Help when you run into Chromebook problems or limitations
Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your brand-new Chromebook
Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your Chromebook or ChromeboxTM working just the way you want. Learn how to:
Quickly set up your Chromebook or Chromebox, log in, and get productive Get comfortable with Google’s intuitive new Chrome Desktop interface Reliably connect to Wi-Fi or Ethernet networks Use Google Drive to access files from your Chromebook or any other computer Securely share files with Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ followers or friends Play and edit photos, music, and video online Browse and search the Web with the Google Chrome browser Safely share your Chromebook with other users Get started with free or low-cost web-based office productivity software Build shared calendars, schedule meetings, and manage email Find great new apps for business, education, entertainment, gaming, and more Print to your printer across the Internet with Google Cloud Print Configure your Chromebook for maximum security and privacy Optimize your Chromebook’s performance and battery life Work and play faster with Chromebook’s built-in keyboard shortcuts Evaluate the new top-of-the-line Google Chromebook Pixel Troubleshoot and recover from frozen apps and other problems
CATEGORY: PC Hardware
COVERS: Google Chromebook
USER LEVEL: Beginning-Intermediate
For more than 25 years, Upgrading and Repairing PCs has been the world’s #1 guide to PC hardware: The single source for reliable information on how PCs work, troubleshooting and fixing problems, adding hardware, optimizing performance, and building new PCs. This 22nd edition offers beefed-up coverage of the newest hardware innovations and maintenance techniques, plus more than two hours of new video.
Scott Mueller delivers practical answers about PC processors, mother-boards, buses, BIOSes, memory, SSD and HDD storage, video, audio, networks, Internet connectivity, power, and much more. You’ll find the industry’s best coverage of diagnostics, testing, and repair—plus cutting-edge discussions of improving PC performance via overclocking and other techniques.
Mueller has taught thousands of professionals in person and millions more through his books and videos—nobody knows more about keeping PCs running perfectly. Whether you’re a professional technician, a small business owner trying to save money, or a home PC enthusiast, this is the only PC hardware book you need!
NEW IN THIS EDITIONThe newest processors, including Intel’s latest Core i Haswell processors and AMD’s Kaveri core processors. Everything you need to know about the latest GPU technology from NVIDIA and AMD, including developments in OpenGL, DirectX, and Mantle. New firmware innovations like the InSyde BIOS, Back to BIOS buttons, and all the updated settings available for the newest processors and chipsets. The latest in updated home networking standards, from blazing fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi to HomeGrid and G.hn powerline networking. Ever larger storage, thanks to new technologies like helium-filled hard disks, shingled magnetic recording, and Cfast and XQD for flash memory. Emerging interfaces such as mSATA, USB 3.1, and M.2 Updated coverage of building PCs from scratch—from choosing and assembling hardware through BIOS setup and troubleshooting
For 25 years, Upgrading and Repairing PCs has been the world’s #1 guide to PC hardware: The single source for reliable information on troubleshooting and fixing problems, adding hardware, optimizing performance, and building new PCs. Now, better than ever, this 21st edition offers beefed-up coverage of the newest hardware innovations and maintenance techniques, plus more than two hours of new DVD video.
Scott Mueller delivers practical answers about PC processors, mother-boards, buses, BIOSes, memory, SSD and HDD storage, video, audio, I/O, input devices, networks, Internet connectivity, power, and much more. You’ll find the industry’s best coverage of diagnostics, testing, and repair—plus cutting-edge discussions of improving performance via overclocking and other techniques.
NEW IN THIS EDITION
• The newest processors, including Intel’s 3rd generation Ivy Bridge Core i-Series processors and AMD’s 2nd generation Trinity CPUs
• 3TB (and larger) disks, 4K sectoring, partition alignment, faster SATA disk interfaces, and SSD (solid state drive) hard drive replacements
• New firmware innovations, from full UEFI BIOS support to built-in motherboard flash BIOS upgrade utilities
• Integrated video and audio, including 5.1/7.1 surround sound, HDMI, and DisplayPort connections, and Windows 8 compatible multi-touch touchscreen technology
• Updated PCI Express 3.0, 4.0 interfaces, and Power Supply specifications for powering high-end video cards
• Emerging interfaces such as SATA Express, USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt
• Updated coverage of building PCs from scratch—from choosing and assembling hardware through BIOS setup and troubleshooting
Don't forget about the free bonus content available online! You'll find a cache of helpful material to go along with this book. To access these materials at no extra cost, see the instructions included in the back pages of this ebook. You will be required to register your book and supply a code found in the instructions.
