PCs: The Missing Manual

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PCs: The Missing Manual
By Andy Rathbone
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: December 2005
Print ISBN-10: 0-596-10093-0
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-59-610093-3
Pages: 597

Table of Contents   Index

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.

book cover
PCs: The Missing Manual
By Andy  Rathbone
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: December 2005
Print ISBN-10: 0-596-10093-0
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-59-610093-3
Pages: 597

Table of Contents    Index

      The Missing Credits
        About the Author
        About the Creative Team
        The Missing Manual Series
        About This Book
        About the Outline
        About MissingManuals.com
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      Part I:   Your PC's Main Parts
            Chapter 1.   Inside Your PC
        Section 1.1.   Finding Out Your PC's Horsepower
        Section 1.2.   The PC's Case
        Section 1.3.   Opening Your PC's Case
        Section 1.4.   Motherboard
        Section 1.5.   CPU (Central Processing Unit)
        Section 1.6.   Adding Memory (aka RAM)
        Section 1.7.   Installing Expansion Cards
        Section 1.8.   Ports
        Section 1.9.   Power Supply and Battery
            Chapter 2.   Keyboards and Mice
        Section 2.1.   Keyboard Basics
        Section 2.2.   Mouse Basics
        Section 2.3.   Game Controllers
            Chapter 3.   Monitors and Video
        Section 3.1.   Monitor Basics
        Section 3.2.   Installing a Monitor
        Section 3.3.   Plugging Two Monitors into One PC
        Section 3.4.   Plugging Two PCs into One Monitor
        Section 3.5.   Using TV Sets as Monitors
        Section 3.6.   Watching TV on a PC
        Section 3.7.   Troubleshooting Your Monitor
        Section 3.8.   Video Card (aka Display Adapter)
            Chapter 4.   Printers
        Section 4.1.   Printer Basics
        Section 4.2.   Installing a Printer
        Section 4.3.   Choosing Printer Paper
        Section 4.4.   Adjusting Printer Settings
        Section 4.5.   Printing Envelopes
        Section 4.6.   Printing Specialized Items
        Section 4.7.   Printing Digital Photos Professionally
        Section 4.8.   Digital Photos on an Inkjet Printer
        Section 4.9.   Printing Web Pages
        Section 4.10.   Printer Troubleshooting
      Part II:   Multimedia
            Chapter 5.   Digital Cameras, Camcorders, and Webcams
        Section 5.1.   Digital Camera Basics
        Section 5.2.   Moving Pictures from Camera to Computer
        Section 5.3.   Moving Pictures from a Card Reader to a PC
        Section 5.4.   Viewing and Editing Photos
        Section 5.5.   Sharing Photos with Friends
        Section 5.6.   Troubleshooting Digital Cameras
        Section 5.7.   Camcorder Basics
        Section 5.8.   Connect the Camcorder to Your PC
        Section 5.9.   Editing Video
        Section 5.10.   Editing with Movie Maker
        Section 5.11.   Webcams
            Chapter 6.   Scanners
        Section 6.1.   Choosing a Scanner
        Section 6.2.   Installing a Scanner
        Section 6.3.   Three Ways to Scan an Image
        Section 6.4.   Using Windows Scanner and Camera Wizard
        Section 6.5.   Digitizing Old Photos and Slides
        Section 6.6.   Troubleshooting Scanners
            Chapter 7.   Sound
        Section 7.1.   Understanding Sound Adapters (Sound Cards)
        Section 7.2.   Sending Sound into and out of Your PC
        Section 7.3.   Choosing Music File Formats
        Section 7.4.   PC Music for Musicians
        Section 7.5.   Troubleshooting Sound
            Chapter 8.   Digital Music Players
        Section 8.1.   Choosing a Digital Music Player
        Section 8.2.   Your Digital Player and Your PC
        Section 8.3.   iPod and iTunes
        Section 8.4.   Windows XP's Media Player
        Section 8.5.   Troubleshooting Digital Music Players
      Part III:   Storing Information
            Chapter 9.   Hard Drives and Floppy Drives
        Section 9.1.   Your PC's Drives: An Overview
        Section 9.2.   Hard Drives: An Introduction
        Section 9.3.   Your Hard Drive's Available Space
        Section 9.4.   Removing Unused Programs and Files
