A lot of the previous contents of this page has been moved to the general
ABC of terms.
Online auctions may be a good and easy way to find computer stuff.
Some auction sites are:
Hardware Bible: Premier Edition
Winn L. Rosch
IBM Technical Reference, Personal Computer AT
The "mother" of all PC hardware books!
IBM published this back around 1984 when they released the PC/AT.
It has signal descriptions, schematics, etc.
This was probably the "bible" for clone makers starting out at the time.
Given how big the clone industry is today,
I'd say this book was worth its weight not in gold, but in diamonds!
I don't have an ISBN and it's probably out of print.
If you can find it, it's great to have, mostly because of the schematics.
It doesn't contain any explanatory texts, just all kinds
of tables about the PC. (Software and hardware.)
From Programmer's PC Sourcebook, the by Thom Hogan
We have tried to buy it here in the Netherlands, some time ago.
(Through IBM The Netherlands) but couldn't get one anymore.
The IBM part number is 6280099.
Annabooks sells a reprint of this manual.
I have bought a copy some days ago but I have not received it yet.
Please check www.annabooks.com/sx040039.htm.
Javier Herrero <email@example.com>, 199708
The IBM AT Technical Reference in paperback (IBM P/N 6139362) is
available from Annabooks in San Diego, California. These are the guys
that publish Solari's book and a host of others. I have used them often
when looking for PC information. They have a web site:
www.annabooks.com/, and can be reached at 800.462.1042 or 619.673.0870.
Hope this helps.
Peter R. Ross <firstname.lastname@example.org>, 199708
IBM Personal Computer Troubleshooting and Repair (for the IBM PC, PC/XT, and PC AT)
Robert C. Brenner
Howard W. Sams and Company
This book describes the mentioned computers in
repair oriented way, describing their PCB's
more or less detailed operation and
gives general troubleshooting tips, like taking
infrared photographs before and after (!).
Also contains beeping error codes etc.
Not all the add-on boards are described and the
first edition that I have is a bit outdated in the
mean time, since the arrival of the chipsets etc.
The programmer's PC Sourcebook
(Reference tables for IBM PC's and compatibles, PS/2 machines and DOS.)
This book contains hardly any explanation, but
only a wealth of tables about hardware and
software alike, for example: BIOS/DOS calls,
port addresses, interrupts, ASCII, keyboard
scan code but also PCB and chip pinings and
chip register descriptions.
It also contains and overview of other useful
books in this field.
ISA & EISA Theory and Operation
This book is quite comprehensive, but has two faults. First, it could be
written and organized better. Second, and much more annoying, it has lots of
EISA information throughout. That is really confusing, because you always
have to make sure you're looking at an ISA, not EISA, timing diagram or
The early CD-ROM players had their own interface cards: Mitsumi, Panasonic and
Sony. Later sound cards integrated all those busses and still later the IDE
interface was used.
The Mitsumi CD-ROM interface
Designing a PC for 1997...
>PC 97 Hardware Design Guide
>Author: Microsoft Corporation
>Disk: 1 CD
>Price: $44.99 US
>If you design PCs and peripherals, here's how
>to create the next generation.
>Here's the authoritative information you need
>to create hardware and drivers supporting the
>PC 97 standards for the next major releases of
>Windows and Windows NT.
>Includes the full specification on CD-ROM
www.x86.org/ - Robert Collins' "Intel Secrets" site.
Some tips for PC users that got lost in this Chipdir...
www.webopedia.com/ - Web Encyclopedia
www.myke.com/PC/ - Myke about PC interfacing