Mac Answers!

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9780072123999: Mac Answers!

Utilizing a friendly and informative Q&A pedagogy, "Mac Answers!" presents a wealth of structured information on Mac topics. The second edition has been refreshed to include information on Apple's new operating system, OS 9, and also includes iMac and iBook coverage.

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Half the battle in solving a Mac OS problem is expressing what the problem is in the first place, something that novices can't always do readily. Mac Answers does double duty by first describing problems and then providing solutions for them. The risk, of course, is that the authors won't have addressed your particular bugbear exactly. But it's likely, considering the depth of the coverage, that a scan of the index will turn up a reference to something that will help you. Once you've located an entry on your problem, you'll find that the writing is clear and includes enough procedural details that you'll be able to straighten things out quickly.

A typical question asks why GeoPort modems that work fine under Mac OS 8.x suddenly fail when Mac OS 9 is installed. The authors quickly explain the reason for the failure (Mac OS 9 doesn't include Apple Telecom, which drives GeoPort modems) and tell you how to solve it (by taking Apple Telecom from a Mac OS 8.x CD-ROM, or by downloading it from the Web). The explanation lacks some detail, though--there's no specific URL (just a site name) and no reference to particular folders on the CD-ROMs. Still, Mac Answers will help you solve most minor and mid-grade problems. It'll also help you learn terminology and Mac OS concepts so you'll be better able to use more advanced reference resources. --David Wall

Topics covered: Problems beginning and intermediate users of Mac OS 8.x and Mac OS 9 are likely to encounter and how to fix them--specifically, storage devices, printers, networks (including AirPort), Internet connectivity and applications, the System Folder's contents, and file management.

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A whole book of Mac Answers for less than the price of one support call! Q: Why pay $30, $100, $150, or even more for one phone call to tech support when you can have ALL the answers you need at your fingertips for under $25? A: Get this valuable, reader-friendly book and you'll get more than 400 answers to all of your basic and advanced Mac questions, as well as time-saving tips and sound advice--straight from Mac guru Bob LeVitus and computer expert Shelly Brisbin. Also, various topics, including configuring your desktop, installing software, connecting to the Net, upgrading, troubleshooting, and networking give you all the details you need to get the most from your Mac. Plus, you'll get detailed answers on Mac OS 9, G3s, iMac, and iBook throughout. Find out how to: locate the answer you need in seconds! Inside are more than 400 expert answers arranged topically and by key term for fast access; sharpen your Mac skills quicker than you can sharpen a pencil--sidebars, tips, warnings, and time-saving tricks show you how; preview chapters easily using the quick, at-a-glance descriptions; find help--fast! A comprehensive and cross-referenced index points the way to the information you need.

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