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The Hardware Book - The Internet's largest free collection of connector pinouts and cable descriptions. Information about Connectors (Pinouts for connectors, buses etc.), Cables (how to build serial cables and many other cables), Adapters (how to build adapters), and Circuits (misc. circuits, active filters etc).

Upgrading & Repairing PCs, Eighth Edition - This book is for people who want to upgrade, repair, maintain, and troubleshoot computers. It covers the full range of PC-compatible systems from the oldest 8-bit machines to the latest in high-end 64-bit workstations.

The Hand-Me-Down PC - The primary purpose of this book is to empower owners and potential buyers of hand-me-down PCs so they can determine whether it makes financial sense for them to invest money in technology that may already be obsolete. In addition, they have included a troubleshooting guide for those who want to do their own repairs and upgrades.

IBM PC Tech Library - :Hardware Service Manuals - these manuals are intended for trained servicers who are familiar with IBM products.

IBM Service and Maintenance Manuals - Select the product family, the specific computer and then select Online Publications.

PC 2001 System Design Guide - This free guide provides a guide for engineers who build personal computers, expansion cards, and peripheral devices that will be used with the Microsoft Windows 32-bit operating systems and that incorporate legacy components.

Online Intel Documentation - Specifications and documentation for many of Intel's Microprocessors (in pdf format).

Microprocessor Resources - Very good articles and tutorials covering Intel and AMD microprocessors and chipsets.

How to Build a Computer Interface - chapter 2 from Programming the Parallel Port

Computer Aids for VLSI Design - This book presents a broad and coherent view of the computational tools available to the VLSI designer. It contains insights and information that will be valuable both to chip designers and to tool builders.



Hardware Tutorial #1

1. About PC data

1a. About data (6 p.)
1b. Character tables (8 p.)

2. The PC system board

2a. Introduction (15 p.)
2b. Boot process, system bus (6 p.)
2c. I/O, ISA and PCI bus etc. (7 p.)
2d. Chip sets (10 p.)
2e. RAM (6 p.)

3. About CPUs

3a. An intro to CPUs (7 p.)
3b. CPU improvements (7 p.)
3c. CPUs: the 5th generation (9 p.)
3d. Cooling and overclocking (22 p.)
3e. CPUs: the 6th generation (39 p.)

4. Drives and other storage

4a. Drives (4 p.)
4b. Hard disks (9 p.)
4c. Optic storage media (11 p.)
4d. ZIP, LS120, HiFD, MO (4 p.)
4e. Tape streamers (2 p.)

5. Expansion cards and interfaces

5a. Adapters (20 p.)
5b. EIDE, Ultra DMA, AGP (11 p.)
5c. SCSI, FireWire, USB (15 p.)

6. About operating and file systems

6a. File systems (18 p.)
6c. BIOS, OS, hardware (10 p.)

7. Graphics and sound

7a. Display basics (17 p.)
7b. Graphics cards (16 p.)
7c. About sound cards (6 p.)
7d. Digital music MP3, MOD etc. (11 p.)


Index for Tutorial #1:

3D graphics
3DNow!
5X86
6X86
6X86MX (M2)

8086-compatibility
810 chip set
815 chip set
820 chip set
820E chip set
82430HX
82430TX
82430VX

82440BX
82440EX
82440FX
82440LX
82440GX
82450NX
82440ZX

Adapters
AGP
AMD K5 and K6
ASCII
ATA/66
ATI
ATX

BIOS
Bits & Bytes
Boot record
Boot sequence
Bus mastering
buses

Camino
Celeron
CD-ROM
CD-RW
Chip set
CISC instructons
CMOS
CPU-cache (L1 and L2)
CuMine

Cyrix DDR RAM
DirectX
Diskcache in W95
Diskette drive

Dixon
DMA
Drives
Drives, Interface
Dolby AC-3
Drivers
Dual Voltage
DVD drives
DX4

EPP/ECP
EIDE
EDO-RAM
EISA bus

FAT16
FAT32
FDISK
FireWire
Foster
FPU

G400

Hard drives
HiFD


i740
IDE

IEEE1394 FireWire
IBM drives (Deskstar etc..)
IBM compatibility
Introduction to Click & Learn
IRQs
ISA bus

K6
K6-2
K6-3
K7 Athlon

Katmai

LCD display
LS120
LVD

M3 (Cyrix CPU) Matrox
MCA bus
Merced
MIDI
MMX
MO-drives
MPC-3
MP3
Motherboard
Multi-read CD-drives

Neumann, John von

Over-clocking CPUs (tuning)

PC100 RAM

PC133 RAM
PC-Card
PCI bus
Pentium
Pentium II
PentiumPro
Plug and Play (PnP)
POST (tests)
Powersafe, in BIOS

RAID 1, 2

RAMDAC
RDRAM
RISC instructions
ROM chips

S3
SCSI
SDRAM
Setup program
SiS (Chip sets)
SIMD
SIMMs
Slot One
SPD
SSE2
System bus

Tapestreamers
.Tmp files
TNT2
Trinitron
Tseng

USB
Ultra DMA

VC133 RAM
Vesa Local Bus
VIA chip set
VIA Apollo MVP3
VIA Apollo+

 

Wave table
Wait states
Willamette
Windows optimizing

Xeon
ZIF
Zip-drives

 

Hardware Tutorial #2
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