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Fix Your Own Computer For Seniors For Dummies

Fix Your Own Computer For Seniors For Dummies

Corey Sandler

ISBN: 978-0-470-57568-0

Dec 2009

388 pages


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Learn to diagnose and fix simple PC problems with this easy-to-follow guide

When something goes wrong with your computer, it's frustrating and potentially expensive. With Fix Your Own Computer For Seniors For Dummies, you can find out what's wrong, how to fix it, whether you need to call in professional help, and how to practice preventive maintenance.

This friendly guide avoids techie jargon and shows you how to diagnose the problem, find out whether the software or hardware is at fault, make simple repairs, and add external devices such as scanners, printers, and hard drives. It also helps you maintain your computer through basic steps like defragmenting the hard drive and cleaning out files - techniques that can prevent a lot of problems from occurring in the first place.

  • Written specifically for first-time computer users, this book explains how to diagnose basic PC problems, understand error messages, and fix common issues
  • Specific step-by-step procedures guide you through basic repairs such as replacing the hard drive
  • Explains common mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Outlines the steps for preventive maintenance, such as how to defragment the hard drive, clean files, delete old files, and organize files
  • Explores ways to expand and enhance a computer with external devices including hard drives, Web cameras, Web phones, scanners, printers, flash drives and other hardware
  • Shows what you can fix yourself and when to seek help from a repair service or the manufacturer

Easy to read and follow, Fix Your Own Computer For Seniors For Dummies will boost your confidence when dealing with your computer and with professional technicians, too.

Introduction 1

Part I: A Computer Is Not a Toaster 7

Chapter 1: Getting to Know the Parts You Can See 9

Chapter 2: Thinking Inside the Box 27

Chapter 3: Looking Through Windows and Other Software 47

Part II: Keeping Your PC Healthy with Preventive Maintenance 65

Chapter 4: Taking Care of Software 67

Chapter 5: Practicing Good Computer Hygiene 85

Chapter 6: Keeping Intruders out of Your Computer 103

Chapter 7: Getting Help When Prevention Fails 121

Part III: Fixing Sick Hardware 137

Chapter 8: Repairing the Monitor 139

Chapter 9: Solving Electrical and Mechanical Problems 157

Chapter 10: Installing Memory 175

Chapter 11: Changing a Drive, Made Easy 185

Chapter 12: Fixing a Malfunctioning Printer 209

Chapter 13: Taking Care of Your Mouse (or Trackball) and Keyboard 221

Part IV: Resetting the Operating System 237

Chapter 14: Repairing, Refreshing, and Reinstalling Windows 239

Chapter 15: Checking and Changing System Configuration 253

Chapter 16: Restoring Your Computer’s Settings 263

Chapter 17: Working in Safe Mode 279

Part V: Troubleshooting Your PC 293

18: Managing and Troubleshooting Devices 295

19: Relieving Hard Times for Hard Drives 307

20: Fixing Common Problems 321

Glossary 335

Index 349