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Table Of Contents

Finding Out Your PC’s Horsepower
The PC’s Case
Figure 1-1:
Opening Your PC’s Case
Figure 1-2:
Figure 1-3:
Motherboard
CPU (Central Processing Unit)
Figure 1-4:
Adding Memory (aka RAM)
Figure 1-5:
Figure 1-6:
Installing Expansion Cards
Figure 1-23:
Figure 1-24:
Figure 1-25:
Figure 1-26:
Figure 1-27:
Chapter 2
Keyboard Basics
Figure 2-1:
Figure 2-2:
Figure 2-3:
Figure 2-4:
Figure 2-5:
Figure 2-6:
Figure 2-7:
Mouse Basics
Figure 2-8:
Figure 2-9:
Controlling Windows with only a Mouse
Figure 2-10:
Installing a USB or PS/2 Mouse
A Mouse for People with Hand Tremors
Figure 2-11:
Figure 2-12:
Pointer Options tab
Game Controllers
Chapter 3
Monitor Basics Monitor Basics
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display)
Figure 3-1:
Figure 3-2:
Installing a Monitor
Figure 3-3:
Plugging Two Monitors into One PC
Figure 3-4:
Figure 3-5:
Plugging Two PCs into One Monitor
Plugging Two PCs into One Monitor
Using TV Sets as Monitors
Figure 3-6:
Figure 3-7:
Watching TV on a PC
Figure 3-8:
Troubleshooting Your Monitor
Figure 3-9:
Figure 3-10:
Figure 4-5:
Choosing Printer Paper
Figure 4-6:
Figure 4-7:
Adjusting Printer Settings
Figure 4-8:
Printing Envelopes
Printing on Both Sides of the Paper
Printing Specialized Items
Figure 4-9:
Figure 4-10:
Printing Digital Photos Professionally
Figure 4-11:
Figure 4-12:
Digital Photos on an Inkjet Printer
Choosing Photo Paper
Printing Web Pages
Printer Troubleshooting
Replacing Inkjet Cartridges
Replacing Toner Cartridges
Figure 4-13:
Cleaning Inkjet Nozzles
Chapter 5
Digital Camera Basics
Moving Pictures from Camera to Computer
Figure 5-1:
Figure 5-2:
Figure 5-3:
Moving Pictures from a Card Reader to a PC
Moving Pictures from a Card Reader to a PC
Viewing and Editing Photos
Figure 5-4:
Figure 5-5:
Figure 5-6:
Sharing Photos with Friends
Sending Photos Through Email
Figure 5-7:
Posting Photos on a Sharing Site
Figure 5-8:
Kodak EasyShare Gallery
Troubleshooting Digital Cameras
Camcorder Basics
Connect the Camcorder to Your PC
Figure 5-9:
Editing Video
Figure 5-10:
Editing with Movie Maker
Figure 5-11:
Figure 5-12:
4.Add opening titles and credits
Webcams
Figure 5-13:
Video Capture Software
Internet Connection, Web Site, and a Web Page
Chapter 6
Choosing a Scanner
Installing a Scanner
Three Ways to Scan an Image
Figure 6-1:
Using Windows Scanner and Camera Wizard
Figure 6-2:
Figure 6-3:
Figure 6-4:
Figure 6-5:
Digitizing Old Photos and Slides
Digitizing Old Photos and Slides
Troubleshooting Scanners
Figure 6-6:
Chapter 7
Understanding Sound Adapters (Sound Cards)
Sound Advice for Laptops
Figure 7-1:
Sending Sound into and out of Your PC
Figure 7-2:
Figure 7-3:
Figure 7-4:
Figure 7-5:
Figure 7-6:
Connecting a PC to a Home Stereo
Choosing Music File Formats
Choosing Music File Formats
PC Music for Musicians
Figure 7-7:
Troubleshooting Sound
Figure 7-8:
Figure 7-9:
Chapter 8
Choosing a Digital Music Player
Figure 8-1:
Your Digital Player and Your PC
Your Digital Player and Your PC
Figure 8-2:
iPod and iTunes
Figure 8-3:
Importing your PC’s existing music
Figure 8-4:
Transferring Songs to an iPod Automatically
Transferring Songs to an iPod Manually
Figure 8-5:
Figure 8-6:
Figure 8-7:
Windows XP’s Media Player
Figure 8-8:
Importing your PC’s music
Figure 8-9:
Buying music online
Figure 8-10:
Figure 8-11:
Figure 8-12:
Troubleshooting Digital Music Players
iPod’s “Do Not Disconnect” Message
Figure 8-13:
Figure 9-10:
Troubleshooting Hard Drives
Converting from FAT32 to NTFS
Figure 9-11:
Floppy Drives: An Introduction
Floppy Drives: An Introduction
Formatting a Floppy Disk
Formatting a Floppy Disk
Installing a Floppy Drive
Chapter 10
CDs: An Introduction
Playing CDs
Buying the Right Type of Blank CD
Figure 10-1:
Figure 10-2:
