TechTV's Upgrading Your PC

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This book covers the most cost-effective upgrades for a variety of systems:
  1. Covers the latest technologies: Windows 2000, Socket 370 and Socket A CPU's, Firewire, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, scanners, digital cameras, ISDN, cable and DSL modems, downloadable music players, and more.
  2. Covers easy upgrades (such as a new monitor or a printer), to complex upgrades (adding RAM, adding CD-RW, installing a home network) in an ...
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Overview

This book covers the most cost-effective upgrades for a variety of systems:
  1. Covers the latest technologies: Windows 2000, Socket 370 and Socket A CPU's, Firewire, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, scanners, digital cameras, ISDN, cable and DSL modems, downloadable music players, and more.
  2. Covers easy upgrades (such as a new monitor or a printer), to complex upgrades (adding RAM, adding CD-RW, installing a home network) in an easy to follow, step-by-step, conversational way.
  3. Features Leo Laporte, the high-energy host of TechTV programs Call for Help and The ScreenSavers, live shows dedicated to providing help to call-in views with computer questions or problems.

TechTV's Upgrading Your PC is a reference-based title written in an approachable first person point of view. This book teaches a reader how to upgrade his PC and peripherals to increase productivity on his PC without intimidating or offending him. Finally the reader learns how various software applications and operating systems upgrades can help him use or not use his PC more efficiently. TechTV is the only cable television channel covering technology news, information and entertainment from a consumer, industry and market perspective 24 hours a day. Offering everything from industry news to product review, updates on tech stocks to tech support, TechTV's original programming keeps the wired world informed and entertained. TechTV is one of the fastest growing cable networks, currently available in more than 23.5 million households and distributing content to 70 countries around the world. With over 700,000 unique visitors per month, techtv.com is a community destination that encourages viewer interaction through e-mail, live chat and video mail.

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From cable television channel Tech TV comes this basic-level handbook about how to get the most for the money when purchasing upgrades. Lots of photos show what's inside a PC and how to change parts. Sidebars explain computer jargon in simple language and provide tips. Popular topics include upgrading speed with more RAM; choosing a faster CPU; removing the motherboard; working with video, ports, printers, digital cameras, home networking; and increasing Internet connection speed. Author Soper is a magazine writer and president of a technical writing and training organization. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789725998
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 7/24/2001
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Planning Your Upgrade
1 Why Upgrade Your PC? 9
2 Making the Most of the Computer You Have 15
3 Evaluating Your System 101 29
4 Getting the Inside Story About Upgrades 49
5 Preparing for Your Upgrade 73
II You May Not Need an Upgrade ... Yet
6 Cheap Fixes for Common Problems 97
7 Operating System Fixes 119
III Upgrade Your Speed
8 Avoid RAM Cram: Add More 145
9 Faster and Faster CPUs - Which One for You? 167
10 Motherboards and BIOS 209
IV Upgrade Your Input and Output
11 Get a Better View with Better Video 247
12 Interface This! Cards and Ports 279
13 Printers 307
14 Digital Cameras and Scanners 335
15 Souping Up Your Stereophonic PC 357
V Upgrade Your Storage Capacity
16 Adding Another Hard Disk 377
17 Floppy Drive Replacements and Upgrades 417
18 Understanding Optical Drives 431
19 High-Capacity Storage You Can Remove 455
VI Upgrade Your Connectivity
20 Home Networking 477
21 Get on the Internet Faster - Upgrade Your Connection 495
VII Upgrade Your Power and Operating System
22 Power Up with a New Power Supply 515
23 Upgrading Your Operating System 531
Glossary 553
Index 587
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