Winn L. Rosch
Hardware Bible Fifth Edition
Winn L. Rosch HARDWARE BIBLE Fifth Edition is thick
hefty soft-covered book of (including index) 1415
pages, plus a CD-ROM. The subject matter is divided
in 26 chapters, covering such topics as System Boards,
Microprocessors, Memory, BIOS, Chipsets, Storage,
Disks, Input Devices, Audio, Ports Display Systems
and Networking. A handy brief description of the
content of each chapter is found in the book's preface.
accompanying CD-ROM is a worthwhile bonus. While
it includes the Hardware Bible in PDF, the CD helps
to keep the book more manageable by keeping blocks
of details, especially tabular, out of the flow of
the text. It includes (a) reference Connectorama:
find the pinout for almost any connector in a PC,
plus the wiring for most important adapter cables.
(b) Appendices: 33 appendixes, each specifically
referenced in the text. (c) Third-Party Software:
list of several related products the author believes
will be useful. Caution: The software offered is
provided without warranty of any kind. (d) Web Resources:
lists of vendors, software companies and programming
states two purposes for the book: A) as an introductory text
to help anyone get up to speed on PCs and how PCs work. So
they can buy wisely and add to their PCs intelligently. So
that they know not only what to do, but why they have to do
it. In addition: B) to continue to serve as the ultimate PC
his aims, the author encompasses a deluge of material in a
format that is straightforward and easily followed. However,
the average PC owner may find some difficulty with a text
that at times is rather technical in its explanation and use
of terms. Maybe a glossary would have been of some help to
any not so enlightened in some of the technical terms related
to the understanding and operation of PCs.
is also much material presented that would seem irrelevant
(such as the historical accounts of the different PC components)
to the average PC owners whose only wish is to buy wisely
and operate or update their PCs efficiently. The Hardware
Bible presents itself more as a reference guide for technicians.
overall I believe the Hardware Bible accomplishes its stated
purpose fully and measures up to its stated claim as being
a "complete guide to all types of PC hardware."
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