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Laptops for Dummies (For Dummies)

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Publisher Comments:

Mobile is magnificent!

Here's how to choose, use, and love your laptop

Life is out there waiting — who wants to be stuck behind a desk? Laptops offer freedom, and if you've been wary of them, fear no more. Here's what you do and don't need in a laptop and how to set it up, use all its features, deal with its oddities, protect it, and more, in the plain English you expect from For Dummies and Dan Gookin.

  • Starting at Start — decide what you need in a laptop, understand the parts, and set it up for action

  • Windows view — learn how Windows Vista® and SP1 work with your laptop

  • More power — monitor and recharge your battery and learn to manage your laptop's power

  • Get connected — safely add your laptop to an existing network or configure a wireless connection

  • Ah, memory — store your stuff securely on PC cards, Secure Digital cards, and other devices

  • Pain-free Tablets — explore an entire chapter devoted to the often-overlooked Tablet PC

  • Hit the road — travel safely with your laptop, protect your data, and outwit laptop thieves

  • Shoot down trouble — follow this simple and reassuring advice when something goes wrong

Open the book and find:

  • What's different about the laptop keyboard, and why

  • Safe ways to collect your e-mail on the road

  • Why saving Web pages is smart

  • What to do with a cranky battery

  • How (and when) to run System Restore

  • How to make your laptop hard to steal

  • Things you can add to make laptops more fun

  • How to sync your laptop with your desktop

Synopsis:

Understand your laptop, power it up, and play it safe

Follow Dan's plan for picking the perfect laptop and hit the road

You hold in your hands the next-best thing to a laptop itself — the complete fun-and-easy guide to choosing and using the laptop that fits your needs. Here's Dan Gookin's should-be-patented five-step process for buying a computer plus the complete laptop lowdown — power management, wireless access, special security issues, and more.

Discover how to

  • Decide what you want and shop accordingly
  • Use Windows Vista on your laptop
  • Connect external devices via USB ports
  • Hook up with a wireless network
  • Protect your laptop and your data

Synopsis:

Are you thinking about buying a laptop, but you’re not sure what to look for, how to choose one, or how to use it? Or maybe you already have a laptop and just want to learn more about its features, functions, and capabilities. Dan Gookin, the author of the best-selling Dummies series, shows you the ins and outs of owning and operating your portable PC with Laptops for Dummies, 2nd Edition.

This fun-and-easy guide covers all the laptop necessities, from managing the battery and other hardware to going wireless. It’ll provide you with advice on shopping for a laptop and using it wherever you go—at home, in class, or on the road! This handy, updated reference will give you the tools you need to:

  • Determine what you need and don’t need in a laptop
  • Clean and maintain your computer
  • Navigate using Windows
  • Expand your laptop with USB ports, PC cards, and more
  • Connect to the Internet
  • Travel with your laptop and keep it safe
  • Link your laptop to your desktop
  • Operate using Windows Vista

This book provides tips and tricks for keeping your battery healthy and working. It also suggests accessories and expansions that are well worth the money, as well as things you should always take with you in your laptop case. With Laptops for Dummies, 2nd Edition, you’ll get the most out of your new, portable computer—and have fun too!

About the Author

Dan Gookin started the Dummies phenomenon with DOS For Dummies in 1991. More than 11 million copies of his books are now in print, translated into 32 languages.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Getting Your Very Own Laptop.

Chapter 1: Sometimes You Can Take It with You.

Chapter 2: Buying a Laptop Just for You.

Part II: Discover Your Laptop.

Chapter 3: Out of the Box and into Your Lap.

Chapter 4: An Entire Chapter About Turning a Laptop On and Off.

Chapter 5: Basic Laptop Hardware.

Chapter 6: Exploring Windows on Your Laptop.

Chapter 7: Expanding Your Laptop’s Universe.

Chapter 8: Power Management Madness.

Part III: Yesterday Your Lap,Today the World.

Chapter 9: All That Networking Nonsense.

Chapter 10: Laptop to Internet, Hello?

Chapter 11: A Very Merry Modem.

Chapter 12: Internet Security.

Chapter 13: Portable Web Browsing and E-Mail Tips.

