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Overview

A Whole Book of Mac Answers for Less Than the Price of One Support Call!

Why pay $30, $100, $150, or even more for one phone call to tech support when you can have ALL the answers you need at your fingertips for under $25? Get this valuable, reader-friendly book and you'll get more than 400 answers to all of your basic and advanced Mac questions, as well as time-saving tips and sound advice--straight from Mac guru Bob LeVitus and computer expert Shelly Brisban. Also, various topics, including configuring your desktop, installing software, connecting to the Net, upgrading, troubleshooting, and networking give you all the details you need to get the most from your Mac. Plus, you'll get detailed answers on Mac OS 9, G3s, iMac, and iBook throughout.

Find out how to:

  • Locate the answer you need in seconds! Inside are more than 400 expert answers arranged topically and by key term for fast access
  • Sharpen your Mac skills quicker than you can sharpen a pencil--sidebars, tips, warnings, and time-saving tricks show you how
  • Preview chapters easily using the quick, at-a-glance descriptions
  • Find help--fast! A comprehensive and crossreferenced index points the way to the information you need

About the Authors:

Bob Levitus, popular Mac columnist for the Houston Chronicle, MacCentral, and the Austin American-Statesman, has written 33 computer books that have sold over a million copies worldwide.

Shelly Brisbin is the author of Go Live CyberStudio 2 for Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide, and has been writing about Mac technologies for the past 11 years. She currently writes the "Notes from the Internet" column for the Austin, Texas CitySearch Web site.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072123999
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
Part 1 Mac Basics
1 Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions 2
1 What does a flashing question mark at startup mean? 3
2 What sort of hardware can I use to make my Mac go faster? 4
3 How do I know whether to buy a new Mac or upgrade the old one? 6
4 I can't seem to get a SCSI device to show up on the desktop. How do I troubleshoot a SCSI chain? 8
5 I'm getting an error that says the printer can't be found. Now what? 9
6 How can I conserve battery power when using my PowerBook? 10
7 Someone just handed me a floppy disk with an important file on it, but I have an iMac or other Mac with no floppy drive. What should I do? 12
8 How can I share my Mac files with PC users over the network? 13
9 How can I get faster access to the Internet? 13
10 How do I search the Internet with Sherlock? 16
2 Finder and Desktop Basics 18
Opening Files and Folders 20
Getting Information About Files and Folders 24
Saving and Storing Your Work 31
Copying and Moving Files 33
Organizing Your Desktop 35
Customizing Your Mac's Look and Feel 40
3 Inside the System Folder 48
Parts of the Mac OS 50
Fonts 64
Sound and Speech 65
4 Mac Housekeeping: Organization, Backup, and Maintenance 76
Backing Up Your Stuff 78
Cleaning Up Around the Desktop 82
Preventive Maintenance 84
Part 2 Mac Peripherals and Connectivity
5 Storage Devices 90
All About HFS+ 92
Storage Basics 95
Setting Up a SCSI Chain 96
IDE 102
USB Storage 103
FireWire 103
Hard Drives 104
CD-ROM Drives and Recorders 108
DVD Drives and Technology 110
Floppy Drives 113
Removable-Media Drives 113
6 Choosing and Using Printers with Your Mac 116
Choosing a Printer 118
Connecting and Configuring Printers 121
Printing 124
Printing Problems 132
7 Imaging and Input Devices 138
Keyboards 140
Mice 141
Scanners 144
Digital Cameras 148
USB Peripherals 150
8 Video and Display 152
Video Basics 154
Choosing a Monitor 157
Using Monitors 163
Monitor Troubleshooting 166
9 Networking Macs 168
Networking Basics 170
Choosing Network Equipment 177
Creating a Network 181
AirPort Wireless Networking 182
Using a Network 184
Remote Access 199
Network Troubleshooting 202
10 Bridging the Gap Between Macs and PCs: Networking, Sharing, and Translating 206
Networking Macs and PCs 208
Sharing Networked Resources 209
Sharing Disks and Files 215
Electronic File Transfer and Compression 219
PC Emulators 223
11 Taking Your Mac on the Road 226
PowerBook Basics 228
Using a PowerBook 229
iBook Issues 238
PowerBook Battery Issues 239
PowerBook Displays, Pointers, and Peripherals 243
PowerBook PC Cards 246
Traveling with Your PowerBook or Other Mac 247
Part 3 Getting Online with Your Mac
12 Setting Up for the Internet: Hardware and Service Providers 252
Modem Basics 254
Modem Troubleshooting 258
High-Speed Telecommunications 262
Internet Service Providers 270
Connecting Your Office to the Internet 275
13 Setting Up for the Internet: Configuring and Using Software 280
Using Mac OS Internet Tools 282
E-mail 291
Web Browsing 303
Web Sharing 312
File Transfer 315
Other Internet Tools 316
Part 4 Living with Your Mac: Troubleshooting, Upgrading, Tips, and Toys
14 Software and Hardware Troubleshooting 322
Troubleshooting Basics 324
Startup Problems and Solutions 330
Freezes, Crashes, and Error Messages 335
Memory Problems 341
Finding and Using Help 343
Hardware Problems 346
Getting Your Mac and Peripherals Repaired 348
15 Upgrading Your Mac 352
Upgrading Basics 354
Adding Memory 354
Accelerating Your Mac 358
Adding Expansion Cards 362
Upgrading Internal Modems 364
PowerBook Upgrade Issues 365
Other Ways to Upgrade Your Mac 367
16 Buying a New Mac 372
Deciding to Buy 374
The State of the Mac 377
Choosing the Right Mac 379
Getting a Good Deal 381
Buying Used Equipment 383
17 Tips for Making Your Mac Easier to Use 388
Boosting Mac Performance 390
Shortcuts, Timesavers, and Productivity 401
Cheap and Free Stuff to Make Your Mac Better 411
Saving Money When You Buy Software and Peripherals 416
18 Mac Fun and Games: Spending Your Disposable Income 420
Games and Gaming 422
Hardware for Games 426
Other Fun Stuff 429
A Mac Resources on the Internet 432
Top Ten Mac Sites 433
Apple Sites 434
Fun and Games 435
Graphics and Multimedia 435
iBook 436
iMac 436
Internet-Related Resources 436
Mac Advocacy 437
News Sites 437
Periodicals 437
PowerBooks 438
Product Guides 438
Shareware Archives 439
Shopping Online 439
Support and Help 439
Technical Resources 440
Index 443
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