Book Review: Repairing and Upgrading Your PC


I DO NOT advocate that you become a computer technician and repair all the PC’s in your office that are not working.
HOWEVER, I do highly suggest that you have some knowledge of computers so that when things do go wrong you have a better idea of what the problem is and what the solution could be. For some problems – you just might be able to fix them yourself.
With this in mind you might want to pick up a copy of O’Reilly’s latest book, “Repairing and Upgrading Your PC”.
Armed with the
right guide and the right tools, you could easily get inside your PC and
have it running smoothly at top performance. “Repairing and Upgrading Your
PC” is just the guide for your at-home PC Service Station. It delivers
start-to-finish instructions, simple enough for even the most
inexperienced PC owner, for troubleshooting, repairing, and upgrading your
computer.
Written by hardware experts Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman
Thompson, “Repairing and Upgrading Your PC” (O’Reilly, $34.99) covers it
all: how to troubleshoot a troublesome PC, how to identify which
components make sense for an upgrade, and how to tear it all down and put
it back together.
“In most parts of the country PC technician time is billed at $60 to $100
per hour. At that rate, it doesn’t take long for the labor bill to
outpace the cost of a new PC. Fortunately you can bypass these high labor
costs by doing the work yourself,” said author Robert Bruce Thompson. “The
trick, of course, is knowing what needs to be done and how to do it.
That’s what this book is about.”
“Repairing and Upgrading Your PC” shows how to repair and upgrade all of
your PC’s essential components, including:
-Motherboard, CPU, and Memory: Choose the optimal match of these core
components to keep your PC running at top speed.
-Hard Drive, Optical Drive, and Removable Storage
-Give your computer what it needs for long-term and short-term storage
-Audio and Video: Enhance your computing experience with the right sound
and graphics devices for your needs
-Input Devices: Pick the best keyboard and mouse to keep your hands happy
and healthy
-Networking: Set up secure wireless networking to keep the bits flowing
between your computers and the outside world
-Cases and Power Supplies: Keep everything running cool and reliably

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