Upgrade Your PC in a Weekend

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Upgrading a PC is now quick and painless with PrimaÆs Upgrade Your PC In a Weekend. All thatÆs needed is this book, a screwdriver or two, and a little free time. In just a little more than 2 days, users will learn how to add memory, increase data storage, change chips, add a zip drive, install backup software, or install keyboards and mice.
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Overview

Upgrading a PC is now quick and painless with PrimaÆs Upgrade Your PC In a Weekend. All thatÆs needed is this book, a screwdriver or two, and a little free time. In just a little more than 2 days, users will learn how to add memory, increase data storage, change chips, add a zip drive, install backup software, or install keyboards and mice.
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Wempen, who runs a computer troubleshooting and training business in Indianapolis, does not try to make technical experts out of readers, but explains how to tell which component of a computer is causing a performance bottleneck, and how to buy and install a replacement. She arranges the advice into five sessions from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, but notes that of course parts ordered from catalogues would take longer to get there. She includes a glossary but no bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761511380
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Series: In a Weekend Ser.
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Friday Evening Assessing Your Current System 1
The Basics of a Computer 3
What Do You Want to Do? 5
Converting to a 32-Bit File System 42
Take a Break 43
Take a Cold, Hard Look at Your System 43
Deciding What Parts to Upgrade 55
The Minimums You Should Consider 67
Summary 70
Saturday Morning How Much and What Kind? 71
How to Use This Session 73
Choosing an Operating System 73
Improving Your Processor 81
My Recommendations 94
Adding Memory (RAM) 94
Replacing the Motherboard 102
Cases and Power Supplies 110
Video Cards 112
Monitors 116
CD-ROM and DVD Drives 122
Hard Disks 129
Removable Mass Storage 132
Sound Cards 133
Printers 136
Scanners 147
Special Input Devices 149
Summary 152
Saturday Afternoon Shopping for the Best Deal 153
Understanding the Shopping Process 155
Name-Brand or Generic Parts? 156
Choosing the Brand and Model You Want 158
Where Will You Buy? 165
Shopping the Mail-Order Vendors 171
Deep-Discount Shopping 179
Take a Break 187
Checking Out the Retail Stores 187
Summary 197
Sunday Morning Installing the Upgrades 199
How to Use This Session 201
Essential Precautions 202
Setting the Stage 208
Upgrades That Don't Involve Removing the Cover 210
A Look Inside a PC 221
Take a Break 227
Installing a Processor Upgrade 228
Installing an Expansion Card 234
Installing a Drive 239
Installing RAM 254
Replacing a Battery 261
Installing a Motherboard 266
Other Installations 274
Summary 276
Sunday Afternoon Testing and Troubleshooting 277
All about the BIOS 279
Making BIOS Changes for Your Upgrade 281
Running Setup Software 300
Configuring Windows 95/98 for Peer-to-Peer Networking 312
General Troubleshooting 318
Troubleshooting Video Problems 331
Troubleshooting Modem Problems 341
Troubleshooting Sound Problems 353
Troubleshooting Windows 95/98 Network Problems 363
New Device Works but System Crashes Frequently 365
Getting Help from the Manufacturer 366
Protecting Your Warranty Rights 368
Defective Merchandise: What to Do? 370
Summary 370
Appendix Post Error Beep Codes 371
Awards BIOS 372
AMI BIOS 372
Phoenix BIOS 373
Glossary 377
Index 385
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