Build the Ultimate Home Theater PC by Ed Tittel

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By Ed Tittel

While you're new to development a excessive functionality desktop or wish additional information at the domestic theater purposes then is the booklet for you. remember that this ebook doesn't provide intensive assurance of media middle software program.

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Qxp 12 11/3/05 9:37 PM Page 12 Part I — Meet the Modern Multimedia PC Ⅲ Network access: Most motherboards include one or more network interfaces these days; often this means two 10/100 Ethernet links, or a 10/100 and Gigabit Ethernet, or some combination of wired and wireless Ethernet connections. Except for servers or other PCs that require lots of network links or extremely high performance, hardly anybody installs network interfaces in PCs any more. For typical desktop use at home or in the office, PC buyers are happy to save money and use built-in capabilities instead of buying additional interface cards.

The first sector on this drive (cylinder 0, head 0, sector 1) includes two very special items of information: Ⅲ A small but very special program called a boot loader, which seeks the bootable partition on the boot drive and loads the first sector of that partition into memory to continue the boot process Ⅲ The partition table for the boot drive, which indicates how the drive is divided up into one or more independent group of sectors called partitions Together, these items comprise the first sector of the boot drive, which is often called the Master Boot Record, or MBR.

Qxp 11/3/05 9:42 PM Page 33 Chapter 2 — Bringing Media to the PC components and the furniture that houses them for years. Where possible, smaller cases were favored over larger ones. To meet the needs of “one PC fits all uses” we did include a tower case build as well. Ⅲ Wherever possible, quieter components were selected rather than more powerful ones, particularly where fans come into play. When quieter options are available, they are also discussed in this book where and when it makes sense to do so.

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