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Upgrading PCs By Bart G. Farkas

Upgrading PCs
by Bart G. Farkas

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Opening the computer and moving chips around or installing a sound card can be a daunting task. This guide is aimed at the average PC user, not the technician, providing simple instructions and more than 300 photographs.
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Upgrading PCs: Visual QuickStart Guide by Bart G. Farkas

Few people feel comfortable opening their computer's case to swap chips around or install new SIMMs and DIMMs or an internal modem. But before you ship your machine off to some pricey repair shop, try Upgrading PCs: Visual QuickStart Guide. You may be pleasantly surprised by how many of these tasks you can tackle yourself--with a little expert advice.

That's where the authors come in. They guide you through the world of motherboards, DIP switches, networking, and more, using clear explanations and hundreds of helpful photographs. You don't need an engineering degree to upgrade your PC, just this book. For far less than a trip to the local repair shop--or a new PC--you'll give your old machine a new lease on life and enjoy a satisfying sense of accomplishment.

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About Bart G. Farkas

Bart Farkas is a keen Mac gamer since 1985, and has acquired nearly every game available for the platform. He is the Inside Games conference leader on Apples' on-line service, eWorld. He has written articles for Inside Mac Games, GEnie Lamp, Inside Games Update, Softdisk Mac, and Livewire Magazine.

Jeff Govier has worked in technical support, instruction, and programming (where he is currently stationed) for more than six years. He is the coauthor of several computer books and is an experienced hardware technician. Jeff lives with his wife in Calgary, Canada.

Table of Contents

1. Hardware Upgrading Introduction.

Required Tools. Recommended Tools. Recommended Workspace Provisions. Beware Static Electricity. Some Hardware Terms. Kinds of Hardware Upgrades. First Things First.

2. General Installation Guide.

Precautions and Preparations. Expansion Buses. Hardware Resources. Integrated Peripherals. BIOS. Configuring Adapter Cards. The Add New Hardware Utility. Other Installation Problems. Don't Fear Your Hardware. Upgrading the BIOS.

3. Modems and Network Devices.

Network Interface Cards. LAN Hardware. LAN Software. Installing a Network Interface Card. Setting Up Your LAN. Configuring the TCP/IP Protocol. Modems. Modem Software.

4. Disk Devices.

Installing an EIDE Drive. Configuring the New EIDE Drive. Installing a SCSI Drive. Partitioning the New SCSI Drive. Replacing Your Primary Hard Drive. Installing a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Drive.

5. Video Display Devices.

About Video Cards. Installing a Video Card. Video Card Software. 3D Accelerator Cards. Adding a Second 3D Card.

6. Audio Devices.

Installing a Sound Card. Sound Card Configuration. USB Speakers.

7. Memory, CPUs, and Motherboards.

Upgrading Memory. Upgrading the CPU. Upgrading the Motherboard.

Appendix A: Hardware Resources.

Hardware Reference. Hardware Utilities. Hardware Resources on the Web.

Appendix B: CPU Upgrade Table.

Appendix C: Glossary.


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Upgrading PCs: Visual QuickStart Guide by Bart G. Farkas
Bart G. Farkas
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