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PCs : The Missing Manual - Andy Rathbone

PCs

The Missing Manual

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Published: 1st December 2005
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Your vacuum comes with one. Even your blender comes with one. But your Pi-something that costs a whole lot more and is likely to be used daily and for tasks of far greater importance and complexity--doesn't come with a printed manual. Thankfully, that's not a problem any longer: "PCs: The Missing Manual" explains everything you need to know about PCs, both inside and out, and how to keep them running smoothly and working the way you want them to work.

A complete PC manual for both beginners and power users, "PCs: The Missing Manual" has something for everyone. PC novices will appreciate the unassuming, straightforward tutorials on PC basics, such as hooking up a monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer, and scanner. Families will enjoy sections on networking several computers to share an Internet connection, sharing one monitor between two PCs, connecting portable media players, and creating a home theater system. Adventurous PC users will like the clear photos explaining how to take your PC apart and replace or upgrade any failing parts; IT professionals will be grateful to have something to hand to their coworkers who need solid, trusted information about using their PC.

In "PCs: The Missing Manual," bestselling computer author Andy Rathbone delivers simple, reliable advice on the kinds of things PC users confront every day. He shows you how to connect and configure today's must-have devices (including digital cameras, portable music players, digital camcorders, and keychain drives); burn CDs and DVDs; scan and fax documents, and more. His section on the Internet explains how to choose the best Internet Service Provider and web browser for your needs; send email; find information quickly on the Web; share photos online; set up a blog; set up a webcam; access TV and radio through the Internet; and shop safely online. And Rathbone delivers plenty of guidance on keep your privacy and your PC safe by installing firewalls, creating safe passwords, running antivirus software, removing spyware and adware, and backing up important files.

About the Author

Andy Rathbone first wrote "Windows for Dummies" back in 1992, and since then he's updated the book for every subsequent version of the operating system. All of the editions combined have sold more than 11 million copies. He's also the author of "Upgrading and Fixing Your PC for Dummies" and "Tivo for Dummies". All told, Andy has more than 15 million books in print, making him one of the bestselling computer book writers on the planet. He's been on bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, and many others.