Download two hours of up-to-the minute, studio-quality how-to videos—all playable on your computer! In this edition, Scott Mueller offers true insider information about several of the key components in a PC, including motherboards, solid-state drives, and more.
You also can download PDFs of the complete 19th and 20th editions of this book.
Who knew how simple fixing your computer could be?
This is the easiest, most practical beginner’s guide to fixing your own computer… simple, reliable instructions and crystal-clear pictures that show you exactly how to do it yourself! Here’s a small sample of what you’ll learn:
•¿¿ Maintain your computer so it’s less likely to break in the first place
•¿¿ Perform simple “ounce of prevention” tasks now, so it’s easier to fix problems later
•¿¿ Learn simple troubleshooting techniques for figuring out what’s wrong
•¿¿ Find the right tools (you might already have them!)
•¿¿ Buy the right parts without spending more than you have to
•¿¿ Fix aggravating Windows startup problems
•¿¿ Smoothly recover from PC crashes
•¿¿ Perform basic hardware repairs or upgrades at home, often in minutes
•¿¿ Install a new hard disk, CD/DVD drive, or Blu-ray drive
•¿¿ Speed up your computer by adding memory or upgrading its processor
•¿¿ Troubleshoot and fix network and Internet connection problems
•¿¿ And much more…
Paul McFedries is a full-time technical writer and passionate computer tinkerer. He has authored more than 80 computer books that have sold more than 4 million copies. His recent titles include My Office 2013 RT, Windows 8 In Depth, Microsoft Windows 7 Unleashed, Microsoft Home Server 2011 Unleashed, and Tweak It and Freak It: A Killer Guide to Making Windows Run Your Way. He is also proprietor of Word Spy (www.wordspy.com), a website that tracks new words and phrases as they enter the English language.
Whether you use your PC for work or play, there's a lot to learn and a lot of territory to discover, so take along a good guide. Serving up nine meaty minibooks, this All-in-One guide covers essential PC topics from soup through nuts, including the latest on PC hardware, Windows 8, the Internet, all the tools in Office 2013, digital media, troubleshooting and maintenance, upgrading your PC, home networking, and PC gaming. You'll get to know your PC inside and out and find yourself turning to this terrific resource again and again.
This new edition features expanded coverage of home networking and desktop gaming, cool hardware for hardcore gamers, exciting new Windows 8 features, and much more.Nine minibooks provide a comprehensive PC overview and include PC Hardware; Windows 8; The Internet; Troubleshooting and Maintenance; Office 2013; Music, Movies, and Photos; Upgrading and Supercharging; Home Networking; and Gaming Explores step-by-step procedures for using the new Windows 8 operating system Delves into the techy nitty-gritty on things like processor speeds, hard drive capacities, and upgrading Reviews ways to protect your PC from viruses, offers troubleshooting tips, and discusses how to supercharge your PC's performance
PCs All-in-One For Dummies, 6th Edition covers everything you need to know to get the most out of your PC.
CompTIA A+ Certification Boxed Set, Second Edition is your complete program for self-study, offering a variety of tools to use in preparation for CompTIA A+ Exams 220-801 and 220-802. CompTIA A+ Certification Study Guide, Eighth Edition is an in-depth exam review covering 100% of the 2012 exam objectives. Test what you’ve learned with the 1000+ practice exam questions featured in CompTIA A+ Certification Practice Exams, Second Edition.
Move on to the bonus electronic content which features an hour of LearnKey’s multimedia CompTIA A+ training, MasterSim interactive environment labs, and a Quick Review Guide. This bonus electronic content is in addition to the first hour of LearnKey’s multimedia CompTIA A+ training, author-led video training, and eight practice exams that are included with the set’s component eBooks. This Boxed Set is CompTIA Approved Quality Content.
