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Degunking Your PC

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ISBN-10: 1933097035

ISBN-13: 9781933097039

Edition: 2005

Authors: Joli Ballew, Jeff Duntemann

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"Degunking Your PC takes Paraglyph's unique "degunking" approach--an easy to follow, tried and true, 12 step method to get your PC and all your gadgets running in tip-top shape. It covers techniques for everything from tweaking your monitor to suit your needs, installing/uninstalling peripherals, to networking several computers without technical jargon. Is your wireless keyboard fighting with your wireless mouse? Do you really need to keep those desktop speakers? Don't know how to get rid of old drivers or where they are hiding? Do you know how to physically clean your hard drive, scanners, print heads, and monitors? Can you see the top and the underside of your desk or is it cluttered with…    
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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Paraglyph, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

JEFF DUNTEMANN is the Editor-in-Chief of Visual Developer magazine, former editor of Turbo Technix and PC Techniques, the "Structured Programming"columnist for Dr. Dobb's Journal, and has written and edited more than twenty programming books.

Why Is My PC All Gunked Up?
Types of Gunk
Hazards of Internal Gunk
And Then There's External Gunk
So, Now What?
Can Degunking Your PC Really Help?
Understanding How Gunked Up You Really Are
Let's Talk About Serious Gunk
Too Many Peripherals and Connections
Be Wary of Nonfunctional, Outdated, Unnecessary, or Duplicate Hardware
Other Common Gunk Signs
Your Hardware Is So Dusty and Dirty That You Are Afraid to Have Visitors
Your PC Is Working against You and Not for You
You're Still on Dial-Up
You Have Multiple Computers That Aren't Networked
Backups Are Randomly Created and Not Organized
Living with Slow Performance
Summing Up
Degunking Your PC
The Proven Method for Degunking Your PC
Important Questions to Ask Yourself
Physically Cleaning Your PC
Managing Your Work Area
Managing Cords and Cables
Managing and Degunking Peripherals (and Computer Components)
Degunking Internet Connections
Wired Networking
Wireless Networking
Managing Backups and Archived Data
Enhancing Performance
Getting a New PC and Getting Rid of Old Equipment
Degunking Finesse
The Degunking 12-Step Program
Summing Up
Physically Cleaning Your PC and Peripherals
Clean Any Type of Monitor You Use
Flat Panel LCDs
Clean Your Desktop Tower
Cables, Connectors, and the Outside of the Tower
Cleaning the Inside of the Tower
Putting It All (Back) Together
Clean Your Laptop
Cleaning the Outside
Cleaning the Inside
Clean Your Keyboard and Mouse
Cleaning Your Keyboard
Cleaning Your Traditional Rolling Ball Mouse
Clean Your Printers, Nozzles, and Printer Heads
Preventing Printer Problems
Cleaning Ink-Jet Printers
Cleaning Laser Printers
Clean Your Scanners, Web Cams, and Camera Lenses
More about Scanners
Maintenance Schedule for Physically Cleaning the PC
Summing Up
Degunking and Configuring Your PC Work Area
Choose a Flat-Screen Monitor
Making the Purchase
Hide (or Remove) Your Speakers
Hiding Separate Speakers
Getting an LCD Monitor's Speakers to Work
Specialty Speakers
Hide the Tower
Organize Your Printers and Scanners
Dealing with Multiple Printers (Including Fax Machines)
Hiding Scanners
All-in-One Units
Get Organized with Wireless Keyboards and Mice
Choosing the Perfect Wireless Equipment
Using TweakUl for More Control
Get a Gel Pad and Other Equipment
Remove Peripherals
Use Power Strips, Surge Protectors, and UPS Devices
Purchasing the Best Equipment
Hiding Surge Protectors
UPS Devices
Clean Up Your Hubs, Switches, and Routers and Ensuing Gunk
Hiding Hardware
Cable Ties and Stapling
Split Tubing Flexible Conduit
How Not to Treat Network Cables
