The Complete PC Upgrade & Maintenance Lab Manual

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The "Lab Manual" is a workbook for students taking college and training school classes in computer upgrade, maintenance and repair. It reinforces lessons with practical, hands-on tasks. Each exercise provides students with recommended readings, objectives, lists of hardware and software to perform tasks, step-by-step procedures for completing lab work, and student lab report.

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Contents

The Computer
1
Starting the Computer
7
Essential CMOS Backup
15
The Tools and Work Area
21
Opening the Case
27
Cables and Connectors
31
Disassembling the Computer
39
The Central Processing Unit
47
Diagnosing and Fixing Hard Disk Problems
139
Installing a SCSI Adapter
145
Installing a Video Board
151
Installing a CDROM CDRW or DVD Drive
159
The Serial and Parallel Ports
165
Installing a Modem
175
Connecting to the Internet
179
Networking PCs
187

CMOS Setup
53
Replacing the Power Supply
61
Preventive Maintenance
66
virus Protection
71
Adding Memory
79
The Hard Drive
87
Installing a Hard Drive
95
Formatting
101
Multiple Disk Partitions
107
MasterSlave Configurations
115
DualBooting
121
Keeping Hard Disks in Good Shape
127
General Backup Techniques
133
Installing a Sound Card
197
Handling IO Address Conflicts
203
The Device Manager
209
Using the Add New Hardware Wizard
215
Troubleshooting Printers
221
Solving IRQ Problems
225
Solving Mouse and Keyboard Problems
231
Power SafetyLine Noise Protection and Battery Backup
235
General Troubleshooting
241
Notebook Upgrades
247
Building the Ultimate Computer
255
Six Essential Upgrades
265
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About the author (2000)

Evangelos Petroutsos is a computer engineer who has worked for the California Institute of Technology and MCI. He writes articles, teaches programming courses, and wrote the best-selling Mastering Visual Basic .NET, Mastering VB 6, and VB 6 Developer's Handbook, from Sybex. Richard Mansfield has written hundreds of magazine articles and 32 computer books. Richard's books have sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide, and have been translated into 11 languages.

Evangelos Petroutsos has a M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. For more than two decades he has been involved in the design and implementation of business software and has authored many books and numerous articles on programming topics. He has extensive experience with GIS systems and spatial databases and has worked extensively with Google Maps since version 2 of the API implementing map-enabled sites. Currently he is involved in a GIS project for a gas utility company.

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