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PCs For Dummies
Dan Gookin
076458958X
September 2005
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Book Review
Explaining the fundamentals of personal computing to those who would rather read words than look at pictures, PCs for Dummies tells you everything you need to know in order to use an IBM-compatible PC running Windows 98. Dan Gookin's prose is technically astute and fun to read. This isn't the book for you if you're looking through a computer catalog and wondering what all the jargon means (Buying a Computer for Dummies covers that). Rather, this book will help you when you've gotten the machine into your home and you need to know what to do next. Starting with the process of unpacking the box and plugging in all the cables, this book shows you what to do with your new machine. After assembly is out of the way, Gookin shows you how to get around in Windows 98 (and Windows 95, which is almost identical). He explains...


Laptops for Dummies
Dan Gookin
0764575554
Nov 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
* With a generous dash of humor and fun, bestselling author Dan Gookin shows people how to select the right machine and tackle typical laptop challenges
* Laptop sales recently surpassed those of desktop machines-a trend that seems likely to continue
* A must for laptop newbies as well as road warriors who need to get the most out of their machines
* Covers synchronizing with the desktop, accessing the desktop remotely, coordinating e-mail pickup between two machines, wireless networking, managing power, and securing a laptop

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* With a generous dash of humor and fun, bestselling author Dan Gookin shows people how to select the right machine and tackle typical laptop challenges
* Laptop sales recently surpassed those of desktop...


Upgrading and Repairing PCs with DVD
Scott Mueller
0789731738
August 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description

Learn from the undisputed leading PC hardware teacher-World renowned PC hardware expert Scott Mueller. Scott has taught thousand in his weeklong seminars and millions through his books, videos and articles. Often his students refer to him with nicknames, such as "St.Scott" and claim that Upgrading and Repairing PCs has changed their lives.

This runaway best-selling PC hardware book of all-time is used by students, hobbyists, and PC professionals around the world. Upgrading and Repairing PCs is found on desks everywhere. Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 16th Edition includes hundreds of pages of new content, including an ALL NEW chapter on PC overclocking and hardware hacking. In this new chapter, Scott shows readers how to perform custom PC modifications, safely and within industry standard...



Upgrading and Fixing PCs for Dummies
Andy Rathbone
0764516655
January 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The average cost of desktop PCs has fallen steadily over the years while power and functionality have increased. Despite lower prices, however, you still may not feel like spending money on a new, faster PC. Instead, you can transform your balky PC into a glitch-free, turbocharged, multimedia machine with minimum cost.

If you want your PC to do more and crash less but don't know where to begin, then Upgrading and Fixing PCs For Dummies, 6th Edition, is your answer. Don't let the fear of opening your computer’s case prevent you from do-it-yourself upgrades. Plenty of computer parts stay completely on the outside of the computer! So get ready to discover the ins and outs of today's hardware and software.

This book is for anyone who wants to Upgrade an older PC to run...



The Little Mac Book
Robin Williams
0321335341
June 2005
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Book Review
*Hmmmmm* To the Mac faithful, that's the lovely sound of the system starting up -- soon to be followed by the initial smiling computer icon. Unfortunately, as with many things in life, sometimes bad things happen. Expecting to receive a greeting from your familiar, cheerful icon, you hear chimes of doom and a frowning computer appears.

Have no fear! Ms. Robin Williams, expert Mac author, is here! The last chapter of The Little Mac Book quickly runs through possible scenarios as to why your machine would be unhappy. But reading The Little Mac Book is like taking preventive medicine. Williams spends the first 300+ pages of The Little Mac Book introducing readers to the fascinating inner workings of the Macintosh system. With a greater understanding of the Mac's files and folders, you may never come to meet either...



The Unabridged Pentium 4 : IA32 Processor Genealogy (PC System Architecture)
Tom Shanley
032124656X
July 26, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The IA32 Architecture Specification There is no document that is officially referred to as the IA32 Architecture Specification. Rather, it consists of the three volume set consisting of: IA-32 Intel Architecture Software Developer's Manual Volume 1: Basic Architecture. IA-32 Intel Architecture Software Developer's Manual Volume 2: Instruction Set Reference. IA-32 Intel Architecture Software Developer's Manual Volume 3: System Programming Guide. While the specification defines the register set, the instruction set and the software exceptions, it does not include the specific methodologies used to implement a specific processor. For example, the following design decisions are outside the scope of the specification: Whether or a processor design includes caches and, if so, the number of, size of, and...