        Section 9.5.   Speeding Up a Hard Drive
        Section 9.6.   Installing a Hard Drive
        Section 9.7.   Troubleshooting Hard Drives
        Section 9.8.   Floppy Drives: An Introduction
        Section 9.9.   Formatting a Floppy Disk
        Section 9.10.   Installing a Floppy Drive
            Chapter 10.   CD and DVD Drives
        Section 10.1.   CDs: An Introduction
        Section 10.2.   Playing CDs
        Section 10.3.   Buying the Right Type of Blank CD
        Section 10.4.   Ripping CDs
        Section 10.5.   Burning CDs
        Section 10.6.   Duplicating CDs
        Section 10.7.   Erasing CDs
        Section 10.8.   DVDs: An Introduction
        Section 10.9.   Playing DVD Movies
        Section 10.10.   Buying the Right Type of Blank DVD
        Section 10.11.   Specialty Disc Formats
        Section 10.12.   Ripping DVDs
        Section 10.13.   Burning DVDs
        Section 10.14.   Buying a CD or DVD Drive
        Section 10.15.   Installing a CD or DVD Drive
        Section 10.16.   Troubleshooting CD and DVD Drives
      Part IV:   Talking to the World
            Chapter 11.   Getting Online
        Section 11.1.   Different Ways to Connect to the Internet
        Section 11.2.   Setting Up a Modem
        Section 11.3.   Subscribing to an Internet Service
        Section 11.4.   Setting Up an Internet Connection
        Section 11.5.   Dialing into the Internet
        Section 11.6.   Troubleshooting Online Connections
            Chapter 12.   Email
        Section 12.1.   Choosing an Email Program
        Section 12.2.   Setting Up Outlook Express
        Section 12.3.   Composing and Sending Email
        Section 12.4.   Reading and Processing Email
        Section 12.5.   Managing Your Address Book
        Section 12.6.   Email Etiquette
        Section 12.7.   Troubleshooting Email Problems
            Chapter 13.   Surfing the Web
        Section 13.1.   Choosing and Setting Up a Browser
        Section 13.2.   Managing Forms and Passwords
        Section 13.3.   Blocking Pop-up Ads and Other Nuisances
        Section 13.4.   Browsing the Web
        Section 13.5.   Viewing RSS Feeds
            Chapter 14.   Networking
        Section 14.1.   Choosing a Network
        Section 14.2.   Networking Hardware: What You Need
        Section 14.3.   Setting Up a Simple Home Network
        Section 14.4.   The Network Setup Wizard
        Section 14.5.   Securing Your Network
        Section 14.6.   Sharing an Internet Connection
        Section 14.7.   Sharing Printers
        Section 14.8.   Exchanging Files Between PCs
        Section 14.9.   Sharing Monitors
        Section 14.10.   Networking Two PCs
        Section 14.11.   Troubleshooting Network Problems
      Part V:   Maintenance, Security, and Troubleshooting
            Chapter 15.   Security
        Section 15.1.   Backing Up Your Computer
        Section 15.2.   Creating Passwords
        Section 15.3.   Activating Windows Update
        Section 15.4.   Preventing Theft
        Section 15.5.   Phishing
        Section 15.6.   Adware, Spyware, and Other Threats
        Section 15.7.   Installing a Firewall
            Chapter 16.   Fixing Common Problems
        Section 16.1.   Undeleting Deleted Files
        Section 16.2.   Quitting Frozen Programs
        Section 16.3.   System Restore
        Section 16.4.   Resetting Windows XP Passwords
        Section 16.5.   Troubleshooting Driver Problems
        Section 16.6.   Speeding Up a Slow PC
        Section 16.7.   Windows Activation
        Section 16.8.   Windows' Troubleshooters
            Chapter 17.   Advanced Troubleshooting
        Section 17.1.   Watching Your PC Start
        Section 17.2.   Editing the BIOS Settings
        Section 17.3.   Replacing Firmware
        Section 17.4.   Searching for Clues with Google
        Section 17.5.   Reverting to Old Programs
        Section 17.6.   Swapping Parts
        Section 17.7.   Microsoft's Knowledge Base
        Section 17.8.   Last Resort: Data Grabs with Knoppix
      Part VI:   Appendices
            Appendix A.   Setting Up a PC
        Section A.1.   Removing Your PC from Its Box
        Section A.2.   Choosing Your PC's Location
        Section A.3.   Plugging In Accessories
        Section A.4.   Activating Your PC and Windows Update