Media Centers and the Cable Mess They Produce
Extra Connections and Cables
Extra Peripherals
Distance and Placement Issues
Degunking Your Virtual Work Area
Summing Up
Degunking Your Main PC Components
Degunk and Configure Your Monitor
Configuring the Correct Resolution for Your Needs
Changing DPI Settings, Default Icons, and Color Schemes
Overriding IE Defaults
The Myth about Screen Savers
Configure Your PC
Getting Service Packs and Windows Updates
Updating Device Drivers
Additional PC Configuration Gunk
Set Up CD and DVD Burners
Software That's Needed and Software That Isn't
Degunk Your Photos (and Printers)
You May Have (or Have Had) Several Printers
Start with a Good Image
Choosing the Most Reliable Inks
Choosing the Best Papers
Setting Printer Defaults
Summing Up
Degunking Your Peripherals
Degunk Your Cameras and Web Cams
Make the Proper Connections
Have Extra Memory Cards, Batteries, and Tapes
Uploading Images Responsibly
Keep Track of All Your Photos by Labeling Them
Degunk Your Scanner
It's Not Always about the Resolution
Make Sure the Scanner Has What It Needs
Degunk PDAs and Pocket PCs
Quick Tips for Improving Your Experience with Your Handheld Device
Data and File Synchronization
Avoid Smart Displays
Degunking Tasks for Your Smart Display and Other Options
Summing Up
Untangling Your USB and FireWire Connections
Understand How USB Works
Understand the Four Flavors of USB
USB 1.1
USB 2.0
USB On-The-Go
Determine If Your PC Is Fast Enough for USB 2.0
How Fast Is Your USB Port?
What Windows Can Tell You about Your USB Ports
Testing USB Ports with Dedicated Hardware
USB Peripherals: Look at the Box!
Know the Details of USB 1.1 and 2.0 Compatibility
Understand the Problems of USB Hubs
USB's First Big Hub Gotcha: Splitting Bandwidth
USB's Second Big Hub Gotcha: Root Hubs
USB's Third Big Hub Gotcha: Isochronous Devices
USB's Fourth Big Hub Gotcha: USB 1.1 Devices on USB 2.0 Hubs
USB's Fifth Big Hub Gotcha: Powering Devices from Hubs
The USB Thumb Drive Power Problem
Avoid USB Hub Problems
Use the Correct USB Cables and Cable Length
Active USB Extension Cables
Shielded Cables and USB Cable Care
What If a USB Device Doesn't Install?
Use FireWire Effectively
FireWire vs. USB
Power Struggle: FireWire, USB, and Hink
Tips for Using FireWire Effectively
Summing Up
Setting Up a Basic Network for Sharing Dial-Up Internet Connections
Understand the Basic Ethernet Hardware Requirements
Network Interface Cards and Ethernet Cables
Hubs, Switches, and Routers
Make the Physical Connections
Set Up Internet Connection Sharing
Setting Up Internet Connection Sharing
Security Issues to Consider
Antivirus Software
Spyware and Adware
Schedule for Securing Your PC with Third-Party Software
Degunk Your Own Surfing Habits to Stay Safe
The Tech Side of Internet Connection Sharing, Dial-Up, Routers, and Broadband Connections
ICS and Dial-Up
Routers and Broadband
Summing Up
Moving to DSL or Cable Internet
Understand How Broadband Works
High-Speed Cable Internet
Explore Other High-Speed Internet Options
Point-To-Point Wireless
Other Options
Choose a Broadband Provider
What's Available in Your Area Could Be a Limitation
How Much Do You Want to Pay?
Popular and Trusted Providers
Set Up a Broadband Modem
Rent or Purchase
Don't Spend Too Much
Set Up Your Hardware
Self-Installation vs. Professional Installation
Setting Up a Single Computer with Broadband
Common Problems
How to Get More Information
Share Your Broadband Connection with a Router
The Router: All You Need to Know
Rent or Lease? Self-Install or Not?
Installing the Router
Should You Use a Single LAN Port Cable/DSL Router with an Existing Hub or Switch?
Get Better Performance from Your Broadband Connection
Cleaning Up Internet Explorer
Keeping Hard Drives Clean and Organized
Degunking on a Schedule
Summing Up
Creating Gunk-Free Wired Networks
Understand IP-Based Networking
Packets Carried by Services on Roads
IP Addresses
