Written in a straightforward, easy to read style, Rob Beales provides the knowledge and techniques needed to build, troubleshoot, and maintain personal computer systems.
Divided into three parts, Part 1 forms an introduction to digital computers, leading the reader through the various parts of a modern PC system, including popular peripherals and networking concepts. Part 2 contains a step-by-step guide on the assembly and configuration of a complete state-of-the-art PC system, including a section on the use of important Windows 98 / ME / 2000 / XP applications and components. Part 3 covers preventative, predictive and corrective maintenance, based in typical current work practice – a major part of the IT practitioner’s work schedule.
Case Studies and practical worked examples are included throughout the text, with additional Case Studies, specifically aimed to meet the requirements of e-Quals courses on an accompanying website. Further web resources include key figures from the text available to download in full-colour, with a wealth of extra material covering Binary / Hex and basic logic functions; ASCII tables; Connector types and pinouts; Bus slots; RAM slots and further useful website links.
Updated throughout in line with current technologies, the second edition is also designed to cover the latest specifications of BTEC National and City and Guilds e-Quals (400 and 500) courses, and the A+ certification, in addition to meeting the needs of the general PC user.
Table of Contents
PC HARDWARE TECHNOLOGY:
The PC defined:
Introduction to digital computers.
Making use of computers.
Five stage computer model.
The IBM-PC (a mini-history of its development).
The PC systems.
The system unit:
The system-unit: PSU.
The motherboard – a closer look: The chipset; CPU; Real-time clock; The system (BIOS) ROM; RAM; Cache memory; Serial data transmission; The Centronics parallel port standard; The system buses; Interrupts; Direct Memory Access (DMA); The OS.
Compact disc drives.
Printer types and characteristics.
Paper feed methods.
Printer input output and control.
Installing and testing a printer in windows.
Video and sound systems.
VDU types and characteristics.
Monochrome CRT monitor system.
Colour CRT monitor system.
Additive colour mixing.
Types of video signal.
Installation and adjustment.
Fault finding using standard colours bars.
Flat panel displays.
Glossary of terms used on modern graphics cards.
Installing your own windows network.
Installing a network using Windows XP.
Making RJ-45 UTP flyleads.
Making thinnet RG-58 coaxial leads.
ASSEMBLING, CONFIGURING AND UPGRADING:
Building a complete PC system:
Handling and transporting equipment.
Assembling a complete PC system.
Installing Windows XP Home Edition.
Windows XP registration and activation.
Installing Windows 98 on a new PC.
Upgrading from Windows 95.
Installing Windows 98 on an existing Windows 98 system.
Upgrading to Windows 98 from Windows 3.X.
Installing Windows 2000.
Windows 95/98/ME/XP architecture.
Windows 2000/XP architecture.
Routine maintenance and troubleshooting:
Installing devices in Windows.
Windows 95/98 registry.
Finding faults by visual inspection.
Specific troubleshooting guide (Windows 95/98/2000 systems).
Windows 98 specific problems.
Windows 98 general troubleshooting.
General fault finding in Windows 98.
Health and safety:
Computers and safe working practices.
A brief introduction to the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974.
The European Safety Signs Directive.
Appendix A: Glossary.