Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Que Publishing; 9 edition (November 24, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.9 x 9.9 inches
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Now in its eight edition, this is a standard textbook for the IT101 class most colleges and universities now have as a graduation requirement for computer literacy. I know for a fact George Mason University uses this textbook, and the students all have good things to say about it. However, these students are mainly 18 and 19 year old freshmen, with only their personal usage of a computer to draw upon for context. Thus, as a previous reviewer put it, it will make you aware of the computer buzzwords flying around the office, and it is a good first exposure to the inner workings of a computer, but don't buy it expecting detailed information on personal and office computer repair and assembly. That is not this book's purpose, for its contents are very basic. Also note that what little the book has to say on operating systems is limited to Windows. If what you want are start-to-finish instructions for repairing a PC that are accessible for beginners, try "Repairing and Upgrading Your Computer" by Thompson, which was just published this month, March 2006, so it is up-to-date. That book shows how to troubleshoot a PC, how to identify which components need upgrading, and how to tear a PC down and then put it all back together. You could also stick with an old reliable title "Upgrading and Repairing PC's" by Mueller, to be released in its 17th edition at the end of March 2006.I notice that shows the table of contents for the 6th edition, but not the current 8th edition.
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