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Friday, October 19, 2007

Hardware Bible 6th Edition

Hardware Bible 6th Edition

The Winn L. Rosch Hardware Bible is a handy guide to the components that make up IBM-standard personal computers, but it is beginning to show its age in its new fifth edition. As Rosch's fans have come to expect, the book includes lots of lists and tables that present troubleshooting information in an easily referenced format. Rosch knows his subject well. Unlike many of its competitors, this book devotes a fair amount of ink to discussions of software phenomena, such as image compression technologies.

Some of the material seems a bit outdated, such as the section on "proprietary mice" that describes dedicated mouse ports as if they're something unusual. In the same vein, coverage of CD-ROM formats neglects any mention of the Joliet and El Torito standards, as if Yellow Book is new stuff. There's no mention of PC-100 RAM either, and the book gives almost as much space to monochrome cathode ray tubes as to emerging flat-screen technologies. The point: you'll appreciate the information on older technologies if you're involved in maintaining or repairing older machines. Folks working on more modern hardware may want to look at Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 11th Edition. --David Wall

Topics covered: Central processing units (CPUs), random-access memory (RAM), mass-storage devices (hard disks and CD-ROM drives), video cards, input devices, expansion buses, and modem connectivity.

Book Description
In order to remain current with the latest developments in computer technology, the Winn L. Rosch Hardware Bible, Fifth Edition, has been revised to include information relating to Intel's MMX and SSE technologies, new compatible microprocessors, and the latest in storage devices--including new hard disk interfaces and high-capacity floppies and new port designs like IrDA and USB. More than just an overview of today's technology, this guide provides you with a thorough understanding of all aspects of computer hardware. This book supplies you with the background to further understand today's technological innovations by detailing the evolution of computer hardware.

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