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PC user's pocket book

Author: Jim Reid
Publisher: Oxford ; Boston : Newnes, 1991.
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Most business computers are classed as PC-compatible, and all follow the same rules of operation. This pocket book edition examines how each computer component functions, and provides instructions on  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Reid
ISBN: 0750600853 9780750600859
OCLC Number: 24503152
Notes: Cover title: Newnes PC user's pocket book.
Includes index.
Description: 352 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Part 1 Components of the system: description and diagrams of standard PC design; main components; ports; memory; dip switches; PC vs PS/2. Part 2 Programming basics: binary, hex and ASCII calculations; memory organization; the stack and registers; addressing modes; 8086/286/386 instruction sets; assemblers and compilers; creating and running programs; memory allocation; multi-tasking and TSRs. Part 3 DOS: versions of DOS - compatibility; DOS files; the environment; PC boot procedures; DOS start-up routines; DOS operation. Part 4 Interrupts: interrupt vectors; hardware interrupts; software interrupts; DOS interrupts. Part 5 The clock: clock hardware; timing operations; clock interrupts; date and time functions. Part 6 The keyboard: keyboard hardware; keyboard layout and operation; keyboard interrupts; special keys; keyboard buffer. Part 7 Other input devices: the mouse - hardware, operation and interrupts; the light pen - hardware, operation and interrupts; the joystick - hardware, operation and interrupts. Part 8 The screen: display hardware; pixels, resolution and monitor types; adaptor modes; video RAM; display modes; colour and palettes; display interrupts; displaying characters; the cursor and windows; graphics displays; the video ports. Part 9 Sound: speaker and timer hardware; sound frequencies; generating sound. Part 10 The serial and parallel ports: the serial port - hardware, operation and interrupts; programming the serial port; the parallel port - hardware, operation and interrupts; programming the parallel port; printers. Part 11 Disks and disk drives: disk drive hardware; hard disks and floppy disks; disk architecture; formatting disks and tracks; disk buffers. Part 12 Files and directories: root directory and sub-directories; disk structure - file allocation table; file types and file specifications; data transfer areas; file handles; file control blocks; file operations Part 13 Device drivers: operation of device drivers; installation and execution; installable device drivers; the device commands. Part 14 Standard errors: standard hardware error codes; DOS error messages; handling interrupt errors; compatibility problems.
Other Titles: Newnes PC user's pocket book
Responsibility: Jim Reid.


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