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  • Help! My Computer is Broken (How do I Fix It?)

    This book takes the most common computer problems and tells you how to fix them. It’s as simple as that! If you’ve ever wondered why your laptop won’t turn on, you can’t get a WiFi connection, your printer isn’t printing, or why everything is so slow ...

  • How Computers Work: Processor and Main Memory, 2nd Edition

    This book starts out very simple and gets more complex as it goes along, but everything is explained. The processor and memory are mainly covered. It explains in great detail the operation of a simple but functional computer.

  • Digital Circuit Projects: Through Implementing Integrated Circuits

    To understand how a computer works, it is essential to understand the digital circuits which make up the CPU. This text introduces the most important of these digital circuits; adders, decoders, multiplexers, D flip-flops, and simple state machines.

  • The Official Raspberry Pi Beginner's Guide (Gareth Halfacre)

    With this straightforward, easy to follow guide, aspiring programmers can now learn the craft without feeling overwhelmed and develop cool gadgets and complex robots - this book was written to show you just how easy it is to get started.

  • Retrograde - The Ultimate Guide to Pre-millennial PC Hardware

    This book not only covers the inner workings of loads of the hardware and software from the 1980s and 1990s, but also shows you how to build your own retro PC with a modern twist and also emulate DOS on Raspberry Pi.

  • Build Your Own PC - An Illustrated Step by Step Guide (Rosenthal)

    Build a computer from start to finish as easily as following a recipe with this highly visual and instructive guide. It walks you through every step of the process - from purchasing parts to installing operating systems and add-ons - in clear, easy-to-understand way.

  • Energy Efficient Servers: Blueprints for Data Center Optimization

    This book introduces power management technologies and techniques used in energy efficient servers, includes a deep examination of different features used in processors, memory, interconnects, I/O devices, and other platform components.

  • Computer Repair with Diagnostic Flowcharts, 3rd Edition

    This book presents a visual expert system for diagnosing component failure and identifying conflicts. The seventeen diagnostic flowcharts at the core of this book are intended for the intermediate to advanced hobbyist, or the beginning technician.

  • Build a Computer from Scratch (Jeff Heaton)

    It takes you through all of the steps to create a powerful computer system. It contains over 120 photographs to guide you through the process, includes sample designs for computer systems that emphasize such uses as gaming, video editing, etc.

  • PC Architecture (Michael Karbo)

    This guide is written in easy language and contains a lot of illustrations. The author would like to give you enough insight into and confidence about your PC's workings that you would dare to upgrade your PC, or build your next PC yourself.

  • The Brain of the Computer (Jim Buchanan)

    The purpose of the book is to take a basic computer system and show you how every part works. It is taught from a technicians point of view, not an engineer's. It covers electronic components, logic circuits, CPU, computer system, assembly language, etc.

  • Computer Arithmetic of Geometrical Figures (Solomon Khmelnik)

    The book is designed for using the computer arithmetic of geometrical figures in their own research and development in the field of specialized processors. It covers both the affine transformations and the figures coding theory

  • The Computers That Made Britain (Tim Danton)

    The story of 19 of those computers - the tales of missed deadlines, technical faults, business interference, and the unheralded geniuses who brought to the UK everything from the Dragon 32 and ZX81, to the Amstrad CPC 464 and Commodore Amiga.

  • Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

    Using everyday objects and familiar language systems such as Braille and Morse code, the author weaves an illuminating narrative for anyone who's ever wondered about the secret inner life of computers and other smart machines.

  • How To Assemble A Desktop PC (Wikibooks)

    Building a computer can be a very rewarding experience. Since you're reading this, you're probably thinking about building your next computer instead of buying one pre-built. Beginning from picking the parts, structuring, and so on to turn into an ideal PC.

  • Understanding Computers, Smartphones and the Internet

    This book is for people who would like to understand how computers work, without having to learn a lot of technical details. Only the most important things about computers are covered. There is no math except some simple arithmetic.

  • PC Assembly Language (Paul A. Carter)

    The purpose of this book is to give the reader a better understanding of how computers really work at a lower level than in programming languages like Pascal. It has extensive coverage of interfacing assembly and C code.

  • How It Works...The Computer (David Carey)

    If you are interested in computers, their function and operation, but are discouraged by their complexity, you should read this book. It deals as simply as possible with the principles, and the combination of carefully written text and instructive illustrations should give older students a good basic knowledge of what computers are all about.

  • Turbo Windows - The Ultimate PC Speed Up Guide (Liz Cornwell)

    This book is the only book that is written for both novice and more experienced computer users. It provides easy to follow computer speedup and maintenance instructions written in plain English.

  • Computer Desktop Encyclopedia (Alan Freedman)

    This desktop encyclopedia contains more than 10,000 terms, which are explained accurately and lucidly. There 800 illustrations that are used to show devices and clarify concepts.

  • Raspberry Pi: Measure, Record, Explore (Malcolm Maclean)

    Measure the world, record the data and display it graphically. The book is written to help those who want to get started interfacing computers with the physical world and turning recorded information into visual data.

