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Table Of Contents

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You’re Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Putting a Computer in Your Lap
Part II: Explaining What Could Possibly Go Wrong
Part III: Laying Hands on the Major Parts
Part IV: Failing to Communicate
Part V: The Software Side of Life
Part VI: The Part of Tens
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Chapter 1
Calling Them Anything but Late for Supper
Smaller but mighty
Lighter than a feather
Tougher than nails
Thinking like a Troubleshooter
Making a High-tech Power Play
Demanding less power
Packing battery power
Viewing with Clarity, Pointing with Precision
Chapter 2
Don’t Try This at Home — or on the Road
Getting Electrostatic Shock Anti-therapy
Committing Deliberate Acts of Kindness
Keeping it clean
Big Troubles in Little Places
Identifying power adapter problems
Assault and no battery
When all is dead and done
Recovering from a Spill
When a CD or DVD Won’t Go Round and Round
Suffering slipped discs
Rescuing resourceless discs
Hard Times for a Hard Drive
Checking electrical connections
Hard luck stories
Closing the Operating Room
Feeling the Fury of No Sound
I Can’t See You in This Light
Black, white, and striped screens
Staying Put or Getting Gone
Asking an Expert
Experiencing a breakdown
Basic repair news from the shop
The Good, the Bad, and the Cheaply Made
Unbuttoning the Essential Windows Control Panel
Getting there
Donning your managerial hat
Coming Back from the Future: System Restore
Doing Some Computing
Improving Your Memory
Handling memory
Having too much of a good thing
Doing the very least you can do
Populating poorly
Checking memory level without removing the covers
Staying current with modern memory
When memories go bad
Troubleshooting more memory
Getting a Boost from BIOS
Turning a BIOS inside out
Passing on the word
The case of the lost password
Customizing alarms
Flashing for fun and profit
Upgrading Motherboards and CPU
Diving in to a Hard Drive
Desirable downsizing
Having a flash of memory
Hunkering down for a mobile life
Going Under the Covers of a Hard Drive
How big is that hard drive in the window?
How fast is fast?
Serial in the box
When Good Disks Go Bad
Getting with the Format
Low-level formatting
Partitioning
High-level formatting
Driving Toward Installation
Putting a new hard drive in an old laptop
Installing a hard drive into a holding case
Jumping to conclusions
Configuring the BIOS and the drive
The Simplest Solution: External Add-ons
USB external devices
PC Card attached devices
PC Card drives
Flash memory keys
1.4 Million Bits of History
Getting In the Arena: Floppy Disk Mathematics
Old-Style Physics in a Modern Machine
Avoiding the Top Ten Stupid Floppy Disk Tricks
The Music Came First
Doing DVDs and DVD-Rs
How a DVD drive works
Pick a standard, almost any standard
When a Good CD or DVD Goes Bad
Arrested development
Twisted logic
Cloudy views
A bad marriage
Computer dementia
Keeping the Drive Alive
Get thee to a repair shop
Can it
Working the Board
Keyboard Maintenance Department
Cleaning Up Your Act
Running interference
Getting tipsy
Going deep
When the Keys Don’t Stroke
Poking your head in
Going shopping
Working around
Tapping In to Keyboard Replacement
Keeping the Ball Rolling
Rounding the mouse
Keeping your eye on the trackball
Pointing the stick
Getting in touch(pad)
Breaking in to tablets
The Zen and Art of Mouse Maintenance
Mouse skitters
Cleaning a mouse or trackball
Cleaning a touchpad
Fixing the settings
Attaching an External Unit
Listing an LCD’s Wonders (and One Downside)
Evolving from CRT to LCD
Sizing Up the Screen
Taking a Brief Aside into Technology
Doing the math
Dead pixels
Holding a Bad Video Display Card
Plugging it in
Turning it up
Bringing on the BIOS
Letting your little light shine
Watching the boob tube
How Many Computers Do We Really Need?
Working the Net
The Basics of an Ethernet
Building a Firewall
Look Ma, No Wires
Minding your wireless Ps and Qs
Determining whether wireless is worthwhile
Knowing the Dos, Don’ts, and Won’ts
Getting on the bus
Powering up
Fighting frequency
