Troubleshooting Your PC for Dummies

Overview

Funny start-up noises. Lost files. Mouse madness. Slowdowns. Web weirdness. Disk disasters. The dreaded blue screen of death. If you're beset by PC problems like these, you've come to the right place. PC expert extraordinaire Dan Gookin shows you step by step how to prevent PC calamities, deal with dozens of common mishaps and annoyances -- and preserve your sanity.
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Overview

Funny start-up noises. Lost files. Mouse madness. Slowdowns. Web weirdness. Disk disasters. The dreaded blue screen of death. If you're beset by PC problems like these, you've come to the right place. PC expert extraordinaire Dan Gookin shows you step by step how to prevent PC calamities, deal with dozens of common mishaps and annoyances -- and preserve your sanity.
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“…you can be sure it will contain the up-to-date, comprehensive information…” (Personnel Today, March 2005)

“…consistently reassuring…detailed explanations…” (Computer Active, 15 May 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470230770
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 392,720
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Gookin wrote the first-ever For Dummies book, DOS For Dummies, as well as the bestselling Word 2002 For Dummies and PCs For Dummies, now in its eighth edition.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 What the @#$%&*!? 7
Ch. 1 It's Not Your Fault! Well, It Might Be Your Fault (How to Tell Whether It's Your Fault) 9
Ch. 2 Stuff to Try First 17
Ch. 3 Telling a Hardware Problem from a Software Problem 27
Ch. 4 The "R" Chapter (Reinstall, Restore, Recycle, Recovery) 37
Ch. 5 Your Last Resort: Tech Support 51
Pt. II Troubleshooting Minor Irks and Quirks 65
Ch. 6 "This Just Bugs Me!" 67
Ch. 7 "Gosh! This Is Embarrassing!" 87
Ch. 8 Start-Up Problems 101
Ch. 9 Finding Lost Files and Things 121
Ch. 10 Sounds Like Trouble 135
Ch. 11 The Mystery of System Resources (And Memory Leaks) 147
Ch. 12 The Slow PC 157
Ch. 13 Keyboard, Mouse, and Monitor Dilemmas 163
Ch. 14 Printer Problems 173
Ch. 15 Dealing with Disk Disaster 189
Ch. 16 Internet Connection Mayhem 201
Ch. 17 Web Weirdness with Internet Explorer 219
Ch. 18 E-Mail Calamities with Outlook Express 233
Ch. 19 General Windows Disruption (Or, "Is This PC Possessed?") 247
Ch. 20 Shutdown Constipation 265
Pt. III Preventive Maintenance 275
Ch. 21 Maintaining Your Disk Drives 277
Ch. 22 The Benefits of Backup 287
Pt. IV The Part of Tens 295
Ch. 23 The Ten Rules of Tech Support 297
Ch. 24 Ten Dumb Error Messages 301
Ch. 25 Ten Things You Should Never or Always Do 307
App. A: Useful Tools 311
App. B: Working in Safe Mode 319
App. C Creating and Using an Emergency Boot Disk 323
App. D: Some Q & A 329
Index 339
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