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Save money! Go green! Get that old machine ready for Windows 7, and do it yourself!
Be the envy of your friends with these easy-to-follow, step-by-step, illustrated instructions for upgrading any computer. Replace any drive, beef up your video, salvage an old PC's parts, or upgrade your tiny netbook — all by yourself.
Discover how to find the best parts at the best price, avoiding lemons along the way. Locate and install the drivers that make everything work, and troubleshoot problems you encounter. Turn your newly beefed-up PC into a home theater or backup system, or simply make it ready to run Windows 7. This book makes it all easy!
Open the book and find:
- How to locate and choose the right replacement part
- Where to find new drivers and how to install them
- How to get a pokey laptop back up to full speed
- Inexpensive ways to update your old computer and avoid buying a new one
- Which tools you need to make simple repairs
- Upgrade and repair your PC, laptop, or netbook
- Find the right parts at the best price
- Add memory, replace a hard drive, beef up your video, and do it all yourself!
Upgrading & Fixing Computers Do-it-Yourself For Dummies is the repair manual for people with little to no experience working on the insides of a desktop PC or a laptop. The book looks at both simple/basic fixes and larger projects to help individuals rev up their computer or bring it back to life. Parts include: Boring, Basic Repairs - walkthroughs of the basics from adding new peripherals like printers and keyboards to moving files from one PC to another. Beefing Up Your PC - recommendations on expanding memory, enhancing speed, and updating power supply Teaching an Old Computer New Tricks - instructions for revving up a PC's multimedia capability Keeping Up with Communications - the steps for readying a PC for high speed Internet connections, connecting to a network, and securing with firewalls Windows 7 and Beyond - the hardware and software tasks needed to ready an old machine for a Windows 7 upgrade.
An illustrated, step-by-step guide to repairs and upgrades
Whether you want to prepare your computer for Windows 7, avoid investing in a new one, or just "go green", this fully illustrated guide has what you need. You'll learn how to add printers and new keyboards, boost your PC's performance and increase memory, improve power consumption, rev up your multimedia capacity, and much more. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by photos that show you exactly what you should see at every stage.
- Learn to perform basic upgrades and prepare your PC for high-speed Internet connections, network connections, and added security, all with fully illustrated instructions
- Find out how to expand memory, enhance speed, and update your computer's power supply
- Prepare an old computer for Windows 7 and beef up your capacity for multimedia
Upgrading & Fixing Computers Do-It-Yourself For Dummies is a show-and-tell course in making your PC happy, healthy, and green.
About the Author
Andy Rathbone is a bestselling author of computer reference books including Windows For Dummies, which has sold millions of copies in its several editions. Andy has also covered consumer technologies such as TiVo and MP3 players.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Ready to Upgrade.
Chapter 1: Start Here First.
Chapter 2: Assembling Your Tools.
Part II: Making Your Computer Work Better.
Chapter 3: Keyboards, Mice, Game Controllers, and Monitors.
Chapter 4: Printers and Scanners.
Chapter 5: Adding More Memory.
Chapter 6: Adding or Replacing a Hard Drive.
Chapter 7: Adding a DVD Drive.
Chapter 8: Fine-Tuning Your Computer's Sound.
Chapter 9: Beefing Up Your Computer's Video Card.
Chapter 10: Replacing the Power Supply or Laptop Battery.
Part III: Teaching an Old Computer New Tricks.
Chapter 11: Creating a Home Theater with Windows 7's Media Center.
Chapter 12: Upgrading a Computer for Editing Movies.
Chapter 13: Repurposing an Old Computer.
Part IV: Communications.
Chapter 14: Adding or Replacing a Modem.
Chapter 15: Linking Computers with a Network.
Chapter 16: Filtering Out Evil with Firewalls.
Part V: Introducing Parts to Windows.
Chapter 17: Hiring the Right Driver for Windows.
Chapter 18: Installing or Upgrading to Windows 7.
Chapter 19: Troubleshooting and Fixing Windows 7.
Chapter 20: Moving from the Old Computer to the New Computer.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Find Help Online.
Chapter 22: Ten Cheap Fixes to Try First.
Appendix: The Rathbone Reference of Fine Ports.