Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 21st Edition

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For 25 years, Upgrading and Repairing PCs has been the world’s #1 guide to PC : The single source for reliable information on troubleshooting and fixing problems, adding , optimizing performance, and building new PCs. Now, better than ever, this 21st edition offers beefed-up coverage of the newest innovations and maintenance techniques, plus more than two hours of new DVD video.

Scott Mueller delivers practical answers about PC processors, mother-boards, buses, BIOSes, memory, SSD and HDD storage, video, audio, I/O, input devices, networks, Internet connectivity, power, and much more. You’ll find the industry’s best coverage of diagnostics, testing, and repair—plus cutting-edge discussions of improving performance via overclocking and other techniques.

Mueller has taught thousands of professionals in person and millions more through his books and videos—nobody knows more about keeping PCs running perfectly. Whether you’re a professional technician, a small business owner trying to save money, or a home PC enthusiast, this is the only PC hardware book you need!


  • The newest processors, including ’s 3rd generation Ivy Bridge Core i-Series processors and ’s 2nd generation Trinity CPUs
  • 3TB (and larger) disks, 4K sectoring, partition alignment, faster SATA disk interfaces, and SSD (solid state drive) hard drive replacements
  • New firmware innovations, from full UEFI BIOS support to built-in motherboard flash BIOS upgrade utilities
  • Integrated video and audio, including 5.1/7.1 surround sound, HDMI, and DisplayPort connections, and 8 compatible multi-touch touchscreen
  • Updated PCI Express 3.0, 4.0 interfaces, and Power Supply specifications for powering high-end video cards
  • Emerging interfaces such as SATA Express, USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt
  • Updated coverage of building PCs from scratch—from choosing and assembling hardware through BIOS setup and troubleshooting


Get 2 hours of up-to-the minute, studio-quality how-to videos—all playable on your DVD player or ! In this edition, Scott Mueller offers true insider information about several of the key components in a PC, including motherboards, solid-state drives, and more.

You will see a detailed tour of a modern high-performance motherboard, showing all the components from the processor socket and CPU voltage regulators to the audio and network chipsets, and more. You’ll learn how all the devices on the board are interconnected, so you can more easily understand their importance. There is a detailed segment comparing solid-state drives (SSDs) to conventional hard disk drives (HDDs), explaining all the differences and similarities between them in an easy to understand fashion. Finally, there are several segments on building a state-of-the art system from scratch using a high-performance overclockable motherboard and processor combination. You’ll see tips on how to best prepare the components, how to assemble the system properly, how to make the front panel connections much easier to deal with, and finally how to route the cables for maximum airflow and ease of future upgrades or repairs.

This DVD also contains the complete 19th and 20th editions of this book in printable form, plus extensive technical reference material, a comprehensive glossary, and more!

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Development of the PC
Chapter 2 PC Components, Features, and System Design
Chapter 3 Processor Types and Specifications
Chapter 4 Motherboards and Buses
Chapter 5 BIOS
Chapter 6 Memory
Chapter 7 The ATA/IDE Interface
Chapter 8 Magnetic Storage Principles
Chapter 9 Hard Disk Storage
Chapter 10 Flash and Removable Storage
Chapter 11 Optical Storage
Chapter 12 Video Hardware
Chapter 13 Audio Hardware
Chapter 14 External I/O Interfaces
Chapter 15 Input Devices
Chapter 16 Internet Connectivity
Chapter 17 Local Area Networking
Chapter 18 Power Supplies
Chapter 19 Building or Upgrading Systems
Chapter 20 PC Diagnostics, Testing, and Maintenance

Book Details

  • Title: Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 21st Edition
  • Author:
  • Length: 1200 pages
  • Edition: 21
  • Language: English
  • Publisher:
  • Publication Date: 2013-04-01
  • ISBN-10: 0789750007
  • ISBN-13: 9780789750006
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