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Troubleshooting and Maintaining Your PC All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies Paperback – March 9, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470396650 ISBN-10: 0470396652 Edition: 1st

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What the book covers: Most troubleshooting books concentrate on upgrading--and usually hardware at that. This book concentrates on solving problems--whether they are software, hardware, or operating system problems. In addition, Dan offers tools and advice on maintaining your system to maximize its life. Seven minibooks cover
* Hardware
* Software
* Laptops
* Internet
* Networking
* Maintenance
* Useful Tools

* Series features: The book will reflect the handholding, clear explanations, and light humor that are hallmarks of the For Dummies style.

From the Back Cover

Who needs tech support?

Amaze your friends and fix it yourself!

When your PC goes rogue, having this hefty volume at your elbow is the next best thing to having a personal PC genie. Got a problem? Look it up in one of these handy minibooks to learn a bit about what might have caused it as well as how to solve it. When you understand what's wrong, it's easier to fix it now and prevent it from happening again.

  • The Zen of fix-it — find out what's behind common PC problems and why the same solution may work in several situations

  • You haven't got mail — solve e-mail and Web woes, make friends with ActiveX®, and guard against evil software

  • When it's the network — resolve router problems, reset the modem, delve into IP addresses, and find the elusive wireless network

  • That ever-lovin' laptop — investigate startup issues, battery quirks, power problems, and laptop travel woes

  • Like getting an oil change — perform regular maintenance and get serious about backups

Open the book and find:

  • Tips and solutions for both Windows® XP and Vista

  • What happens when your PC performs basic functions, and what could go wrong

  • Startup and recovery options

  • Strategies to find missing files

  • Fixes for unhappy disks and balky printers

  • Tools for keeping out viruses and malware

  • Ways to pep up your PC

  • Secrets for successfully restoring files

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470396652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470396650
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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More About the Author

Dan Gookin has been writing about technology for over 20 years. He combines his love of writing with his gizmo fascination to create books that are informative, entertaining, and not boring. Having written more over 120 titles with 12 million copies in print translated into over 30 languages, Dan can attest that his method of crafting computer tomes seems to work.

Perhaps his most famous title is the original DOS For Dummies, published in 1991. It became the world's fastest-selling computer book, at one time moving more copies per week than the New York Times #1 bestseller (though as a reference, it could not be listed on the NYT Bestseller list). From that book spawned the entire line of For Dummies books, which remains a publishing phenomena to this day.

Dan's most popular titles include PCs For Dummies Word For Dummies, Laptops For Dummies, and Droid X For Dummies. He also maintains the vast and helpful Web site, www.wambooli.com.

Dan holds a degree in Communications/Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Presently, he lives in the Pacific Northwest, where he enjoys spending time with his sons playing video games inside while they watch the gentle woods of Idaho.

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I recommend to beginners!
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I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to save a buck rather than pay a Geek!
Arron W. Muir
It's easy to read, written well and very informative.
Michael G. March

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By GK on May 30, 2009
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This book and others I have received from Amazon, have saved me many dollars. The book covers most of my computer problems and I have diagnosed two of my fiends computers and fixed the problems. Saved us all big bucks.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William Richard Evans on April 6, 2009
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After buying my tenth PC with five used currently and having some system trouble hardware related it was time to learn about repairing my computers. I have already used the book and found it very useful. My money was well spent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Murray on October 11, 2009
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Helps those of us who are not computer literate. It doesn't have EVERY situation but what book would be able to fit everything. But it is great for covering a lot of situations. Easy to understand. Love that it comes with a disk too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ridley on April 17, 2010
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Although I found it useful I apprantely know more about computers that I thought or the book was too basic. I need a reference book that is more geared toward acutually repairing problems instead of just explaining what is the problem. For the complete novice I would recommend this book. If you want to be able to repair your computer yourself; keep looking for another text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arron W. Muir on January 23, 2010
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I am an above average computer user and this book was still very helpful. The layout is very well done, you just go to the chapter that fits your need without having to read through allot of other stuff to find what you need. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to save a buck rather than pay a Geek!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. March on December 11, 2009
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This is an excellent book. It went beyond my expectations and I would recommend this to everyone. It's easy to read, written well and very informative. It's a must read.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Lang on April 4, 2009
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By Donald R. Poling on October 27, 2010
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This book is amazing for what it is.....a general primer for maintaining your own computer including hardware maintenance, software maintenance and organizational techniques to keep your desktop clean. This book is actually an expanded version of Gookin's "Troubleshooting Your PC" so if you had been looking at that book, spend the extra couple of dollars and pick this up instead. The only real beef I have with this book is that there are very few pictures or illustrations to take you step-by-step in say, "Replacing Your Power Supply", but the author has remedied this with a DVD that comes with the book. The DVD tutorial is well put together but I would have preferred simply more photos in the book instead of having to load the dvd every time I have a technical question on installing new hardware.
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