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How to Expand and Upgrade PCsby Preston Gralla
Synopses & Reviews
This book focuses on upgrades and add-ons that any consumer level user can make with their PC. It uses the highly visual layout of the the incredibly successful How it Works series to make upgrading a snap.It goes beyond most hardware books by addressing more than just the nuts, bolts, and techie connections of hardware. Each chapter looks at: xDetermining the type of upgrade you needxTools, requirements, and physical installationxWindows and application setup for your new hardwarexUsing the hardware once you have it installedxTips and tricks for getting the most from your investmentThis unique approach brings together all of the pre-purchase, installation, and usage issues a user will face.
Book News Annotation:
This book offers point-by-point instruction on upgrading and expanding computers, explaining how the hardware functions and then showing (with color illustrations) how to do the necessary work. It provides guidance to adding RAM, upgrading the motherboard and CPU, and installing hardware like digital cameras, cable modems, CD-RW drives, and MP3 players. Following two introductory chapters, each of the remaining 24 chapters outline the steps for performing a specific task or adding a specific function.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
How to Expand and Upgrade PCs is a richly illustrated, full-color book focusing on upgrades and add-ons that any consumer level user can make to their PC. Instead of simply reading like a manual, this book brings together all of the pre-purchase, installation, and usage issues a user faces. Each chapter looks at determining the type of upgrade needed, the tools and other requirements for installation, and using the hardware once it's installed.. Coverage includes DVDs, digital cameras, scanners, removable drives, USB scanners, firewall devices, palmtop devices, home wireless networks and more.
About the Author
Preston Gralla is an award-winning columnist and author, executive editor for CNet and ZDNet, and a technology columnist for the Dallas Morning News. He has also written about technology for many other publications, including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and PC Magazine. As a well-known Internet guru, he appears regularly on many TV and radio shows, including CNN and CNBC. His other books include How the Internet Works, Sixth Edition, and How Wireless Works.
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