How to Expand and Upgrade PCs (3rd Edition)

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How to Expand and Upgrade PCs is a richly illustrated, full-color book focusing on upgrades and add-ons that any consumer level user can make to their PC. Instead of simply reading like a manual, this book brings together all of the pre-purchase, installation, and usage issues a user faces. Each chapter looks at determining the type of upgrade needed, the tools and other requirements for installation, and using the hardware once it's installed.. Coverage includes DVDs, digital cameras, scanners, removable drives, USB scanners, firewall devices, palmtop devices, home wireless networks and more.

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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 an award-winning columnist and author, executive editor for CNet and ZDNet, and a technology columnist for the Dallas Morning News. He has also written about technology for many other publications, including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and PC Magazine. As a well-known Internet guru, he appears regularly on many TV and radio shows, including CNN and CNBC. His other books include How the Internet Works, Sixth Edition, and How Wireless Works.

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