Complete coverage of Exams 220-801 and 220-802:
Operational procedures; Operating system fundamentals; Personal computer components—motherboards and processors; Personal computer components— storage, memory, and adapters; Power supplies, cooling systems, and peripherals; The custom PC; Installing and upgrading PC components; Installing and configuring laptops; Installing, configuring, and upgrading Windows; Disk and file management; Troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of PCs; Troubleshooting and preventive maintenance for laptops; Troubleshooting and preventive maintenance for Windows; Network basics; Installing a small office/home office (SOHO) network; Troubleshooting networks; Computer security fundamentals; Implementing and troubleshooting security; Configuring networking for Windows clients; Windows client virtualization; Supporting mobile devices; Using and supporting printers
Are you new to the world of laptops? You've come to the right place! Laptops For Dummies covers the many topics and issues unique to laptops, including synchronizing with the desktop, coordinating email pick-up between two machines, remotely accessing the desktop, networking, power management, storage, security, and more. This new edition also provides updates to cover the latest technology, current processors, and steps to update memory and hard drive capacities.
In business—while they spend most of their time in a desktop docking station—laptops are absolutely essential for providing mobility to professionals. In the home, they've begun to replace desktop PCs, as they now offer larger displays, longer battery power, and speeds equal to desktop computers. Plus, you can do just about everything with a laptop that you can do with a traditional desktop, minus the big, bulky machine and multiple cords. If you're just making the switch over to a laptop, this hands-on, easy-to-follow guide makes the transition easy!Covers the latest hardware and technology updates you need to get up and running with your laptop Includes updates on the new Windows 10 operating system, wireless networking, smartphone tethering, and using productivity applications on laptops Walks you through everything you need to deal with add-ons, networking procedures, and connectivity and communication Presents complex material in a way that makes it simple and accessible
Whether you've never logged onto a laptop or are just looking to stay up-to-date with the latest information on operating systems and software, Laptops For Dummies has you covered.
A Beginner’s Guide to Building and Upgrading a PC
Build It. Fix It. Own It. is the ultimate beginner’s guide to building and fixing your own PC. With a friendly, knowledgeable tone, this book shows the beginning PC builder everything he or she needs to know to build a computer or upgrade an existing one.
We step you through the parts that lurk inside a PC, from the motherboard and power supply to the CPU, memory, hard drive, video card, sound card, and networking hardware. In each case, you will learn how the hardware works, what it does, what types of hardware are available, and what to look for when buying the hardware.
Then we walk you step-by-step though a series of PC building projects. We show you how to build five different types of PC: a basic business PC, a home theater PC, a high-performance PC, a killer gaming PC, and a budget PC. And if building a new PC from scratch isn’t in your budget, we show you how to resurrect an old PC by swapping out a few key components.
When you have your PC built and running, we show you how to set up a wireless network and the BIOS and maintain your new rig.
Build It. Fix It. Own It. is the ultimate PC builder’s guide, even if you’ve never ventured inside a PC case before!
Paul McFedries is one of the industry’s most well known and respected technical writers and is a passionate computer tinkerer. He is the author of more than 70 computer books that have sold more than three million copies worldwide. His recent titles include the Sams Publishing books Windows Vista Unleashed and Windows Home Server Unleashed and the Que Publishing books Networking with Microsoft Windows Vista, Formulas and Functions with Microsoft Excel 2007, Tricks of the Microsoft Office 2007 Gurus, and Microsoft Access 2007 Forms, Reports, and Queries. Paul also is the proprietor of Word Spy (www.wordspy.com), a website devoted to tracking new words and phrases as they enter the English language.
Covers PC Hardware
User Level Beginner—Intermediate
Written by veteran For Dummies author Dan Gookin, this straightforward guide shows you how to diagnose and solve the most common hardware and software problems your PC may encounter. In addition, he presents advice for preventing PC problems in the first placeand clearly explains how to create a safe and secure PC environment.Walks you through ways to diagnose the most common PC hardware, software, and operating system problems Offers clear and easy-to-understand solutions for confidently handling these problems Shares valuable advice about maintaining your system to maximize its lifespan Reviews an array of useful tools Covers Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Internet Explorer 8
Troubleshooting & Maintaining Your PC All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition helps you to confidently handle whatever PC problems you may encounter.
Master the geeky acronyms and simplify computer hardware & terminology.
Clear, concise and to the point…
Concepts of ICT: Getting Started, is
the essential guide to getting started with computer peripherals and hardware
components, providing a complete resource for both the beginner and the
This book covers
the basics of the computer itself, a look inside the case demystifying the complex looking engineering a look at the core components: hard drives, DVD drives, RAM memory, CPUs,
bits and bytes. USB, laser printers, inkjet printers and how they workdifferent types of peripherals, networks, types of computer from the humble desktop to super computers, computer networks, peer-to-peer, client server, wifi and cell networksinternet dsl and cable technologiesa look at the internet email and the world wide web. and more...