A+ Complete Study Guide, Third Edition (220-301 and 220-302)
David Groth, David Groth
0782142435
August 15, 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
Applications software may get all the glory, but it's the hardware and operating systems that do the heavy lifting in any computer system. Technicians who have earned CompTIA's A+ certification are recognized as qualified to solve complicated hardware and OS problems and can earn a good living doing so. A+ Complete Study Guide aims to prepare you for the two exams that you have to pass in order to become A+ certified, and it does a good job of communicating facts (like the function of a printer's corona wire and the differences among different Microsoft Windows filesystems) and procedures (such as how to install Microsoft Windows 2000 and how to examine a printer queue in Microsoft Windows XP). Though author David Groth uses the published outline of exam topics as a guide, he shares lots of other wisdom, so readers put this...


Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 17th Edition
Scott Mueller
0789734044
March 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Be a part of the best-selling Upgrading and Repairing series with the latest edition of the flagship book, Upgrading and Repairing PCs. Author Scott Mueller has taught thousands in his seminars and millions through his books, videos and articles. Since 1988, everyon from PC technicians and students to hobbyists, have turned to Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs books for help with computer problems. Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 17th Edition includes new and updated content covering the latest processors, motherboards, memory, and more, including a fully-loaded DVD with new video and reference material.   Register this book at www.quepublishing.com after purchase for access to exclusive Upgrading and Repairing articles, sample chapters, and bonus video content!

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PCs All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies
Mark L. Chambers
0764539418
June 2003
Paperback
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Review
“…recommended for new PC users…” (PC Utilities, September 2003)

Book Description
Covers the most popular PC applications and tools available today, fully revised to include Windows XP, Office "X," Works 7, and basic Internet, digital photography, and home networking Walks the reader through setting up a computer, navigating the Windows desktop, using e-mail, exploring the Internet, and much more Convenient minibook format makes it easy to find desired information quickly

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A+ Complete Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
David Groth, Dan Newland
0782140521


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Book Review
The A+ Complete Study Guide, Second Edition is interesting, mainly because it is neither fish nor fowl--it tries to prepare the reader for life in the field, yet ignores some critical new technologies that are pretty much required knowledge. It readies you for the A+ exams, yet entirely skips some of the lesser-tested sections. But in the end, the book becomes a fish with wings, because in spite of these drawbacks, it's engagingly written and astoundingly comprehensive when it counts.

First, the good news: the folks who wrote this book know what they're talking about, and can write rings around most of the other certification writers. Many certification books are written as if you're a Thanksgiving turkey waiting to be stuffed with a miscellany of acronyms and computer facts, whereas the A+ Complete Study Guide actually...



Building a PC in Easy Steps (In Easy Steps Series)
Stuart Yarnold
0760771405
May 2005
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Build Your Own PC
Morris Rosenthal
0072255595
Nov 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
This visual how-to manual is loaded with photographs and images to help you see exactly how to assemble from scratch--or simply upgrade--your PC easily. Organized in three main sections, this easy-to-follow guide will lead you through making preparations to build your PC, which includes guidance selecting and purchasing the right parts. Next, you'll learn how to build the actual computer, including internal components, and finally, there's a section on maintaining and troubleshooting, to help keep your creation on its best behavior.

From the Author
I have incorporated reader feedback into each new edition of Build Your Own PC. The troubleshooting chapter added to the 3rd edition was a direct result of your comments. The chapter about common mistakes to avoid before...


Seize the Work Day: Using the Tablet PC to Take Total Control of Your Work and Meeting Day
Michael Linenberger
0974930407
March 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Seize the Work Day describes using the Tablet PC to help the average office work-manager get control of his/her work day and become more productive. It paints a compelling picture of the Tablet PC as a very practical business tool, and assists the user in succeeding with the Tablet PC in such a setting.

