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Upgrading and Fixing PCs for Dummies, Sixth Edition

   by Andy Rathbone / Andy Rathbone

    For Dummies
    07 August, 2002


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Editorial description(s):

Book Info
Completely revised and updated, this classic guide demystifies today's hardware and software-from video cards and Windows XP to FireWire and firewalls-and shows you step by step how to transform a balky PC into a glitch-free, turbocharged, multimedia machine. Softcover. Previous edition c2000.

From the Back Cover
Includes an all-new visual appendix on PC ports

Add a DVD burner, upgrade memory, recover from a virus, and more - no experience required!

Want your PC to do more and crash less, but don';t know where to begin? Relax! Now completely revised and updated, this classic guide demystifies the today';s hardware and software - from video cards and Windows XP to FireWire and firewalls - and shows you step by step how to transform a balky PC into a glitch-free, turbocharged, multimedia machine.

The Dummies Way

About the Author
Andy Rathbone';s For Dummies guides to Windows are the bestselling computer books of all time. He is also the author of MP3 For Dummies.

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

This easy-to-understand guide shows you how to deal with the most common upgrading and repair problems and explains what to buy, where to plug it in, and how to make sure your computer knows what to do with it. This sixth edition of Upgrading and Fixing PCs For Dummies contains several new chapters and sections:

Plus, this edition continues to include the information that hundreds of thousands of people have relied on for 10 years: information about upgrading and fixing video cards, hard drives, CD/DVD drives, memory chips, monitors, modems, printers, scanners, hard drives, and other popular computer parts.

Reader review(s):

Beautiful introduction- brilliant overview!, March 3, 2003
Kind of a combination introduction/overview to the state of PC technology today, with an emphasis on helping readers new to the subject in maximizing any PCs performance. This is an excellent book! Covers all the latest in Windows XP configuration and upkeep, as well as buzzwords like DVD-RW, DVD+RW, CDRW/DVD, 802.11b, 802.11a, wireless access points, fast Ethernet, FireWire, USB 2.0, MP3s, WMAs, LCDs, DVI-I, DV camcorders, digital cameras, scanners, printers, modems, NTFS, ATX, AGP 3.0 8x, DDR SDRAM,... etc. EVERYTHING current to today's PCs is given a brief mention. I especially like the Appendix, "The Rathbone Reference of Fine Ports", which clearly explains the most common of today's PC connections, as well as the ones that are going out of style. Very helpful! This book strikes a great balance between being too simple and being too advanced. It's the perfect companion to the "Windows for Dummies" series, right along with another recent book, "Troubleshooting Your PC for Dummies", by Dan Gookin. Highly recommended!

Upgrading and Troubleshooting for Dummies 6th Edition, May 19, 2003
Really only for someone who knows nothing about computers. Very basic information.

Great book, September 1, 2002
The dummies books always tend to be good. This is a good book if you want some basic knowledge of computer support. I've used it as giveaways for my Tech Support Forums website. Everyone seemed to like it.

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