This book is intended for students, scientists, and hobbyists who wish to connect their Raspberry Pi to other devices on a local area network or to the Internet of Things. Whether you are new to the Raspberry Pi, or already have a lot of experience with it, the recipes in this book will be a valuable reference to you and inspire your next project. You will want to have this book handy as a guide whenever you are working on networking projects for the Raspberry Pi.What You Will LearnInstall, update, and upgrade your Raspberry PIConfigure a firewall to protect your Raspberry Pi and other devices on your local area networkSet up file sharing, remote access, a web server, and your own wikiCreate a wireless access point and use it as an Internet gatewayStream video, audio, and local device data to IoT services as well as your own websitesControl devices connected to the Raspberry Pi from your phone via the webCreate a giant video wall using multiple monitors and Raspberry PisIn Detail
With increasing interest in Maker Projects and the Internet of Things (IoT), students, scientists, and hobbyists are using the Raspberry Pi as a reliable, inexpensive platform to connect local devices to Internet services.
This book begins with recipes that are essential to installing the Raspberry Pi and configuring it for network access. Then it continues with recipes on installing common networking services such as firewalls and file sharing.
The final chapters include recipes for network monitoring, streaming data from the Raspberry Pi to IoT services, and using clusters of Raspberry Pis to store and analyze large volumes of data.Style and approach
This book contains a collection of practical, engaging recipes that will guide you through enhancing your Raspberry Pi's existing network.
wrote this book because I don’t want that important pieces of history
regarding computer hardware, games and, in a smaller amount the 80’s
operating systems to be forgotten and lost. I want everyone to
appreciate the hardware and software industry and especially the people
behind them as they worked many days and nights to deliver us fast and
advanced computers and entertaining and complex games.
This handy guide is made up of eight convenient minibooks, so you can find what you need in a hurry. And in case you think you’ve seen it before, this fourth edition is fully updated for all the newest, coolest stuff. Want a guided tour of the Vista operating system and how it differs from XP? Check out minibook #2. Have you heard about Microsoft Works but aren’t sure what it’s about? Find out in Book #4. Planning to network all the computers in your home? Minibook #8 is just what you need. The entire repertoire includesPC Hardware Windows Vista The Internet Microsoft Works Office 2007 Fun With Movies, Music, and Photos Upgrading and Supercharging Home Networking
For all the things you probably do with your PC — browsing the Internet, e-mail, word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, organizing and sharing digital photos and video, downloading music — you’ll find you can get right to the point and discover what you want to know, quickly and easily. You’ll want to keep PCs All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, 4th Edition handy, say on your desk, maybe?
Are you on a budget but you want to buy your dream pc but its to expensive. Now is your chance to build your very own custom PC for personal, business, or entertainment use. This is the perfect guide to help you finally set up the perfect PC with out the hassle or the demands of being a computer wiz kid. We have a very easy step by step chapter by chapter guide that will turn you into a PC building genie.
Chapter 1- Choosing the parts
Chapter 2- Building the physical computer
Chapter 3- Preparation
Chapter 4- Inner Construction
Chapter 5- Choosing and installing the computer's software
Chapter 6- Security
Chapter 7- Optimizing and Overclocking
With this easy step guide its impossible not to make the custom pc you always wanted. Try it now!
Inspired by author David Karp's Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks, this all-new tome pulls together tips, tricks, insider workarounds, and fixes for PC novices and pros, in a handy, accessible Q&A format that lets you find the solutions in a flash. Fixing Windows XP Annoyances will not only increase your productivity but lower your blood pressure. Karp's new book covers:Setup and Hardware-Update Windows, reinstall Windows safely, speed up start up, resolve driver-hardware conflicts, and more.Windows Interface-Navigate quickly, fix screen resolution problems, customize the desktop, and switch applications more quickly.Windows Explorer-Force XP's file & folder management application to remember your view settings, save your default application choices, and get XP's Search tool to behave.Multimedia-Having a problem playing a video or burning a CD? Want to do more with your digital photo collection? We have the answers.Web and Email-Get a handle on spyware, spam and pop-ups; protect your privacy online; learn how to improve your online experience.Wireless and Home Networking-Connect all your PCs; share Internet connections; share files and drives securely; make your wireless network purr; share network printers; and more.
