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Winn L. Rosch Hardware Bible, Sixth Edition

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The Winn L. Rosch Hardware Bible provides a background on how things work, puts competing technologies, standards, and products in perspective, and serves as a reference that provides quick answers for common computer and technology questions. It functions as a buying guide, telling not only what to buy, but why. It also lays the foundation for upgrading or repairing a computer, but stops short of the step-by-step mechanics of the process. The chief purpose of the Hardware Bible remains educational. Some new features in this edition include rewritable DVD technology as well as Blu-ray Discs, wireless networking including 802.11a and 802.11b, Bluetooth wireless communications, and extended coverage of digital cameras, scanners, and telecommunications...and much more!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Foreword
  3. Electronic Addenda
  4. About the Author
  5. We Want to Hear from You!
  6. Introduction
    1. Computers
      1. Computers in History
      2. Computers in Today's World
      3. Computer Intelligence
      4. So What Is a Computer?
    2. Functions and Components
      1. Processing
      2. Communicating
      3. Remembering
      4. Listening and Monitoring
      5. Infrastructure
    3. Software
      1. Definitions
      2. Applications
      3. Operating Systems
      4. Programming Languages
      5. Hardware Interfaces
  7. Processing
    1. Digital Electronics
      1. Electronic Design
      2. Logic Design
    2. Microprocessors
      1. Background
      2. Performance-Enhancing Architectures
      3. Electrical Characteristics
      4. History
      5. Current Products
    3. Chipsets
      1. Background
      2. Functions
      3. Memory Control
      4. System Control
      5. Peripheral Control
    4. BIOS
      1. Background
      2. Initialization Functions
      3. Interface Functions
      4. Storage Functions
      5. Upgrades
  8. Communications
    1. Channels and Coding
      1. Signal Characteristics
    2. Expansion Buses
      1. Background
      2. Peripheral Component Interconnect
      3. InfiniBand
      4. HyperTransport
      5. PCMCIA
    3. Interfaces
      1. AT Attachment
      2. Serial ATA
      3. SCSI Parallel Interface
      4. Fibre Channel
      5. Floppy Disk Interface
    4. Ports
      1. Universal Serial Bus
      2. FireWire
      3. IrDA
      4. Bluetooth
      5. RS-232C Serial Ports
      6. Parallel Ports
    5. Local Area Networking
      1. Concepts
      2. Architecture
      3. Standards
      4. Hardware
    6. Telecommunications
      1. Analog Services
      2. Digital Services
    7. Internet
      1. History
      2. Addressing
      3. Domain Name System
      4. Routing
      5. Web Pages
      6. Service Providers
  9. Storage
    1. Principles: Freezing Time
      1. Defining Memory
      2. Solid-State Memory
      3. Errors
      4. Mass Storage Systems
      5. Magnetic Storage
      6. Optical Storage
      7. Virtual Memory
      8. Data Compression
    2. Memory
      1. Requirements
      2. Logical Organization
      3. Technologies
      4. Packaging
      5. Installation
      6. Memory Cards
    3. Magnetic Storage
      1. Hard Disks
      2. Floppy Disks
      3. Tape
    4. Optical Storage (CD and DVD)
      1. History
      2. Physical Format
      3. Drives
      4. Standards
      5. DVD-Audio
  10. Human Interface
    1. Principles: Connecting to You
      1. Teletypes
      2. Output
    2. Keyboards
      1. Technologies
      2. Touch
      3. Legends
      4. Layouts
      5. Electrical Function
      6. Wireless
    3. Pointing Devices
      1. Mice
      2. Trackballs
      3. TouchPads
      4. TrackPoint
      5. Game Controllers
      6. Interfaces
      7. Protocols and Drivers
    4. Scanners
      1. Types
      2. Features
      3. Application Interfacing
    5. Digital Cameras
      1. The Big Three
      2. Imaging Sensors
      3. Lenses
      4. Zoom
      5. Shutters
      6. Exposure
      7. Flash
      8. Focusing
      9. White Balance
      10. Image Storage
      11. Viewfinders
      12. View Panels
      13. Connections
      14. Analog Video Output
      15. Power
    6. Display Systems
      1. Video Technology
      2. Video Integration
      3. Image Compression
      4. Computer Display Standards
      5. Display Adapters
      6. Displays
    7. Audio Systems
      1. Sound
      2. Analog Audio
      3. Digital Audio
      4. Hardware
    8. Printers
      1. Print Engines
      2. Characteristics
      3. Consumables
      4. Interfacing
    9. Fax
      1. Technology
      2. Hardware
      3. Group Standards
      4. Interface Classes
  11. Infrastructure
    1. Principles: Hardware
      1. Design Approaches
      2. Nomenclature
      3. Expansion Boards
      4. Power
      5. Cases
    2. Motherboards
      1. Physical Requirements
      2. Standards
    3. Expansion Boards
      1. PCI Boards
      2. Accelerated Graphics Port
      3. Riser Boards
      4. PCMCIA Cards
    4. Power
      1. Power Supplies
      2. Batteries
      3. Power Management
      4. Power Protection
    5. Cases
      1. Mechanical Construction
      2. Cooling
      3. Radiation
  12. Index