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Upgrading & fixing PCs for dummies
Rathbone, Andy.
Personal Author:
Sixth edition.
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : Wiley Publishing, [2002]

Physical Description:
xiv, 394 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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TK7887 .R38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The average cost of desktop PCs has fallen steadily over the years while power and functionality have increased. Despite lower prices, however, you still may not feel like spending money on a new, faster PC. Instead, you can transform your balky PC into a glitch-free, turbocharged, multimedia machine with minimum cost.

If you want your PC to do more and crash less but don't know where to begin, then Upgrading and Fixing PCs For Dummies, 6th Edition, is your answer. Don't let the fear of opening your computer's case prevent you from do-it-yourself upgrades. Plenty of computer parts stay completely on the outside of the computer! So get ready to discover the ins and outs of today's hardware and software.

This book is for anyone who wants to

Upgrade an older PC to run Windows XP Add a larger hard drive Upgrade a video card Set up a firewall Take advantage of low-priced memory chips from warehouse stores

This easy-to-understand guide shows you how to deal with the most common upgrading and repair problems and explains what to buy, where to plug it in, and how to make sure your computer knows what to do with it. This sixth edition of Upgrading and Fixing PCs For Dummies contains several new chapters and sections:

A visual appendix that explains how to use all the ports on your computer and install the ones you may be missing A network installation guide to help you configure a network with both wired and wireless devices The scoop on drivers: When you need them, where to find them, and how to install them successfully Detailed coverage on virus attacks - how to avoid them and to repair the damage if one hits your PC The facts on DVD burners - their odd format terminology and incompatibilities

Plus, this edition continues to include the information that hundreds of thousands of people have relied on for 10 years: information about upgrading and fixing video cards, hard drives, CD/DVD drives, memory chips, monitors, modems, printers, scanners, hard drives, and other popular computer parts.

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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