PCs: The Missing Manual

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Your vacuum comes with one. Even your blender comes with one. But your PC—something that costs a whole lot more and is likely to be used daily and for tasks of far greater importance and complexity—doesn't come with a printed manual. Thankfully, that's not a problem any longer: PCs: The Missing Manual explains everything you need to know about PCs, both inside and out, and how to keep them running smoothly and working the way you want them to work.

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Overview

Your vacuum comes with one. Even your blender comes with one. But your PC—something that costs a whole lot more and is likely to be used daily and for tasks of far greater importance and complexity—doesn't come with a printed manual. Thankfully, that's not a problem any longer: PCs: The Missing Manual explains everything you need to know about PCs, both inside and out, and how to keep them running smoothly and working the way you want them to work.

A complete PC manual for both beginners and power users, PCs: The Missing Manual has something for everyone. PC novices will appreciate the unassuming, straightforward tutorials on PC basics, such as hooking up a monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer, and scanner. Families will enjoy sections on networking several computers to share an Internet connection, sharing one monitor between two PCs, connecting portable media players, and creating a home theater system. Adventurous PC users will like the clear photos explaining how to take your PC apart and replace or upgrade any failing parts; IT professionals will be grateful to have something to hand to their coworkers who need solid, trusted information about using their PC.

In PCs: The Missing Manual, bestselling computer author Andy Rathbone delivers simple, reliable advice on the kinds of things PC users confront every day. He shows you how to connect and configure today's must-have devices (including digital cameras, portable music players, digital camcorders, and keychain drives); burn CDs and DVDs; scan and fax documents, and more. His section on the Internet explains how to choose the best Internet Service Provider and web browser for your needs; send email; find information quickly on the Web; share photos online; set up a blog; set up a webcam; access TV and radio through the Internet; and shop safely online. And Rathbone delivers plenty of guidance on keep your privacy and your PC safe by installing firewalls, creating safe passwords, running antivirus software, removing spyware and adware, and backing up important files.

More and more, consumers have become frustrated by the growing complexity of PCs and their digital products. This guide not only eliminates that frustration, but serves as a complete manual for both novices and power users.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596100933
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2005
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Karp is the author of the bestselling Windows Annoyances series of books and the founder of Annoyances.org. He writes for PC Magazine and his latest books include eBay Hacks and the upcoming eBay: The Missing Manual.

Andy Rathbone first wrote "Windows for Dummies" back in 1992, and since then he's updated the book for every subsequent version of the operating system. All of the editions combined have sold more than 11 million copies. He's also the author of "Upgrading and Fixing Your PC for Dummies" and "Tivo for Dummies". All told, Andy has more than 15 million books in print, making him one of the bestselling computer book writers on the planet. He's been on bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, and many others.

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits

Introduction

Part I: Your PC's Main Parts

Chapter 1: Inside Your PC

Chapter 2: Keyboards and Mice

Chapter 3: Monitors and Video

Chapter 4: Printers

Part II: Multimedia

Chapter 5: Digital Cameras, Camcorders, and Webcams

Chapter 6: Scanners

Chapter 7: Sound

Chapter 8: Digital Music Players

Part III: Storing Information

Chapter 9: Hard Drives and Floppy Drives

Chapter 10: CD and DVD Drives

Part IV: Talking to the World

Chapter 11: Getting Online

Chapter 12: Email

Chapter 13: Surfing the Web

Chapter 14: Networking

Part V: Maintenance, Security, and Troubleshooting

Chapter 15: Security

Chapter 16: Fixing Common Problems

Chapter 17: Advanced Troubleshooting

Part VI: Appendices

Appendix A: Setting Up a PC

Appendix B: Memory Cards and USB Drives

Appendix C: Other Cool Things You Can Do Online

Appendix D: Dealing with Technical Support

Appendix E: Packing a Laptop Bag

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