Faster Smarter PCs

Scott H a Clark

  • 出版商: MicroSoft
  • 出版日期: 2010-01-01
  • 定價: $700
  • 售價: 5.0$350
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 320
  • 裝訂: Paperback
  • ISBN: 8120322495
  • ISBN-13: 9780735618558

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Take charge of your computer—faster, smarter, better!

Now you can do everyday things with your PC—from updating your antivirus software to offloading pictures from a digital camera—faster, smarter, and better. Dive in! This friendly, high-energy guide makes it easy to teach yourself exactly what you need. Use the quick lists, numbered steps, and helpful examples to master the essentials—and move on to doing the cool things you want to do!

• From motherboard to mouse, see how it all hangs together
• Select the right set of features in a new PC
• Sort out memory and storage options: RAM, ROM, read, write
• Tame your printer and other peripherals
• Set up your own network and firewall
• Tune an existing setup so that it runs faster and more efficiently
• Experience great digital video and sound from your desktop
• Make Microsoft® Windows® XP work your way

 

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
PART I:   PRESENTING YOUR COMPUTER  
Once you understand how a PC is put together and how it functions, you'll be able to tell whether your computer meets your needs. This part of the book gives a brief history of the PC and discusses the hardware components that make up a PC.  
CHAPTER 1:   The Personal Computer 3
    Not Your Father's Computer 3
    What Business Do You Have With a Computer? 4
    Writing a Few Standards 5
        I Like How You Operate 6
    The PC: A Team Effort 7
        It's All About You: The User Interface 8
    Looking Behind to Look Ahead 10
CHAPTER 2:   The Sum of Its Parts 13
    Balanced Integration 13
    The Parts Inside Your PC 14
        The Motherboard: Backbone for the Bare Bones 14
        Brains: The CPU 17
        Storage Devices 20
        Adapter Cards 22
    The Parts Outside Your PC 23
        The Keyboard 23
        The Mouse 24
PART II:   WHAT MAKES A PC?  
Now that you are familiar with what makes a PC a PC, it's time to delve deeper into the box. This part of the book explores such important subjects as monitors, hard and floppy disks, the difference between memory and storage, the PC's visual and audio components, and networking hardware and software.  
CHAPTER 3:   Working with Memory 29
    What Is Memory? 29
    How a PC Uses Memory 30
        Bits and Bytes 30
        Memory Types for Every Need 32
        How Much Memory Is Enough? 38
    Windows XP Memory Management 40
        Virtual Memory 41
        Selecting a Hard Disk 42
CHAPTER 4:   Results You Can See 45
    Monitors: A Window on the PC 45
        How Monitors Work 46
        Feature Differentiation 55
        Resolution: Dot's What It's About! 56
        Color Deep as the Ocean 58
    Video Adapters: What They Are, What They Do 61
        Feature That! 63
CHAPTER 5:   Saving What's Important 67
    Storage vs. Memory 67
    Hard Disks: Magnetic Storage for Everyone 70
        How They Work 71
        Feature Primer 73
    Optical Discs 75
        How CDs and DVDs Work 76
        Rewritable and Recordable Discs 78
CHAPTER 6:   Increasing the Volume 83
    Speaking of Digital 84
        The Trouble with Digital 85
        How Digital Sound Works 86
    What's a Sound Card? 91
        Digital Audio 92
        MIDI 94
    Quality Concerns and Compression 96
        Lossy Compression Is Key 97
    Windows Media Player 99
        Ripping CDs and a Replacement for MP3 103
CHAPTER 7:   From Your Vision to Your Product 107
    Your Vision: Introducing Digital Imaging 107
        Digital Revolution 108
    Digital Cameras 108
        How Digital Photography Works 108
        How Digital Images Are Stored 112
        Digital Video: A Special Case 115
    Scanners 118
        Interpolated Scanner Resolution 119
        Scanner Color Depth 120
    Printing Your Vision, Producing Your Product 122
        Basic Printer Types 122
CHAPTER 8:   Reaching Out 129
    Modems and Telephone Connections 129
        How Modems Work: And What's a Modem, Anyway? 129
        DSL and High-Speed Modems, Which Aren't Modems 132
        Windows XP and Modems 136
    Connecting to a Connection: Ports 144
        Parallel and Serial: But Mostly Parallel 144
        Serial Ports: A Little Bit at a Time 145
CHAPTER 9:   Works Well with Others 151
    Networking Hardware and Protocols 151
        Wired Fast Ethernet 152
        Wireless Networks 153
        Popular Protocols 154
    Introducing Microsoft Networking for Windows XP 156
        The Network Setup Wizard 157
        The New Connection Wizard 157
    Sharing Resources 158
        Internet Connection Sharing 158
        File and Device Sharing 159
PART III:   PRESENTING YOUR OS: WINDOWS XP  
Hardware is only half the story of what makes up a PC. The other half is software—in particular, the operating system, which functions continuously behind the scenes of your PC. This part describes the Microsoft Windows XP operating system and how you can customize it so it can work faster and smarter for you.  
CHAPTER 10:   Between You and Your PC 165
    What the Operating System Is—And What It Does 165
        System Tasks 167
        User Interface 168
    Windows XP Manages Devices 170
        What Are Hardware Resources? 172
    The Power of the Windows XP GUI 175
        Benefits of the Windows API 176
CHAPTER 11:   Your Personal Personal Computer 179
    Customizing Windows XP 179
        The Start Menu: Access to Work 180
        Personalizing the Appearance of Windows 187
    Personalizing a PC for Several People 191
    Tailoring Windows to Your Personal Needs 193
        Personalizing Accessibility 193
        Personalizing Regional Options 194
CHAPTER 12:   (Disk) Integrity Is Important 197
    Windows XP File Systems 197
        FAT32 199
        NTFS 200
    File System Maintenance: Best Practices 202
        Disk Defragmenter 203
        Check Disk 203
CHAPTER 13:   Performance Perfection 207
    What Affects PC Performance? 207
        Running Processes 209
        Memory Issues 213
        Disk Issues 214
CHAPTER 14:   Watching Your PC with the Device Manager 219
    The Device Manager Manages Devices 219
    Managing the Manager 222
        Discovering the Device Manager 222
        Understanding the Device Manager Icons 224
        Reviewing Device Settings 226
    Disabling or Enabling a Device 227
    Hardware Profiles 228
PART IV:   NO TIME FOR TROUBLES  
Although PCs work well most of the time, things do go wrong sometimes, and you have to be prepared. This part of the book focuses on the most common problems and issues you'll encounter, including resolving hardware conflicts and protecting your computer from unauthorized access from outsiders via the Internet.  
CHAPTER 15:   Everybody Needs a Little Help and Support 235
    Get Help: It's Simple When You Know How 236
        Getting Help 236
        Searching Help 240
        Using Troubleshooters 241
    Remote Assistance 243
        A Little Help from Your Friends 243
        Microsoft Assisted Support 244
        Calling a Complete Stranger 245
CHAPTER 16:   The Good and Bad of Adding Peripherals 249
    Understanding Plug and Play 250
    Almost Everything You Need to Know About Drivers 252
    When New Hardware Doesn't Work 256
        Diagnosing Simple Hardware Problems 257
        Device Driver Rollback 260
    Your BIOS 261
CHAPTER 17:   Safe at Home and Abroad 263
    Basic Hardware Security 263
    The Three P's: Profiles, Passwords, and Permissions 265
        Profiles 265
        Passwords 266
        Permissions 271
    Protecting Your Computer from Outsiders 279
        Network Security 279
        Internet Security 280
INDEX 291