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Fix Your Own PC » (8th Edition)

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Authors: Corey Sandler
ISBN-13: 9780470107874, ISBN-10: 0470107871
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Date Published: June 2007
Edition: 8th Edition

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Author Biography: Corey Sandler

Corey Sandler is a pioneer of computer journalism. He was the first executive editor of PC Magazine and the founding editor of Digital News. Among his more than 180 books are Upgrading & Fixing Laptops For Dummies and Laptops For Dummies Quick Reference.

Book Synopsis

Why rush to the repair shop or hire expensive consultants to install a next-generation video card, troubleshoot a CD-ROM drive, or deal with a Windows 2000 meltdown? With a good set of screwdrivers, an antistatic strap, and Fix Your Own PC, you'll be ready to tackle any job - big or small. Packed with detailed charts and photos, this indispensable guide will help you keep your PC up and running and up to date.

Covers everything in and around your personal computer:

  • Processors: Pentium III and AMD Athlon, plus their ancestors
  • Memory: SIMM, DIMM, SDRAM, and more
  • Connections: Universal Serial Bus and Fireware, among others
  • Drives: Hard, floppy, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, Zip, Jaz, tape
  • Multimedia: From sound cards to 3D video-adapter cards
  • Peripherals: Flat-screen monitors, cable, modems, and much more

    Corey Sandler, a computer-journalism pioneer, was one of the first editors of PC Magazine, as well as the founding editor of Digital News. The author of more than 150 books on computers, business, video games, and travel, he is currently the president of World Association, a consortium of freelance writers.

  • Table of Contents

    Ch. 1Looking Under the Hood2
    Ch. 2The Microprocessor20
    Ch. 3BIOS90
    Ch. 4Driving the Computer Bus100
    Ch. 5Basic Hardware Skills118
    Ch. 6Step-by-Step through a Modern Machine174
    Ch. 7Shopping for PC Parts194
    Ch. 8Memory210
    Ch. 9Floppy Drives238
    Ch. 10Hard Drives258
    Ch. 11Removable Hard Drives318
    Ch. 12CD and DVD Drives332
    Ch. 13Video Display Adapters and Standards350
    Ch. 14Monitors and LCDs380
    Ch. 15Serial, USB, and FireWire Connections400
    Ch. 16Modems422
    Ch. 17The Parallel Interface440
    Ch. 18Hard Copy450
    Ch. 19Your Computer's Hands, Eyes, and Ears464
    Ch. 20Networks, Gateways, and Routers498
    Ch. 21Living the Good Life: Backing Up Regularly514
    Ch. 22Antivirus, Utility and Diagnostic Programs522
    Ch. 23Windows Troubleshooting and Repairs530
    Ch. 24Common-Sense Solutions to Common Problems552
    App. ANumeric Codes and Text Messages564
    App. BText Error Messages574
    App. CBeep Error Codes598
    App. DIRO, DMA, and Memory Assignments608
    App. EHardware and Software Toolkit614
    App. FEncyclopedia of Cables and Connectors622
    App. G: Troubleshooting Charts630




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