Ripping CDs
Figure 10-3:
Burning CDs
Figure 10-4:
Figure 10-5:
Figure 10-6:
Figure 10-7:
Duplicating CDs
Erasing CDs
DVDs: An Introduction
DVDs: An Introduction
Playing DVD Movies
Buying the Right Type of Blank DVD
Figure 10-8:
Specialty Disc Formats
Ripping DVDs
Burning DVDs
Figure 10-9:
Buying a CD or DVD Drive
Buying a CD or DVD Drive
Installing a CD or DVD Drive
Figure 10-10:
Figure 10-11:
Troubleshooting CD and DVD Drives
Avoiding Skips or Errors When Burning CDs or DVDs
Figure 10-12:
Figure 10-13:
Chapter 11
Different Ways to Connect to the Internet
Figure 11-1:
Dial-up Connections
Figure 12-2:
Figure 12-3:
The DIRT on POP, IMAP, and SMTP
Setting Up Outlook Express
Figure 12-4:
Composing and Sending Email
Figure 12-5:
Figure 12-6:
Attaching Files to Email
Reading and Processing Email
Figure 12-7:
Replying to Email
Figure 12-8:
Opening and Saving Attachments
Managing Your Address Book
Figure 12-9:
Email Etiquette
Figure 12-10:
Troubleshooting Email Problems
Blocking Offensive Senders
Chapter 13
Choosing and Setting Up a Browser
Figure 13-1:
Taking Cookies Off the Plate
Backing up settings
Figure 13-2:
Opera and Netscape
Managing Forms and Passwords
Figure 13-3:
Figure 13-4:
Blocking Pop-up Ads and Other Nuisances
Blocking Pop-up Ads and Other Nuisances
Browsing the Web
Figure 13-5:
Figure 13-6:
Saving Information from Web Sites
Figure 13-7:
Figure 13-8:
Figure 13-9:
Figure 13-10:
Viewing RSS Feeds
Figure 13-11:
Chapter 14
Choosing a Network Choosing a Network
Powerline (HomePlug)
Figure 14-1:
Networking Hardware: What You Need
Figure 14-2:
Buying recommendation
Figure 14-3:
Networks and Dial-up Connections
Setting Up a Simple Home Network
5.Connect your PCs to your router
Figure 14-4:
The Network Setup Wizard
Figure 14-5:
“File and printer sharing”
Figure 14-6:
Securing Your Network
The Wireless Network Setup Wizard
5.Turn on password protection
Figure 14-7:
Figure 14-8:
Sharing an Internet Connection
Sharing Printers
Figure 14-10:
Exchanging Files Between PCs
Viewing, Copying, and Moving Files on Other PCs
Sharing Additional Folders
Files and Settings Transfer Wizard
Figure 14-11:
Figure 14-12:
Mapping Network Drives
Sharing Monitors
Figure 14-13:
Networking Two PCs
Bridging Networks
Figure 14-14:
Figure 14-15:
Figure 14-16:
Figure 14-17:
Troubleshooting Network Problems
General Network Problems
Chapter 15
Backing Up Your Computer
Figure 15-1:
Figure 15-2:
Figure 15-3:
Figure 15-4:
Creating Passwords
Figure 15-5:
Activating Windows Update
Figure 15-6:
Figure 15-7:
Preventing Theft
Phishing
Adware, Spyware, and Other Threats
Figure 15-8:
Figure 15-9:
Figure 15-10:
Installing a Firewall
Software Firewall
Figure 15-11:
Testing Your Firewall
Chapter 16
Undeleting Deleted Files
The Recovery Console
Quitting Frozen Programs
System Restore
Figure 16-1:
Figure 16-2:
Figure 16-3:
Resetting Windows XP Passwords
Troubleshooting Driver Problems
Figure 16-4:
Figure 16-5:
Working with Drivers in the Device Manager
Figure 16-6:
Figure 16-7:
Figure 16-8:
Finding a New Driver
Installing or Updating a Driver
Figure 16-9:
Figure 16-10:
Speeding Up a Slow PC
Speeding Up a Slow PC
Windows Activation
Windows’ Troubleshooters
Windows’ Troubleshooters
Chapter 17
Watching Your PC Start
Figure 17-1:
Editing the BIOS Settings
Figure 17-2:
Figure 17-3:
Figure 17-4:
Disabling Onboard Motherboard Circuits
Changing the Boot Drive Order
Figure 17-5:
Figure 17-6:
Replacing Firmware
Searching for Clues with Google
Searching for Clues with Google
Reverting to Old Programs
Reverting to Old Programs
Figure 17-7:
Swapping Parts
Microsoft’s Knowledge Base
Figure 17-8:
Last Resort: Data Grabs with Knoppix
Figure 17-9:
Figure 17-10:
Activating Your PC and Windows Update
Index
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PCs: The Missing Manual

