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5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for computing students and PC enthusiasts.
Absolutely fantastic book, I purchased this book after a personal recommendation to help me with my studies at University and I'm not sorry.
The book is so helpful and easy to follow and so comprehensive, not too much jargon either which helps.
I wouldn't hesitate recommending this book to anyone, in fact I've recommended it to a few friends at University...
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3.0 out of 5 stars More of a history book than a bible
I was disappointed with this tome. It glosses over many issues, lacks illustrations and certainly does not lend itself to helping with any sort of fault finding.
However, it is a good historical reference to tell you why things are the way they are today. Shame it doesn't explain the origins of the expression "booting a computer".
Published on 1 Dec 1999 by A. W. Aubrey-Rees


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5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for computing students and PC enthusiasts., 27 Oct 2001
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Absolutely fantastic book, I purchased this book after a personal recommendation to help me with my studies at University and I'm not sorry.
The book is so helpful and easy to follow and so comprehensive, not too much jargon either which helps.
I wouldn't hesitate recommending this book to anyone, in fact I've recommended it to a few friends at University already!
If you need a book which explains how the PC works then do yourself a favour, get this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great background to PC's, 18 May 2000
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This book gives a great insight to the history of pc hardware up to the forefront of new (now getting on old) technologies that the PC has brought us. I think that the book is written in a marvellous manner and is humorous to the correct extent. Detail has not been skimped on either and especially the extras that are included on the cd-rom included. Not the usual junk that is expected. Brilliant book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, extensive and worth the money, 1 April 1998
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This review is from: The Winn L.Rosch Hardware Bible (Hardcover)
okay I know a bit about general computer stuff and for me this book completely fulfilled my needs. Almost everything is covered, just not the architecture of non-intel cpu's like HP's, MIPS, Sun and DEC alpha, which I find a shame. The cdrom that comes with the book is a waste of time to say the least, ugley layout mostly text that offer no significant extra info and no index -absolutely unuseful. One of the best things about this book is the authors critical view to a lot of the technologies described, which really is needed when you are discussing pc technology. If you want coverage of just abot everything concerning pc's and don't mind the volume of data then this is definitely the book. The author could have added sort of summaries to each standard description; sometimes he describes the subject a little to extensive, and the tables are a bit technician like,a fact I suppose would-be engineers and real technicians would love. Last I must confess I only read the Premier Edition and don't know if it differs from fourth edition.(other than it's a hardback)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor compared with others in the market, 8 Dec 1999
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Full of errors and omissions..
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3.0 out of 5 stars More of a history book than a bible, 1 Dec 1999
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This review is from: The Winn L.Rosch Hardware Bible (Hardcover)
I was disappointed with this tome. It glosses over many issues, lacks illustrations and certainly does not lend itself to helping with any sort of fault finding.
However, it is a good historical reference to tell you why things are the way they are today. Shame it doesn't explain the origins of the expression "booting a computer".
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice book...but a lot to read...and more on CD-ROM, 30 Aug 1999
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A very complete discussion of computer hardware especially on the PC side. The size of it makes it formidable, but a good reference. The price is reasonable considering the abundance of information in it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete, Mispelled, and opinionated., 7 Dec 1998
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This review is from: The Winn L.Rosch Hardware Bible (Hardcover)
Unrivaled amounts of knowledge are combined with incomplete blurbs about the knowledge, and disappointing mistypes that pass even the best spell-check.
For example, in the Display Adapters section, under the heading "MMX Technology" at top of page 744, the Advanced Graphics port is given three different names. AGI, ACP, and finally AGP. All this in less than a quarter of one page! In the same chapter, a UMA graphics port is "completely" covered- in three sentences! (a little more information, please?)
There exist entirely too many bad "jokes" to list this book as a reputable reference book as well.
It's too bad all this information had to be sabotaged!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of information for the intermediate/advanced user, 25 Aug 1998
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This review is from: The Winn L.Rosch Hardware Bible (Hardcover)
This edition has a ton of information on the PC, and the CD-ROM "bonus" is a nice touch, giving the reader the sum total of Rosch's research since Edition 1: Anything there is to know about the PC is available in one form or another. Rosch has some prejudices with regard to hardware, however, and indicates "better" or "worse" in instances where many of his colleagues might disagree. SCSI vs IDE is the best example I can give: while writing most of the text at the level of a user who will naturally gravitate to SCSI for upper-end performance, he continues to advocate IDE/ATAPI for its (typically) lower price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute, unconditional endorsement for this classic, 23 Aug 1998
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This review is from: The Winn L.Rosch Hardware Bible (Hardcover)
An absolute, unconditional endorsement for this classic by Winn Rosch, a certified computer genius. This book is all substance, unlike the confused trash and filler cluttering the (real and virtual) bookshelves today from people who received an A in Freshman English and happened to end up working for a computer magazine. I am truly awed by the breadth and scope of this work. Bravo, Winn. A bonus is the CD-ROM which includes an additional 700 pages of archive and background material which did not make it into the hardcopy edition. Compare it to the throwaway shareware garbage that passes for a CD-ROM volume in most computer books today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect professional's reference book, 30 July 1998
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This review is from: The Winn L.Rosch Hardware Bible (Hardcover)
As a computer professional I have found the Hardware Bible an invaluable resource both as a reference work and as an aid to keeping up with the latest technologies in the ever changing computer field. Everything is explained in a straightforward and easy to understand manner, including the latest innovations such as SDRAM and AGP with just enough detail to be useful but not so deep as to be incomprehensible.
The book is geared towards people who have some basic knowledge of computers but is not too technical for a casual tinkerer. If you have a curiosity about what everything in a computer is and does then this is the perfect book for you.
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