How to Expand & Upgrade PCs

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How To Expand And Upgrade PCs focuses on upgrades and add-ons. It uses the highly visual layout of the How to Use series combined with the look of 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. Learn the Windows and application setup for your new hardware, and how to use it once you have it installed. This unique approach brings together all of the pre-purchase, ...
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Overview

How To Expand And Upgrade PCs focuses on upgrades and add-ons. It uses the highly visual layout of the How to Use series combined with the look of 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. Learn the Windows and application setup for your new hardware, and how to use it once you have it installed. This unique approach brings together all of the pre-purchase, installation, and usage issues a user will face.
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This book offers point-by-point instruction on upgrading and expanding computers, explaining how the hardware functions and then showing (with color illustrations) how to do the necessary work. It provides guidance to adding RAM, upgrading the motherboard and CPU, and installing hardware like digital cameras, cable modems, CD-RW drives, and MP3 players. Following two introductory chapters, each of the remaining 24 chapters outline the steps for performing a specific task or adding a specific function. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789725004
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 3/19/2001
  • Series: How It Works Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 8.03 (w) x 9.97 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 A Close Look at Your Computer 5
2 Performing Computer Maintenance 17
3 Before You Begin 25
4 Installing a New CPU 43
5 Installing a New Motherboard 51
6 Adding Memory to Your PC 63
7 Installing a New Power Supply 71
8 Adding or Replacing a Hard Drive 77
9 Installing a Floppy Drive 85
10 Installing a CD Drive 91
11 Installing a DVD Drive 97
12 Installing a Removable Drive 105
13 Installing a Keyboard and Mouse 113
14 Installing and Upgrading a Graphics Card and Monitor 119
15 Installing a Sound Card 129
16 Installing a SCSI Device 137
17 Installing USB and FireWire Devices 147
18 Installing a Printer 155
19 Installing a Scanner 161
20 Installing a Joystick or Other Gaming Devices 167
21 Installing a WebCam 173
22 Installing a Modem, Cable Modem, or DSL Modem 179
23 Installing a Home Network 189
24 Installing a Home Wireless Network 199
25 Upgrading Notebook Computers 207
26 Installing a Portable MP3 Player 215
27 Installing a Digital Camera 221
28 Installing a Palmtop Device 227
Glossary 232
Index 240
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