Chapter 14: The Desktop-Laptop Connection.

Part IV: Hit the Road, Jack.

Chapter 15: On the Road Again . . . .

Chapter 16: Laptop Security.

Chapter 17: Giving a Presentation.

Part V: Troubleshooting.

Chapter 18: Major Trouble and General Solutions.

Chapter 19: Upgrading Your Laptop.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Battery Tips and Tricks.

Chapter 21: Ten Handy Laptop Accessories.

Chapter 22: Ten Thing to Throw in Your Laptop Case.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780470054321
Publisher:
For Dummies
Subject:
Laptop computers
Author:
Gookin, Dan
Subject:
Hardware - Personal Computers - PCs
Subject:
Personal Computers & Micro / IBM-Compatible
Subject:
laptops
Subject:
laptop computer
Subject:
using a laptop
Subject:
using a laptop computer
Subject:
Dan Gookin
Subject:
Windows Vista
Subject:
latest laptop technology
Subject:
synchronizing a laptop with a desktop computer
Subject:
laptop security
Subject:
networking with a laptop
Subject:
disk capacity for a laptop
Subject:
processing speeds with a laptop
Subject:
laptop basics
Subject:
learning to use a laptop
Subject:
remote access for a laptop
Subject:
power management with a laptop
Subject:
notebook
Subject:
Notebooks.
Subject:
notebook computer
Subject:
using a notebook
Subject:
using a notebook computer
Subject:
connecting to the Internet with a laptop
Subject:
connecting to the Internet with a notebook
Subject:
portable computer
Subject:
Portable computers.
Subject:
road warrior
Subject:
computing on the road
Subject:
choosing notebook accessories
Subject:
troubleshooting notebook problems
Subject:
notebook security
Subject:
laptop configuration
Subject:
notebook configuration
Subject:
laptop PowerPoint
Subject:
notebook PowerPoint
Subject:
laptop upgrade
Subject:
notebook upgrade
Subject:
laptop power management
Subject:
notebook power management
Subject:
Computer Hardware / PC
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
For Dummies
Publication Date:
20080916
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.20x7.34x.82 in. 1.23 lbs.

Related Subjects

Computers and Internet » Computers Reference » General
Computers and Internet » Personal Computers » General
Computers and Internet » Personal Computers » Hardware
Science and Mathematics » Electricity » General Electronics

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"Synopsis" by , Understand your laptop, power it up, and play it safe

Follow Dan's plan for picking the perfect laptop and hit the road

You hold in your hands the next-best thing to a laptop itself — the complete fun-and-easy guide to choosing and using the laptop that fits your needs. Here's Dan Gookin's should-be-patented five-step process for buying a computer plus the complete laptop lowdown — power management, wireless access, special security issues, and more.

Discover how to

  • Decide what you want and shop accordingly
  • Use Windows Vista on your laptop
  • Connect external devices via USB ports
  • Hook up with a wireless network
  • Protect your laptop and your data

"Synopsis" by , Are you thinking about buying a laptop, but you’re not sure what to look for, how to choose one, or how to use it? Or maybe you already have a laptop and just want to learn more about its features, functions, and capabilities. Dan Gookin, the author of the best-selling Dummies series, shows you the ins and outs of owning and operating your portable PC with Laptops for Dummies, 2nd Edition.

This fun-and-easy guide covers all the laptop necessities, from managing the battery and other hardware to going wireless. It’ll provide you with advice on shopping for a laptop and using it wherever you go—at home, in class, or on the road! This handy, updated reference will give you the tools you need to:

  • Determine what you need and don’t need in a laptop
  • Clean and maintain your computer
  • Navigate using Windows
  • Expand your laptop with USB ports, PC cards, and more
  • Connect to the Internet
  • Travel with your laptop and keep it safe
  • Link your laptop to your desktop
  • Operate using Windows Vista

This book provides tips and tricks for keeping your battery healthy and working. It also suggests accessories and expansions that are well worth the money, as well as things you should always take with you in your laptop case. With Laptops for Dummies, 2nd Edition, you’ll get the most out of your new, portable computer—and have fun too!

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