  • BIOS Disassembly Ninjutsu Uncovered (Darmawan Salihun)

    This book is primarily oriented toward system programmers and computer security experts. In addition, electronic engineers, pc technicians and computer enthusiasts can also benefit a lot from this book.

  • The Secret Guide to Computers (Russ Walter)

    It's the one book that covers everything today's beginners and near-beginners need to know: not just about Windows, but also about software, hardware, and the Internet. It explains complicated concepts simply and clearly, and empowering beginners.

  • The PC Guide (Charles M. Kozierok)

    Complete with helpful hints on how to avoid beginner mistakes, a list of extras and accessories you may want for your PC, and insider tips from a PC guru. Every programmer needs to understand the hardware they're programming and how PC hardware and software interact.

  • The Laptop Repair Workbook (Morris Rosenthal)

    This book will help you troubleshoot your laptop problem and take the most cost effective approach to repairing it, getting it repaired, or replacing it. It includes twelve full page troubleshooting flowcharts for laptop hardware troubleshooting and explanatory text for every decision point.

  • Circuit Design Using Personal Computers (Thomas R. Cuthbert)

    This practical guide to designing electronic circuits using small computers and programmable calculators makes it easy to implement both classical and sophisticated design techniques.

  • Your PC, Part 1: Chassis, Power Supply and Motherboard

    This part will break the computer down into its different components focusing on the Chassis, Power Supply and Motherboard. It will describe each component and function, explain the different specifications to look out for and provide a bit of history, too.

  • Your PC, Part 2: CPU, RAM, Storage, Video Card and Expansions

    This part will break the computer down into its different components focusing on the CPU, RAM, Storage, Video Card and Expansions.

  • PC Technician's Tune-Up Manual (Jarvis Edwards)

    This book is a proven, step by step, illustrated manual, that will show how to easily and quickly speed up a computer and improve performance and reliability.

  • Starting Your Own Computer Business (Morris Rosenthal)

    This book offers a realistic picture of making it on your own. Bestselling author, Morris Rosenthal, has 15 years of experience in the computer business, building and repairing thousands of PCs and helping hundreds of customers.

  • Building the Second Mind: The Origins of Artificial Intelligence

    This book tells the history of the origins of Artificial Intelligence (AI). As the field that seeks to do things that would be considered intelligent if a human being did them, AI is a constant of human thought.

  • Building the Second Mind, 1961-1980: Commercial Expert Systems

    This book tells the story of the development, during the 1960s and 1970s, of AI, the field that sought to get computers to do things that would be considered intelligent if a person did them. Watching advances of the 1960s and 1970s by the efforts of AI founders.

  • A History of Apple's Operating Systems (Amit Singh)

    This document discusses operating systems that Apple has created in the past, and many that it tried to create. Through this discussion, we will come across several technologies the confluence of which eventually led to Mac OS X.

  • A History of the Personal Computer: the People and the Technology

    This book is an exciting history of the personal computer revolution - the only book that provides such comprehensive coverage. It not only describes the hardware and software, but also the companies and people who made it happen.

  • The Idiot's Ultimate Guide to Build Your Own PC

    With the complete amateur in mind who has no tech knowledge whatsoever, this guide will show you how to build your own PC! It is so easy to follow, even your technophobe grandmother could do it.

  • PC Maintenance Handbook, 2nd Edition

    This handbook is designed to help you find ways to maintain your Windows PC and ensure it remains clean and speedy throughout its life.

  • PC Maintenance Guide

    The guide covers three major categories: (1) Upgrading your system, (2) Tuning up/speeding up your PC, (3) Emergency troubleshooting

  • Internet Safety: Keeping your Computer Safe on the Internet

    It covers the basics - the things you must do, the software you must run and the concepts you need to be aware of - to keep your computer and your data safe as you use the internet.

  • PC Security Handbook - 2nd Edition

    Defensive Computing Techniques to Help You Avoid Malware and Data Loss. This handbook is designed to help you find ways to protect your Windows XP/Vista/7 PC and ensure your data is safe.

  • RAND and the Information Evolution: A History in Essays

    This book describes RAND1s contributions to the evolution of computer science, particularly during the first decades following World War II, etc..

  • Let Over Lambda - 50 Years of Lisp (Doug Hoyte)

    This book is one of the most hardcore computer programming books out there. Starting with the fundamentals, it describes the most advanced features of the most advanced language: Common Lisp.

  • High Performance Computing For Dummies, Special Edition

    This book explains what HPC is and shows how it can help you or others within your company.

  • Connected: Your Complete Guide to Home Networking

    This guide will focus specifically on home networking. Setting up a network that will be used by a small number of computers and other devices, all of which are owned by people living in a single home.

  • Your Unofficial Raspberry Pi Manual (Christian Cawley)

    In this guide you'll find everything you need to know about the Raspberry Pi computer, its background, purpose, system specs, the software it runs and the amazing things it is capable of.

  • Programming the Z80, 3rd Edition (Rodnay Zaks)

    This book has been designed as a complete self-contained text for learning programming, using the Z80. It aims at providing a true level of competence to the person who wishes to program using this microprocessor.

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