PC First Aid Kit

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to break out an Ohmmeter and a soldering iron. The PC First-Aid Kit explains in plain English how to diagnose and repair the most common computer problems--within minutes. It demonstrates super-quick work-arounds for both hardware and software problems. And it offers streetwise advice for getting your money's worth when a trip to the repair ...
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Overview

to break out an Ohmmeter and a soldering iron. The PC First-Aid Kit explains in plain English how to diagnose and repair the most common computer problems--within minutes. It demonstrates super-quick work-arounds for both hardware and software problems. And it offers streetwise advice for getting your money's worth when a trip to the repair shop is unavoidable.

The PC First-Aid Kit reveals:

  • how to bullet-proof configuration files
  • how to bring a dead hard drive back to life
  • when to repair a printer--and when to punt it
  • how to save money on replacement memory, monitors and more
  • 50 life-saving DOS commands
  • how to make Windows print anything
  • the telltale signs of a sleazy repair shop
  • how to search out, destroy and recover from viruses
  • tricks for warding off future disasters
  • step-by-step procedures for replacing memory, add-in cards, power supplies, and other components
  • how to decipher and solve cryptic DOS error messages
  • how to diagnose and disentangle memory conflicts.
PC First-Aid Kit includes a disk with more than $300 worth of best-selling brand-name software! Undelete files, diagnose your system at a glance, detect and correct physical hard disk errors, eradicate viruses, restore zapped configuration settings, and more!
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Promises "fast and cheap recovery from computing's worst disasters"--explaining such activities as how to bullet-proof configuration files, bring a dead hard drive back to life, determine when to repair a printer and when to buy a new one, make Windows print anything, identify a sleazy repair shop, diagnose and disentangle memory conflicts. Includes a disk with utilities for detecting and correcting physical hard disk errors, eradicating viruses, and restoring zapped configurations, among other functions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201626278
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
  • Publication date: 12/6/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 In Case of Emergency Break Glass Here: A Road Map to This Book and a Quick-Start Guide to Installing the Utilities 1
Ch. 2 Power On: What to Do When There's No Sign of Life 15
Ch. 3 Lost Files, Dead Drives: Hard and Floppy Drive Calamities 41
Ch. 4 Twisted Type: Laser, Ink Jet, and Dot Matrix Printer Problems 77
Ch. 5 Keyboards, Mice, and Other Pointing Devices 119
Ch. 6 When Things Don't Look Right: Monitors and Video Adapters 135
Ch. 7 No Recall: Resolving Memory Problems 153
Ch. 8 Viruses: "Your Computer Is Now Stoned" and Other Mysterious Behavior 179
Ch. 9 Resuscitating Windows 197
Ch. 10 Deciphering DOSpeak: A Lexicon of DOS Error Messages 219
Ch. 11 Repair Items and Replacement Parts: How to Get Your PC Repaired Without Getting Fleeced 263
Appendix A Crash Course: Editing CONFIG.SYS, AUTOEXEC.BAT, WIN.INI, and SYSTEM.INI Files 275
App. B 28 DOS Commands That Can Save Your Butt: (and 41 That Won't) 299
App. C A Quick-Start Guide to the Utilities in This Book 325
First-Aid Glossary 335
Index 351
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