Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide, 15th Edition

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The World's Leading PC Guide--Updated, Expanded, Reorganized

The Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide continues its reign as the PC world's great problem-solving wonder. In simple, easy-to-follow language, it shows you how to prevent disasters, fix the ones that occur, and maximize your PC's power and longevity. Based on author Mark Minasi's popular seminars, this book ...

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Overview

The World's Leading PC Guide--Updated, Expanded, Reorganized

The Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide continues its reign as the PC world's great problem-solving wonder. In simple, easy-to-follow language, it shows you how to prevent disasters, fix the ones that occur, and maximize your PC's power and longevity. Based on author Mark Minasi's popular seminars, this book is an unbeatable value. It teaches you everything you need to know to meet all your PC challenges, present and future.

Coverage includes:
* Preventing hardware disasters
* Upgrading memory
* Replacing power supplies
* Installing EIDE and Serial ATA hard drives
* Adding SCSI ports
* Partitioning drives using NTFS and FAT32
* Protecting your PC from viruses, worms, and spyware
* Solving data backup challenges
* Adding and repairing DVDs and CD-ROMs
* Installing and troubleshooting scanners
* Troubleshooting printers
* Installing communications devices
* Resolving mouse and keyboard problems
* Installing video and sound cards
* Tackling networking issues
* Installing a wireless network
* Troubleshooting Internet connectivity
* Solving laptop problems

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Mark Minasi is CNN’s resident PC expert: a master at explaining complicated stuff in plain English, without jargon, oversimplification, or condescension. That’s what you want in a book on PC upgrades and maintenance. And that’s what Minasi delivers in his.

The Complete PC Upgrade & Maintenance Guide, 15th Edition is fully updated and as comprehensive as ever. You’ll find new coverage of Opteron, Centrino, Pentium 4, and Itanium processors. Flash memory. Serial ATA drives. Video capture cards. The whole menagerie of confusing DVD recordable technologies. And plenty more.

You name it, it’s here. Wired and wireless networking. Scanners. Printers. FireWire connections. Data recovery. Windows XP.

Minasi’s determined to give you all the help you’ll need to get the job done. There’s a complete chapter on taking PCs apart without frying them. Dynamic visual layouts walk you through many upgrades. This edition adds “QuickSteps” sections throughout: rapid-fire, step-by-step instructions for common tasks such as installing hard drives and DVDs, replacing power supplies, adding memory, and replacing CPUs. Want to see even more? There’s a complete video PC maintenance course on CD-ROM.

Why isn’t that 160 MB hard drive working with Windows XP? Why is your laser printer leaving vertical white streaks on the page? Why can’t you get enough sound from your speakers? Minasi shines when it comes to issues like these. There are problem-solving sections in almost every chapter. Better yet, he introduces a systematic approach to troubleshooting, one that’ll help you track down practically any problem, quickly. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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On the cover of this book, a headline reads "Get valuable information worth more than $800 for the price of this book." I could easily argue that this book might save someone the cost of a new computer. In any case, Minasi's handbook to personal computers fills 22 chapters and three appendixes with solutions to problems with virtually everything under the PC sun. Like any good repair book, it starts off by telling you the kinds of tools you'll need and explains how to open your computer and study its innards. Following these opening chapters, there's help on preventive maintenance and troubleshooting. If none of these ideas and suggestions work, the last two chapters describe how to buy a new system and how to look for a multimedia system. This book contains lots of excellent information of utility to almost anyone using a personal computer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780782143102
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/11/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 15
  • Pages: 891
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Minasi is Sybex's most prolific and successful author with millions of copies of his books in print. He has 22 years experience in the computer business and has been teaching professional seminars since 1985. His Mastering Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000 Server books are the #1 selling Windows titles in the world. 
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part 1: Core Components.

Chapter 1: Five Easy Pieces: PC Hardware in a Nutshell.

Chapter 2: Inside the PC: Core Components.

Chapter 3: Taking Apart and Rebuilding the PC.

Chapter 4: Avoiding Service: Preventive Maintenance.

Chapter 5: Installing New Circuit Boards.

Chapter 6: System Memory.

Chapter 7: Power Supplies and Power Protection.

Part 2: Devices.

Chapter 8: Hard Disk Drive Overview and Terminology.

Chapter 9: CD-ROM and DVD Drives.

Chapter 10: Understanding and Installing ATA Drives.

Chapter 11: Understanding and Installing SCSI Devices.

Chapter 12: Partitioning, Formatting, and Managing Drives.

Chapter 13: Protecting and Maintaining Hard Disks.

Chapter 14: Understanding, Installing, and Troubleshooting Floppy Drives.

Part 3: Supporting and Managing External Drives.

Chapter 15: Printer Types and Interfaces.

Chapter 16: Troubleshooting Inkjet Printers.

Chapter 17: Troubleshooting Laser Printers.

Chapter 18: Understanding and Troubleshooting Scanners.

Chapter 19: Keyboards and Mice.

Part 4: Multimedia.

Chapter 20: Video Adapters and Displays.

Chapter 21: Play It Loud: Sound Cards.

Chapter 22: Digital Imaging.

Part 5: Hardware Management and Troubleshooting.

Chapter 23: Hardware Management via Software Solutions.

Chapter 24: Using the Internet for Hardware Support.

Chapter 25: Troubleshooting PC Problems.

Part 6: Networking, Mobile Computing, and the Internet.

Chapter 26: Networking Concepts and Hardware.

Chapter 27: Installing and Troubleshooting Networks.

Chapter 28: Modems and Other Internet Connection Devices.

Chapter 29: Viruses and Other Nasty Bugs.

Chapter 30: Notebook/Laptop Computers.

Glossary.

Index.

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