There so many books on repairing or troubleshooting computers that it can be confusing to which one to pick. I’ve picked up many books on the subject. Some of which have been helpful and some haven’t. Many get looked at a few times and then to collect dust on my bookshelf. There is two books I do recommend above all else. Computer Repair with Diagnostic Flowcharts and The Laptop Repair Workbook both by author Morris Rosenthal. I wish I had picked these up a long time ago. They are thin in comparison to other computer books but, they pack a good punch.
Computer Repair with Diagnostic Flowcharts
As the author says to us in his introduction this book is not meant to read from cover to cover. This is meant to be a reference or guide. This book is full of flowcharts meant to guide those repairing or troubleshooting a computer. It does have the premise that you have at least some working knowledge of a computer is and what the different pieces are. It has no pictures to help you along. The flowcharts are easy to follow. Following each flowchart is an explanation of each symbol on that chart.
Some examples of the subjects included:
- Power Supply Failure
- Video Failure
- Motherboard, RAM, CPU failure
The Laptop Repair Workbook
This book covers laptops and is very similar than the previous book. It only makes sense to have a laptop troubleshooting book. Laptops by there very nature have there own unique problems and can be more difficult to diagnose. This one is split into two parts. The first half of the book is a guide which gives a good overview of troubleshooting laptops. The second half we have the flowcharts with explanations following them. Some of the contents include:
- Laptop Basics
- Laptop Upgrades
- Troubleshooting power problems
- Laptop Video Troubleshooting
- Troubleshooting Laptop Overheating
Taking your computer to the local PC repair shop can be expensive. At the very least you’ll be more knowledgeable and less likely to be taken advantage of. If you solve the problem yourself you’ve already covered the cost of these books. If your a computer enthusiast or even an A+ Certified Tech I believe you’d find these books an essential part of your toolbox. They are written in a way that isn’t overwhelmingly technical nor condescending to the newcomer. Like I said before I wished I had gotten these books a long time ago and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.