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LinuxWorld.com.au: Book review: Upgrading and repairing PCs, Linux edition

Feb 27, 2001, 06:42 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Based on the 11th edition of the standard "Upgrading and Repairing PCs", the book is aimed at filling a gap for a Linux hardware reference. Unfortunately, it only goes a small way to providing a resource of the different types of Linux-friendly hardware."

"Most of the book is a valuable encyclopedia of the components which make up a personal computer. The first five chapters offer an in-depth explanation of essential PC components including the CPU, motherboard and BIOS. This leads to memory, IDE and SCSI. The major problem I found with these chapters was the lack of assurance that Linux will be compatible with all the different types of PCI hardware."

"A good example of this is the author's recommendations for SCSI host adapters. "For SCSI host adapters, I normally recommend Adaptec. Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, and OS/2 have built-in support for Adaptec SCSI host adapters." From this you can be forgiven for thinking that the book does not relate to Linux at all, as nothing was even mentioned about which adapters are supported."

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