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Buying a Computer For Dummies, 2006 Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-78463-0
332 pages
October 2005
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Part I. Understanding the Whole Ordeal.

Chapter 0. Some Questions to Get Out of the Way.

Chapter 1. Buying a Computer (Step-by-Step).

Chapter 2. Basic Computer Identification.

Chapter 3. Computers from A to Z.

Chapter 4. Introduction to Hardware and Software.

Part II. Hardware and Software Overview.

Chapter 5. All about Mr. Microprocessor.

Chapter 6. Memory Stuff (Temporary Storage).

Chapter 7. Disks of Every Type (Permanent Storage).

Chapter 8. Monitor and Graphics Stuff.

Chapter 9. Keyboard, Mouse, and Gamepad.

Chapter 10. Expansion Options.

Chapter 11. Modems and Sound.

Chapter 12. Networking Your Computer.

Chapter 13. Scanners and Digital Cameras.

Chapter 14. Special Issues for Notebook and Laptop Computers.

Chapter 15. Your Computer's Operating System.

Chapter 16. Everything You Wanted to Know about Software (But Were Afraid to Ask).

Part III. Finding Your Perfect Computer.

Chapter 17. Shopping for Software.

Chapter18. Matching Hardware to Your Software.

Chapter 19. Surveying the Shopping Landscape.

Chapter 20. Tips for Online Shopping.

Chapter 21. Searching for Service and Support.

Chapter 22. Buying the Computer.

Part IV. Living with Your Computer.

Chapter 23. Helpful Hints for Computer Setup.

Chapter 24. Time to Get a Printer.

Chapter 25. From the Old Computer to the New One.

Chapter 26. Selecting an ISP.

Chapter 27. When to Buy, When to Sell, When to Upgrade.

Part V. The Part of Tens.

Chapter 28. Ten Common Mistakes Made by First-Time Computer Buyers.

Chapter 29. Ten Warning Signs.

Chapter 30. Ten Other Things You Should Buy.

Chapter 31. Ten Tips and Suggestions.


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