How Computers Work

How Computers Work

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How Computers Work, 7th Edition has been one of the best-selling computer books for the last 10 years. This four-color visual book is a must-have for any computer user, from novice to expert. The rich graphics and intricate details about the inner workings of computers have been admired for years by consumers, instructors, professionals, and readers of all ages. To celebrate this milestone, this edition is the 10th Anniversary Edition and it has a new lower price of $29.99. The 10th Anniversary Edition has been completely updated with new coverage of: Wi-Fi, Viruses, Security, Photo Printers, Centrio notebooks, and many updates to existing technologies. A fresh cover and interior provide the reader with superior usability and it is the most aesthetically-pleasing edition yet!
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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 203.2 x 251.46 x 20.32mm | 997.9g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • 7th edition
  • w. numerous ill. (mostly col.) by Timothy E. Downs.
  • 0789730332
  • 9780789730336

Table of contents

Introduction.
I. BOOT-UP PROCESS.

1. Getting to Know the Hardware.
2. How a Disk Boot Works.
3. How an Operating System Controls Hardware.
II. MICROCHIPS.

4. How a Transistor Works.
5. How RAM Works.
6. How a Microprocessor Works.
III. HOW SOFTWARE WORKS.

7. How Programming Languages Work.
8. How Windows Works.
9. How Software Applications Work.
IV. DATA STORAGE.

10. How Disk Storage Works.
11. How Disk Drives Work.
12. How Disk Drives Increase Speed and Storage.
13. How Optical Storage Works.
14. How Removable Storage Works.
V. INPUT/OUTPUT DEVICES.

15. How Energy Turns into Data.
16. How a Bus Works.
17. How Computer Ports Work.
18. How a Computer Display Works.
19. How a Keyboard Works.
20. How Pointing Devices Work.
21. How Game Controllers Work.
22. How a Modem Works.
23. How Light Input Works
24. How Portable Computers Work.
VI. MULTIMEDIA.

25. How Multimedia Sound Works.
26. How Multimedia Video Works.
27. How Virtual Reality Works.
VII. HOW THE INTERNET WORKS.

28. How Local Area Networks Work.
29. How a PC Connects to the Internet.
30. How Wireless Works.
31. How Email, Chat and Messaging Work.
32. How Internet Video and Audio Work.
33. How the World Wide Web Works.
34. How Internet Security Works.
VIII. HOW PRINTERS WORK.

35. How Basic Printing Works.
36. How Color Printing Works.
Index.
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