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Upgrading and Repairing PCs (20th Edition) Hardcover – August 26, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0789747105 ISBN-10: 0789747103 Edition: 20th

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Product Details

  • Series: Upgrading and Repairing
  • Hardcover: 1104 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 20 edition (August 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789747103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789747105
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Scott Mueller is the president of Mueller Technical Research (MTR), an international research and corporate training firm. Since 1982, MTR has produced the industry’s most in-depth, accurate, and effective seminars, books, articles, videos, and FAQs covering PC hardware and data recovery. MTR maintains a client list that includes Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. and foreign governments, major software and hardware corporations, as well as PC enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. Scott’s seminars have been presented to several thousands of PC support professionals throughout the world.

 

Scott personally teaches seminars nationwide covering all aspects of PC hardware (including troubleshooting, maintenance, repair, and upgrade), A+ Certification, and data recovery/forensics. He has a knack for making technical topics not only understandable, but entertaining; his classes are never boring! If you have 10 or more people to train, Scott can design and present a custom seminar for your organization.

 

Although he has taught classes virtually nonstop since 1982, Scott is best known as the author of the longest-running, most popular, and most comprehensive PC hardware book in the world, Upgrading and Repairing PCs, which has become the core of an entire series of books, including Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Upgrading and Repairing Laptops, and Upgrading and Repairing Windows.

 

Scott’s premiere work, Upgrading and Repairing PCs, has sold well over two million copies, making it by far the most popular and longest-running PC hardware book on the market today. Scott has been featured in Forbes magazine and has written several articles for PC World magazine, Maximum PC magazine, the Scott Mueller Forum, various computer and automotive newsletters, and the Upgrading and Repairing PCs website.

 


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Customer Reviews

This book is very detail orientated and informative.
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I love this book, and will continue to buy the up-to-date version.
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This is a must have book for anyone working with computers.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lex Rex on October 20, 2011
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First, the physical book has a hard cover, quality paper, clear crisp font. I like the 'contents at a glance' along with a detailed contents section. The index seems complete and accurate. Each page has the section description, chapter # at the top, and page # bold/lager font. The book is loaded with useful tables and figures. Many of the tables have expansion of acronyms for quick reminder. Throughout the book are pointers to locations that expand on a specific topic.

Second, the contents are in depth, up to date (as best can be done), and easy to understand.

I have a vintage 2000 Dell desktop system. I planned to use the power supply unit and case for a new build. Thanks to this book, I discovered that the PSU is non-standard and not recommended for upgrade.

If you are interested in upgrading or repairing your PC, get this book. You won't be disappointed.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Fred Sabin on October 13, 2011
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Fred Sabin (President, New Jersey Computer Club) Review - October 13, 2011

The New Jersey Computer Club (NJCC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about computer systems, software, and their uses; providing community service to charities and educational groups; and sharing knowledge and social activities with other computer enthusiasts. A frequent topic of discussion, and a major need of our membership, is how to upgrade, troubleshoot, and repair their computer systems. In my opinion, this book continues to be the most authoritative and comprehensive reference on everything associated with these topics. Authored by well-known Scott Mueller and published by Que Publishing, this up-to-date (1081 page) resource book comes with an instructional and reference DVD, including the complete 19th edition of this book. Detailed technical information is very well presented in an easy to read format with extensive diagrams, figures, and tables that both illustrate concepts and organize historical and statistical data for clarity of understanding and ease of use.

There are two main ways of using this book. First, you can utilize it as a learning tool to gain knowledge about an area of interest, such as a particular component of a computer system. Second, you can utilize it as a technical reference, to find detailed information on a specific computer topic or component. Of major importance is the fact that the text covers not only current data and information, but also historical content on older systems and components that may still be in use.

The chapter on "PC Diagnostics, Testing and Maintenance" is of special interest, as troubleshooting problem systems is a significant concern for our membership.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By BluegrassPicker on November 14, 2011
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This is an absolutely splendid book. I have used previous editions upon occasion, but since I was about to try my hand at building my own PC, I spent considerably more time reading sections in this new (20th) edition -- which, by the way, is very much up to date. Mueller's book contains an unbelievable wealth of information, much more than any one person is likely to require. But the volume is so well organized and indexed that it's easy to find what you're looking for.

Although professionals will surely find this book indispensable, Mueller's explanations are so clear that they will usually be intelligible to lay readers who have a little background in technology. Moreover, the text is supplemented by an excellent and large collection of photos and drawings.

For any first-time builder, Chapter 19 is especially valuable. Other chapters are very helpful for making component selections. Or, if you're just interested in seeing what's inside the box, this will tell you everything you want to know.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John M on November 27, 2011
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This is my second book by Scott Mueller. My first was the 10th edition. I was just getting in to building systems and the book was very helpful.
I just received the 20th edtion and it is full of great information. This is a must have book for anyone working with computers.
Great service from Amazon.com also.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By rlchristensen on October 26, 2011
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This is the best source for keeping up with PC technology. You really should build your own machine. You can control the experience and tie it into TV technology. All the knowledge you need is provided by the Scott Mueller series. Do not use general info from the Internet.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dave New England on October 20, 2011
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This book is pretty much the definitive source for all things PC. The companion CD contains the most detailed and insightful demonstrations/how-to-videos; you would be hard pressed to find content like this anywhere. Moreover, future-proofing the books content are two additional resources [...] and [...]. It's hard to believe there could be any other resource that can even begin to approach the value of this book and its companion resources.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James J. Billingsley on October 9, 2011
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I have been using Scott Mueller's Books for over ten years.
This is an excellent reference for both the semi-professional and professional IT specialists.
As for the novice, this could be considered a must have resource to research what that PC has under the hood.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Paul Salmon on September 8, 2011
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This book is a must for anyone that wants to learn more about the hardware and their computer than they could possible imagine. I own the 13th edition, and wanted to buy the updated 20th edition. I was not disappointed with the amount of information that was written in the book. I have learned a lot from just reading a few chapters in this book.

The one issue that I did have was the fact that my copy of the book was missing the entire eighth chapter - Magnetic Storage Principles. I don't use any magnetic storage, so it isn't a total loss. The book simply has chapter nine - Hard Disk Storage - printed twice (back-to-back). There were also a few other minor spelling mistakes, but the mistakes don't take away from the good content.

I'll give the book 4 stars mainly because of the missing chapter, which isn't a total loss for me. I would like to give 5 stars simply because of the amount of information that is provided is worth it, but the missing chapter can be an issue for some.
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