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AARP Laptops For Dummies, Mini Edition

AARP Laptops For Dummies, Mini Edition

Dan Gookin

ISBN: 978-1-118-23226-2

Nov 2011

64 pages

Select type: E-Book


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Take technology with you wherever you go!

Get a move on and learn to roam free with this mini guide to choosing and using a laptop. Packed with useful advice on picking a laptop, setting it up, managing power and peripherals, going online, and hitting the road, you’ll learn to love your laptop with help from For Dummies. Whether this is your first laptop or a recent upgrade, you’ll get the advice you need from laptop to lap-bottom here.

Open the book and find:

  • Tips for buying the right laptop for you
  • A tour of your laptop and its features
  • Explanations of common laptop terms
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting tips
  • How to connect to a wireless network
Introduction 1

About This Book 1

Icons Used in This Book 2

Part I: A Laptop of Your Own 3

Laptop Shopping 4

Things to ignore when buying a laptop 4

Things to heed when buying a laptop 5

Software for Your Laptop 6

The operating system 6

Other software 7

Laptop Hardware Buying Decisions 8

Important laptop hardware guts 8

Communications choices 10

Service, Support, and Warranty 11

The Final Step: Buying Your Laptop 12

Part II: The Out-of-the-Box Experience 13

Basic Box Unpacking 13

Set Up Your Laptop 16

Find a place for the laptop 16

Charge the battery! 17

Part III: Getting Around Your Laptop 21

The Standard Laptop Tour 21

Optical drive location 22

Media card storage 22

Removable storage options 23

The PC Card garage 23

A place for the old ball-and-chain 25

The thing’s gotta breathe 26

Not a hole, but an eye 26

Those Pluggable-Innable Holes 26

Look at the Pretty Lights! 30

This Isn’t Your Daddy’s Keyboard 32

The general keyboard layout 33

Where did the numeric keypad go? 35

The Fn key is the Fun key! 37

This Isn't Your Momma's Mouse 39

The touch pad 39

Where is the wheel button? 41

The "happy stick" keyboard mouse 41

Get a real mouse! 42

Part IV: The Wireless Life 45

The Wireless Thing 46

Wireless networking hardware 46

Wireless networking software 48

Hello, Wireless Network! 48

Connecting to a wireless network 48

Connecting to a wireless network when you don’t know the network's name 51

Renewing your lease 54

Accessing a pay-service wireless network 54

Disconnecting from a wireless network 55