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Computer Repair with Diagnostic Flowcharts Revised Edition: Troubleshooting PC Hardware Problems from Boot Failure to Poor Performance Paperback – Aug 1 2008


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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Foner Books; Revised edition (Aug. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972380175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972380171
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.7 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #449,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. McAdams on Nov. 25 2003
Format: Paperback
The cover of this book asks the follow question: Do you know a CPU from a hard drive? Do you? If so, this book is fantastic. In my opinion, the key to diagnosis of any kind is a quick elimination of possible root causes. This book accomplishes that by forcing the reader into yes/no questions. Drawing on his obvious experience, the author uses flowcharts to continually narrow the tech's focus until the answer is apparent. The author takes subconcious deduction and lays it out on the page for anyone to follow. After some time it should become second nature to you as well. The book covers the gambit of hardware issues with a straightforward style. In between the various categories is text related to specific points on the flowcharts. There is some real gems in there. I have no doubt the author earns hourly income many times the cost of this book. Buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen L Price on July 31 2003
Format: Paperback
*** DON'T PLAN ON READING THIS BOOK COVER-TO-COVER! ***
BUT if you want to solve your computer hardware problems without spending alot of time and money ($$)+ aggravation, BUY THIS BOOK and keep it handy because its troubleshooting and resolution methods are applicable to any PC!
Computer books are pretty boring, so why waste any more time than you have to reading one??
With Computer Repair with Diagnostic Flow Charts all you have to do is pick it up and be directed quickly by following arrows and decision points to the solution of your hardware related problem.
If your problem is in the software i.e., the computer turns on but acts funny, GOOD LUCK! - fix that first and then use this book.
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By Client Amazon on March 28 2010
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I found this product to be just awesome. It's already been helpful on a case. You see, I'm new in this business and I think that this book fills a gap that the lack of experience makes... I think that it's a perfect tool for anyone who starts in the business or on the contrary, that has been in the business for a long time, this book will help you open up your mind a little bit.
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Great computer repair! March 26 2005
By Jerry D. Nickerson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Handy flowcharts with accompaning detailed descriptions. Very logically organized and layed out. It provides you with a structured process for tracking down pc problems. Highly recommended.

Having a little troubleshooting experience would be helpful, but not absolutely necessary. A fair number of pc problems have very simple solutions. The author does not overlook the obvious(is it plugged in? are all the mute buttons unchecked?) on way to making a proper diagnosis.

If you are at all serious about providing your own tech support (or support to friends and family), get this book. Money well spent.
53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Tremendous Resource Nov. 25 2003
By R. McAdams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The cover of this book asks the follow question: Do you know a CPU from a hard drive? Do you? If so, this book is fantastic. In my opinion, the key to diagnosis of any kind is a quick elimination of possible root causes. This book accomplishes that by forcing the reader into yes/no questions. Drawing on his obvious experience, the author uses flowcharts to continually narrow the tech's focus until the answer is apparent. The author takes subconcious deduction and lays it out on the page for anyone to follow. After some time it should become second nature to you as well. The book covers the gamut of hardware issues with a straightforward style. In between the various categories is text related to specific points on the flowcharts. There is some real gems in there. I have no doubt the author earns hourly income many times the cost of this book. Buy it.
46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Not complete, but still handy Sept. 2 2005
By layla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is very short, and it often states the obvious. It is far from complete, but it's still a handy thing to have around and much more portable than a big O'reilly's book.

The good thing about it is that it's so damn easy to read. You can follow the flow chart to go straight to the advice you're looking for. I just wish it was longer and offered more solutions than it does.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Good book for beginners March 8 2006
By A. Guberman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is not a book about hardware; simply it gives you many flowcharts to guide you in the process to isolate a hardware failure.

If you are looking for a book to learn "how a PC works"; this book is not for you; but if you want to repair a PC, it`s a good choice.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great troubleshooting guide May 1 2007
By Michael H. Horowitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is not your only repair book or your A+ exam book. Assuming you are familiar with the insides of a computer and have basic repair skills this book guides you through the basics of diagnostics. It's not going to teach you how to install a hard drive but will bring you through the steps of testing it.


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