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Index

B

background programs, 291–292, 292

backup generators, 5

Backup or Restore window, 129–130, 129–130

@Backup, 428

Backup Type, Destination, and Name dialog box, 130, 130

backups, 123–124, 124

for application data, 212, 214

drive images. See drive images

emergency, 427–428

for imminent hardware failures, 232

limitations of, 128–129

need for, 125–128, 127

for prevention, 86–87

for replacing damaged files, 320, 328

restoring, 413–416, 413–415

running, 129–130, 129–130

for starting from scratch, 401

timing of, 130–131

types of, 124–125

bad BIOS data files, 197

bad installations, 143

ball lightning, 4

banks of memory, 30, 199

barebones setup approach, 256

baselines, 294

Basic Input/Output System. See BIOS (Basic Input/Output System)

batteries

CMOS, 27, 170

in UPSs, 276–277, 276

BBSs (bulletin board systems), 374

beep codes, 165

benchmarks, 303–304

beta testing, 193

BIOS (Basic Input/Output System), 45

for ACPI support, 61, 63

beep codes in, 165

for boot error messages, 170

in boot process, 22–23

for devices, 233

EZ-BIOS overlay for, 106, 402

for hard drives, 424, 430–432, 432

helper programs for, 402

information about, 46–47

for motherboard upgrades, 205

for power management, 46, 255

reverting to default settings, 258–259

roles of, 47–48

settings for, 46

troubleshooting, 145

upgrading, 194–195

operation of, 195–197, 196

problems in, 197–198, 198, 208

removing, 198

BIOS Setup

for drives, 240

for upgrades, 196

BIOS Shadowing setting, 259

blue “I” in Event Viewer, 155

blue screen of death

from bad installations, 161

dealing with, 229–230

reporting, 226

boot disks, 97, 196

for boot problems, 174–175

uses for, 97–99, 99

for Windows 98, 103–105, 103–104

for Windows XP, 99–102, 99–102

boot.ini file, 100

boot problems, 169

Advanced Options menu for, 178

boot disks for, 174–175

clean boots for, 175–177, 175–177

display problems in, 173

drive-related errors in, 171–172

keyboard-based errors in, 170–171

last known good configuration for, 183–184

Recovery Console for, 184–190, 185, 187, 189

resources for, 173–174

Safe Mode for, 178–183, 180–181, 183

from System Restore, 190

virus warnings in, 172

boot process, 21–24

boot sector viruses, 83

BOOTLOG.TXT file, 145–146, 146

Bootsec.dos file, 100

bootup screen in troubleshooting, 145

broadband, 35

bulletin board systems (BBSs), 374

burning smells, 167

bus-mastering drivers, 424

bus settings, 46

bus slots, 27

buying PCs, 416

extended warranties for, 418

tips for, 417–418

Index

C

Cable Select setups, 445–447, 446

cables

checking, 168

for hard drives, 430, 445, 447, 448

for networks, 348–349, 358–360

in troubleshooting, 159

for video, 173

caches

disasters related to, 33

in performance, 292

purpose of, 32–33

capacity

of hard drives, 7–8

of power supplies, 267–268

carpeting, 75

CAT-5 cable, 348, 360

CD (compact disc) drives

for backups, 128–129

for PC recovery resource kits, 105

power requirements of, 268

types of, 40

certification of technicians, 465

changes

damage from, 321

data-recovery software for, 437

limiting, 63–64

reversing, 220

chat, 379

chipsets, 26, 196

Chkdsk tool, 323

on boot disks, 97

for dead hard drives, 432, 432

for performance, 306

purpose of, 66

in Recovery Console, 188–189

circuit breakers, 263–264, 273

circulation, air, 280

clean boots, 175–177, 175–177

Clean Sweep tool, 66

cleaning fans, 281–282

client/server networks, 345

clock speed, 33

CMOS batteries

in boot errors, 170

on motherboards, 27

CMOS Chipset Features, 196

cold boots, 22

COM ports, 253

command-line operating systems, 49

communications, hardware for, 35

community resources, 121

compact disc (CD) drives

for backups, 128–129

for PC recovery resource kits, 105

power requirements of, 268

types of, 40

compatibility

of applications, 318–319

in BIOS upgrades, 197

researching, 88

upgrade problems from, 208

of utilities, 65

Compatibility Mode, 436

compressed air, 404

compression, 131

Computer Name tab, 351, 351

Confirm Restoration Undo window, 190

conflicts

hardware, 19, 147, 424

and MS-DOS Compatibility Mode, 436

Conflicts/Sharing section, 147

connections, 43–44, 43

checking, 167–169

disasters related to, 44–45

for hard drives, 429–430, 445

for Internet, 356

for motherboards, 27

for networks, 115, 115, 179, 370

for power supplies, 271

connectivity, troubleshooting, 363–365, 364–365

connectors

for hard drives, 430, 448

for networks, 348, 359

for power supply, 34, 34, 448

consolidation, 306–309

Contents tab, 299, 299

copying

downloads, 340

warranties, 453

cords, checking, 159, 168

core files, recovering, 329–332, 331

corrupted BIOS data files, 197

corrupted software, hard drive problems from, 424

Could Not Open Port error, 254

counters in System Monitor, 295–298, 297

covers, running PCs without, 76–77

cpl file extension, 331–332

CPUs, 28, 29

caches on, 32–33

disasters related to, 29–30

failures in, 244–246, 246

fans for, 29, 245–246, 246, 257

for foreground and background programs, 291–292, 292

monitoring usage of, 301

for motherboard upgrades, 205

on motherboards, 26

for performance, 305

power requirements of, 268

Create a Password for Your Account screen, 79

crimpers, 360

critical updates, 222

crossover cables, 349

Crucial Technology site, 203

Custom installation method, 64

cutting and pasting damaged files, 336–337, 336