The PC Doctor's Fix It Yourself Guide

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August 18, 2004


Electronic book text, 480 pages

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0072264462 / 9780072264463

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Get advice and solutions for solving myriad of your PC problems, including expert tips on researching solutions on your own. Learn how to maintain your computer, keeping it in good working condition, plus how to upgrade and install new software safely. Troubleshoot Linux, Windows, and personal devices, use the internet effectively as a problem-solving tool, get up to speed on computer security, and set up small home and wireless networks. The companion Web site provides additional support.

Table of contents

Part I: Overview 1 What's What-the Anatomy of a PC 2 Files and Folders 3 Improving on Perfection 4 Safe Computing 5 Helping Yourself 6 What You Need to Fix-It-Yourself-and Stay Safe Part II: The Details: Hardware 7 The PC Case and the Power Supply 8 Motherboard, RAM, CPU, and BIOS 9 Hard Drives and Floppy Drives 10 Other Data Storage Devices 11 Monitors and Graphics Adapters 12 Expansion Cards 13 Networking 14 Connections 15 Input Devices Part III: The Details: Software and Data 16 File System Care 17 Backup 18 Improving Performance and Stability 19 Making More of the Internet Part IV: Appendixes Appendix A Glossary of Common PC Terms and Abbreviations Appendix B Websites Appendix C Tools Appendix D Common File Extensions

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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 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.

Copyright 2014 McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC


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