The Complete Idiot's Guide to Upgrading and Repairing PCs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028642390
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Quarter 1 Assessing Whether Upgrading Is Really Necessary 1
1 Making the Call: When, Why, and Whether You Should Upgrade 3
Assessing What You Really Want from Your PC 4
What Should You Upgrade? 7
What Can You Upgrade? 9
Repairs That Enable You to Avoid Upgrades 10
Is Your Old Computer Worth Fixing or Upgrading? 11
Nonobvious Factors That Render Your PC Nonupgradeable 12
Why Upgrading a Notebook PC Might Not Be Doable 13
2 Now, Let's Find Out What Kind of Computer You Have 15
What You Can Tell by Looking at the Outside 16
What Your BIOS Can Tell You Before You Look Inside 17
Matching Your Computer to Your Operating System's Requirements 20
3 What It Takes to Upgrade Each Part of Your Computer 27
Parts Is Parts 27
The Motherboard Makes the Right Connections 29
The Brain of Your PC: The CPU 32
Basic Functions Are in the System BIOS 37
The PC's Think Tank: RAM 39
Save It for the Hard Disk 46
Your PC's Video System 49
4 What You Need to Know Before You Open Your PC 53
Creating an Emergency Diskette 54
Now Back Up Your Data 63
Putting Your Toolkit Together 64
Avoiding Frying Yourself on Your PC 66
Quarter 2 Preventative Maintenance and Other Ways to Avoid Upgrading 71
5 Fixing the Most Common Problems 73
General Hardware Dilemmas 73
Keyboard Calamities 78
When the Mouse Becomes a Rat 81
Infrared Devices: Not Entirely Cordless 84
When Your Printer Makes You Feel Powerless 85
Monitoring Your Monitor Troubles 91
Fixing a Drive That's Floppin' 97
Optical Drives and Sonic Discrepancies 99
When Your Modem's on the Fritz 106
What to Do When You're Not Sure What the Problem Is 107
6 Cleaning Windows 111
Crud Windows Leaves on Your Disk 112
Avoiding Crashes 116
Attitude Adjustments 117
Keeping Your Programs Installed 119
7 "Repairing" the Hard Disk Instead of Replacing It 125
What to Do When Your Hard Disk Plays Hide and Seek 126
Checking the Hard Disk for Problems 127
Reorganizing the Hard Disk 129
Converting from FAT16 to FAT32 130
Quarter 3 Taking Everything Apart 133
8 The Easiest Things to Upgrade 135
Replacing Your Keyboard 136
Replacing the Mouse 142
Acquiring or Replacing a Printer 146
Improving the View with a New Monitor 154
Scanners: The Latest Standard Equipment 159
Digital Cameras 161
9 Accelerating Your PC with a New CPU 165
The Size and Shape of Things 166
The Manufacturers and Their Products 173
Speed: Illusion and Realities 180
The Issue of Lower Voltage 182
Performing Brain Surgery (Replacing the CPU) 183
10 Replacing the Motherboard and Its Parts 193
Shopping for a New Motherboard 194
The Importance of the Chipset 200
Motherboard-ectomy Illustrated 207
Yes, You, Too, Can Replace Your BIOS! 218
Replacing a Dead Battery 231
11 Memorize This! Upgrading Memory 235
Memories Through the Years ... or Rather, Months 236
Buying the Right Kind of RAM 242
Installation: You Must Remember This 246
12 Face the Interface 253
Everything You Didn't Want to Know About Busses 254
Enabling Your External Parallel and Serial Ports 258
Installing and Replacing Expansion Cards 262
Storage Device Controller Interfaces 264
What You Need to Know About USB 270
Gearing Up for FireWire 274
13 The Online Line 277
The "Telephone" Modem 278
Installing a Telephone Modem 282
The Cable Modem: Real, Live Broadband 287
DiSiLlusionment 295
Broadband Firewalls and Why You Need One 302
14 I Can See Clearly Now: Upgrading Your Video 309
Shopping for a Video (Graphics) Card 310
Performing Video Card Surgery 317
The Long-Awaited Marriage of TV and PC 318
15 Sensational Stereophonic Sound 321
Sound Card Standards 321
Installing Your Sound Card 324
Speakers of the House 327
16 Hands-On Hard Disk Replacement 331
Issues to Keep in Mind While Shopping 331
Deciphering Hard Drive Characteristics 334
Performing Hard Drive Surgery 344
17 Replacing a Diskette Drive 353
Shopping for a New Drive 353
Putting Your New Floppy in Drive 356
18 Adding an Optical Drive 361
Of CD-ROM, CD-R, DVD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD+RW, and WHAT-NOT 362
The Interface Factor 368
Recordable Optical Drives 371
The Performance DiViDend 371
How to Install an Optical Drive 374
19 Powering Up the Power Supply 381
Going Shopping for a New Power Supply 382
Installing a New System Power Supply 385
Power Security Outside of Your Power Supply 389
20 Cooling and Ventilating Your System 393
Your Most Valuable Component: The Processor Cooler 394
Installing a Cooling Device 396
The Importance of Proper Ventilation 400
Adding or Replacing Additional Fans 404
21 Classier Chassis: Consider a New System Case 407
Shopping for a New Case 408
Moving Day: Factors to Consider 413
22 Installing and Maintaining a Home Network 419
More Than One Computer? How About a Network? 420
The Components of a Home Network 422
Making Your House Network Ready 425
Architectural Digest 429
Installation: You Become the Cable Guy 433
Quarter A Putting Everything Back Together 437
23 Making Your Computer Boot Up Again 439
Configuring Your Reassembled PC 440
What to Do When Your COM Ports Start a Fight 447
Fixing What IRQs You 448
Messing with DMA Address Junk 452
Partitioning and Formatting a Hard Disk Drive 454
24 Getting Windows to Recognize Your New Toys 461
Introducing Your Shy Operating System to Your New Hardware 462
Using Windows Device Manager to Explore Your System 467
Setting Up Your Network 470
Index 475
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