PC Hardware Annoyances: How to Fix the Most Annoying Things About Your Computer Hardware

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Operating a personal computer requires more than just dealing with the PC itself. As anyone with even a modicum of computer experience can attest, there are all types of hardware devices which you must become familiar with disk drives, printers, monitors, and sound cards, just to name a few. And, naturally, each is fraught with its own set of bugs and snares.

PC Hardware Annoyances, the latest installment of O'Reilly's highly successful Annoyances series, aims to optimize these ...

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Overview

Operating a personal computer requires more than just dealing with the PC itself. As anyone with even a modicum of computer experience can attest, there are all types of hardware devices which you must become familiar with disk drives, printers, monitors, and sound cards, just to name a few. And, naturally, each is fraught with its own set of bugs and snares.

PC Hardware Annoyances, the latest installment of O'Reilly's highly successful Annoyances series, aims to optimize these peripheral systems by offering easy fixes to their most annoying traits. With over 40 titles to his credit, author Stephen Bigelow identifies all those annoyances that make you cringe in frustration. Then, through the use of snappy, entertaining, and practical solutions, he shows you how to clear each obstacle one step at a time. After that, the rest is up to you.

Designed for PC users of all levels, this handy guide doesn't bore you with long dissertations on the workings of the technology at hand. Instead, it offers straightforward, easy-to-understand troubleshooting solutions. For maximum ease of use, PC Hardware Annoyances is broken up into several broad hardware categories. They include desktops, laptops and PDAs, graphics, sound, hard drives, CD/DVD drives, network, and printers and scanners. And while you may not use each of these accessories currently, chances are it's only a matter of time before you'll need their technological services whether it's for work or recreation.

What makes PC Hardware Annoyances especially timely is the growing trend among computer owners to simply upgrade their PCs as they age, rather than replacing them altogether. With peripheral devices becoming increasingly affordable, there's no reason not to. But as with any do-it-yourself project, trouble lurks around the corner if you don't have the right guide. Having difficulty setting up your color inkjet printer? Trying to burn a music CD? Is your modem misbehaving? The remedy: PC Hardware Annoyances, of course!

With over 40 titles to his credit, author Bigelow identifies all those annoyances that make readers cringe in frustration. Then, through the use of snappy, entertaining, and practical solutions, he shows how to clear each obstacle one step at a time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596007157
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/10/2004
  • Series: Annoyances Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen J. Bigelow has written for Computer Currents, CNET, and other periodicals, and is the author of many hardware books for Osborne/McGraw and others, such as Troubleshooting, Maintaining & Repairing PCs, Bigelow's PC Hardware Desk Reference, Troubleshooting and Repairing Computer Printers, and 40 other titles. He is also known for his long-running PC Toolbox newsletter.

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Table of Contents

Introduction;
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Chapter 1: Desktop Annoyances;
1.1 SETUP ANNOYANCES;
1.2 KEYBOARD ANNOYANCES;
1.3 MOUSE ANNOYANCES;
1.4 STARTUP ANNOYANCES;
1.5 BIOS/CMOS ANNOYANCES;
1.6 MEMORY ANNOYANCES;
1.7 PROCESSOR ANNOYANCES;
1.8 CARD AND PORT ANNOYANCES;
1.9 MAINTENANCE ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 2: Laptop and PDA Annoyances;
2.1 SETUP/STARTUP ANNOYANCES;
2.2 BATTERY ANNOYANCES;
2.3 LCDLCD ANNOYANCES;
2.4 PC CARD ANNOYANCES;
2.5 PDA ANNOYANCES;
2.6 MAINTENANCE ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 3: Graphics Annoyances;
3.1 CONFIGURATION ANNOYANCES;
3.2 DRIVER ANNOYANCES;
3.3 UPGRADE ANNOYANCES;
3.4 DESKTOP ANNOYANCES;
3.5 MONITOR ANNOYANCES;
3.6 3D ANNOYANCES;
3.7 VIDEO CAPTURE/PLAYBACK ANNOYANCES;
3.8 PLAYER SOFTWARE ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 4: Sound Annoyances;
4.1 CONFIGURATION ANNOYANCES;
4.2 SETUP ANNOYANCES;
4.3 SPEAKER ANNOYANCES;
4.4 CD AUDIO ANNOYANCES;
4.5 MUSIC PLAYER ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 5: Hard Drive Annoyances;
5.1 CONFIGURATION ANNOYANCES;
5.2 PERFORMANCE ANNOYANCES;
5.3 MAINTENANCE ANNOYANCES;
5.4 BACKUP AND RESTORE ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 6: CD/DVD Drive Annoyances;
6.1 CONFIGURATION ANNOYANCES;
6.2 PERFORMANCE ANNOYANCES;
6.3 PLAYBACK ANNOYANCES;
6.4 RECORDING ANNOYANCES;
6.5 REWRITING ANNOYANCES;
6.6 BURNING SOFTWARE ANNOYANCES;
6.7 DVD PLAYER ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 7: Network Annoyances;
7.1 CONFIGURATION ANNOYANCES;
7.2 MODEM ANNOYANCES;
7.3 CABLE ANNOYANCES;
7.4 DSL ANNOYANCES;
7.5 WIRELESS NETWORKING ANNOYANCES;
7.6 GENERAL NETWORKING ANNOYANCES;
7.7 PRINTER AND FILE SHARING ANNOYANCES;
7.8 FIREWALL ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 8: Printer and Scanner Annoyances;
8.1 SETUP ANNOYANCES;
8.2 PERFORMANCE ANNOYANCES;
8.3 MAINTENANCE ANNOYANCES;
8.4 COLOR PRINTER ANNOYANCES;
8.5 PAPER ANNOYANCES;
8.6 SCANNER ANNOYANCES;
Colophon;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2004

    many hacks

    This is, more or less, an O'Reilly Hacks book. But reformatted in a different series, with a more colourful appearance. What Bigelow has done is summarise a litany of common hardware gripes, and what you could do in response. Some of these will draw knowing smirks. Like the the keyboard with dirty or stuck keys. Very common in public libraries and some crowded internet cafes. Luckily, Bigelow avoids speculation as to the various possible contaminants of the keyboard. Food and drink ejecta, and snot, for example. [Just thought I'd share that with you.] The book also includes discussion of laptops, PDAs and various accessories like printers and scanners. Note carefully that in the section on wireless networking, there is one overriding caution. Look up the advice on keeping your communications private. So many users remain in blissful ignorance. You should not. There do seem to be an amazing number of hacks. For this breadth alone, you may want to consider this book.

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