on 24 January 2004
I was extremely disappointed with this book, expecting (perhaps too optimistically) a valuable manual with details of common faults & their fixes, hardware comparisons between vendors etc. Given that laptops are restricted largely to hard-drive and memory upgrades, the book really has little to say that can't be found in any other decent hardware book. It seems that the author thinks that there are no laptops worth discussing other than IBM, and anything older than 2-3 years should be scrapped. The book is full of unnecessary techno-gook that is of little value to the laptop-repair person - who needs to know the AT-command set for modems or the architecture of a Celeron processor (especially when the darned thing can't be changed) these days? Older laptops (of the type that will typically need repaired or upgraded) are just not discussed. The video CD included with the book is also somewhat patronising. As the previous reviewer stated, anyone who dabbles with laptops will know all that's relevant in this book already, if not more. It seems that about 5% is about laptops, and 95% is general computer information. Overall a great disappointment to me.