The Hand-Me-Down PC: Upgrading and Repairing Personal Computers
by Morris Rosenthal
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Though the computer makers would have you believe otherwise, most people who own personal computers have rather old ones. For every new Pentium III out there, there are several pre-Pentium models out there. That's why The Hand-Me-Down PC remains relevant today. Morris Rosenthal's focus on the technologies of early Pentium chips and their predecessors means you can use The Hand-Me-Down PC to wring the most performance out of your old machine.
After providing a brief orientation on the appearance of various PC components and their purposes (and a slapdash foray into software), Rosenthal shows you the most cost-effective ways to improve an old computer's speed. He accurately names more random access memory (RAM) as the single best improvement you can make to a computer, then goes on to show you how to carry out a processor upgrade or replace both the processor and the motherboard. The book's motherboard-replacement instructions would be better if they were less text-heavy--illustrations might have helped to clarify this fairly elaborate procedure.
Later, the author goes on to show how to add and replace hard drives, covering several standard models. He also talks about modems, sound cards, CD-ROM drives, and other popular upgrades before offering some strategies for tracking down the source of mystery problems. --David Wall
Linked to a popular Website, this book offers genuine, jargon-free upgrading and repairing help for anyone with an older-model PC, whether hand-me-down or newly purchased as an obsolete bargain. Rosenthal assumes nothing--not even that you know how to take the case off your computer--yet his help is so expert and knowledgeable that his site is a favorite with techies worldwide. Featuring 25 upgrades below 400 (most much less) he tells you exactly how to do it yourself. In the process, he actually makes PCs totally understandable, even to completely nontechnical types.
From the Back Cover
Why you should buy THE HAND-ME DOWN PC--Upgrading and Repairing Personal Computers. More than a fix-up manual, The Hand-Me-Down PC is a Whole PC Guide. With this book, you'll: Understand "tech" talk; Find out what all those symbols mean; Upgrade your own PC using tools easily found around the house; Customize your optimal PC! Raves From the Internet* "Your tech support rules! I have my own PC repair/upgrade business, and I knew a lot before I read your Hand-Me-Down PC book, but now I really know a lot." "You just saved me a fortune." "The commonsense, spelled-out instructions for learning about PCs I've been looking for." "I have been working at Hewlett-Packard in the PC manufacturing area for the last 4 years, and this is the first time. . .I understand PCs. I would like to buy the book for our technicians." "I stumbled on your site by accident. What a plus for ME! I'm a mechanic by trade, not computer-literate by a long shot. . .Your material made it much easier." "I used your words one-by-one to upgrade my doctor's PC to a Pentium 166 and add a new hard drive. Everything went just fine." "The best, most comprehensive, and well written [guide] I have read yet. And that includes a college course of two." "Great for the beginner as well as the more experienced technician." "I have a Pentium Acer loaded with everything and had no include what to do with it. Thanks to you, I now understand what it is all about. . .You are wonderful at knowing what beginners need."
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