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IDC says the PC market is ready to rebound. Demand for PCs will pick up in 2003 and accelerate in 2004, according to new market research published recently. Worldwide shipments of computers based on PC architectures, such as desktops and notebooks, will increase by 8.3 percent to 147.5 million units in 2003 and by 11 percent to 163.8 million units in 2004, IDC said in a statement. IDC attributes the increase to several market drivers, including the rising popularity of wireless and broadband networks, new computer designs, and media convergence. Analysts at Gartner say PC growth will be about 7ext year, off from the high double-digit growth of previous years. PC shipments will reach 127.3 million units worldwide this year, up 1.80ver last year.
Dan Gookin includes critical information buyers need to make wise decisions, as well as providing checklists and tearsheets the reader can take to retailers for reference.
Find out where to shop and what to look for
Handheld? Flat-screen iMac®? Pentium® 4 with warp speed processing? Heres how to choose
Those computer megastores can be intimidating, so take five five easy steps toward finding the computer that does what you want it to! Veteran For Dummies author Dan Gookin supplies checklists, questions, and answers that help you discover what you need, what you want, where to find it, and how to buy it.
The Dummies Way
About the Author
Dan Gookin (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) wrote the first-ever For Dummies book, DOS For Dummies, as well as the bestselling Word 2002 For Dummies and PCs For Dummies. Dan's books have been translated into 32 languages and have more than 11 million copies in print.
Table of Contents
Part I: Understanding the Whole Ordeal.
Chapter 1: Buying a Computer (Step-by-Step).
Chapter 2: Basic Training.
Chapter 3: Computers from A to Z.
Chapter 4: Introduction to Hardware and Software.
Part II: Hardware and Software Overview.
Chapter 5: All about Mr. Microprocessor.
Chapter 6: Memory Stuff (Temporary Storage).
Chapter 7: Disks of Every Type (Permanent Storage).
Chapter 8: Monitor and Graphics Stuff.
Chapter 9: Keyboard, Mouse, and Joystick.
Chapter 10: Expansion Options.
Chapter 11: Modems, Networking, and Sound.
Chapter 12: Special Issues for Notebook and Laptop Computers.
Chapter 13: Your Computer’s Operating System.
Chapter 14: Everything You Wanted to Know about Software (But Were Afraid to Ask).
Part III: Finding Your Perfect Computer.
Chapter 15: Shopping for Software.
Chapter 16: Matching Hardware to Your Software.
Chapter 17: Surveying the Shopping Landscape.
Chapter 18: Tips for Online Shopping.
Chapter 19: Searching for Service and Support.
Chapter 20: Buying the Computer.
Chapter 21: Helpful Hints for Computer Setup.
Part IV: Living with Your Computer.
Chapter 22: Time to Get a Printer.
Chapter 23: Moving to Your New Computer.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 24: When to Buy, When to Sell, When to Upgrade.
Chapter 25: Ten Common Mistakes Made By First-Time Computer Buyers.
Chapter 26: Ten Warning Signs.
Chapter 27: Ten Other Things You Should Buy.
Chapter 28: Ten Tips and Suggestions.
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