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The following presents DOS books regarding hardware. Realise
that books in other categories may contain these topics as well.


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Build Your Own 486/486SX
and Save a Bundle
by Aubrey Pilgrim
ISBN: 0-8306-4216-1
  (Second Edition)

    Given that we are in the Pentium IV age (an 886 by processor series), a book about building a 486 may seem to not be a candidate for this webpage. However this one is recommended for anyone building, modifying or repairing a computer - even today's. The details provided are in depth, and at a minimum are good background for the newbie. In addition are extensive chapters dealing with peripheral devices with good explanations. Many tips are included.

EZ Tape for DOS and Windows
User's Manual
by No Author Credited

    A manual for purchasers of Irwin tape drives. EZ Tape is the software that allows the user to back up and restore files. Covered in this book are the marking and manipulating of files, creation and usage of a parameter file, automating operations, using the librarian to access files on a tape, and understanding and using the tape utilities. A troubleshooting section rounds out this manual.

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Hard Disk Management
with MS-DOS and PC-DOS
by Dan Gookin and Andy Townsend
ISBN: 0-8306-0697-1

    This book gives basics on magnetic disc storage that is still relevant today. Preparation of a hard drive is discussed including partitioning, formatting and installing DOS. Then it goes on to talk about files, directories and paths before discussing DOS batch files and menu systems. The book finishes out with disc security and optimisation. Appendices include DOS and EDLIN commands.

Hard Disk Management 1990
by Dan Gookin
ISBN: 2-13-383738-6

    A revision and updating of the above book, Dan goes into much greater depth in this one. He discusses how the computer and DOS work, and the same hard drive installation and management as above. However, he goes deeper into DOS with chapter topics on the environment, redirection and filters. Batch files are again included but with more information. Two more chapters are devoted to backup and optimisation techniques. Then there is one on networks and "Beyond DOS". Chapter activities are included for each section to review what has been taught. A disc is included.

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Hard Disk Quick Reference 1989
by PD Moulton and Timothy Stanley
ISBN: 0-88022-443-6

    Here is an excellent, short reference book suitable for beginners. It covers hard drive basics, directory organisation (with sample structures) and file management. Also covered are backups and drive maintenance, and it has a great little section on batch files. Bonuses are AUTOEXEC.bat and CONFIG.sys command descriptions, DOS commands, error messages, command-line editing. Also included is a list of shareware and freeware - much of which should still be available today via the Internet.

Inside the PC 1997
by Peter Norton and John Goodman
ISBN: 0-672-31041-4
  (Seventh Edition)

    An indispensable book regardless of what version you find. This edition details the workings of the PC in great death. As such, it is aimed at the advanced user, although intermediates would still get much out of it. Whether you use DOS, Linux, OS/2, Unix or Windows, one can find useful information here. Included are discussions on the Internet, Firewire, SCSI, USB and MMX, and the future of computing. A must read for anyone that wants to know more about his PC and the role it plays.

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Iomega Drivers for DOS 1991
by ?
Book ID: EN 004-200

    A manual for those using Bernouli drives specifically, and for anyone using zip (cartridge) drives in general, this booklet is a handy reference. It shows how to set up an Iomega disc system, how to format the discs, how to make them bootable, and how to integrate with DOS. Instructions are given for incorporating the system into a networked setup. RCD (Removable Cartridge Drive) utilities are discussed in detail. The book's lie-flat, spiral binding is a boon to those working and following along with the book at the same time.

Mobile Office Magazine
Laptop Sourcebook
by Peter Otte
ISBN: 0-553-35164-8

    A borderline book for this website because of its age, but there is much information to be had here, most of which is DOS related. Anyone using an older laptop will find this book invaluable, and anyone using DOS on newer laptops will still find useful information here. Topics include ones on extending battery life, telecommunications, LANs, faxing, wireless communications, computing on the road and much, much more. A disc is included.

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Modems for Dummies 1993
by Tina Rathbone
ISBN: 0-56884-001-2

    For those using dial-up Internet, telephone transmission, or similar communication methods, this book will be a great help. It gives modem basics, then discusses software and communication protocols. Large troubleshooting and do's & don'ts chapters help to answer common questions, and a buyer's guide discusses the ins and outs that will assist you in getting the right modem and software for your purpose.

