Build the Ultimate Home Theater PC by Ed Tittel

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When you are new to construction a excessive functionality computing device or wish additional information at the domestic theater purposes then is the ebook for you. remember that this e-book doesn't provide intensive insurance of media heart software program.

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The switch on the back lets you turn the PC off even when it’s hung or crashed because it basically controls access to A/C power directly. Thus, it’s smart to think of (and use) the switch on the back only in cases of dire emergency, when you’re sure you’ll need to reboot in any case. Step 2: Power-On Self-Test Routines You’ve probably noticed that when you turn your PC on, several sequences of character text parade across the screen before the actual operating system boot-up begins. What’s going on is that all those interface cards and the motherboard that come equipped with a basic input/ output system, or BIOS, run a set of diagnostic routines to make sure they’re working okay and that all parts are functional and accessible.

If you look very carefully at Figure 1-2 at the area above the motherboard connector block, you’ll see a series of small holes drilled into the plastic housing. That’s one of two air vents on the case depicted. The other is at the lower right, where the empty fan housing is situated. In a hotter running PC, it would be a good idea to install a fan there as well. This particular PC contains few enough components that extra cooling isn’t necessary. As we cleaned this case to photograph it, the vent near the CPU cooler was covered in dust, indicating strong air intake (and the CPU cooler’s fan is the obvious culprit here).

Step 1: Turn On the Power Many modern PCs have two power switches: one on the front and one on the back. Either way, when you first switch on the power, the power supply comes up and begins to feed voltage into the rest of the system — in fact, as you look at the insides of your PC you can see exactly where that power goes by following the wire bundles from the power supply to their destinations. In the machine depicted in Figures 1-1 and 1-2, power goes to four places: the motherboard, the CD-ROM drive, the floppy drive, and the hard disk.

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