PCs For Dummies

PCs For Dummies

Language: English

Pages: 360

ISBN: 1119041775

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The bestselling PC reference on the planet—now available in its 13th edition

Completely updated to cover the latest technology and software, the 13th edition of PCs For Dummies tackles using a computer in friendly, human terms. Focusing on the needs of the beginning computer user, while also targeting those who are familiar with PCs, but need to get up to speed on the latest version of Windows. This hands-on guide takes the dread out of working with a personal computer.

Leaving painful jargon and confusing terminology behind, it covers Windows 9 OS, connecting to and using services and data in the cloud, and so much more. Written by Dan Gookin, the original For Dummies author, it tells you how to make a PC purchase, what to look for in a new PC, how to work with the latest operating system, ways to protect your files, what you can do online, media management tips, and even basic topics you're probably too shy to ask a friend about.

  • Determine what you need in a PC and how to set it up
  • Configure your PC, hook up a printer, and connect to the Internet
  • Find your way around Windows 9 OS with ease and confidence
  • Play movies and music, view photos, and explore social media

If you're a first-time PC user at home or at work or just need to brush up on the latest technological advancements, the new edition of this bestselling guide gets you up and running fast.

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Removable storage media is the optical disc. The optical drive reads optical discs, CDs, and DVDs. Read more about this topic in Chapter 7. Future expansion: Most consoles feature blank spots. They may look interesting or useful, but they’re not! They simply cover holes used for adding new features to your PC. Media card slots: These slots are used for reading common media cards, such as those used by digital cameras and other portable electronics. See Chapter 7 for more information about media.

Mouse into the keyboard or mouse port unless the PC is turned off. Chapter 3: PC Setup Setting up the monitor Set the monitor atop your desk, generally away from where you sit, to accommodate room for the keyboard. For best results, the monitor should face you. The monitor’s cable may be attached or separate. If separate, attach the cable to the monitor. Plug the monitor’s cable into the console’s graphics adapter jack. Several jack types are available, so choose the cable that matches the.

That festoon the console’s interior space. Also missing is a thin layer of dust and perhaps some pet hair. Of all the things wonderful and terrifying inside the console’s tummy, three are worthy in the big picture: ✓ The power supply ✓ The disk drive cage ✓ The motherboard The power supply feeds the console that all-important stuff called electricity. You can read more about the power supply in the later section “The Source of PC Power.” Figure 5-1: A peek inside the console.

Sides. That’s why it’s a DIMM and not a SIMM, or single inline memory module. Figure 6-1: A semisweet DIMM. Each DIMM contains a given chunk of RAM, measured in megabytes or gigabytes using one of the magical memory quantities of 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, or 512. See the later section “Memory One Byte at a Time” for information on megabytes and gigabytes. The later sidebar “The holy numbers of computing” features scintillating information on why the memory quantities are measured.

Adding new circuitry directly to the motherboard. Believe it or not, it’s possible for you to do such a thing without wielding a soldering iron. To internally expand your PC, you can take advantage of the motherboard’s expansion slots. Into those slots, you plug expansion cards. Although people don’t often expand their computer systems this way, it’s a good method for adding hardware options not included with the basic PC configuration. I could prattle on about the history of PC expansion cards.

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