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Updated with tips about the Internet and recordable CDs
Your first aid kit for modem and printer problems
Assess the time, money, and tools needed to repair your PC Want to make your computer hum, but don't want to shell out bucks to a technician? Use this guide to give your system a makeover or successfully complete repairs. From prepping your PC for high-speed Internet access to adding more RAM, veteran For Dummies® author Andy Rathbone will help you create and maintain your dream system.
Discover how to: Diagnose problems Add memory Install drives, modems, and more Replace your mouse or monitor Troubleshoot keyboard glitches Resolve configuration conflicts
The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear-out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun
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Written by acclaimed author Andy Rathbone, this perennial bestseller (over 400,000 copies in print) helps users handle basic upgrades quickly and easily. Rathbone highlights simple ways to handle common PC changes including memory upgrades and peripheral additions. The guide is updated to include the latest information on preparing a PC for high speed Internet access and using CD-R and CD-RW.
Ready to repair or upgrade your PC -- the quick and easy way? Want to make your computer hum, but don't want to shell out bucks to a technician? Use this guide to give your system a makeover or successfully complete repairs.
From prepping your PC for high-speed Internet access to adding more RAM, veteran For Dummies author Andy Rathbone will help you create and maintain your dream system.
Helping you to assess the time, money, and tools needed to repair your PC, this is your first aid kit for modem and printer problems, installation nightmares, and Internet traffic jams.
About the Author
Andy Rathbone is a bestselling author with more than 11 million copies of For Dummies books in print, including the #1 bestseller Windows® 98 For Dummies®.
Table of Contents
PART I: Biting Your Fingernails.
Chapter 1: Are You Nerdy Enough to Do It Yourself?
Chapter 2: The Right Way to Fix Your PC.
Chapter 3: Where Does This Piece Go? (Basic Computer Anatomy).
Chapter 4: Figuring Out What's Broken.
PART II: The PC Parts You Can See (External Peripherals).
Chapter 5: The Sticky Keyboard.
Chapter 6: Mice in the Pantry.
Chapter 7: Mucked-Up Modems.
Chapter 8: Tweaking the Monitor.
Chapter 9: Printers (Those Paper Wasters).
PART III: The Stuff Hiding Inside Your PC.
Chapter 10: The Motherboard (And Its CPU, BIOS, and Even a Battery).
Chapter 11: Memory Stuff You Wish You Could Forget.
Chapter 12: Floppy Drives.
Chapter 13: Hard Drives, CD and DVD Drives, Zip Drives, and Other Storage Devices.
Chapter 14: Power Supplies.
Chapter 15: Stuff on Cards.
PART IV: Telling Your Computer What You've Done.
Chapter 16: That AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS File Stuff.
Chapter 17: Fixing Squeaky Windows.
Chapter 18: Fiddling with Settings.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 19: Ten Cheap Fixes to Try First.
Chapter 20: The Ten Hardest Upgrades.
Chapter 21: The Ten Easiest Upgrades.
Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Empower an Aging Pentium.
Chapter 23: Ten Baffling Things Your Computer May Say When You Turn It On.
Chapter 24: Ten Common Warning Beeps and What They Mean.
Chapter 25: Ten Common Error Messages (And How to Avoid Them).
Chapter 26: Ten Years of Computer Antiques
and What to Do with Them.
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