Upgrading and Fixing Computers Do-it-Yourself For Dummies

Upgrading and Fixing Computers Do-it-Yourself For Dummies

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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 instructionsFind out how to expand memory, enhance speed, and update your computer's power supplyPrepare 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 203.2 x 251.46 x 22.86mm | 589.67g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • ill
  • 0470557435
  • 9780470557433
  • 496,825

About Andy Rathbone

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.show more

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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 Learn to: 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!show more

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Ready to Upgrade 7 Chapter 1: Start Here First 9 Chapter 2: Assembling Your Tools 23 Part II: Making Your Computer Work Better 27 Chapter 3: Keyboards, Mice, Game Controllers, and Monitors 29 Chapter 4: Printers and Scanners 51 Chapter 5: Adding More Memory 67 Chapter 6: Adding or Replacing a Hard Drive 73 Chapter 7: Adding a DVD Drive 101 Chapter 8: Fine-Tuning Your Computer s Sound 109 Chapter 9: Beefi ng Up Your Computer s Video Card 119 Chapter 10: Replacing the Power Supply or Laptop Battery 129 Part III: Teaching an Old Computer New Tricks 139 Chapter 11: Creating a Home Theater with Windows 7 s Media Center 141 Chapter 12: Upgrading a Computer for Editing Movies 155 Chapter 13: Repurposing an Old Computer 161 Part IV: Communications 171 Chapter 14: Adding or Replacing a Modem 173 Chapter 15: Linking Computers with a Network 185 Chapter 16: Filtering Out Evil with Firewalls 199 Part V: Introducing Parts to Windows 207 Chapter 17: Hiring the Right Driver for Windows 209 Chapter 18: Installing or Upgrading to Windows 7 227 Chapter 19: Troubleshooting and Fixing Windows 7 247 Chapter 20: Moving from the Old Computer to the New Computer 265 Part VI: The Part of Tens 277 Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Find Help Online 279 Chapter 22: Ten Cheap Fixes to Try First 287 Appendix: The Rathbone Reference of Fine Ports 293 Index 303show more

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