December 8, 2004
"PC Hardware Annoyances": Take Control of Your Computer Hardware
Sebastopol, CA--A personal computer is the center of a surprisingly
complex cluster of hardware. In addition to the basic box, PC users depend
on peripherals such as disk drives, printers, monitors, sound cards, and
each is fraught with its own set of bugs and snares. You'll encounter no
shortage of annoyances as you try to get all this hardware to play nicely
together. You can curse, you can plead, and you can pray to the PC gods,
but when you reach the point where you're ready to toss your hard drive
out on the street, it's time for real help.
Enter PC Hardware Annoyances (O'Reilly, US $24.95) by Stephen J.
Bigelow--your key to making peace with your computer and peripherals.
This latest release in O'Reilly's successful Annoyances series identifies
the maddening glitches, perplexing interdependencies, and obnoxious
malfunctions that leave you cringing in frustration. Then, through the use
of ingenious, entertaining, and practical solutions, PC repair guru
Bigelow shows you how to clear each obstacle, one step at a time.
"Users feel that the PC is a magical black box that operates in some
mysterious way. That's just not true," says Bigelow. "A PC is nothing more
than a machine, and with some basic instruction, any PC user can take
control and resolve a surprising range of issues."
Designed for PC users of all levels, PC Hardware Annoyances presents
straightforward, easy-to-understand troubleshooting solutions. For
ultimate ease of use, the book is broken up into several broad hardware
categories that include desktops, laptops and PDAs, graphics, sound, hard
drives, CD/DVD drives, network, printers, and scanners. "I've focused on
the issues that arise in everyday PC use," notes Bigelow. "So there should
be something timely for everyone."
PC Hardware Annoyances will help readers tackle the following
persistently irritating areas:
Desktop Annoyances: startup, keyboard, and mouse annoyances, BIOS/CMOS, RAM, CPU, expansion cards, and ports
Mobile annoyances: battery life, synchronizing files, connectivity
Sight and sound annoyances: eliminate system hang-ups, monitor flicker, dropped frames, washed-out color, speaker hum, and interference
PC surgery: learn how to add or replace a CD, DVD, or hard drive--worry free!
Paper and printer woes: clear paper jams, conserve ink, print double-sided pages, and more
PC Hardware Annoyances is especially timely as more computer owners
simply upgrade their PCs as they age, rather than replacing them
altogether. But as with any do-it-yourself project, trouble lurks around
the corner if you don't have the right guide. Whether you want to set up
your color inkjet printer, burn a music CD, or fix a misbehaving modem,
PC Hardware Annoyances is the book you'll need.
PC Hardware Annoyances
Stephen J. Bigelow
ISBN: 0-596-00715-9, 246 pages, $24.95 US, $36.95 CA
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