The Missing Creditsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Your PC's Main Parts
Inside Your PCp. 7
Finding Out Your PC's Horsepowerp. 8
The PC's Casep. 10
Opening Your PC's Casep. 12
Motherboardp. 16
CPU (Central Processing Unit)p. 16
Adding Memory (aka RAM)p. 18
Installing Expansion Cardsp. 25
Portsp. 32
Power Supply and Batteryp. 47
Keyboards and Micep. 57
Keyboard Basicsp. 57
Mouse Basicsp. 71
Game Controllersp. 80
Monitors and Videop. 83
Monitor Basicsp. 84
Installing a Monitorp. 88
Plugging Two Monitors into One PCp. 89
Plugging Two PCs into One Monitorp. 93
Using TV Sets as Monitorsp. 94
Watching TV on a PCp. 99
Troubleshooting Your Monitorp. 100
Video Card (aka Display Adapter)p. 104
Printersp. 113
Printer Basicsp. 113
Installing a Printerp. 119
Choosing Printer Paperp. 126
Adjusting Printer Settingsp. 129
Printing Envelopesp. 131
Printing Specialized Itemsp. 132
Printing Digital Photos Professionallyp. 135
Printing Digital Photos on an inkjet Printerp. 138
Printing Web Pagesp. 141
Printer Troubleshootingp. 142
Multimedia
Digital Cameras, Camcorders, and Webcamsp. 147
Digital Camera Basicsp. 148
Moving Pictures from Camera to Computerp. 148
Moving Pictures from a Card Reader to a PCp. 152
Viewing and Editing Photosp. 153
Sharing Photos with Friendsp. 158
Troubleshooting Digital Camerasp. 162
Camcorder Basicsp. 164
Connect the Camcorder to Your PCp. 164
Editing Videop. 167
Editing with Movie Makerp. 171
Webcamsp. 176
Scannersp. 183
Choosing a Scannerp. 183
Installing a Scannerp. 184
Three Ways to Scan an Imagep. 186
Using Windows Scanner and Camera Wizardp. 188
Digitizing Old Photos and Slidesp. 194
Troubleshooting Scannersp. 195
Soundp. 199
Understanding Sound Adapters (Sound Cards)p. 199
Sending Sound into and out of Your PCp. 203
Choosing Music File Formatsp. 213
PC Music for Musiciansp. 215
Troubleshooting Soundp. 218
Digital Music Playersp. 223
Choosing a Digital Music Playerp. 223
Your Digital Player and Your PCp. 226
iPod and iTunesp. 227
Windows XP's Media Playerp. 239
Troubleshooting Digital Music Playersp. 247
Storing Information
Hard Drives and Floppy Drivesp. 253
Your PC's Drives: An Overviewp. 253
Hard Drives: An Introductionp. 255
Your Hard Drive's Available Spacep. 256
Removing Unused Programs and Filesp. 256
Speeding Up a Hard Drivep. 260
Installing a Hard Drivep. 262
Troubleshooting Hard Drivesp. 274
Floppy Drives: An Introductionp. 277
Formatting a Floppy Diskp. 278
Installing a Floppy Drivep. 278
CD and DVD Drivesp. 281
CDs: An Introductionp. 281
Playing CDsp. 282
Buying the Right Type of Blank CDp. 283
Ripping CDsp. 286
Burning CDsp. 289
Duplicating CDsp. 298
Erasing CDsp. 299
DVDs: An Introductionp. 300
Playing DVD Moviesp. 301
Buying the Right Type of Blank DVDp. 302
Specialty Disc Formatsp. 304
Ripping DVDsp. 305
Burning DVDsp. 305
Buying a CD or DVD Drivep. 307
Installing a CD or DVD Drivep. 308
Troubleshooting CD and DVD Drivesp. 312
Talking to the World
Getting Onlinep. 317
Different Ways to Connect to the Internetp. 317
Setting Up a Modemp. 324
Subscribing to an Internet Servicep. 327
Setting Up an Internet Connectionp. 330
Dialing into the Internetp. 335
Troubleshooting Online Connectionsp. 339
Emailp. 343
Choosing an Email Programp. 343
Setting Up Outlook Expressp. 352
Composing and Sending Emailp. 355
Reading and Processing Emailp. 362
Managing Your Address Bookp. 368
Email Etiquettep. 370
Troubleshooting Email Problemsp. 372
Surfing the Webp. 375
Choosing and Setting Up a Browserp. 375
Managing Forms and Passwordsp. 384
Blocking Pop-up Ads and Other Nuisancesp. 387
Browsing the Webp. 388
Viewing RSS Feedsp. 401
Networkingp. 403
Choosing a Networkp. 404
Networking Hardware: What You Needp. 409
Setting Up a Simple Home Networkp. 414
The Network Setup Wizardp. 419
Securing Your Networkp. 425
Sharing an Internet Connectionp. 435
Sharing Printersp. 437
Exchanging Files Between PCsp. 439
Sharing Monitorsp. 447
Networking Two PCsp. 448
Troubleshooting Network Problemsp. 458
Maintenance, Security, and Troubleshooting
Securityp. 463
Backing Up Your Computerp. 463
Creating Passwordsp. 475
Activating Windows Updatep. 478
Preventing Theftp. 481
Phishingp. 481
Adware, Spyware, and Other Threatsp. 482
Installing a Firewallp. 490
Fixing Common Problemsp. 495
Undeleting Deleted Filesp. 495
Quitting Frozen Programsp. 497
System Restorep. 497
Resetting Windows XP Passwordsp. 501
Troubleshooting Driver Problemsp. 503
Speeding Up a Slow PCp. 518
Windows Activationp. 519
Windows' Troubleshootersp. 520
Advanced Troubleshootingp. 521
Watching Your PC Startp. 522
Editing the BIOS Settingsp. 525
Replacing Firmwarep. 533
Searching for Clues with Googlep. 534
Reverting to Old Programsp. 535
Swapping Partsp. 536
Microsoft's Knowledge Basep. 536
Last Resort: Data Grabs with Knoppixp. 538
Appendices
Setting Up a PCp. 543
Memory Cards and USB Drives
Other Cool Things You Can Do Online
Dealing with Technical Support
Packing a Laptop Bag
Indexp. 551
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ISBN: 9780596100933
ISBN-10: 0596100930
Series: Missing Manuals
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 1st December 2005
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 18.1  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.82