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Just like a car requires a regular tune up to prevent a breakdown, so does your computer. Tune Up Your PC In a Weekend will show you how to assess and maximize your computer's performance in just one weekend. You will learn how to diagnose problems, understand error messages, and implement quick and free fixes. It will also teach you how to run built-in utilities, reinstall applications, repair disk errors, install patches and updates, and find missing files. Before your computer locks up on you again, get this ...
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Overview

Just like a car requires a regular tune up to prevent a breakdown, so does your computer. Tune Up Your PC In a Weekend will show you how to assess and maximize your computer's performance in just one weekend. You will learn how to diagnose problems, understand error messages, and implement quick and free fixes. It will also teach you how to run built-in utilities, reinstall applications, repair disk errors, install patches and updates, and find missing files. Before your computer locks up on you again, get this book and prevent problems before they happen.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761524519
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Series: In a Weekend Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.43 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xxii
Friday Evening: Assessing Your System 1
What Makes a Computer Work? 3
Hardware 3
Operating System 6
Application Software 7
What Have You Got? 7
Evaluating Your Current Processor 13
Evaluating Your Current Operating System 15
What's Your Beef? 18
Overall Slowness 18
Out of Memory Errors 19
Out of Disk Space Errors 20
General Protection Faults 20
Missing File Error Messages 21
Lockups and Freezes 21
Certain Programs Not Working 22
Choppy Sound or Video 23
What's Your Solution? 23
Repair the Problems 24
Reformat and Reload Everything 24
Improve the Performance 26
Buy and Install Upgrades 26
Take a Break 28
Backing Up Important Files 29
Copying Data Files to a Removable Disk 30
Backing Up to CD 32
Copying an Entire Drive Image 34
Creating an Emergency Startup Disk 34
Creating a Startup CD-ROM 36
Testing Your PC's Ability to Boot from CD 37
What Makes a CD Bootable? 38
Setting Up Your Software to Create a Bootable CD 39
Working with the Recovery Console (Windows XP Only) 41
Installing the Recovery Console on Your Hard Disk 41
Starting the Recovery Console from Your Hard Disk 41
Starting the Recovery Console from the Windows XP CD 42
Using the Recovery Console 42
Showing All Files and File Extensions 42
Take a Break 43
Saturday Morning: Fixing Problems 45
Correcting Disk Errors 48
Understanding Disk Errors 48
Checking for Errors with ScanDisk (Windows 95/98/Me) 49
Checking for Errors with Check Disk (Windows XP) 50
Preventing Computer Viruses 52
About Viruses 53
Antivirus Programs to the Rescue 53
Take a Break 58
Fixing Startup Problems 59
If Windows Won't Start at All 59
Lockups During Startup 61
Registry Errors at Startup 64
Restoring an Earlier Copy of the Registry 65
Missing File Error Messages at Startup 67
Controlling Which Programs Load at Startup 72
Correcting a Video Driver Problem 81
Enabling or Disabling the Startup Menu (Windows 98/Me Only) 81
Fixing Windows Errors 83
Repairing the Windows Registry 83
Still No Luck? 85
Fixing a Specific Device 85
Checking a Device's Status in Device Manager 86
Installing or Updating a Device Driver 89
Troubleshooting a Device Conflict 100
Solving Printer Problems 111
Fixing a Specific Program 116
Locating a Missing File 117
Uninstalling an Application 118
Reinstalling an Application 120
Configuring a DOS-Based Program (Windows 95/98/Me) 123
Setting Up a DOS-Based Program 123
Troubleshooting DOS Program Operation 124
Using the Program Compatibility Wizard in Windows XP 129
Take a Break 130
Saturday Afternoon: Enhancing System Performance 131
Improving System Speed 133
Defragmenting the Disk 133
Setting Cache Size (Windows 95/98/Me Only) 140
Checking for DOS Compatibility Mode (Windows 95/98 Only) 142
Configuring Virtual Memory 143
Eliminating Unnecessary Programs from Startup 147
Updating Your System 147
Downloading Updated Drivers and Software 148
Updating Windows with Windows Update 148
Saving Disk Space 151
Uninstalling Unwanted Programs 153
Removing Windows Components 155
Deleting Unwanted Data Files 158
Converting to a 32-Bit File System (Windows 98 Only) 162
Compressing a Disk (Windows 95/98 Only) 163
Take a Break 165
Improving the Display 165
Selecting a Video Mode 166
Configuring the Monitor 169
Changing the Display Refresh Rate 172
Turning Off Unnecessary Visual Effects (Windows XP Only) 175
Making the Computer Easier to Use 175
Organizing the Start Menu More Efficiently 176
Managing Desktop Shortcuts 183
Customizing the Quick Launch Toolbar 187
Scheduling Maintenance Tasks 189
Running the Maintenance Wizard (Windows 98/Me Only) 189
Scheduling Additional Recurring Tasks 193
Take a Break 195
Saturday Evening: Starting Fresh with a Clean Install 197
Why Do a Clean Install? 199
Eradication of Tough-to-Troubleshoot Problems 199
Removal of Unwanted Files 200
What to Try First 201
How Clean Is "Clean"? 202
Will You Repartition Your Hard Disk? 202
Will You Reformat Your Hard Disk? 204
Preparing for a Clean Install 206
Backing Up Your Important Files 206
Checking Installation Disks 207
Making Notes About System Settings 207
Testing Your Startup Disk 209
What Next? 210
Partitioning a Hard Disk with FDISK (Windows 95/98/Me Only) 211
Formatting a Hard Disk with FORMAT (Windows 95/98/Me Only) 216
Preparing to Install Windows 95/98/Me without Reformatting 217
Preparing the Disk Space 218
Renaming Folders 219
Cleaning Out the Root Folder 219
Preparing to Install Windows XP without Reformatting 220
Take a Break 222
Installing Windows XP 223
Installing Windows 95/98/Me 225
Running Windows 95/98/Me Setup from the CD 225
Running Windows 95/98/Me Setup from Your Hard Disk 226
Completing Windows 95/98/Me Setup 227
Reinstalling Device Drivers 229
Reestablishing Your Network Connection 230
Installing the Network Card Driver 230
Installing Network Drivers 230
Setting Up Network Access Control 233
Sharing a Drive or Printer 236
Reestablishing Your Internet Connection 240
Checking the Modem 240
Running the Internet Connection Wizard 243
Reinstalling Applications 244
Take a Break 244
Sunday Morning: Planning System Upgrades 245
Upgrades That Enhance Performance 247
A Faster Processor 248
More Memory 249
New Hard Disk 256
A Larger or Better Monitor 259
Take a Break 264
Upgrades That Add New Capabilities 264
Operating System Upgrades 264
CD-ROM Drives 265
Removable Mass Storage 272
Modems and Other Internet Access Methods 274
Sound Cards 277
Printers 278
Scanners 285
Video Capture and Digital Cameras 287
Mouse Variants 288
Special Keyboards 289
TV and Radio Cards 290
Joysticks and Game Controllers 290
Portable Digital Audio Players 291
Hand-Held Organizers 292
Name-Brand or Generic Parts? 292
Making Your Buying Decision 294
Where to Buy Upgrades 295
Locally Owned Computer Store 296
Computer Superstore 296
Office Supply Stores 297
Department Stores 298
Discount Stores 298
Direct from the Manufacturer 298
Mail Order Vendors 299
Some Final Shopping Recommendations 300
Take a Break 300
Sunday Afternoon: Installing Upgrades 301
Need Professional Help? 303
Installing a New Version of Windows 304
Hardware Installation Tips 305
General Tips 305
Monitors 307
Printers 308
Scanners 310
Keyboards 311
Processor 312
Circuit Boards 319
Memory 323
Batteries 327
Drives 329
Modems 343
Take a Break 345
Making Windows Recognize a New Component 346
If You Have a Setup Program 346
Telling Windows to Detect a New Device 347
If Windows Fails to Detect the Device 347
Take a Break 348
Appendix A Acquiring and Installing TweakUI 349
Downloading TweakUI from the Internet 350
Installing TweakUI 351
What TweakUI Can Do 351
Glossary 355
Index 370
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2000

