Tech TV Upgrading Your PC

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Time doesn¿t stand still¿which means your perfect computer setup from a year ago, perhaps even six months ago, is no longer the latest and greatest. Here to help you navigate the maze of decisions involved in any major upgrade is TechTV¿s popular upgrade guide, completely updated to cover the latest upgrade-worthy hardware and software. In clear, jargon-free language, TechTV¿s Upgrading Your PC answers all your upgrade questions: When is it time to upgrade? How do you know when an upgrade is worth the price of ...

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Overview

Time doesn¿t stand still¿which means your perfect computer setup from a year ago, perhaps even six months ago, is no longer the latest and greatest. Here to help you navigate the maze of decisions involved in any major upgrade is TechTV¿s popular upgrade guide, completely updated to cover the latest upgrade-worthy hardware and software. In clear, jargon-free language, TechTV¿s Upgrading Your PC answers all your upgrade questions: When is it time to upgrade? How do you know when an upgrade is worth the price of admission? How do you protect your current applications and data?

In the first section of this guide, veteran author Mark Edward Soper tackles the pre-upgrade process, detailing everything you need to do (and ask) before you upgrade. Each of the remaining chapters focuses on a different device or technology¿from hard disks to Surround Sound¿beginning with a list of the top ten reasons for upgrading. The book¿s companion DVD includes a zoomable, interactive tour of a typical computer; interactive tutorials on using the Windows Control Panel and other Windows software components to configure and control new hardware; video clips from TechTV shows demonstrating upgrading issues, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735713604
  • Publisher: TechTV
  • Publication date: 7/3/2003
  • Series: TechTV Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 840
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Edward Soper is president and co-founder of Select Systems. In addition, he has written for numerous computer magazines, book publishers, and computer-training organizations. He is the author of Upgrading and Repairing PCs: A+ Certification Study Guide, Second Edition; The Complete Idiot's Guide to High-Speed Internet Connections; and two other editions of Upgrading and Repairing PCs.

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Table of Contents

1 Making the Decision to Upgrade 3
2 Upgrade Strategies 11
3 Alternatives to Upgrades 27
4 Taking an Inspection Tour of Your System 75
5 Preparing for Your Upgrade 121
6 The Right Upgrades for You 151
7 RAM Your Way to Faster Performance 169
8 Speedy Computing with Processor Upgrades 197
9 Unlock Your System's Potential with Motherboard and BIOS Upgrades 237
10 Adding a Huge Hard Disk 283
11 Removable Storage to Go 345
12 A Burning Desire for Better Optical Drives 375
13 Extra Vroom with Faster Graphics and Bigger Displays 407
14 PC Audio and More 445
15 Digital Imaging and Video 477
16 Get Yourself Broadband - It's (Always) Going Fast! 513
17 Share the Wealth with a Home Network 537
18 Wireless Wonders 565
19 Adding the Ports You Need for the Devices You Want 589
20 Selecting the Best Input Devices 615
21 Output Unlimited with Printer Upgrades 633
22 Power Supply Upgrades 669
23 Winning Windows Upgrades 693
24 Upgrading to Mobile Information Devices 725
25 Upgrading Your Portable's Connection with Your PC 743
Glossary 753
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