Introduction. 1. What's Inside Your Computer. 2. Installing a New Motherboard or CPU. 3. Adding Memory to Your PC. 4. Installing a New Power Supply. 5. Adding or Replacing an IDE Hard Drive. 6. Installing a Floppy Drive. 7. Installing a CD-ROM Drive. 8. Installing a DVD Drive. 9. Installing a SCSI Drive. 10. Installing a Removable Drive. 11. Installing a Tape Drive. 12. Installing a Keyboard and Mouse. 13. Installing a Joystick or Other Gaming Devices. 14. Installing a Scanner. 15. Installing a Digital Camera. 16. Installing and Upgrading a Graphics Card and Monitor. 17. Installing a NetCam. 18. Installing a Sound Card and Speakers. 19. Installing an MP3 Player. 20. Installing USB Devices. 21. Installing a Modem. 22. Installing a Printer. 23. Upgrading Notebook Computers. 24. Installing a Home Network. 25. Performing Computer Maintenance. Glossary. Index.
With the explosion of PC sales to consumers in the past several years, the market for upgrades and add-on devices is hot. This book focuses on upgrades and add-ons that any consumer level user can make with their PC. It uses the highly visual layout of the How to Use series combined with the look of the incredibly successful How It Works series to make upgrading a snap. It goes beyond most hardware books by addressing more than just the nuts, bolts, and techie connections of hardware. How to Expand & Upgrade PCs, Second Edition is for the millions of casual computer users who use computers at home or in a business setting where they perform their own hardware upgrades. This book is not for "hard core" hardware techies, but rather the consumer upgrading market looking to make occasional simple upgrades to increase the functionality, use, and even enjoyment they get from their PC.
Preston Gralla is the award-winning author of 16 books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Protecting Yourself Online and How the Internet Works. He has written about the Internet for many publications, including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and PC Magazine. Preston has won several journalism awards, including the best feature article in a computer magazine from the Computer Press Association. He is the executive editor of ZDNet and appears regularly on TV and radio as an Internet expert, including shows and networks such as the CBS Early Show, MSNBC, CNN, ABC World News Now and many others.
"Simple illustrations are used to good effect and the title also includes tutorial pages explaining how things work."What PC?, July 2001