From the Author
This book answers the question "Can the Tablet PC really benefit my work?" with a resounding "YES!" Using the recommendations in this book, you will use the Tablet PC to boost your work productivity, get your tasks organized, and get ahead of the work day. In this book I take you through my strategies and recommended application usage with major work management activities in mind. I take a very personal approach to helping you succeed with this new technology....


How to Do Everything with Your Palm Handheld
Dave Johnson
0072258705
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Get the most out of your PDA with this step-by-step guide. How to Do Everything with Your Palm Handheld, Fifth Edition covers the latest features, tools, and utilities and explains how to customize your PDA, HotSync with your PC, and use the date book, calendar, address book, to do list, and memo pad. You'll learn how to access e-mail and the Web, turn your PDA into a mobile office, watch movies, listen to music, secure your PDA, and so much more. Regardless of which Palm OS handheld you own, you'll find out how to maximize its capabilities from this easy-to-follow book.

From the Back Cover

Get the most out of your PDA with this step-by-step guide. How to Do Everything with Your Palm Handheld, Fifth Edition covers the latest features, tools, and utilities and...



How Computers Work, 7th Edition
Ron White
0789730332
September 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
Updated to include all the recent developments to the PC and complete with a CD-ROM, the third edition of How Computers Work is like a cool science museum in a book. But make no mistake--this is not a book for children. How Computers Work aims to teach readers about all the intricacies held within the machine, and it's a daunting task. The author, Ron White, doesn't dumb down his material; instead he provides thorough and substantive definitions. The pages of fun and colorful graphics ease the tension, though, and bring the abstract concepts--the difference between RAM and ROM, for example--into real life.

The book has incredible depth, explaining everything you could want to know about your computer, with each piece of hardware being given full treatment over two to five pages. (Macintosh and UNIX users should be aware,...



Tablet PCs for Dummies
Nancy Stevenson
0764526472
March 11, 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
* Tablet PCs, similar in size and thickness to a yellow paper notepad, are essentially modified notebooks that allow a user to take notes using natural handwriting with a digital pen on a touch-sensitive screen instead of typing on a keyboard
* All models of Tablet PCs can be attached to standard keyboards, monitors, and mouse devices for easy computing
* Geared toward the general user of the Tablet PC, with information about configuration, working with pen computing, Ink, voice recognition, and using the onscreen interface
* Covers computing topics such as file management, browsing the Internet, and using Office applications
* Includes case study examples of how the Tablet PC can be used in vertical applications such as healthcare and for enhanced productivity throughout an organization ...


Building the Perfect PC
Robert Bruce Thompson
0596006632
August 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
With off-the-shelf computer systems to fit any budget or requirement, some people might wonder why you'd want to build your own. They don't understand that for many computer users, a ready-made system is about as satisfying as popping a frozen dinner in the microwave when you'd rather have real food instead. Sure, it works, but it's not exactly what you need or want. There's a lot to be said for a computer that has exactly the quality components you choose, by the manufacturers you choose, rather than the conveniently bundled assortment made for your price point. But perhaps you've stopped short of building your own because you're inexperienced or you're concerned it won't come out right. After all, you want your computer to be perfect. Hesitate no longer: Building the Perfect PC delivers end-to-end...


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Computer Basics
Joe Kraynak
1592571689
January 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The computer how-to that's actually coherent... Now in its third edition, this book puts the reader in charge of the computer, rather than the other way around. It identifies practical uses for the computer, and shows how to get the most out of your machine, simply and step-by-step.

€ New information on going digital with music, photos, and video
€ Updates for Windows XP
€ Updates for soon-to-be-released Microsoft Office 2003
€ Step-by-step instructions for backing up data
€ Advice for troubleshooting common problems
€ Latest info on upgrades, components, and accessories
€ Ideal for any new user, including the large numbers of senior citizens teaching themselves how to use the computer

