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Sams Teach Yourself Upgrading and Fixing PCs in 24 Hours

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ISBN-10: 0672318814

ISBN-13: 9780672318818

Edition: 2nd 2000

Authors: Galen A. Grimes

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The step-by-step lessons in this book guide readers through the topics they need to upgrade and fix PCs. Learning tools include question-and-answer sections, quizzes and exercises.
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Sams
Publication date: 3/16/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.28" wide x 9.06" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Introduction
Diagnosing Problems and Planning an Upgrade
Making the Decision to Upgrade
When You Should Consider Upgrading Your PC
What Components in My PC Are Upgradeable?
Upgrading Your Memory (RAM)
Upgrading Your Processor
Upgrading Your Hard Disk Drive
Upgrading Your Video System
Upgrading Other PC Components
Summary
QandA
Understanding the Components in Your PC
Eliminating Potential Hazards
Differentiating Between Desktop and Tower PCs
Identifying Your PC's External Connectors
Identifying the Parts Inside Your PC
Identifying the Main System Board
Identifying the Microprocessor
Identifying Memory (RAM)
Identifying Disk Drives
Identifying Interface Cards
Identifying the PC Power Supply
Summary
QandA
Examining Your PC's System Configuration
Obtaining a Systems Configuration Program
Using SysChk to Examine Your PC
Alternatives to SysChk
Summary
QandA
PC Performance Monitoring and Diagnostic Tools
Performance Monitoring Programs
WinStone and WinBench
WinTune
Norton Utilities System Information
SiSoft Sandra
Diagnostic Programs
AMIDiag
The Norton Utilities
More Diagnostics Programs You Can Purchase
Hard Disk Diagnostics
Summary
QandA
The Tools of the Trade
A Simple Set of Tools
Jeweler Screwdrivers
Computer Toolkit
Three-Pronged Probe
Pencil and Paper
Labels
Compressed Air
An Advanced Set of Tools
Soldering Iron
Voltage Meter
Safety Precautions When You Work on Your PC
Unplugging Your PC
Grounding Yourself to Prevent Static Electricity
Keeping Magnets Away from PCs
Summary
QandA
Upgrading the Main System Components
Upgrading Your PC's Memory
Memory Is Like Money--More Is Better
Different Types of Memory
Installing Memory in Your PC
Memory for 486-based Computers
Memory for Pentium-Class Computers
Installing SIMMs
Installing DIMMs
Stretching Your Memory a Little Farther
Summary
QandA
Upgrading Your CPU
Understanding Processors
The 486 Series
The Pentium Series
The Pentium Pro Series
The Pentium II Series
The Pentium III Series
The AMD Series of CPUs
The Cyrix Series of CPUs
Identifying Your CPU
PC Bottlenecks
Removing and Installing a CPU
Overclocking
Summary
QandA
Replacing Your Main System Board
Are You Upgrading or Replacing?
How System Boards Have Changed
The Standard AT System Board
The Baby AT System Board
The ATX Motherboard
The NLX Motherboard
Installing a New System Board
Summary
QandA
Upgrading Your PC's Case and Power Supply
Deciding to Upgrade Your Case and Power Supply
What to Look for When Shopping for a New Case
Upgrading Your Case
Power Supplies
Summary
QandA
Upgrading Your PC's BIOS
What Is the BIOS?
Why You Need to Upgrade Your BIOS
Year 2000 BIOS Concerns
Testing Your Computer's BIOS for Y2K Compliance
How Do I Upgrade My BIOS?
Determining If You Need to Upgrade Your BIOS
Establishing the Type of BIOS You Have
Different Methods for Upgrading Your BIOS
Installing Upgrade BIOS Chips
Upgrading Flash BIOS
Summary
QandA
Upgrading Your Drives
Replacing, Upgrading, or Adding a Hard Disk Drive
Is Your Upgrade an Addition or a Replacement?
IDE Versus SCSI
Installing an IDE Drive in Your PC
Replacing an Existing Hard Disk Drive
Adding a Second Hard Disk Drive
Installing a SCSI Drive
Adding a Second SCSI Drive
Preparing Your Drives for Software
Using FDISK to Create a Disk Partition
Using Partition Magic to Create Your Partitions
Formatting Your Drive
