Upgrading Your HP Pavilion PC

Upgrading Your HP Pavilion PC : The Official HP Guide

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This book targets the HP Pavilion owner. It is for people who have been using their computer for a while and have enough self confidence and technical aptitude to be willing and able to open their own computer to add memory, new drives, and other upgrades. The focus is on Windows 98 and up, covering primary upgrades such as CPUs, motherboards, memory, video, CD-Roms, CD-RW, DVDs, sound systems, home entertainment systems, and home networks. The book will contain many photographs as well as a chart of suggestions for upgrading specific systems.
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  • Paperback | 736 pages
  • 177.8 x 237.2 x 27.4mm | 1,025.13g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0131004158
  • 9780131004153

Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary.) Introduction. Start Your Engines. Book Roadmap. My First HP Computer. Updates and Alerts. Technical Level. Acknowledgments. A Word from HP. I. GETTING READY. 1. HP Pavilion Overview. Pavilion Systems. Knowing Your Pavilion. Pavilion Models and Series Numbers. The Design of the HP Pavilion. Project: Check Out the Web. Before You Continue: About HP Warranties. 2. PC Overview for the Uninitiated. How Computers Work. Megahertz, Gigahertz, Megabytes, and Gigabytes. More about Clock Speeds. Components of a PC. CPU. RAM and Cache. Cache Memory. The Motherboard. Video Controller and Graphics Accelerators. Audio Systems. Storage Devices and Storage Interface. Cables and External Connectors. The Case. Operating Systems and Software. 3. The Benefits of Upgrading Your HP Pavilion. Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). Clean It Up. Performance Upgrades. CPU Upgrades. BIOS Updates. Memory Upgrades. Video Graphics Updates. Disk Upgrades. External Bus Upgrades. Fans, Power Supplies, and Cases. Operating System Upgrades. Additional Upgrades. Human Interface Upgrades. Optical Drives. Internet Access, Modems, and Digital Services. Home Network. Scanning and Imaging System. Sound System Upgrades. Digital VCR. Digital Video Editing. What to Do with an Older Pavilion. 4. System Inspection. What's Your Model Number? Project: Get Your Model Specifications. Project: Inspecting BIOS. Using Windows Tools for Inspection. Windows System Utility and Device Manager. Project: Using the System Information Utility. Windows XP Help and Support. Automated System Inspectors. Project: Hands-on Visual Inspection. Step 1: Determine Your Case Type. Step 2: Identify Your Expansion Bays. Step 3: Inspect the Front Panel Connectors. Step 4: Inspect the Back Panel Connectors. Project: Looking Inside the Case. Step 1: Open the Case. Step 2: Look over the Motherboard. Step 3: Inspect the Chipset. Step 4: Inspect the CPU. Step 5: Look over the Memory. Step 6: Look Over the Expansion Slots. Step 7: Inspect the Power Supply. Step 8: Close It Up. 5. Performance Issues and Troubleshooting. Not so Complex Terminology. Identifying Bottlenecks and Problems. Software Issues. Operating System Upgrade. Windows Update Utility. Patches, Drivers, and Service Packs. Intel Application Accelerator. Tools and Techniques of the Hardware Wizards. Boot Keys. Windows Startup Menu. System and Performance Monitors. Performance Settings. System Properties for Windows 95, 98, ME. Windows XP Performance Settings. Project: Troubleshooting a Bogged Down and Bloated System. Remove Unnecessary Programs. Troubleshooting Leaking and Piggish Programs. Video Performance. Improving Hard Disk Performance. Disk Cleanup Options. Scanning and Defragmenting the Drive. IDE Update. Hardware Configurations. Power and Cooling Problems. Cooling Issues. Power Supply. II. COMPONENT UPGRADES. 6. Memory Upgrades. Understanding Memory. About the CPU Bus (Front Side Bus). How Much Memory Do You Need? Types of Memory. Interesting Memory Characteristics. Tips and Techniques. What Type of Memory Do You Have? Project: Verifying your Memory Type. Buying and Installing DIMMs. Buying and Installing DDR DIMMs. Buying and Installing RIMMs. Buying and Installing SIMMs. 7. Video Graphics Upgrades. About PC Graphics Systems. Features of Graphics Systems. More About AGP. Graphics Acceleration. Investigating your Video System. Verify your Graphics Controller. View and Change Display Properties. About HP Pavilion Graphics. Video Upgrades. Project: Disabling Onboard Video. Project: Installing a New Video Card. What About Video Monitors? Multimonitor Configurations. Video Problems and Solutions. Troubleshooting Tips and Techniques. Updating Video Drivers. Specifying more Video Memory. 