Good overall book on the PC?
March 31, 2010 3:27 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for a book, site or online course notes that explain PC architecture in a moderate amount of detail. Details inside.
posted by gadha to computers & internet (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I often find that while I know about the major components in the x86 architecture, I lack information on details. For example, I know that the north and southbridge chipsets are essential for connecting peripherals and RAM but I don't know much else. Similarly, I know the PCI-express architecture exists and is used to connect peripherals to the CPU but have no notion of how it actually does this.
I'm looking for a book that explains the entire space (e.g. PCI-E, USB, CPU, BIOS, different RAM densities, etc..) in enough detail that I have a fundamental overview of how the technologies work and interact together but without bogging me down in detail.
There is plenty of information out there on the level I'm looking for but one has to spend a lot of time actively seeking it, and I always feel like there are holes in my education because it's not linear, comprehensive coverage.
Ideally, I'd like a source I can study over a weekend or 4-5 days so I end up with a broad technical overview of the marvel that is a modern PC - enough to allow me to delve into more detailed texts with confidence.
If it helps, I'm doing this to move down in the kernel stack. I currently am quite comfortable with the layers up until the hardware, and there, while my knowledge is not fuzzy, it is patchy
Any pointers gratefully received.