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Pc Doctor's Fix It Yourself Guide, The - Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

Pc Doctor's Fix It Yourself Guide, The

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Published: 18th August 2004
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Get advice and solutions for solving myriad of your PC problems, including expert tips on researching solutions on your own. Learn how to maintain your computer, keeping it in good working condition, plus how to upgrade and install new software safely. Troubleshoot Linux, Windows, and personal devices, use the internet effectively as a problem-solving tool, get up to speed on computer security, and set up small home and wireless networks. The companion Web site provides additional support.

Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Introductionp. xiii
Overview
What's What--the Anatomy of a PCp. 3
ID the Partsp. 4
Outside the Boxp. 5
Inside the Boxp. 13
Doctor's Notesp. 26
PC Anatomy Checklistp. 27
Files and Foldersp. 29
Filesp. 30
Filenamesp. 33
The File Extensionp. 33
Renaming Filesp. 35
Files, Files, and More Filesp. 36
Folders/Directoriesp. 45
The Right Termp. 45
What Is a Folder?p. 46
Navigating Foldersp. 47
Creating/Deleting Foldersp. 50
Where Stuff Is Savedp. 52
Doctor's Notesp. 53
Files and Folders Checklistp. 53
Improving on Perfectionp. 55
Why Upgrade?p. 56
Reasons for Upgradingp. 56
Reasons for Replacingp. 58
Upgradingp. 59
Not All Systems Are Upgradablep. 60
Decide on the Right Upgrade for Youp. 61
Check the Specificationsp. 63
Check that You Can Physically Do the Upgradep. 65
Trouble-Free Upgradesp. 66
Finding Parts for Older Systemsp. 67
Upgrading Driversp. 69
Benefits of Upgrading Driversp. 69
Doctor's Notesp. 71
Upgrade Checklistp. 71
Safe Computingp. 73
The Threats Existp. 74
Virusesp. 75
Types of Threatp. 75
What Malicious Code Is Capable Ofp. 78
Virus Mythsp. 80
Hackersp. 81
How Hackers Operatep. 82
Hacker Mythsp. 83
Your Defense Against the Marauders at the Gatep. 84
Common Sensep. 84
Firewallsp. 85
Antivirus Softwarep. 87
Safe vs. Unsafe Filesp. 88
If the Worst Does Happenp. 89
Passwordsp. 90
Good Passwords and Bad Passwordsp. 91
Rules for Creating Good Passwordsp. 91
Sensible Password Usep. 93
Securely Deleting Filesp. 94
The Anatomy of Datap. 95
Doctor's Notesp. 96
Safe Computing Checklistp. 96
Helping Yourselfp. 97
If You Have a Problem, Chances Are, Someone Else Has Had It Toop. 98
Helping Yourself on the Internetp. 99
Support Websitesp. 99
Search Enginesp. 101
Internet Forumsp. 103
Newsgroupsp. 104
When to Call in the Prosp. 105
Online Tech Supportp. 106
Telephone Supportp. 106
On-Site Warrantyp. 106
Return to Basep. 107
Tech Support Tipsp. 108
If You Have to Pay for Tech Supportp. 109
Hidden Costs of Replacementsp. 110
Subscription Servicesp. 111
Are Subscription Services Worth the Cost?p. 112
Giving Something Backp. 112
Doctor's Notesp. 113
Help Yourself Checklistp. 113
What You Need to Fix-It-Yourself--and Stay Safep. 115
Staying Safe Checklistp. 116
Leave the Monitors to Expertsp. 117
Handling Devices Safelyp. 119
What Is Static Electricity?p. 120
ESD (Electro-Static Discharge)p. 120
Tools of the Tradep. 128
Workshop Safetyp. 130
Doctor's Notesp. 131
Stay Safe Checklistp. 131
The Details: Hardware
The PC Case and the Power Supplyp. 135
