel to it... to include modern processors and RAM types is essential, as is keeping abreast of modern viruses. The revisions are all appropriate and welcomed... will be eagerly recommended" Head of Electronics and Computing, West Kent College. "an excellent book" Customer, Wales

Table of Contents

Preface; 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; Appendices; Index