Upgrading & Fixing PCs for Dummies

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9780764507199: Upgrading & Fixing PCs for Dummies
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Ready to repair or upgrade your PC -- the quick and easy way? Want to make your computer hum, but don't want to shell out bucks to a technician? Use this guide to give your system a makeover or successfully complete repairs.

From prepping your PC for high-speed Internet access to adding more RAM, veteran For Dummies author Andy Rathbone will help you create and maintain your dream system.

Helping you to assess the time, money, and tools needed to repair your PC, this is your first aid kit for modem and printer problems, installation nightmares, and Internet traffic jams.

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Like all Dummies books, Upgrading & Fixing PCs for Dummies, Third Edition, shows you what you absolutely need to know and little more--but in very clear language. Oriented toward casual users who want to solve specific problems, the book pays attention to such troubles as parity error messages and out-of-memory warnings.

Upgrading & Fixing PCs for Dummies promotes the ideas that you shouldn't fix things that aren't broken and that you should apply the simplest possible solutions to the broken things. The guide includes excellent coverage of the hardware-management features in Windows 95.

This book's problem-oriented approach yields sections about common hardware-related problems, such as, "My printer puts out only junk characters!" and "How do I install a new hard drive?" Cartoon-like sequential diagrams outline physical procedures, such as installing and removing SIMMs. Similar drawings help you find key parts of your computer, such as the PCI slots and the video port.

Overall, Upgrading & Fixing PCs for Dummies, Third Edition, does what all the Dummies books do--it clearly explains how to solve certain problems. If your particular troubles happen to fall outside of what's covered here, you'll need to consult a geekier reference book.

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Discover how to:

Diagnose problems
Add memory
Install drives, modems, and more
Replace your mouse or monitor
Troubleshoot keyboard glitches
Resolve configuration conflicts

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