Function of a PC Casep. 136
Case Typesp. 136
Removing the Casep. 139
Spring Cleaning the Inside of the Casep. 142
Cleaning the Systemp. 143
The PC Cooling Systemp. 146
Giving the Cooling System the Once-Overp. 146
Signs of Trouble with the Cooling Systemp. 147
Improving the Cooling Systemp. 149
Power Supply Unit (PSU)p. 150
PSU Outputsp. 151
Power Supply Connectorsp. 152
Advanced Power Management (APM) and Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI)p. 153
A Question of Powerp. 154
Troubleshooting PSUsp. 155
Doctor's Notesp. 157
PC Case and PSU Checklistp. 157
Motherboard, RAM, CPU, and BIOSp. 159
The Motherboardp. 160
Layout, or Form Factorp. 161
Motherboard Connectionsp. 162
Backup Batteryp. 167
Common Motherboard Problemsp. 168
Keep the Inside of the Case Tidyp. 170
RAMp. 171
Troubleshooting RAM Errorsp. 172
Testing RAMp. 172
CPUp. 173
CPU Speedp. 174
CPU and Socket/Slot Typesp. 174
Upgrading a CPUp. 175
Overclockingp. 178
Signs of Trouble with the CPUp. 180
BIOSp. 180
The BIOS and the EEPROMp. 181
What Does the BIOS Do?p. 182
Not All BIOSs Are the Samep. 182
BIOS and POST Codesp. 184
Accessing the BIOSp. 189
Navigating the BIOSp. 190
Upgrading the BIOSp. 192
Doctor's Notesp. 193
General Checklistp. 194
Hard Drives and Floppy Drivesp. 195
The Hard Drivep. 196
Hard Drive Upgradesp. 196
Hard Drive Problems--and Solutionsp. 199
Master/Slave Layout of Drivesp. 204
Floppy Drivesp. 204
Floppy Drive Problemsp. 205
Replacing a Floppy Drivep. 208
Floppy Disk Carep. 209
Doctor's Notesp. 209
Hard Drive/Floppy Drive--Troubleshooting Checklistp. 210
Other Data Storage Devicesp. 213
CD/DVD/CD-R/CD-RWp. 214
The Discsp. 215
Common Optical Drive Issuesp. 216
Upgrading CD/DVD Drivesp. 224
External Storagep. 227
Transfer Speedp. 228
Physical Spacep. 228
It's Not All About the Hardwarep. 229
Is It External Storage That You Actually Need?p. 230
Troubleshooting External Storagep. 230
Doctor's Notesp. 231
Other Storage--Troubleshooting Checklistp. 231
Monitors and Graphics Adaptersp. 233
The Monitorp. 234
Monitor Dangersp. 234
Monitor Carep. 236
Graphics Adaptersp. 239
Onboard Graphics Adaptersp. 240
Problems with Graphics Adaptersp. 241
Doctor's Notesp. 247
Monitors and Graphics Adapters--Troubleshooting Checklistp. 247
Expansion Cardsp. 249
Expansion Slotsp. 250
PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect)p. 250
AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port)p. 251
ISA (Industry Standard Architecture)p. 252
Card Removal and Refittingp. 253
Card Removalp. 253
Replacing an Expansion Cardp. 256
Special Considerations for Other Cardsp. 258
Graphics Cardsp. 258
TV Cardsp. 258
Modemsp. 259
Sound Cardsp. 259
Doctor's Notesp. 260
Expansion Cards--Fitting/Removal Checklistp. 261
Networkingp. 263
What Is a Network?p. 264
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...p. 265
Network Hardwarep. 266
The Network Interface Cardp. 266
Network Cablep. 268
Network Hubp. 271
Troubleshooting Network Hardwarep. 274
Wireless Network Solutionsp. 276
Wireless Hub/Routerp. 276
Wireless Network Interface Cardsp. 278
Wireless Securityp. 280
Doctor's Notesp. 281
Networking Checklistp. 282
Connectionsp. 283
The Serial Portp. 285
Signs of Trouble with Serial Portsp. 286
Repairing Serial Portsp. 289
Adding Serial Portsp. 289
The Parallel Portp. 289
Signs of Trouble with Parallel Portsp. 290
