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    Question Hardware / PC Maintenance Book Recommendation Please?

    Can anyone please recommend a good beginners book on computer hardware & maintenance?

    I'd like to gain a basic understanding of the following;


    1. How computers work and what they do
    2. How software programmes run on computers
    3. A knowledge of what the various parts are, when I open a PC
    4. Computer specs - so that I can pick the best model, when buying a PC
    5. An understanding of computer memory, e.g. hard drives and RAM
    6. An understanding of computer processors.

    It would be a bonus if the book also covered topics such as networking, servers, IP's etc, but this is not essential.

    Many thanks!
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    Most of that is possible except number 4, because of the rapid evolution of hardware a machine detailing specifications would be outdated as new standards appear all of the time, you want a general computing guide which possibly one of the for dummies books would be a pretty solid introduction too. Generally I don't advise the for dummies books on areas such as website development or programming but for operating guides to software and computers in general their extremly good.

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    Books are great, but there are printable articles too... How PCs Work

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    Thanks for the great suggestions. I'll consider the Dummies books and the How Stuff Work Article looks great. Someone else suggested YouTube to me, so I'll do some searches there as well.
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