    Great Help!

    This is one of the best computer repair books I've found. I'm a novice and it makes everything very easy to understand. The author uses simple, detailed instructions to insure you are comfortable performing the repairs, upgrades, etc. I plan to rely on this and other of her books to keep me 'up and running' for a long time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2000

    This book is great!

    Being a novice, this book talked to me in language I could inderstand. I now have my computer running at it's optimum , having done things I never would have attempted on my own. Lots of pride knowing that I did this myself! ( the book takes you step by step.) Having taking B&N univerversity class using this book, it also seemed great with the more experienced users!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2000

    An Excellent Book and Easy to Understand

    This is a very thorough and easy to understand book. In a short time I have learned so much about maintaining Windows 98. I recommend it to anyone that is frustrated with some aspect of their computer's performance. This book's easy step-by-step instructions are an excellent resource to do your own computer improvements.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2000

    Clear writing

    Wempen has taken a techie subject and written clearly enough for most non-techies to learn how to better use their computers and troubleshoot problems. This is an incredibly difficult thing to do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2000

    Clear, concise, powerful

    This book is clearly written and yet is able to pack a wealth of information in its' chapters. The only thing better than this book is to read it and take the Barnes and Noble online course with the author of this book herself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2000

    What A Goldmine!

    Like to tinker with things technical? Having trouble with your PC? Want to become more versed in what goes on inside that little box connected to your monitor? You'll find most of the answers in this simple to read and understand volume. Quit being frustrated with your PC and begin having fun with it. Faithe will launch you on the road to Happy Computing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2000

    You need this book BEFORE your computer dies.

    In college, I remember a favorite saying of one of my favorite instructors, 'You don't have to remember the details of something. Just remember where to find the details'. 'Tune up Your PC in a Weekend', is a book with the details of not only how to keep the computer in operation but how to understand the workings and enhance the performance of the machine. It's the book that should be in the bookcase when the BSOD strikes at 2AM. Buy it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2000

    Excellent Book with step-by-step instructions

    I have just finished this book, along with taking the class thru Barnes & Noble University. This is one of the best computer books I have ever purchased. You do not need to be an expert to use this book or take the course. I really recommend this book to any one who owns a computer. Written in plain english that everyone can understand!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2000

    This Book is like having a Computer Technician beside you.

    This is a wonderful book and it has helped me get my computer running smoothly again. I just finished a course at B&N University and it helped me tremendously. Everyone should have this book as a learning guide and reference book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2000

    Not only helpful, but empowering!

    Excellent resource. Well-organized, understandable and thorough. Faithe Wempen has an awesome depth and breadth of computer knowledge. If you're tired of being intimidated by your Windows 98 computer, add this book to your library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2000

    Excellent Book for the Non-Computer Geek!

    This book was non-stop reading! So many questions were answered about maintaining my PC computer. This book along with the course at Barnes and Noble University has really helped me to get my PC in peak running condition. Would recommend the book to anybody who has a PC!

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