PCs: The Missing Manual

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Your vacuum comes with one. Even your blender comes with one. But your PC--something that costs a whole lot more and is likely to be used daily and for tasks of far greater importance and complexity--doesn't come with a printed manual. Thankfully, that's not a problem any longer: PCs: The Missing Manual explains everything you need to know about PCs, both inside and out, and how to keep them running smoothly and working the way you want them to work.

A complete PC manual for both beginners and power users, PCs: The Missing Manual has something for everyone. PC novices will appreciate the unassuming, straightforward tutorials on PC basics, such as hooking up a monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer, and scanner. Families will enjoy sections on networking several computers to share an Internet connection, sharing one monitor between two PCs, connecting portable media players, and creating a home theater system. Adventurous PC users will like the clear photos explaining how to take your PC apart and replace or upgrade any failing parts; IT professionals will be grateful to have something to hand to their coworkers who need solid, trusted information about using their PC.

In PCs: The Missing Manual, bestselling computer author Andy Rathbone delivers simple, reliable advice on the kinds of things PC users confront every day. He shows you how to connect and configure today's must-have devices (including digital cameras, portable music players, digital camcorders, and keychain drives); burn CDs and DVDs; scan and fax documents, and more. His section on the Internet explains how to choose the best Internet Service Provider and web browser for your needs; send email; find information quickly on the Web; share photos online; set up a blog; set up a webcam; access TV and radio through the Internet; and shop safely online. And Rathbone delivers plenty of guidance on keep your privacy and your PC safe by installing firewalls, creating safe passwords, running antivirus software, removing spyware and adware, and backing up important files.

Your vacuum comes with one. Even your blender comes with one. But your PC--something that costs a whole lot more and is likely to be used daily and for tasks of far greater importance and complexity--doesn't come with a printed manual. Thankfully, that's not a problem any longer: PCs: The Missing Manual explains everything you need to know about PCs, both inside and out, and how to keep them running smoothly and working the way you want them to work.

A complete PC manual for both beginners and power users, PCs: The Missing Manual has something for everyone. PC novices will appreciate the unassuming, straightforward tutorials on PC basics, such as hooking up a monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer, and scanner. Families will enjoy sections on networking several computers to share an Internet connection, sharing one monitor between two PCs, connecting portable media players, and creating a home theater system. Adventurous PC users will like the clear photos explaining how to take your PC apart and replace or upgrade any failing parts; IT professionals will be grateful to have something to hand to their coworkers who need solid, trusted information about using their PC.

In PCs: The Missing Manual, bestselling computer author Andy Rathbone delivers simple, reliable advice on the kinds of things PC users confront every day. He shows you how to connect and configure today's must-have devices (including digital cameras, portable music players, digital camcorders, and keychain drives); burn CDs and DVDs; scan and fax documents, and more. His section on the Internet explains how to choose the best Internet Service Provider and web browser for your needs; send email; find information quickly on the Web; share photos online; set up a blog; set up a webcam; access TV and radio through the Internet; and shop safely online. And Rathbone delivers plenty of guidance on keep your privacy and your PC safe by installing firewalls, creating safe passwords, running antivirus software, removing spyware and adware, and backing up important files.

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