PC Architecture

- a book by Michael Karbo.

This book is protected by copyright. It has been published in many European countries but never in English language. Therefore I desided to upload it to the Internet. It is free to use as it is for personal, non-commercial use. All rights belong to Michael Karbo. You may not in any way copy the contents.

These web pages have been produced from a Microsoft Word file. Hence the design, which could be a lot better. However, it is too much work for me to clean it all up. So you'll have to live with it as it is.

  • PC Architecture. Preface.
  • Chapter 1. The PC, history and logic.
  • Chapter 2. The Von Neumann model.
  • Chapter 3. A data processor.
  • Chapter 4. Intro to the motherboard.
  • Chapter 5. It all starts with the CPU.
  • Chapter 6. The CPU and the motherboard.
  • Chapter 7. The south bridge.
  • Chapter 8. Inside and around the CPU.
  • Chapter 9. Moores' Law.
  • Chapter 10. The cache.
  • Chapter 11. The L2 cache.
  • Chapter 12. Data and instructions.
  • Chapter 13. FPUs and multimedia.
  • Chapter 14. Examples of CPUs.
  • Chapter 15. The evolution of the Pentium 4.
  • Chapter 16. Choosing a CPU.
  • Chapter 17. The CPUs immediate surroundings.
  • Chapter 18. Overclocking.
  • Chapter 19. Different types of RAM.
  • Chapter 20. RAM technologies.
  • Chapter 21. Advice on RAM.
  • Chapter 22. Chipsets and hubs.
  • Chapter 23. Data for the monitor.
  • Chapter 24. Intro to the I/O system.
  • Chapter 25. From ISA to PCI Express.
  • Chapter 26. The CPU and the motherboard.
  • Chapter 27. Inside and around the CPU.
  • Chapter 28. The cache.
  • Chapter 29. Data and instructions.
  • Chapter 30. Inside the CPU.
  • Chapter 31. FPUs and multimedia.
  • Chapter 32. Examples of CPUs.
  • Chapter 33. Choosing a CPU.
  • Chapter 34. The CPUs immediate surroundings.
  • Chapter 35. Different types of RAM.
  • Chapter 36. Chipsets and hubs.
  • Chapter 37. Data for the monitor.
  • Chapter 38. The PCs I/O system.
  • Chapter 39. From ISA to PCI.
  • Chapter 40. I/O buses using IRQs.
  • Chapter 41. Check your adapters.
  • Chapter 42. I/O and The south bridge.
  • Chapter 43. SCSI, USB and Firewire.
  • Chapter 44. Hard disks, ATA and SATA.
  • Chapter 45. System software. A small glossary.

  • Please enjoy the 45 chapters, all highly illustrated ...


    Copyright Michael Karbo and ELI Aps., Denmark, Europe. www.karbosguide.dk