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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.