Physical Links
How It Works
Learn Where IP Addresses Come From
Requesting an IP address from a DHCP Server
Getting an IP Address from APIPA
Determine What Your PC's IP Address Is
Connect Two PCs via cable
Use an Ethernet Crossover Cable to Connect Two PCs
If the Ethernet Crossover Connection Doesn't Work
Use a FireWire Cable to Connect Two PCs
Direct Connections via USB and Special Cables
Your Last Resort: Connecting through Serial Port Cables
Understand Why Routers Are Better Than Hubs
Hubs: The Choke Point in the Middle
Switches: Momentary Data Superhighways
Routers: A Switch and the Internet Too!
Why You Should Have a Router-Even With Only One PC
The MAC Address Authorization Problem
Cloning Your MAC Address
Get the Scoop on Network Cables
What Not to Do with Ethernet Cables
Installing Your Own Network Cabling
Learn How to Measure Your Network's Throughput
How QCheck Works
Selecting Endpoints for Throughput Tests
Performing Throughput Tests
Interpreting Your Test Results
What About Gigabit Ethernet?
Is Your Network Adapter Autonegotiating?
Summing Up
Going Wireless While Staying Gunk-Less
Understand How Wireless Systems Work
Wireless-A vs. Wireless-B vs. Wireless-G
Wireless Hubs and Wireless Routers
Wireless Client Adapters
The Two Uses of Wi-Fi
Wireless Range and Dead Spots
Don't Mix Wireless-B and Wireless-G in the Same Network!
Choose the Best Wireless Networking Setup
Wireless Access Point or Wireless Router?
The "85% Network"
Adding a Wireless Access Point to an Existing Wired Network
Change Your SSID
SSIDs and Network Identity
Turn On Encryption
Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) vs. Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)
WEP Keys and Passphrases
Advice from the Trenches
Audit Your Wireless Network's Field
Things That Cast Microwave Shadows
Auditing Your Wi-Fi Field with a Laptop
Finessing Dead Spots
Eliminate (or Avoid) Wireless Interference
Who Shares the Band with Wi-Fi?
How Do You Detect Interference?
Cordless Phone Interference
Microwave Oven Interference
Bluetooth Conflicts
Other Wi-Fi Networks
Moving to Another Channel
Your Last Resort: Wireless-A
Consider HomePlug Powerline Networking
Combining HomePlug with Wi-Fi
Summing Up
Degunking Your Backup Strategy
Choose a Backup Device
The Simplicity of CD and DVD Drives
Opting for an External Hard Drive
Using Microsoft Backup
Purchasing Third-Party Hardware and Software
Select What to Back Up
Know What to Back Up and How to Back It Up
Perform the Backup
Burning CDs and DVDs
Dragging and Dropping to an External Drive
Using (and Scheduling) the Windows Backup Utility
Know How Often to Back Up and What to Back Up
Test and Organize Backed-Up Data
Testing and Organizing CD and DVD Collections
Testing and Organizing an External Hard Drive
Testing and Organizing Windows Backups
Restore Data from Backups
Restoring Personal Data from CDs, DVDs, and External Hard Drives
Restoring Mail and Internet Data
Restoring Application-Specific Files
Restoring with Microsoft Backup
Summing Up
Enhancing PC and Media Performance
Add RAM to Enhance Performance
Physical Installation
Upgrade the CPU
Install a TV Tuner Card
Meeting System Requirements and Installing the Card
Installing the Software
Configuring and Troubleshooting the Remote
Upgrade Video and Sound Cards
Selecting a Card
Installing the Card
Configure Hardware Profiles
Tweaking the System
Tweak Effects, Processor Scheduling, and Memory Usage
Tweak Virtual Memory Settings
Enhance Media Performance
Tweak Computer Performance
Use Free Media Player PowerToys and Plug-Ins
Secure Windows Media Player
Summing Up
Get Rid of Unwanted Hardware and Degunk Your New PC
Get Rid of Unnecessary or Outdated Hardware
Choosing a Family Member
Selecting a Charity, School, or Organization
Sell the Hardware
As a Last Resort, Contact City Services
Degunk Your New PC
Free Trials
Software from the Manufacturer, Third-Party Software, Duplicate Software
Summing Up