The USB Portp. 291
Signs of Trouble with USB Portsp. 292
The FireWire/IEEE1394 Portp. 293
Signs of Trouble with FireWire Portsp. 294
Doctor's Notesp. 294
Ports--Troubleshooting Checklistp. 295
Input Devicesp. 297
The Keyboardp. 298
Hooking Up a Keyboardp. 299
Keyboard Maintenancep. 299
Signs of Keyboard Troublep. 301
The Mousep. 302
Hooking Up a Mousep. 303
Mechanical Mousep. 303
Optical Ball Mousep. 304
Optical No-Ball Mousep. 305
Signs of Mouse Troublep. 305
Graphics Tabletsp. 305
Hooking Up a Graphics Tabletp. 305
Maintenance of Graphics Tabletsp. 306
Web Camsp. 306
Hooking Up a Web Camp. 306
Maintenance of Web Camsp. 306
Digital Video (DV)p. 307
Hooking Up DVp. 307
Troubleshooting DVsp. 307
Digital Camerasp. 308
Hooking Up a Digital Camerap. 308
Troubleshooting Digital Camerasp. 309
Joysticksp. 311
Hooking Up a Joystickp. 312
Maintenance of Joysticksp. 312
Other Input Devicesp. 313
Doctor's Notesp. 314
Input Devices--Troubleshooting Checklistp. 315
The Details: Software and Data
File System Carep. 319
Taking Care of the File Systemp. 320
Hard Errors and Soft Errorsp. 320
Types of File Systemsp. 321
Checking the Drive for Errorsp. 323
Free Toolsp. 324
Not So Free Toolsp. 332
Safe Install of Softwarep. 334
The Groundworkp. 334
The Installp. 335
Safe Uninstallp. 335
The Operating Systemp. 338
Repair of the Operating Systemp. 338
Update of the Operating Systemp. 339
Upgrade of the Operating Systemp. 340
Taking Care of the Operating Systemp. 342
Lost Filesp. 344
Doctor's Notesp. 347
File System Care Checklistp. 347
Backupp. 349
What Is a Backup?p. 350
Types of Backupsp. 352
What to Back Upp. 355
How to Do a Backupp. 357
The Manual Methodp. 357
The Utility Methodp. 357
Disk Cloningp. 359
How Often to Back Upp. 361
How Long to Keep the Backupp. 362
Protecting Backupsp. 363
Keeping Backups Off-Sitep. 364
Backup Media Pros and Consp. 364
Disaster Recoveryp. 365
Doctor's Notesp. 366
Backup Checklistp. 366
Improving Performance and Stabilityp. 367
Getting the Best Out of Gamesp. 368
Signs of Problems with Gamesp. 369
Tips for Better Gamingp. 371
Improving Your Online Experiencep. 372
Tips for Optimum Online Performancep. 373
Hardware Driversp. 374
When It's Time to Get a New Driverp. 376
Windows XP--Signed Drivers vs. Unsigned Driversp. 377
Driver Rollbackp. 379
Windows XP System Restorep. 380
Windows Update Issuesp. 383
Installing Windows Update Controlsp. 383
Troubleshooting Windows Updatep. 384
Doctor's Notesp. 386
Improving Performance Checklistp. 387
Making More of the Internetp. 389
Connectivity--Modem Dial-Upp. 390
Phone Line Qualityp. 390
The Modem Cablep. 392
The Modemp. 393
Connectivity--DSL/ADSL/Cablep. 397
Problems with DSL/ADSL/Cablep. 397
Emailp. 399
Decide on Who You Actually Are!p. 399
Install Antivirus Softwarep. 400
Email on Web Pagesp. 400
Web Browsersp. 401
Cookiesp. 402
Proxy Serversp. 403
Internet Time Syncp. 404
Doctor's Notesp. 404
Modem Checklistp. 405
Appendixes
Glossary of Common PC Terms and Abbreviationsp. 409
Websitesp. 419
Toolsp. 427
Common File Extensionsp. 431
Indexp. 437
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ISBN: 9780072255539
ISBN-10: 0072255536
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 18th August 2004
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 19.5  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.87
Edition Number: 1