The Winn L. Rosch Hardware Bible

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Sams, 1994 - Computers - 1202 pages
Voted as one of the twenty all-time best microcomputer books by Computer Magazine, previous editions helped demystify the PC's inner workings for hundreds of thoUSA/nds of readers. Now Winn L. Rosch is back with this newly revised and expanded edition. Readers will gain hands-on expertise -- motherboards to modems, this is an indispensable reference.
-- The latest developments in Pentium chips, portables, and laptops
-- More easy-to-follow instructions for PC expansion and troubleshooting
-- A wealth of illustrations clarifying how things work
-- Inside information to help readers purchase and customize the system best suited to their needs

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Contents

Introduction
xxxix
Background
1
Defining a PC
3
The Motherboard
29
Microprocessors
49
IntelCompatible Microprocessors
112
Numeric Coprocessors
147
Fundamentals
150
Serial Ports
891
Parity Bits
895
Modems
923
Modem Operating Principles
925
Modem Standards
948
Digital Services
955
Fax║
980
Networking
991

Intel Architecture
157
Memory
179
The Expansion Bus
247
Bus History
263
Bus Design and Operation
284
Chapter 7
381
The Basic InputOutput System
382
Support Circuitry
439
The Power Supply
463
Cases
505
Mechanical Matters
507
Input Devices
541
Keyboards
543
The Display System
593
Display Fundamentals
594
Block Graphics
604
Video Controllers
612
Bus Links
618
Development Systems
629
Display Adapters
643
VGA
647
Gate Array
662
A
670
Monochrome Display Adapter
679
Monitors
703
Versus Displays
705
Audio
753
Physics of Sound
755
Parallel Ports
795
Understanding Technology
797
Printers and Plotters
821
Printer Mechanics
822
Graphics Printing Techniques
839
Fonts
864
Paper Handling
871
Plotters
882
OSI Reference Model
993
Hierarchies
999
Cabling
1008
Mass Storage Systems
1015
Magnetic Storage
1018
Data Coding
1027
Sequential and Random Access Media
1036
DeviceLevel Interfaces
1047
SystemLevel Interfaces
1061
Software Caches
1102
Using a Cache
1109
Hard Disks
1111
Naming Conventions
1113
Performance Issues
1199
MagnetoOptical Technology
1207
Drive Arrays
1215
Drive Packaging
1223
Reliability
1230
Floppy Disks
1247
Media
1249
Floppy Disk Drives
1262
Compact Discs
1285
Technology
1287
Standards
1294
Tape
1311
Background
1313
A Regulations
1353
Radio Frequency Emission
1354
B Health Issues
1379
Repetitive Strain Injury
1380
Serial Communications Troubleshooting
1401
Ancient History
1411
PC BIOS Upgrades
1412
Cassette Data Storage
1418
E A Visual Reference
1429
Index
1479

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About the author (1994)

Winn L. Rosch has written about personal computers since 1981 and has penned nearly 1,500 articles about them— a mixture of reviews, how-to guides, and background pieces explaining new technologies— published in newspapers, magazines, and on the Web. He holds three patents on computer technologies and has won two awards for his writing. He has served as a contributing editor to more than half a dozen computer magazines (including PC Magazine) and as a technology reporter (now columnist) for the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio's largest newspaper. His books and articles have been reprinted in several languages (among them French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish).

Besides writing, Rosch is an attorney licensed to practice in Ohio and holds a Juris Doctor degree. A member of the Ohio State Bar Association, he has served on the association's computer law committee. In other lifetimes, Rosch has worked as a photojournalist, electronic journalist, and broadcast engineer. When deadlines don't loom too close, Rosch has been known to ambush people to collect their images on photographic film, some of whose faces result in oil paintings. Although Rosch has abandoned his efforts at creating a perpetual motion machine (it kept him up at night), he is now putting the finishing touches on his latest creation, the world's first perpetual stillness machine.

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