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Complete Idiot's Guide to Upgrading and Repairing PCs

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ISBN-10: 0028642392

ISBN-13: 9780028642390

Edition: 5th 2002

Authors: Jennifer Fulton

List price: $19.95
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Using plain English descriptions and instructions, this guide gives attention to the full range of upgrades on a PC, from the simple (printers, monitors, mice) to the more complicated (CPUs, harddisks, motherboards).
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892

Assessing Whether Upgrading Is Really Necessary
Making the Call: When, Why, and Whether You Should Upgrade
Assessing What You Really Want from Your PC
What Should You Upgrade?
What Can You Upgrade?
Repairs That Enable You to Avoid Upgrades
Is Your Old Computer Worth Fixing or Upgrading?
Nonobvious Factors That Render Your PC Nonupgradeable
Why Upgrading a Notebook PC Might Not Be Doable
Now, Let's Find Out What Kind of Computer You Have
What You Can Tell by Looking at the Outside
What Your BIOS Can Tell You Before You Look Inside
Matching Your Computer to Your Operating System's Requirements
What It Takes to Upgrade Each Part of Your Computer
Parts Is Parts
The Motherboard Makes the Right Connections
The Brain of Your PC: The CPU
Basic Functions Are in the System BIOS
The PC's Think Tank: RAM
Save It for the Hard Disk
Your PC's Video System
What You Need to Know Before You Open Your PC
Creating an Emergency Diskette
Now Back Up Your Data
Putting Your Toolkit Together
Avoiding Frying Yourself on Your PC
Preventative Maintenance and Other Ways to Avoid Upgrading
Fixing the Most Common Problems
General Hardware Dilemmas
Keyboard Calamities
When the Mouse Becomes a Rat
Infrared Devices: Not Entirely Cordless
When Your Printer Makes You Feel Powerless
Monitoring Your Monitor Troubles
Fixing a Drive That's Floppin'
Optical Drives and Sonic Discrepancies
When Your Modem's on the Fritz
What to Do When You're Not Sure What the Problem Is
Cleaning Windows
Crud Windows Leaves on Your Disk
Avoiding Crashes
Attitude Adjustments
Keeping Your Programs Installed
"Repairing" the Hard Disk Instead of Replacing It
What to Do When Your Hard Disk Plays Hide and Seek
Checking the Hard Disk for Problems
Reorganizing the Hard Disk
Converting from FAT16 to FAT32
Taking Everything Apart
The Easiest Things to Upgrade
Replacing Your Keyboard
Replacing the Mouse
Acquiring or Replacing a Printer
Improving the View with a New Monitor
Scanners: The Latest Standard Equipment
Digital Cameras
Accelerating Your PC with a New CPU
The Size and Shape of Things
The Manufacturers and Their Products
Speed: Illusion and Realities
The Issue of Lower Voltage
Performing Brain Surgery (Replacing the CPU)
Replacing the Motherboard and Its Parts
Shopping for a New Motherboard
The Importance of the Chipset
Motherboard-ectomy Illustrated
Yes, You, Too, Can Replace Your BIOS!
Replacing a Dead Battery
Memorize This! Upgrading Memory
Memories Through the Years ... or Rather, Months
Buying the Right Kind of RAM
Installation: You Must Remember This
Face the Interface
Everything You Didn't Want to Know About Busses
Enabling Your External Parallel and Serial Ports
Installing and Replacing Expansion Cards
Storage Device Controller Interfaces
What You Need to Know About USB
Gearing Up for FireWire
The Online Line
The "Telephone" Modem
Installing a Telephone Modem
The Cable Modem: Real, Live Broadband
DiSiLlusionment
Broadband Firewalls and Why You Need One
I Can See Clearly Now: Upgrading Your Video
Shopping for a Video (Graphics) Card
Performing Video Card Surgery
The Long-Awaited Marriage of TV and PC
Sensational Stereophonic Sound
Sound Card Standards
Installing Your Sound Card
Speakers of the House
Hands-On Hard Disk Replacement
Issues to Keep in Mind While Shopping
Deciphering Hard Drive Characteristics
Performing Hard Drive Surgery
Replacing a Diskette Drive
Shopping for a New Drive
Putting Your New Floppy in Drive
Adding an Optical Drive
Of CD-ROM, CD-R, DVD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD+RW, and WHAT-NOT
The Interface Factor
Recordable Optical Drives
The Performance DiViDend
How to Install an Optical Drive
Powering Up the Power Supply
Going Shopping for a New Power Supply
Installing a New System Power Supply
Power Security Outside of Your Power Supply
Cooling and Ventilating Your System
Your Most Valuable Component: The Processor Cooler
Installing a Cooling Device
The Importance of Proper Ventilation
Adding or Replacing Additional Fans
Classier Chassis: Consider a New System Case
Shopping for a New Case
Moving Day: Factors to Consider
Installing and Maintaining a Home Network
More Than One Computer? How About a Network?
The Components of a Home Network
Making Your House Network Ready
Architectural Digest
Installation: You Become the Cable Guy
Putting Everything Back Together
Making Your Computer Boot Up Again
Configuring Your Reassembled PC
What to Do When Your COM Ports Start a Fight
Fixing What IRQs You
Messing with DMA Address Junk
Partitioning and Formatting a Hard Disk Drive
Getting Windows to Recognize Your New Toys
Introducing Your Shy Operating System to Your New Hardware
Using Windows Device Manager to Explore Your System
Setting Up Your Network
Index