Acknowledgments. Introduction. Part I: Choosing Your Computer. Chapter 1: Desktop or Laptop? Chapter 2: Evaluating the Warranty and Support. Chapter 3: Buying a Computer. Part II: Understanding Your Computer's Components. Chapter 4: Looking Inside the Case. Chapter 5: How Your Computer Computes. Chapter 6: The Central Processing Unit. Chapter 7: Random Access Memory. Chapter 8: Understanding the BIOS. Chapter 9: Hard Drives and Other Storage Media. Chapter 10: Understanding Graphics Controllers. Chapter 11: Video Monitors. Chapter 12: Keyboards, Mice, and Other Input Devices. Chapter 13: Sound Cards, Speakers, and Other Audio. Chapter 14: Using USB and FireWire Interfaces. Chapter 15: Using Bluetooth. Part III: Using Your Desktop Computer. Chapter 16: Exploring Your Desktop Computer. Chapter 17: Managing Power on a Desktop Computer. Chapter 18: Overclocking Your Computer. Part IV: Using Your Laptop Computer. Chapter 19: Choosing a Laptop Computer. Chapter 20: Finding Your Way Around Your Laptop Computer. Chapter 21: Managing Power on a Laptop Computer. Chapter 22: Using External Devices with a Laptop. Chapter 23: Connecting Your Laptop to the Internet. Chapter 24: PC Cards and ExpressCards. Chapter 25: Laptop Accessories. Chapter 26: Traveling with Your Laptop. Part V: Improving Your Computer's Performance. Chapter 27: Setting Up Your Computer. Chapter 28: Enhancing the View. Chapter 29: Ergonomics: Making the Most of Bad Design. Chapter 30: Accessibility. Part VI: Putting Your Computer to Work. Chapter 31: Working with Microsoft Windows. Chapter 32: Essential Software. Chapter 33: Alternatives to Windows. Chapter 34: Sharing a Computer. Chapter 35: Printing from Your Computer. Chapter 36: Making Presentations. Chapter 37: Scanning to Your Computer. Chapter 38: Using Your Computer with a Digital Camera. Chapter 39: Scheduling Software Events. Chapter 40: Synchronizing Your Data Files. Chapter 41: Using Windows Remote Desktop. Chapter 42: Playing, Creating, and Editing Sound. Chapter 43: Viewing, Creating, and Editing Video. Part VII: Using Your Computer for Communications. Chapter 44: Connecting Your Computer to a Network or Another Computer. Chapter 45: Sending and Receiving Faxes. Chapter 46: Using Your Computer on the Internet. Chapter 47: Using Virtual Private Networks. Part VIII: Security and Maintenance. Chapter 48: Keeping Your Computer and Data Secure. Chapter 49: Preventing Trouble Through Maintenance. Chapter 50: Restoring Windows. Chapter 51: Troubleshooting: Finding the Problem After It Happens. Index.