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Upgrading and Repairing PCs (22nd Edition) Reviewed by Mikerose23 on Jan 9 . Rating: 4.5 Upgrading and Repairing PCs (22nd Edition) DVD-ROM Includes 3 hours of new how-to video   For more than 25 years, Upgrading and Repairing PCs has been the world’s #1 guide to PC hardware: The single source for reliable information on how PCs work, troubleshooting and fixing problems, adding hardware, optimizing performance, and building new PCs. […]

Upgrading and Repairing PCs (22nd Edition)


Upgrading and Repairing PCs (22nd Edition)


DVD-ROM Includes 3 hours of new how-to video

 

For more than 25 years, Upgrading and Repairing PCs has been the world’s #1 guide to PC hardware: The single source for reliable information on how PCs work, troubleshooting and fixing problems, adding hardware, optimizing performance, and building new PCs. This 22nd edition offers beefed-up coverage of the newest hardware innovations and maintenance techniques, plus more than two hours of new video.

 

Scott Mueller delivers practical answers about PC processors, mother-boards, buses, BIOSes, memory, SSD and HDD storage, video, audio, 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 PC 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!

 

NEW IN THIS EDITION

  • The newest processors, including Intel’s latest Core i Haswell processors and AMD’s Kaveri core processors.
  • Everything you need to know about the latest GPU technology from NVIDIA and AMD, including developments in OpenGL, DirectX, and Mantle.
  • New firmware innovations like the InSyde BIOS, Back to BIOS buttons, and all the updated settings available for the newest processors and chipsets.
  • The latest in updated home networking standards, from blazing fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi to HomeGrid and G.hn powerline networking.
  • Ever larger storage, thanks to new technologies like helium-filled hard disks, shingled magnetic recording, and Cfast and XQD for flash memory.
  • Emerging interfaces such as mSATA, USB 3.1, and M.2
  • Updated coverage of building PCs from scratch—from choosing and assembling hardware through BIOS setup and troubleshooting

 

ON THE DVD

 

Get 3 hours of up-to-the minute, studio-quality how-to videos—all playable on your DVD player or computer! In this edition, Scott Mueller delivers a complete seminar on PC troubleshooting, teaching you how to identify and resolve an array of common and not-so-common PC problems.

From detailed explanations on all the tools that should be a basic part of any PC toolkit, to all the critical rules you should follow to safely operate on your PC’s internal components, in these videos Scott Mueller ensures you are equipped with everything you need to know to successfully resolve your PC’s problems.

From there, Scott takes you through a complete disassembly of an All-in-One (AiO) system, showing just what you can do to keep these specialized systems running smoothly. Finally, there is a detailed look at today’s ultra-fast solid state disk drives (SSD) and the benefits they bring to modern systems.

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!

 

“…continually revised and updated to reflect the ever-changing PC landscape. A resource from my PC repair days, Scott Mueller’s tome is one of the books that has stayed on my bookshelf
throughout the years.”

—Adam Overa, Managing Editor, Tom’s Hardware

 

 



What customers say about Upgrading and Repairing PCs (22nd Edition)?

  • 11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best computer book, August 14, 2015
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    John T. Watkins (Houston, Tx) –

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    This review is from: Upgrading and Repairing PCs (22nd Edition) (Hardcover)
    I’ve been buying these books for years now ever since the 18th edition. I am an IT professional and I give these books an Scott Mueller every bit of credit for the knowledge I have in the field. I strongly recommend watching the DVD’s that come with the books as they are very informative and give you a lot of practical knowledge from experience.

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  • 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Still the #1 five star leader, although …, November 9, 2015
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    Fred Sabin (New Jersey, USA) –

    This review is from: Upgrading and Repairing PCs (22nd Edition) (Hardcover)
    Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 22nd Edition
    by Scott M. Mueller
    Pearson Education, Inc. / Que Publishing
    ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5610-7 / ISBN-10: 0-7897-5610-2
    Fred Sabin (President, New Jersey Computer Club) Review – November 9, 2015

    I previously reviewed the 16th, 20th, and 21st editions of this book with five star ratings, and this 22nd edition is certainly of the same quality. Unfortunately, I believe that the changes from the 21st edition are relatively minor (except for technical data updating), and there is no preface that highlights these changes. In addition, on “Scott Mueller’s Upgrading and Repairing PCs Forum” he posted as recently as October 23, 2015 (http://forum.scottmueller.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3100) that “Unfortunately I don’t currently recommend any Windows versions beyond Windows 7.” This is reflected in this book with scant coverage of these Windows editions, although in fairness this is not the focus of this book and Windows 10 is still very recent. I would therefore suggest and recommend that Scott Mueller update and reissue his “Upgrading and Repairing Microsoft Windows, 2nd Edition” last released in 2008 for Vista and XP.

    This 22nd edition continues to deliver the most authoritative, current, and comprehensive reference on everything associated with computer hardware; includes an instructional and reference DVD; and an online “Bonus Content” that includes additional videos and the complete 19th and 20th editions of this book (in PDF format). Since this book contains older and obsolete information that is readily available in prior online PDF editions, future editions might eliminate much of this information for a smaller but more current tome. Technical data changes too fast to be current, but the historical perspectives, conceptual diagrams and figures, and how-to techniques that reference online data sources would be invaluable.

    Having used previous editions for over ten years, my appreciation and usage of this book has increased to the point that I keep this book readily available. The historical backgrounds are especially invaluable in understanding the current state of computer hardware and how we got there. This information is probably available on the Internet by searching multiple sites, but in this book it is already all there in one place in a very easy to understand format. The time saved from this convenience can not be overstated.

    To supplement this book Scott Mueller still has a forum website (http://forum.scottmueller.com) for updated information, questions, and comments related to all aspects of the book. In addition the Que Store book reference page also has excellent free DVD videos, resources, and articles to supplement this book (that are updated daily).

    From prior personal experience with “Upgrading and Repairing PCs”, I have always found the content to be very accurate, informative and useful. I have never read an entire book, but I know what is available and where to find it, and when you need the information it is very satisfying to know that you have it readily accessible. I very strongly recommend it as a learning, self help, and reference tool and I have no doubt that anyone who wants to know more about computers will also find this book equally valuable. It’s excellent for a computer technician, but a little too large and too extensive for the average person.

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  • 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The best in its field, August 18, 2015
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    Brian

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    This review is from: Upgrading and Repairing PCs (22nd Edition) (Hardcover)
    As so many have said, over past editions, this latest (#22) is excellent. I think it would be very difficult to find another source as comprehensive, current and well written.

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