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Fix Your Own PC
Corey Sandler
0764549448
July 2002
Paperback
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Amazon.com
Do you have the urge to take the casing off your Windows-based PC and tinker around, but you're a little intimidated? If so, get this book first. The text is clear and well-indexed, and this book will give you the information, and then, confidence, that you need. (It would also be a great book for anyone who wants to help recycle old computers for schools or non-profits). Two Torx blades up! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review
Recommended  “…does a good job…a very handy reference tool when it comes to fixing those inevitable problems with your little beige chum…”  (PC Utilities, May 2003)

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Pragmatic Project Automation: How to Build, Deploy, and Monitor Java Apps
Mike Clark
0974514039
August 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Forget wizards, you need a slave--someone to do your repetitive, tedious and boring tasks, without complaint and without pay, so you'll have more time to design and write exciting code. Indeed, that's what computers are for. You can enlist your own computer to automate all of your project's repetitive tasks, ranging from individual builds and running unit tests through to full product release, customer deployment, and monitoring the system. Many teams try to do these tasks by hand. That's usually a really bad idea: people just aren't as good at repetitive tasks as machines. You run the risk of doing it differently the one time it matters, on one machine but not another, or doing it just plain wrong. But the computer can do these tasks for you the same way, time after time, without bothering you. You can...


Professional Poker Chips in Tin - 100 Pcs.
Cardinal Games
0641569017
June 2004
Other Format
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Troubleshooting Your PC for Dummies
Dan Gookin
0764577425
Feb 2005
Paperback
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Review
“…solutions are presented in plain English, step-by-step guides…” (PC Utilities, June 2005)

Book Description
Targeting the snags, glitches, and predicaments cited most frequently by readers, bestselling author Dan Gookin clearly explains how to diagnose and cure common PC problems, whether they originate with software, the operating system, or hardware This updated edition features new, expanded coverage of laptop woes as well as Internet and e-mail issues, broadband connections, spam blocking, and security concerns Provides advice on how to prevent PC problems in the first place and create a safe and secure PC environment Dan Gookin is known for his ability to explain technology in an easy-to-understand and enjoyable fashion; his...


Upgrading and Repairing Laptops
Scott Mueller
0789733765
January 2006
Paperback
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Book Review
Laptops--call them notebooks, portable computers, or whatever else you like--are tightly engineered items. It's hard to get all the required components to obey stringent performance and power-management requirements, and still fit into a small case. The job usually requires a custom motherboard and other specialized components, and so the laptop owner who wants to upgrade his or her machine faces a much more difficult task than the owner of a desktop machine with a similar wish. One can swap out the hard drive, add more RAM, and make tweaks in software, but almost everything else requires the addition of external components, which kind of defeat the purpose of a laptop. That's the message the reader takes away from Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing Laptops. It's not Mueller's fault that such computers are hard to do...


Upgrading & Fixing Laptops for Dummies
Corey Sandler
0764589598
Oct 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Keep your laptop on top of its game!

Find out how to care for your laptop, what can go wrong, and what you can fix

A laptop is much more than a PC that shrank. It has unique needs, and this book shows you how to meet them. You'll discover how to diagnose and fix common problems, replace parts, add external upgrades, and develop workarounds. You'll even get the lowdown on networks, and find out when to repair and when to replace your laptop.

Discover how to
* Treat your laptop properly
* Identify common problems
* Know when repair may not make economic sense
* Install a new operating system
* Troubleshoot CD and DVD drives
* Add cool peripherals

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Keep your laptop on top of...


Mike Meyers' A+ Guide to Managing and Troubleshooting PCs
Michael Meyers, Michael Meyers
0072231467
November 24, 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Written by Mike Meyers, the #1 name in A+ training, this book teaches you how to be an A+ technician by covering in full detail all the topics found on the A+ certification exam. The CD includes self-assessment testing engine with six practice exams, LearnKey video presentation from Mike Meyers, and Mike's favorite shareware and freeware tools and utilities.

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Essential Skills for On-the-Job Success

Mike Meyers, one of the premier computer and network skills trainers, has developed a learning system designed to teach A+ PC technician skills in an easy-to-understand way that will prepare you for an IT career. Mike gives you helpful tips throughout the book, end-of-chapter practice questions, and hundreds of photographs and illustrations. Completely...



That Military House: Move it, Organize it & Decorate it
Sandee Payne (Author)
1411687809

Paperback
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