NetWare Supervisor's Guide 1995
by John McCann
ISBN: 1-55851-402-3

    Author McCann provides another detailed book on using NetWare, but this time from an admistration perspective. This is for version 4.1 but previous versions are included. Topics covered are the expected NetWare components and installation, but extensive discussions of managing and maintaining a network, and diagnostics and troubleshooting are focused upon. An excellent feature is the detailed appendices that include abbreviations, protocols, console parameters, and much much more. Reconmmended.

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The New Peter Norton
Programmer's Guide to the IBM PC and PS/2
by Peter Norton and Richard Wilton
ISBN: 1-55615-131-4
  (Second Edition)

    A book detailing the IBM PC series as related to the DOS operating system. Anyone wanting to know about basic computer hardware and DOS hardware calls, interupts and functions will find this book useful despite its age.

Que's Speed Up Your Computer Book 1992
by Davie Reed and Barry Nance
ISBN: 0-88022-761-3

    This may not seem to be a useful book when one considers today's gigahertz processors, but it is still relevant because the methods and tips presented here can still be of use to anyone wanting better performance from one's hardware or even one's self - especially if using an older system. Productivity gains often come from your ability to work faster with your computer, not from the electronics.

    At the least, the information given is an excellent background into how computers and their components work and how they all interact. A final section discusses in detail some add-on software that will boost performance for those using older systems.

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The Sound Blaster Book 1993
by Axel Stolz
ISBN: 1-55755-191-2

    After a chapter on setup and installation, this book discusses DOS audio software and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). Then programming the Sound Blaster card and a discussion of card compatibility are covered. An extensive glossary rounds out this book. A disc of drivers and software is included.

Sound Blaster The Official Book 1994
by Peter Ridge, David Golden, Ivan Luk and Scott Sindorf
ISBN: 0-07-882000-6
  (Second Edition)

    An excellent book for anyone interested in audio even if you don't have a Sound Blaster card. The SB family is presented in great detail along with installation and troubleshooting. Audio formats, software speech recognition, MIDI, CD-ROM information - it's all here. In addition, one can find chapters on programming the SB family, waveform discussion, FM synthesis, sampling, compression, signal processing, and much more. Included is a disc with SB, DOS and Windows softwares and Utilities, plus audio samples. Recommended.

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The Ultimate Sound Blaster Book 1993
by Various Authors
ISBN: 1-56529-298-7

    A Que book. After a history of electronic music and an explanation of sound waveforms, this book shows how to install and test your Sound Blaster audio card. It comes with a wealth of software for playing, editing and saving sounds in various formats. Two chapters are devoted to MIDI and its software. Reference sections include ones on note frequencies and file formats.

Understanding Local Area Networks 1995
by Neil Jenkins and Stan Schatt
ISBN: 0-672-30840-1
(Fifth Edition)

    A detailed look at setting up and maintaining a LAN for the home ir office is covered here. The basics are discussed including network layouts and cabling, standards and protocols, and hardware. Various types of networks and softwares are covered, the latter spanning DOS, Macintosh and Windows. Chapters are devoted to Novell NetWare and to the NT and IBM servers.

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Upgrading and Repairing PCs 1998
by Scott Mueller
ISBN: 0-7897-1295-4
  (Eighth Edition)

    If you want to learn about hardware, this is a book for you. Starting with component background and system features, next up is system teardown and descriptions of individual hardware. Building a system comes after that followed by troubleshooting and diagnostics. Despite the publishing date, there is much DOS information here because the author has a good respect for all aspects of computers. The detail is superb - 1,100 pages not counting the index! Included is an excellent CD-ROM with a searchable index of selected past editions and sister publications. Highly recommended.

Welcome to... CD-ROM
by Gess Shankar
ISBN: 1-55828-427-3
  (Second Edition)

    Here is an invaluable book regarding the history and usage of a medium that advanced the computer world. The amount of information within is amazing regarding all aspects of compact discs and their drives. The standards and formats are well laid out from audio through data to multimedia, and this includes recording (writable) technology. There are detailed chapters regarding how the discs are made and how the drives work. A respectable resource is the hardware specifications required for various levels of multimedia presentations.

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The Winn Rosch Hardware Bible 1986
by Winn Rosch
ISBN: 0-13-160979-3

    Hardware standards have changed so much since this book came out that it is chiefly suitable today for those, such as hobbyists, that like to run vintage systems. However, anyone interested in hardware would get much out of this book which investigates every nuance of computer components. Each is explored in depth and includes setup instructions for typical uses.

A special thankyou to Colin Conrad of Dartmouth,
Nova Scotia for book cover scans work.

Thanks to Richard Bonner of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
for digital "repairs" to the covers.

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