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Get More Out of Your PC and Add-Ons

  • Published May 1, 2003 by Que.

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  • Copyright 2003
  • Dimensions: 8" x 10"
  • Pages: 656
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-2942-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-2942-2

Get More Out of Your PC and Add-Ons is a visual, step-by-step solution to PCs and peripherals in one value-priced volume! It covers every topic from installation and upgrading to maintenance and security in a series of well-organized, visual, and quickly accomplishable tasks. The extensive index and visual reference points make it easy for you to efficiently zero in on the one particular task you want to accomplish, then quickly scan the one- or two-page sequence of step-by-step instructions and figures to determine what you need to do to get the work done.

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Table of Contents

I. THE BASICS.

1. Computer Basics.

What Is a Computer? The Brains of the Computer. Input and Output. Storing Information. CD-ROM Drives and Other Drives. Memory: The Electronic Desktop. Loading a Program into Memory. Saving Data. Whats So Random About RAM? Whats in a Byte: How Memory and Disks Are Measured. Inside the System Unit.

2. Important Parts.

The Front of Your Computer. The Back of Your Computer. A Look Inside Your Computer. Monitors. Video Standards and Screen Resolutions. Taking Care of Your Monitor. Printers. Storage Devices. Modems. Multimedia Computing and Sound. Portable Computers.

3. Using the Windows XP Desktop.

How to Log On to Windows XP. How to Use Your Mouse. How to Display Icons on Your Desktop. How to Start a Program. How to Arrange Windows on the Desktop. How to Switch Between Programs. How to Use the Notification Area. How to Browse Your Disk Drives. How to Get Help. How to Use the Recycle Bin. How to Log Off Windows XP. How to Turn Off Your Computer.

4. Working with Files and Folders.

How to Use Windows Explorer. How to Search for a File or Folder. How to Create a Folder. How to View Items in a Folder. How to Create a File. How to Open a File. How to Save a File. How to Create a Shortcut to a File or Folder. How to Rename a File or Folder. How to Delete a File or Folder. How to Move or Copy a File or Folder. How to Format a Floppy Disk. How to Send a File to the Floppy Drive. How to Open a File with a Different Program.

5. Changing Windows XP Settings.

How to Change the Volume. How to Set Up a Screen Saver. How to Change Your Desktop Theme. How to Change Your Wallpaper. How to Change Desktop Appearance. How to Change Display Settings. How to Change Mouse Settings. How to Change Keyboard Settings. How to Customize the Taskbar. How to Change Folder Options. How to Change Power Options. How to Change System Sounds. How to Add an Item to the Start Menu. How to Add an Item to the Quick Launch Bar. How to Start a Program When Windows Starts. How to Set Accessibility Options.

6. Using the System Tools.

How to Free Up Space on Your Hard Disk. How to Defragment Your Hard Disk. How to Schedule a Task to Occur Automatically. How to Use the Windows Troubleshooters. How to Get System Information. How to Use System Restore. How to Compress Files and Folders.

7. Working on a Network.

How to Set Up a Small Network. How to Set Up Additional User Accounts. How to Share an Internet Connection. How to Use My Network Places. How to Add a Network Place. How to Find a Computer on the Network. How to Find a File on the Network. How to Share a File or Folder with Others. How to Map a Network Drive.

8. Working Away from the Network.

How to Create and Fill a Briefcase. How to Take a Briefcase with You. How to Update Files in a Briefcase. How to Make Items Available Offline. How to Use Offline Items. How to Synchronize Offline Items. How to Change Offline Settings.

II. SECURITY AND RECOVERY.

9. Protecting Your Files.

How to Set Local Permissions on a Domain-Based Network. How to Set Shared Permissions on a Domain-Based Network. How to Encrypt a File or Folder. How to Lock Your Workstation. How to Assign a Screen Saver Password. How to Change Your Logon Password.

10. Protecting Yourself on the Web.

How to Choose a Security Setting. How to Customize Your Security Setting. How to Block Objectionable Content from Being Viewed. How to Use Security Certificates. How to Disable Cookies in a Web Browser. How to Make Your Internet Connection More Secure. How to Install Antivirus Software. How to Check Your Computer for Viruses.

11. Back Up and Restore Your System.

How to Back Up Your Files. How to Restore Files from a Backup. How to Use Automated System Recovery. How to Upgrade to Windows XP. How to Install Windows XP on a Blank Hard Drive. How to Activate Windows XP. How to Create Setup Floppy Disks.

12. Troubleshooting Your Computer.

How to Clean Up the System Tray. How to Boot Selectively. How to Stop a Service. How to Uninstall a Program. How to Use the Event Viewer.

III. MAINTENANCE, OPTIMIZATION AND UPGRADING.

13. Performing Computer Maintenance.

Software Maintenance You Should Perform. Physical Maintenance of Your PC. What to Check for When You Run into Problems. The Tools You Need. How to Prepare for Your Upgrade. How to Open the Case. How to Remove an Existing Card. How to Install a Basic Card. How to Remove an Old Drive. How to Install a Basic Drive. How to Install Hardware Drivers.