8. Hard Drive Performance Tuning and Upgrades. Before you Start. Overview: Hard Drives and Hard Drive Interfaces. Drive Geometry: Cylinders, Tracks, and Sectors. Partitioning and Formatting. Disk Performance-Related Features. Disk Interfaces. The IDE Interface. ATA Standards. Check Your Current Drive. Look in the BIOS. View Drive Properties. Check DMA mode. Inspect Inside Your System before Buying. Get Additional Information. Selecting a New Hard Drive. PCI-Based UDMA Controllers. Installing the Hard Drive: Preliminary Steps. Recovery CD Issues. Back Up Your Data. Update the BIOS and Chipset Drivers. Project: Install a New Hard Drive. Type 1 Drive Cage. Type 2 Case. Type 3 Cases. Connecting the IDE Cables and Power. Check Your Setup. Running the HP Recovery Process. Part I. Establish the Disk Partition. Part II. Format And Restore. Installing a Second Drive. 9. Optical Drives. Understanding Optical Drive Technology. Spin Rate and Data Access Rates. Read Only and Rewritable. DVD Decoding. DAE (Digital Audio Extraction). Optical Drive Configurations. Upgrade Paths for HP Pavilion Owners. Inspecting Your System. Get Current Drive Information. Project: Removing and Installing Optical Drives. Step 1: Remove the Drivers. Step 2: Open the Case. Step 3: Remove the Old Drive. Step 4: Install the New Drive. Step 5: Install the Drivers and Software. Software. Troubleshooting. 10. Sound System Upgrades. Project: Experimenting with Your Sound System. Capture Phone Messages with Sound Recorder. Create an Outgoing Telephone Message. About Sound Systems. Sound Production and Special Effects. Advanced Soundcard Features. Digital Audio Interface. Examples of Advanced Soundcards. Speaker Systems. Inspecting Your Sound System. Look in Device Manager. Soundcards and Chips used in HP Pavilions. Choosing a New Sound Card. Adding a New Sound Card. Removing the Sound Drivers. Disabling Onboard Sound. Removing Sound Cards. Install the New Sound Card. Setting Sound Features and Parameters. Control Inputs and Outputs. View Sound and Audio Device Properties. 11. Gaming, Video Editing, and Home Entertainment Systems. Sound Systems, Music, and Gaming. Video Card, TV Tuner, Digital VCR. ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500DV. AVerMedia TV Tuner. Video Editing. Networks and Media Centers. 12. Internet Connections and Home Networking. Inspect Your System. Networking Concepts. Wired Ethernet. Wireless Ethernet. Phone Line Networking. Broadband Internet Access. About Firewalls. Configuring your Network. More Information. 13. Outside-the-Box Expansion. USB. USB 2.0. USB Products. More About USB Controllers and Hubs. Project: Check the Status of Your USB Interface. USB Troubleshooting. FireWire (IEEE 1394). 14. Operating System Upgrades. Windows 95 to Windows 98 or Windows Me. Upgrading to Windows XP. Microsoft's Recommended Minimum Requirements. Hewlett-Packard's Minimum Requirements. Incompatible Software Issues. Other Recommendations. III. SPECIAL PROJECTS. 15. Power and Cooling. Checking for Heat and Power Problems. Dirt and Air Flow Check. Heat Check. Power Check. Project: Adding a Second Fan. Power and Power Supplies. Project: Replacing the Power Supply. 16. CPU Upgrades. Basic Terminology. Gather Information. Step 1: Check Your BIOS. Step 2: Check Windows Device Manager. Step 3: Check Your Motherboard Information. Step 4: Inspect Inside the Case. Get your Spec Number. Step 5: Get Update Information. Step 6: Visit the Pavilion Forums. More About CPUs. Sockets and Slots. Intel Processor Packaging. Intel CPU Code Names. Intel Celeron Processors. Pentium III. Pentium 4 Processors. AMD Processors. Buying an Upgrade CPU. Project: Searching for an Intel Processor Upgrade. Another Example: A PPGA CPU. Project: Removing, Inspecting, and Installing a Socket CPU. Removing a Socket-based CPU. Installing a Socket-based CPU. Project: Removing and Installing a Slot CPU. Removing Slot-based Processor Modules. Installing the processor module. 17. Case and Motherboard Upgrades. Pros and Cons. Advantages of Moving your HP Motherboard to a New Case. Disadvantages of Moving to a New Case. Advantages of Upgrading Your Motherboard. Problems with Upgrading the Motherboard. Decision Time. ATX and microATX (? ATX). Case Advice. Motherboard Advice. Things You'll Need if You Upgrade the Motherboard. Get More Information. IV. APPENDICES. Appendix A: Pavilion Motherboard Guide. Appendix B: Case Disassembly. Appendix C: Backup and Recovery. Appendix D: BIOS, Driver, and Chipset Updates. Appendix E: Managing System Resources. Appendix F: Managing Device Configuration. Appendix G: Resources. Index.
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About Tom Sheldon

TOM SHELDON has managed authorized service centers for Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, IBM, and Apple and has personally upgraded or built thousands of computers.
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