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Upgrading & fixing PCs for dummies
Rathbone, Andy.
Personal Author:
Fifth edition.
Publication Information:
Foster City, CA : IDG Books Worldwide, [2000]

Physical Description:
xviii, 388 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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TK7887 .R38 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Ready to repair or upgrade your PC -- the quick and easy way? Want to make your computer hum, but don't want to shell out bucks to a technician? Use this guide to give your system a makeover or successfully complete repairs.

From prepping your PC for high-speed Internet access to adding more RAM, veteran For Dummies author Andy Rathbone will help you create and maintain your dream system.

Helping you to assess the time, money, and tools needed to repair your PC, this is your first aid kit for modem and printer problems, installation nightmares, and Internet traffic jams.

Author Notes

Andy Rathbone is the author of the bestselling "Windows For Dummies" books, as well as other titles in the "For Dummies" series. He was born in San Diego, California and attended San Diego State University. He majored in Comparative Literature, and graduated in 1986. He began freelancing for computer magazines shortly thereafter, and wrote the first edition of "Windows for Dummies" in 1992.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Biting Your Fingernails
Chapter 1 Are You Nerdy Enough to Do It Yourself?
Chapter 2 The Right Way to Fix Your PC
Chapter 3 Where Does This Piece Go? (Basic Computer Anatomy)
Chapter 4 Figuring Out What's Broken
Part 2 The PC Parts You Can See (External Peripherals)
Chapter 5 The Sticky Keyboard
Chapter 6 Mice in the Pantry
Chapter 7 Mucked-Up Modems
Chapter 8 Tweaking the Monitor
Chapter 9 Printers (Those Paper Wasters)
Part 3 The Stuff Hiding Inside Your PC
Chapter 10 The Motherboard (And Its CPU, BIOS, and Even a Battery)
Chapter 11 Memory Stuff You Wish You Could Forget
Chapter 12 Floppy Drives
Chapter 13 Hard Drives, CD and DVD Drives, Zip Drives, and Other Storage Devices
Chapter 14 Power Supplies
Chapter 15 Stuff on Cards
Part 4 Telling Your Computer What You've Done
Chapter 16 That Autoexec.Bat and Config.Sys File Stuff
Chapter 17 Fixing Squeaky Windows
Chapter 18 Fiddling with Settings
Part 5 The Part of Tens
Chapter 19 Ten Cheap Fixes to Try First
Chapter 20 The Ten Hardest Upgrades
Chapter 21 The Ten Easiest Upgrades
Chapter 22 Ten Ways to Empower an Aging Pentium
Chapter 23 Ten Baffling Things Your Computer May Say When You Turn It On
Chapter 24 Ten Common Warning Beeps and What They Mean
Chapter 25 Ten Common Error Messages (And How to Avoid Them)
Chapter 26 Ten Years of Computer Antiques ...; and What to Do with Them
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