14. Maximizing System Performance.

How to Check Hardware Settings. How to Check DMA Status. How to Use Advanced System Properties. How to Set a Restore Point. How to Use Windows Update. How to Monitor Your System. How to Clean Up Your Hard Drive. How to Download and Set Up a Driver. How to Update a Driver. How to Roll Back a Driver.

15. Installing a Printer.

How a Printer Works. How to Install a New Printer.

16. Printing.

How to Print a Document from a Program. How to Print a Document from Windows. How to Manage Documents Waiting to Print. How to Change Printer Settings. How to Share a Printer with Others. How to Install a Local Printer. How to Set Up Your Computer to Use a Network Printer.

17. Installing a Keyboard and Mouse.

How a Keyboard and Mouse Work. How to Install a Keyboard and Mouse.

18. Installing a Joystick or Other Gaming Devices.

How a Joystick Works. How to Install a Joystick or Gaming Device.

19. Installing a Modem, Cable Modem, or DSL Modem.

How a Modem Works. How to Install an Internal Modem. How to Install an External Modem. How to Install a Cable or DSL Modem.

20. Installing a SCSI Device.

How SCSI Works. How to Install a SCSI Controller Card. How to Install a SCSI Device. How to Install Multiple SCSI Devices.

21. Installing USB and FireWire Devices.

How the Universal Serial Bus Works. How to Install Universal Serial Bus and FireWire Devices. How to Install a Universal Serial Bus or FireWire Hub.

22. Installing a Digital Camera.

How a Digital Camera Works. How to Install a Digital Camera.

23. Installing a WebCam.

How WebCams Work. How to Install a WebCam.

24. Installing a Scanner.

How a Scanner Works. How to Install a Scanner.

25. Installing a Palmtop Device.

How a Palmtop Works. How to Install a Palmtop Device.

26. Installing a Portable MP3 Player.

How an MP3 Player Works. How to Install an MP3 Player.

27. Adding Memory to Your PC.

How Memory Works. How to Determine What Memory You Need. How to Add or Replace Memory.

28. Installing and Upgrading a Graphics Card and Monitor.

How a Graphics Card and Monitor Work. How to Install a Graphics Card. How to Install a Monitor. How to Install a Second Monitor Under Windows XP. How to Calibrate a Monitor.

29. Installing a Sound Card.

How a Sound Card Works. How to Remove an Existing Sound Card. How to Install a Sound Card.

30. Adding or Replacing a Hard Drive.

How a Hard Drive Works. How to Install a Hard Drive. How to Format and Partition a Hard Drive.

31. Installing a Floppy Drive.

How a Floppy Drive Works. How to Install a New Floppy Drive.

32. Installing a CD-ROM or CD-RW.

How a CD Drive Works. How to Install or Replace a CD Drive.

33. Installing a DVD Drive.

How a DVD Drive Works. How to Install a DVD Drive.

34. Installing a Removable Drive.

How a Removable Drive Works. How to Install an External Zip Drive. How to Install an Internal Zip Drive.

35. Installing a Home Network.

How Home Networks Work. How to Install a Network Card. How to Connect the Network. How to Share Your Internet Access. How Wireless Networks Work. How to Install a Wireless Network.

36. Installing a New CPU.

How CPUs Work. Before Upgrading Your CPU. How to Install a CPU.

37. Installing a New Motherboard.

How Motherboards Work. How to Remove Your Old Motherboard. How to Install a New Motherboard. How to Install a New Battery. How to Install a New BIOS.

38. Installing a New Power Supply.

How Power Supplies Work. How to Replace a Power Supply.

39. Upgrading Notebook Computers.

How a Notebook Computer Works. How to Install PC Cards. How to Install a Docking Station.

40. Installing New Software and Hardware.

How to Add a Program to Your Computer. How to Change or Remove a Program. How to Add Windows Components from the CD. How to Add Windows Components from the Internet. How to Find Out About Your Installed Hardware. Installing New Software and Hardware. How to Update BIOS. How to Tell Whether a Windows Service Pack Is Installed. How to Install Windows XP Service Pack 1. How to Set Program Access and Defaults.

41. Working on the Internet.

How to Start Internet Explorer. How to Get to a Web Site. How to Search for a Web Site. How to Use the Favorites Menu. How to Use the History List. How to Make Web Pages Available Offline. How to Change Settings for Internet Explorer. How to Use MSN Explorer. How to Use Windows Messenger. How to Publish a File to the Web.

42. Having Fun with Windows XP.

How to Play Music and Movies. How to Record Music. How to Find Music Online. How to Make Movies. How to Work with Pictures. How to Play Games.

Glossary.
Index.

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