- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Que Publishing (December 2, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0789724170
- ISBN-13: 978-0789724175
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,886,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Absolute Beginner's Guide to PC Upgrades
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From the Back Cover
Even if you've never opened the case on your PC, the Absolute Beginner's Guide to PC Upgrades will show you how you can add hardware components, upgrade peripherals, and keep current on new version of your operating system and applications. This book tells you what you really need to know about trouble-free upgrading of computer hardware and software. The most common/popular/need-to-do upgrades are covered, such as improving your Internet connectivity, adding more memory, and storage, in a clear, straightforward manner that is both informative and entertaining. TJ Lee and Lee Hudspeth show you how to get the most bang for your hard-earned bucks, from the core upgrades that you need to keep your computer from miring down in obsolesce to the upgrades you may not have considered but should.
About the Author
Lee Hudspeth co-authored the QUE tome The Unofficial Guide to PCs. In addition, Lee has co-authored six books on Office, the most recent being Outlook 98 and 97 Annoyances, Office 97 Annoyances, Excel 97 Annoyances, and Word 97 Annoyances. Lee got involved in the computing industry two decades ago as a student at the USC School of Business while working part-time as a consultant at the computer center. He is the co-founder of PRIME Consulting, Inc., which provides hardware consulting, development, training and add-ins for Microsoft Office and Windows. Lee routinely contributes to PC Computing (circulation 1,000,000) and along with T. J. Lee writes a monthly column in eBay Magazine. He and T. J. Lee publish The Naked PC, an e-zine with a circulation of over 43,000. T.J. Lee is co-author (with Lee Hudspeth and Dan Butler) of The Unofficial Guide to PCs and six books on Office, including the Annoyances titles referenced above. TJ is also a co-founder of PRIME Consulting Group, and has done computer and management consulting for years. TJ also routinely contributes to PC Computing where he and Lee Hudspeth were the primary contributors to the story that won PC Computing the prestigious National Magazine Award (the first time a Ziff-Davis publication has won this "Ellie" award). TJ is a certified Microsoft trainer. He has written countless courseware packages and manuals, co-authored Microsoft Education Services course on Developing Applications in Word, and taught/lectured for thousands of developers and end-users.
Top customer reviews
Do you know the difference in IDE, EIDE, and SCSI?
Do you really know whether it's worth forking out your hard-earned cash at this stage for a DVD drive?
Okay, Okay, of course you do! But until I'd read this book I didn't. Don't let the title put you off. If you are an "Absolute Beginner" then this book is for you, but you would have to be pretty high up the PC Knowledge food chain not to pick up at least half a dozen absolute gems of information.
Like most of us I plough my way through the magazines, e-zines, etc. looking for the pearls of wisdom that will make my system bigger, better, faster and tuned to that peak of perfection. Then I do nothing. This is usually because I have either lost the cuttings or I have lost my nerve.
The first time you "open the box" it is a fearful sight, full of wires and ...er, whatever they are. With this book by your side, they all make sense. Every card, slot, socket, port, chipset...(think of any widget you want!)... is fully explained.
If your question is anywhere between "What is a 3.5 inch floppy disk drive, do I need one and how do I add/change it?" to "What is everything I need to know to be able to build a PC from scratch?" then the answer is in this book.
The authors certainly don't talk down to you, but somehow they have managed to crack that difficult of problem of writing in a style that makes a potentially complex subject seem easy. They actually make you feel that they have written the book specifically with you in mind, and if things do get tough, there are lots of sidebars and an excellent glossary and index to fall back on.
Even if your idea of an "upgrade" is to add a printer or plug in some speakers - it's in the book. Too simple? You want to be at the leading edge and flash the BIOS - it's in the book.
On the other hand, maybe you're not sure whether to take any risks at all, and another thing, is it worth it? Should you just buy a new system? The authors have covered that too - if it's not worth upgrading then that's what they'll tell you.
Everything is organised in a logical linear way. What are the merits of the upgrade, the cost, the degree of difficulty, where to source the parts, what equipment do you need, is there a comprehensive checklist...???(you get the drift). The references and URL addresses alone are priceless and however did I manage for so long without knowing about "SANDRA".
BUT, I nearly didn't buy this book. I was one click away from cancelling my order. The problem? - The title. Maybe "Absolute Beginner..." would be too simple for me. I agree that it's not an advanced book, but I can't for the life of me see why the publishers didn't call it "The Absolute Beginners or Beginners or Intermediate Type of Persons Guide to PC Upgrades". I think a snappy little title like that would have described the book perfectly.
The book is full of all kinds of useful information from web sites that have lists of motherboard and BIOS information to where to find utilities to analyse and tell you what is in your current PC. Each chapter covers a different part such as hard drives and video and, after explaining the options available, goes into step by step instructions on how to add, replace and upgrade the items.
Although I may decide to just order a new PC instead of upgrading mine, this book will help me determine which is the better road to take. I will also be able to make more intelligent decisions about what to look for in a new PC since I now know more about what the parts do and how they work together. And if my PC ever breaks, this will be the first book I grab off the shelf. I feel is was certainly worth purchasing.