The PC Doctor's Fix-it-Yourself Guide

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Keep your PC in tip-top shape with the PC Doctor’s proven treatments

Diagnose, fix, upgrade, and maintain your PC and install software and peripherals with help from this easy-to-use guide. Inside, you’ll find just what the PC Doctor ordered with the fix-it-yourself PC home remedies you need to take good care of your computer. Learn how to interpret error messages, troubleshoot common problems, and resolve performance issues. Plus, get handy checklists at the end of each chapter...

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Overview

Keep your PC in tip-top shape with the PC Doctor’s proven treatments

Diagnose, fix, upgrade, and maintain your PC and install software and peripherals with help from this easy-to-use guide. Inside, you’ll find just what the PC Doctor ordered with the fix-it-yourself PC home remedies you need to take good care of your computer. Learn how to interpret error messages, troubleshoot common problems, and resolve performance issues. Plus, get handy checklists at the end of each chapter to help you with ongoing maintenance. This step-by-step resource empowers you with the knowledge and skills you need to keep your PC running smoothly.

  • Learn the anatomy of your PC to better care for it
  • Maintain your file system properly
  • Upgrade your PC—add memory, components, devices, and more
  • Protect your PC from viruses, worms, hackers, and other threats
  • Troubleshoot and back up your hard drive
  • Take advantage of CD and DVD storage capacity
  • Network PCs together and share resources, such as printers, hard drives, and more
  • Connect devices to your PC using expansion cards and ports
  • Make the most of the Internet—from getting a better connection to speeding up your browser
  • Get expert advice on where to find more information to help yourself

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is a technical director and consultant for a U.K.-based computer company. He teaches many PC-related courses, including one entitled “Caring for Your PC.” He has taught many thousands of people to fix their PC problems for themselves, and this inspired him to write this book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072255539
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne
  • Publication date: 7/2/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian W. Kingsley-Hughes is a technical director and consultant for a UK computer company specializing in the integration of IT and Internet technologies into current work practices.

He is basing the core of this book on his experiences developing, teaching and carrying out subsequent updates of a class he has taught with Barnes and Noble University —“Caring for Your PC”.

Adrian has written technical books for Wrox Press, Active Path, Sybex and Macmillan, and has been developing training materials and courses for more than 5 years. He is currently involved in developing courses for Element K producing courses and materials used by many Fortune 500 companies and leading universities

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Overview
Ch. 1 What's what - the anatomy of a PC 3
Ch. 2 Files and folders 29
Ch. 3 Improving on perfection 55
Ch. 4 Safe computing 73
Ch. 5 Helping yourself 97
Ch. 6 What you need to fix-it-yourself - and stay safe 115
Pt. II The details : hardware
Ch. 7 The PC case and the power supply 135
Ch. 8 Motherboard, RAM, CPU, and BIOS 159
Ch. 9 Hard drives and floppy drives 195
Ch. 10 Other data storage devices 213
Ch. 11 Monitors and graphics adapters 233
Ch. 12 Expansion cards 249
Ch. 13 Networking 263
Ch. 14 Connections 283
Ch. 15 Input devices 297
Pt. III The details : software and data
Ch. 16 File system care 319
Ch. 17 Backup 349
Ch. 18 Improving performance and stability 367
Ch. 19 Making more of the internet 389
Pt. IV Appendixes
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