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Upgrading & Fixing Computers Do-it-Yourself For Dummies is the repair manual for people with little to no experience working on the insides of a PC. The book looks at both simple/basic fixes and larger projects to help individuals rev up their computer or bring it back to life. Parts include: Boring, Basic Repairs - walkthroughs of the basics from adding new peripherals like printers and keyboards to moving files from one PC to another. Beefing Up Your PC - recommendations on expanding memory, enhancing speed, and updating power supply Teaching an Old Computer New Tricks - instructions for revving up a PC's multimedia capability Keeping Up with Communications - the steps for readying a PC for high speed Internet connections, connecting to a network, and securing with firewalls Windows 7 and Beyond - the hardware and software tasks needed to ready an old machine for a Windows 7 upgrade.
Andy Rathbone is a bestselling author of computer reference books including Windows For Dummies, which has sold millions of copies in its several editions. Andy has also covered consumer technologies such as TiVo and MP3 players.
Table of Contents
Getting Ready to Upgrade
Start Here First
Assembling Your Tools
Making Your Computer Work Better
Keyboards, Mice, Game Controllers, and Monitors
Printers and Scanners
Adding More Memory
Adding or Replacing a Hard Drive
Adding a DVD Drive
Fine-Tuning Your Computer's Sound
Beefing Up Your Computer's Video Card
Replacing the Power Supply or Laptop Battery
Teaching an Old Computer New Tricks
Creating a Home Theater with Windows 7's Media Center
Upgrading a Computer for Editing Movies
Repurposing an Old Computer
Adding or Replacing a Modem
Linking Computers with a Network
Filtering Out Evil with Firewalls
Introducing Parts to Windows
Hiring the Right Driver for Windows
Installing or Upgrading to Windows 7
Troubleshooting and Fixing Windows 7
Moving from the Old Computer to the New Computer
The Part of Tens
Ten Ways to Find Help Online
Ten Cheap Fixes to Try First
Appendix: The Rathbone Reference of Fine Ports
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