How to Expand & Upgrade PCs (2nd Edition)

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9780789725004: How to Expand & Upgrade PCs (2nd Edition)

This book focuses on upgrades and add-ons that any consumer level user can make with their PC. It uses the highly visual layout of the the incredibly successful How it Works series to make upgrading a snap. It goes beyond most hardware books by addressing more than just the nuts, bolts, and techie connections of hardware. Each chapter looks at: *Determining the type of upgrade you need *Tools, requirements, and physical installation *Windows and application setup for your new hardware *Using the hardware once you have it installed *Tips and tricks for getting the most from your investment This unique approach brings together all of the pre-purchase, installation, and usage issues a user will face.

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Upgrading and repairing personal computers isn't hard, since most of the pieces comply with standard specifications and can be made to fit together with a little fiddling. Reading books on the subject, however, can be mightily confusing. That's because hardware books usually have grainy, dark, amateur photographs that show whatever specific component models the authors have on hand, which can make understanding your own components difficult.

How to Expand & Upgrade PCs is different in that it uses high-quality, full-color perspective drawings to show how the pieces of an IBM-compatible personal computer fit together. The drawings illustrate the parts in a generic way, so you're not tripped up by the details of any particular product. Preston Gralla--an accomplished and respected author--backs them up with labels and text. In the case of spreads that explain procedures (like how to change out a hard disk) the text is numbered, step by step.

Some of the drawings show whangingly simple operations--plugging in a keyboard, for example--but most of the illustrations are really valuable. Operations that most people will want to do--such as install a DVD drive or add memory--are emphasized. Make sure you use the Internet to find out about your specific components. --David Wall

Topics covered: Replacing and supplementing the components that make up an IBM-compatible personal computer, and how to add memory, add or replace a hard drive, add a DVD drive, do basic troubleshooting, and lots more.

About the Author:

Preston Gralla is the award-winning author of 16 books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Protecting Yourself Online and How the Internet Works. He has written about the Internet for many publications, including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and PC Magazine. Preston has won several journalism awards, including the best feature article in a computer magazine from the Computer Press Association. He is the executive editor of ZDNet and appears regularly on TV and radio as an Internet expert, including shows and networks such as the CBS Early Show, MSNBC, CNN, ABC World News Now and many others.

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