Keeping Your PIN to Yourself
Facilitating WiFi in a Laptop
Sans current facilities
Already got the goods
Networking Other Ways
Harald Bluetooth is in the room
Adding Bluetooth to your laptop
Interested in infrared
It All Started with Mr. Bell
Typing Your Modem
DSL telephone modems
Telephone modems
Cable modems
DSL modems
Pitting Internal versus External Connections
Troubleshooting an external dial-up telephone modem
Troubleshooting an internal dial-up telephone modem
Troubleshooting the software for dial-up telephone modems
Troubleshooting a cable or DSL modem
Taking a Detour on a Two-Lane Road
Picking a card, any PC Card
Newer and improved! USB 2.0
Usbing a USB port
Adding a USB 2.0 port to an older laptop
Upgrading a USB 1.0 port to 2.0
Going Parallel and Serial: Disappearing Acts
Listing to port
Testing a parallel port
Where’s the FireWire (aka IEEE 1394)?
Seeing a Windows XP Installation
Making a fresh start or a great migration
Starting fresh on an old drive
Installing Windows XP on a blank drive
Employing the great migration strategy
Opening a back door to recovery
Advanced recovery in Windows 2000 and Windows XP
Installing Windows 98
Preparing for a fresh install
Installing an Application
Ditching an Application
Dealing with Background Applications
Shutting down background tasks
Which background programs should you close?
Searching and Destroying Spyware and Adware
Starting at the Beginning
Microsoft Steps In
Denying the past with Undelete
Nagging about defraggers
Doing a full cavity search
Can you see me now?
Can you hear me now?
Your Computer Falls Off the Table
You Spill a Cup of Coffee/Soda/ Water on Your Keyboard
You Smell Something Burning
You Receive a Threatening Note from the Computer
Your Ports Set Sail
Your Machine Won’t Start
The battery isn’t providing power
The AC adapter isn’t providing power
Your Hard Drive Imitates a Pancake
Your Wireless Network Has a Failure to Communicate
The LCD Won’t Display
If you see nothing at all
If you see the opening splash screen
Something Wicked Comes Your Way
Living Long and Prospering
No smoking, please
Taking care of the environment
Keeping a steady hand
Being careful out there
Keeping the exits clear
Maintaining your cool
Being unattractive
Don’t be a receiver
Staying light
Caring for your LCD
Special Tips for Road Warriors
Power, Power, Almost Anywhere
A Thingie to Hold My Laptop
Noise, Noise Go Away
A Tiny Ethernet Cable and a Phone Cord
A USB Memory Key
Need I Point out the Need for a Presentation Tool?
Surge Protector and Power Strip
Bluetooth Adapter
A Package of CD-Rs
A Set of Emergency Disks
Index
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Upgrading & Fixing Laptops For Dummies

Upgrading & Fixing Laptops For Dummies

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Keep your laptop on top of its game!

Find out how to care for your laptop, what can go wrong, and what you can fix

A laptop is much more than a PC that shrank. It has unique needs, and this book shows you how to meet them. You'll discover how to diagnose and fix common problems, replace parts, add external upgrades, and develop workarounds. You'll even get the lowdown on networks, and find out when to repair and when to replace your laptop.

Discover how to
* Treat your laptop properly
* Identify common problems
* Know when repair may not make economic sense
* Install a new operating system
* Troubleshoot CD and DVD drives
* Add cool peripherals
Keep your laptop on top of its game!

Find out how to care for your laptop, what can go wrong, and what you can fix

A laptop is much more than a PC that shrank. It has unique needs, and this book shows you how to meet them. You'll discover how to diagnose and fix common problems, replace parts, add external upgrades, and develop workarounds. You'll even get the lowdown on networks, and find out when to repair and when to replace your laptop.

Discover how to
* Treat your laptop properly
* Identify common problems
* Know when repair may not make economic sense
* Install a new operating system
* Troubleshoot CD and DVD drives
* Add cool peripherals

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