Upgrading Your Computer - 4 Books
COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
Title: Rescued by Upgrading Your PC: Kris Jamsa;
Jamsa Press; ISBN 1-884133-04-5; paperback;
252 pages; US$22.95, CAN$29.95.
Title: Upgrading Your PC: Allen Wyatt; Que Corporation;
ISBN 1-56529-666-4; US$24.99, CAN$31.95.
Title: Upgrading and Repairing PCs: 4th Edition; Scott
Mueller; Que Corporation; ISBN 1-56529-932-9; paperback;
1568 pages; US$39.95, CAN$53.99;
Title: Upgrading and Repairing PCs Quick Reference:
Scott Mueller; Que Corporation; ISBN 1-56529-736-9;
559 pages; US$19.99, CAN$26.95
Reviewer: A.T.Connellan, "There are too many books on
the market on this subject, but here is a choice array that
won't lead you astray. These are books crowded with
common sense, technical manuals for the everyman."
The Upgraders Eldorado
This is the era of the computer upgrade. The industry
leaders IBM and Apple are strolling down the aisle
arm-in-arm to a union of interchangeable architecture.
Software giant Microsoft, stuck in neutral on its release
of Chicago/ Windows4/Windows95, is indicating that
this new program will require mega-memory. Component
prices are plummeting. There has never been a better
time to move your present system forward in speed,
capacity and features.
Two of the hottest subjects in the computer field today
are The Internet and Multimedia, and equipping your
present system for both can be a do-it-yourself exercise
with just a handful of tools. The question in planning a
system renovation or upgrade is what to do, who does
it, how much will it cost, and how to avoid creating an
There are too many books on the market on this subject,
but here is a choice array that won't lead you astray.
Upgrading Your Pc, from Jamsa [say as in James not jam]
Press is labelled "For All Users," and follows the successful
Jamsa formula, using colored panels, clearly understandable
illustrations, set out in 4 sections containing 36 lessons that
build sequentially on each other to allow people like you
and me to go where angels fear to tread, and achieve
Kris Jamsa provides a helpful 7 point check list that is an
eye opener to the need for system upgrade, and 6 fine-tuning
steps as a pre-start double check. From that point on the
exercise becomes a follow-the-bouncing-ball procedure.
Allen Wyatt's "Upgrading Your PC" is directed at the same
level of user [beginner and intermediate], and covers much
of the same country with photographs to guide the process
that would do a coffee table book proud. His directions are
explicit, and understandable. Any terms the reader doesn't
understand can be quickly found in the excellent glossary
Your choice between these two may be the flip of a coin,
or better yet pick the one that communicates to you most
clearly. Either is full value.
Scott Mueller is an internationally recognized authority
in deciphering technical information. His client list includes
governments and Fortune 500 companies. He conveys
his knowledge cogently and understandably, qualities
not always found in technical manuals.
"Upgrading and Repairing PCs" is widely viewed as the
"upgrading bible." Major content additions to this 4th edition
cover sections on CD-ROM, Optical Drives, Audio Devices,
Networking, Operating Systems, and Communication Services.
The author acknowledges that all PCs are children of IBM,
legitimate and otherwise, so he defines the genealogy and
uses it to springboard to relevant information on the "clones,
or compatibles." Of particular help to system purchasers
is the 19 point system compatibility check list.
Exhaustively complete and featuring IBM's painfully precise
drawings with their exploded detail sections, it covers every
conceivable exercise of disassembly, reassembly,
maintenance, and repair of all PCs. In this 1,568 page
monster there are over 170 pages of Appendixes. It would
be very difficult to argue with those who claim "...it is simply
the most comprehensive PC support around!"
The companion "Quick Reference" is not a digest although
there are duplicates of some of the tables from its' big
brother. It provides a handy, at the bench, quicker access
to the essential information, codes, tables, specifications,
etc. Most users will probably buy the pair.
You may not wish to get into the subject this deeply, but
if you do, there is no better gateway. The Mueller books
are meant for computer users with some level of knowledge
and a strong interest, but won't disappoint the less
experienced. These are books crowded with common
sense, technical manuals for the everyman.
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