Recommend Your Favorite Hardware Book
Do you have a favorite book on computer hardware? If so, please let me know. I found several on Amazon with good reviews, but I'd like to get your opinions. Thanks.
Hard to say, but I paged through the Mike Myers A+ book a few years ago and it seemed pretty good. Skim through that at your leisure and read some hardware sites such as Anandtech and you should be good to go.
Could you be a little more specfic in what you are looking for! The hardware topic is quite varied and broad. For example, PC computer architecture will describe one particular class of equipment in general. Servers produced by Sun, IBM, HP, DEC, SGI, generally have their own pecularities. These differences extended into the add-on product markets as well (storage and networking).
A good beginning general book is Forensic Computing by Sammes and Jenkinson, however it is quite dated.
Hope this helps.
az, just looking for a solid introduction, something that could take me from zero knowledge to knowing how to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain a PC. (About the only thing I've done is added RAM.) I've searched Amazon, but I wanted to get recommendations from the CF perspective. I'll check out those sites. Thanks.
Well in that case start off with those two sites I recommended. There are probably numerous similar sites on the web. Maybe some of the other folks will provide some recommendations. By all means check out your local public library. Beginner or novice hardware books are readily available but by all means check out Forensic Computing.
I use the local public and college libraries as much as possible to maximize my research and minimize my cost. Even local community college libraries are quite impressive.
The reason I suggest this course of action is that you will quickly tire of beginner level books in search of more authorative sources. Plus, you could spend a small fortune acquiring a library of books you only use once (even buying used versions online).
Try Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PC's book. He knows his stuff and the book is technical enough to keep you going back to it year after year.
Don't read it on the toilet though-it's heavy and you will get those reading dimples in your knees. What's good is that you could get last year's edition for cheap.
Try Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PC's book.
I just read some reviews on Amazon. It looks like a good choice. Thanks.
It also has a dvd with it with video how tos and tools etc. I like the way it has detail from a specification/standards point of view, some real world knowledge from Scott and also good breakdowns of technology-even vendor specific detail/data. It has saved my bacon on several occasions and also made me appear smarter than I am on others 😉
check out the website www.upgradingandrepairingpcs.com
I second the suggestion for Mueller's book. It's been a reference that I've kept updated on my bookshelf for many many years now.