Installing an Operating System on Your PC
Tips on Improving Your Hard Disk Performance
Defrag Your Hard Disk Regularly
Delete Unneeded Files
Summary
QandA
Replacing Your Floppy Disk Drive
A Brief History of Floppy Disk Drives
Replacing Not Repairing
Diagnosing a Broken Floppy Disk Drive
Replacing a Broken Floppy Disk Drive
Alternatives to a Standard 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive
Summary
QandA
Upgrading or Adding a CD-ROM Drive
Selecting a CD-ROM Drive
SCSI Versus IDE
Installing the Drive in Your PC--Internal Versus External
Installing an Internal SCSI Drive
Installing an External Drive (SCSI Only)
Improving Your CD-ROM Drive's Performance
What About DVD?
Summary
QandA
Adding a DVD Drive to Your PC
So What Is a DVD?
What You Will Find in Your DVD Upgrade Kit
Installing a DVD Drive In Your PC
Summary
QandA
Adding a Removable Media Drive
Removable Hard Disk Drives
The Iomega Zip Drive
The Iomega Jaz Drive
The SyQuest SyJet 1.5 Gigabyte Drive
The SyQuest SparQ 1 Gigabyte Drive
The SyQuest EZFlyer Drive
Other Removable Disk Options
Sony HiFD
Castlewood Systems
The LS-120 Drive
Tape Backup Drives
External Tape Backup Drives
Internal Tape Backup Drives
Installing a Removable Media Drive
Installing an Internal SCSI Removable Media Drive
Installing an External Removable Media Drive
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Backup Drive
Summary
QandA
Upgrading Peripheral Devices
Replacing Your Keyboard, Mouse, and Other Input Devices
Is Anything Wrong with My Keyboard or Mouse?
Fixing a Keyboard?
Mice and Other Pointing Devices
Tips on Cleaning Your Input Devices
Cleaning Your Keyboard
Cleaning Your Mouse
Summary
QandA
Upgrading Your Video Card
What's Currently Available in Video Cards
What to Look for in a Video Card
How Important Is Video RAM?
Video Speed
Installing a Video Card
What About AGP?
Summary
QandA
Upgrading Your Video Monitor
Why You Should Purchase a Larger Monitor
Selecting Your New Monitor
Setting Up Your New Monitor
LCD Monitors
Summary
QandA
Upgrading or Adding a Modem or Other Communications Device
Understanding Modems
Selecting a Modem
Installing Your Modem
Installing an Internal Modem
Installing an External Modem
What About Those 56K Modems?
Alternatives to Standard Modems
ISDN
ADSL
Cable Modems
Summary
QandA
Upgrading or Adding a Sound System to Your PC
Your PC's Current Sound System
Selecting a Sound Card for Your PC
Selecting Speakers
Installing a Sound Card and Speakers
Connecting Your Sound Card to Your Stereo
Precautions When Using Your Stereo
Summary
QandA
Selecting and Installing a Printer
Understanding the Types of Printers
How to Select a Printer
Comparing Various Printer Models
Print Speed
Print Quality
Color Versus Monochrome
Availability of Printer Drivers
Installing Your Printer to Work with Your PC
Connecting the Hardware
Installing Your Printer Driver
Installing a Second Printer to Work with Your PC
Method One: Switching the Cable
Method Two: Installing a Second Parallel Port
Method Three: Installing an A/B Switch
Summary
QandA
Selecting and Installing a Scanner or Digital Camera
Types of Scanners
Sheetfeed Scanners
Flatbed Scanners
Selecting a Scanner
Installing Your Scanner
Digital Cameras
Selecting a Digital Camera
Summary
QandA
Additional Upgrading Issues
Upgrading to a New Operating System
Limitations of DOS/Windows 3.1
Why You Should Upgrade
Crash Protection
Internet Access and Built-in Networking Capabilities
Windows 98's Plug-and-Play Capabilities
Windows 98 or Windows 2000?
Upgrading to Windows 98
Upgrading to Windows 2000
Upgrading to Linux
Summary
QandA
How to Purchase PC Components on the Internet
Purchasing Over the Internet
Locating Companies
Internet Security
Tips on Buying PC Components
Online Auctions
Summary
QandA
Appendixes
Glossary
Manufacturers' Reference
BIOS
CD-ROM and DVD Drives
CPU
Hard Disk Drives and Peripherals
Keyboards and Mice
Memory
Modems
Monitors
Motherboards
PC Cases
Printers
Scanners and Digital Cameras
Soundcards and Speakers
Video Cards
Index