PC User's Bible
PC User's Bible
DescriptionThe perfect go-to reference to keep with your PC
If you want to get the most out of your PC, you've come to the right source. This one-stop reference-tutorial is what you need to succeed with your Windows Vista or Windows XP computer, whether it's a desktop or a laptop. From setting up your PC to using it for games and multimedia to keeping it running smoothly, this comprehensive guide explains it all with clear, step-by-step instructions, tips from power users, and much more. Keep this valuable book on hand and power up with confidence!
- Understand your PC's components, inside and out
- Set up sound cards, speakers, and other audio gadgets
- Put a firewall in place and apply other security software
- Explore Microsoft(r) Windows and learn about options for other operating systems
- Play and create music, videos, podcasts, and more
- Print, scan, fax, make presentations, and download photos
- Protect your PC against theft, damage, and eavesdroppers
- Explore common troubleshooting issues and their solutions
Part I: Choosing Your Computer.
Chapter 1: Desktop or Laptop?
Chapter 2: Evaluating the Warranty and Support.
Chapter 3: Buying a Computer.
Part II: Understanding Your Computer’s Components.
Chapter 4: Looking Inside the Case.
Chapter 5: How Your Computer Computes.
Chapter 6: The Central Processing Unit.
Chapter 7: Random Access Memory.
Chapter 8: Understanding the BIOS.
Chapter 9: Hard Drives and Other Storage Media.
Chapter 10: Understanding Graphics Controllers.
Chapter 11: Video Monitors.
Chapter 12: Keyboards, Mice, and Other Input Devices.
Chapter 13: Sound Cards, Speakers, and Other Audio.
Chapter 14: Using USB and FireWire Interfaces.
Chapter 15: Using Bluetooth.
Part III: Using Your Desktop Computer.
Chapter 16: Exploring Your Desktop Computer.
Chapter 17: Managing Power on a Desktop Computer.
Chapter 18: Overclocking Your Computer.
Part IV: Using Your Laptop Computer.
Chapter 19: Choosing a Laptop Computer.
Chapter 20: Finding Your Way Around Your Laptop Computer.
Chapter 21: Managing Power on a Laptop Computer.
Chapter 22: Using External Devices with a Laptop.
Chapter 23: Connecting Your Laptop to the Internet.
Chapter 24: PC Cards and ExpressCards.
Chapter 25: Laptop Accessories.
Chapter 26: Traveling with Your Laptop.
Part V: Improving Your Computer’s Performance.
Chapter 27: Setting Up Your Computer.
Chapter 28: Enhancing the View.
Chapter 29: Ergonomics: Making the Most of Bad Design.
Chapter 30: Accessibility.
Part VI: Putting Your Computer to Work.
Chapter 31: Working with Microsoft Windows.
Chapter 32: Essential Software.
Chapter 33: Alternatives to Windows.
Chapter 34: Sharing a Computer.
Chapter 35: Printing from Your Computer.
Chapter 36: Making Presentations.
Chapter 37: Scanning to Your Computer.
Chapter 38: Using Your Computer with a Digital Camera.
Chapter 39: Scheduling Software Events.
Chapter 40: Synchronizing Your Data Files.
Chapter 41: Using Windows Remote Desktop.
Chapter 42: Playing, Creating, and Editing Sound.
Chapter 43: Viewing, Creating, and Editing Video.
Part VII: Using Your Computer for Communications.
Chapter 44: Connecting Your Computer to a Network or Another Computer.
Chapter 45: Sending and Receiving Faxes.
Chapter 46: Using Your Computer on the Internet.
Chapter 47: Using Virtual Private Networks.
Part VIII: Security and Maintenance.
Chapter 48: Keeping Your Computer and Data Secure.
Chapter 49: Preventing Trouble Through Maintenance.
Chapter 50: Restoring Windows.
Chapter 51: Troubleshooting: Finding the Problem After It Happens.