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Title:
How to expand & upgrade PCs
Author:
Gralla, Preston.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, Ind. : Que, 2001.
Physical Description:
262 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Previous ed.: 1999.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780789725004
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

This book focuses on upgrades and add-ons that any consumer level user can make with their PC. It uses the highly visual layout of the the incredibly successful How it Works series to make upgrading a snap.It goes beyond most hardware books by addressing more than just the nuts, bolts, and techie connections of hardware. Each chapter looks at:*Determining the type of upgrade you need*Tools, requirements, and physical installation*Windows and application setup for your new hardware*Using the hardware once you have it installed*Tips and tricks for getting the most from your investmentThis unique approach brings together all of the pre-purchase, installation, and usage issues a user will face.


Author Notes

Preston Gralla is the award-winning author of 16 books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Protecting Yourself Online and How the Internet Works. He has written about the Internet for many publications, including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and PC Magazine. Preston has won several journalism awards, including the best feature article in a computer magazine from the Computer Press Association. He is the executive editor of ZDNet and appears regularly on TV and radio as an Internet expert, including shows and networks such as the CBS Early Show, MSNBC, CNN, ABC World News Now and many others.


Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This best-selling guide, which includes full-color instructions, is a useful tool for novice to intermediate computer users who want to increase their computing speed, memory, or hard drive. Not only does Gralla address how, she also explains why. Readers can skip from chapter to chapter to learn how to perform a specific task (e.g., installing a scanner), but they should start with Chapter 1, which lists needed tools and diagrams the PC. New items covered include the installation of cable modems, web cams, MP3 players, and other technologies. Even for libraries owning the first edition (1999), this is a high-priority purchase.(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

This best-selling guide, which includes full-color instructions, is a useful tool for novice to intermediate computer users who want to increase their computing speed, memory, or hard drive. Not only does Gralla address how, she also explains why. Readers can skip from chapter to chapter to learn how to perform a specific task (e.g., installing a scanner), but they should start with Chapter 1, which lists needed tools and diagrams the PC. New items covered include the installation of cable modems, web cams, MP3 players, and other technologies. Even for libraries owning the first edition (1999), this is a high-priority purchase. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 What's Inside Your Computerp. 4
Chapter 2 Installing a New Motherboard or CPUp. 22
Chapter 3 Adding Memory to Your PCp. 40
Chapter 4 Installing a New Power Supplyp. 50
Chapter 5 Adding or Replacing an IDE Hard Drivep. 56
Chapter 6 Installing a Floppy Drivep. 72
Chapter 7 Installing a CD-ROM Drivep. 80
Chapter 8 Installing a DVD Drivep. 90
Chapter 9 Installing a SCSI Drivep. 100
Chapter 10 Installing a Removable Drivep. 112
Chapter 11 Installing a Tape Drivep. 120
Chapter 12 Installing a Keyboard and Mousep. 128
Chapter 13 Installing a Joystick or Other Gaming Devicesp. 136
Chapter 14 Installing a Scannerp. 142
Chapter 15 Installing a Digital Camerap. 152
Chapter 16 Installing and Upgrading a Graphics Card and Monitorp. 158
Chapter 17 Installing a NetCamp. 172
Chapter 18 Installing a Sound Card and Speakersp. 178
Chapter 19 Installing an MP3 Playerp. 188
Chapter 20 Installing USB Devicesp. 194
Chapter 21 Installing a Modemp. 204
Chapter 22 Installing a Printerp. 216
Chapter 23 Upgrading Notebook Computersp. 222
Chapter 24 Installing a Home Networkp. 230
Chapter 25 Performing Computer Maintenancep. 240
Glossaryp. 246
Indexp. 252

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