Upgrading and Fixing a PC in Easy Steps

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  • Copyright: 2008-12-02
  • Publisher: In Easy Steps Limited
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Is your PC showing its age? Struggles with the Internet? Does it have the speed of a three legged tortoise? If so, you may be thinking of buying a new one. Before you do though, consider the possibility of upgrading what you've already got. Computers aren't cheap and it makes no sense to replace everything when changing one part is all that's required. It is a fact that most computer upgrades are relatively simple to do and require little more than a screwdriver and a bit of common sense. This book tells you when a part needs to be upgraded and how to do it. Its simple illustrated instructions also teach you how to identify, locate and install the relevant parts to make your computer faster, more versatile and more powerful. You will even find a handy money-saving tutorial on your various buying options, plus how to troubleshoot if, horror of horrors, your upgrade goes wrong. All-in-all, Upgrading and Fixing a PC in easy steps is a must-have for computer owners wishing to keep their PCs at the cutting-edge.

Table of Contents

Before You Startp. 7
Introductionp. 8
Is an Upgrade Necessary?p. 9
Buying Optionsp. 10
Retailp. 10
OEMp. 10
Sourcing Your Partsp. 11
Retail Outletsp. 11
Mail-Orderp. 11
The Internetp. 11
Precautionsp. 12
Discovering Your PCp. 13
Inside the Computerp. 14
Outside the Computerp. 16
The Motherboardp. 17
Motherboard Socketsp. 18
CPU and Memoryp. 20
Expansion Cardsp. 21
Drive Unitsp. 22
System Detailsp. 23
A Faster PCp. 25
Is a CPU Upgrade Necessary?p. 26
The CPU Marketp. 27
CPU Performance Ratingsp. 29
What CPU Do You Need?p. 30
CPU Specificationsp. 32
CPU Technologiesp. 34
Installing a CPUp. 35
Installing a Heatsink/Fan Assemblyp. 38
When is a Memory Upgrade Necessary?p. 42
Types of Memoryp. 43
Error Checking Modulesp. 45
Buying Memoryp. 46
How to Install Memoryp. 49
A More Versatile PCp. 51
Is an Upgrade Necessary?p. 52
Buying a Motherboardp. 53
Compatibility Issuesp. 53
Form Factorsp. 54
Integrated Hardwarep. 56
Technologyp. 56
Types of Motherboardp. 57
Dual-Processor Motherboardsp. 57
Dual-Channel Motherboardsp. 57
64-Bit Motherboardsp. 57
Installing a Motherboardp. 58
Configuring the BIOSp. 60
Upgrading the BIOSp. 64
Upgrading System Busesp. 66
Store More On Your PCp. 67
Hard Drivesp. 68
Does it Need Upgrading?p. 69
Internal Hard Drivesp. 71
External Hard Drivesp. 73
Hard Drive Capacity Limitationsp. 74
Hard Drive Specificationsp. 75
Configuring an ATA Hard Drivep. 77
Installing an ATA Hard Drivep. 78
Installing a Second ATA Hard Drivep. 80
Installing a SATA Hard Drivep. 81
RAID Configurationsp. 82
Partitioning and Formattingp. 83
Removable Media Optionsp. 91
Floppy Drives - Are They Worth It?p. 92
Installing a Floppy Drivep. 93
CD-ROM Drivesp. 95
CD Writersp. 95
DVD Writersp. 96
Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Drivesp. 98
Buying a CD/DVD Drivep. 99
Installing a CD/DVD Drivep. 101
Other Types of Drivep. 103
Rev Drivesp. 103
Tape Drivesp. 104
See and Hear More With Your PCp. 105
Computer Video Systemsp. 106
The Video Card Marketp. 108
Video Card Specificationsp. 109
Other Factors to Considerp. 110
Installing a Video Cardp. 112
Video Capture Devicesp. 113
PC Entertainment Centersp. 115
Computer Sound Systemsp. 116
Sound Cardsp. 117
Installing a Sound Cardp. 120
Speaker Systemsp. 121
Speaker Installationp. 122
Create a Reliable PCp. 123
What Makes a PC Unreliable?p. 124
The PC's Power Supplyp. 124
Power Supply Unit (PSU)p. 124
Power Ratingp. 125
Protection Circuitryp. 126
Coolingp. 126
External Power Supplyp. 127
Heatp. 128
Installing a Power Supply Unitp. 129
Softwarep. 130
Hardware Driversp. 130
Malwarep. 130
Improve Your Input Optionsp. 131
The Mousep. 132
Keyboardsp. 134
Game Controllersp. 135
Gaming Keyboardsp. 135
Scannersp. 138
Web Camerasp. 140
Microphonesp. 140
Data Output Optionsp. 141
Monitors - CRT v LCDp. 142
Which LCD Do I Need?p. 143
Monitor Specificationsp. 144
Installing a Monitorp. 146
Printersp. 147
Inkjet Printersp. 147
Photo Printersp. 148
Laser Printersp. 149
Multi-Function Devices (MFDs)p. 151
Installing a Printerp. 152
Better Network Connectionsp. 153
Dial-Up Connectionsp. 154
Installing a Dial-Up Modemp. 155
Broadband Connectionsp. 156
Installing a Broadband Modemp. 157
Home Networkingp. 158
Building a Home Networkp. 159
Cable Networksp. 159
Wireless Networksp. 160
Fixing Your PCp. 161
Initial Stepsp. 162
Troubleshooting Toolsp. 163
Make a Windows XP Boot Diskp. 166
The Power Supplyp. 167
System Hardwarep. 168
Hard Drivep. 170
Videop. 173
Soundp. 176
Modemsp. 178
Monitorsp. 180
Inkjet Printersp. 181
Scannersp. 182
CD/DVD Drivesp. 183
Windowsp. 184
Indexp. 187
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