If you're having a problem, just look through the Table of Contents for the annoyance that most closely matches your problem, or feel free to start thumbing through the pages. You'll likely find a fix to a problem you didn't even know could be solved.
Transform your PC into a glitch-free, turbocharged, multimedia machine
Want to add punch to your PC? This handy reference helps add power to your old computer. Easy steps show you how to add memory, update your virus protection, get your PC ready for Windows Vista or rev it up as a cool entertainment center capable of recording TV shows or hearing DVDs in surround sound.Move files from an old PC to a new one Upgrade to Windows Vista Get rid of computer viruses Configure a wireless network Add a TV tuner and DVD burner
* Includes a solid introduction to the simulation of equilibrium processes and the simulation of complex kinetic processes.
* Provides examples of routines that are easily adapted to the processes investigated by the reader
* 'Model-based' analysis (linear and non-linear regression) and 'model-free' analysis are covered
Learning Management System Technologies and Software Solutions for Online Teaching: Tools and Applications focuses on the interaction between learning management systems and relevant teaching methodologies to bring attention to developments in distance learning technologies and programs. This book covers commercial and open-source LMSs as well as technologies used for synchronous and asynchronous course delivery, offering a comprehensive discussion of factors influencing the transition from one LMS to another. Discussing topics such as virtual labs, electronic portfolios, and technological solutions related to the problems of plagiarism, student tracking, assessment, and security of e-learning environment, this book proves to be a comprehensive guide on the available technological solutions in the area of online education.
Mike Meyers, the leading authority on CompTIA A+ training and certification, has helped hundreds of thousands of people master the skills covered on the CompTIA A+ Essentials exam--and now he can help you, too. Completely updated for the new CompTIA A+ standards, Mike Meyers' CompTIA A+® Guide: Essentials will help you pass CompTIA A+ exam 220-601 and become an expert hardware technician. Inside, you'll find helpful on-the-job tips, end-of-chapter practice questions, and hundreds of photographs and illustrations.
Covers all CompTIA A+ Essentials Exam Topics, Including:CPUs and RAM CMOS and BIOS settings Expansion bus Motherboards Power supplies Hard drives Removable media Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP Input/output ports Video cards Portable PCs, PDAs, and wireless technologies Printers Networks Security
The CD-ROM Features:Two full practice exams covering the CompTIA A+ Essentials exam One hour of LearnKey video training featuring Mike Meyers teaching key CompTIA A+ topics Electronic copy of the book Complete exam objective map List of official CompTIA A+ acronyms Useful tools and utilities for PC technicians
Each Chapter Includes:Learning objectives Photographs and illustrations Real-world examples Try This! and Cross Check exercises Tech tips, notes, and warnings End-of-chapter quizzes and lab projects
Netbooks: The Missing Manual provides easy-to-follow instructions and lots of advice to help you:
Learn the basics for using a Windows- or Linux-based netbookConnect speakers, printers, keyboards, external hard drives, and other hardwareGet online using a wireless network, a public network, broadband cards, or dial-upWrite email, browse the Web, transfer bookmarks, and add tools to your web browserUse business tools like Google Docs and Office for NetbooksCollaborate with others online via instant messagingEdit and share photos, play games, listen to music, and watch TV and movies online
You'll also learn about web-based backup and storage, staying secure online -- especially when using wireless networks -- and tips for troubleshooting. Netbooks point to the future of computing, and Netbooks: The Missing Manual will show you how to get there.
–Chris Angelini, Managing Editor, Tom’s Hardware
For 20 years, Upgrading and Repairing PCs has been the world’s #1 guide to PC hardware: the single source for reliable information on troubleshooting and fixing problems, adding hardware, optimizing performance, and building new PCs. Now, better than ever, this 20th Edition offers beefed-up coverage of the newest hardware innovations and maintenance techniques, plus more than 90 minutes of new DVD video.
Scott Mueller delivers practical answers about PC processors, motherboards, buses, BIOSes, memory, storage, video, audio, I/O, input devices, networks, Internet connectivity, power, and much more. You’ll find the industry’s best coverage of diagnostics, testing, and repair–plus cutting-edge discussions of improving performance via overclocking and other techniques.
Mueller has taught thousands of professionals in person and millions more through his books and videos–nobody knows more about keeping PCs running perfectly. Whether you’re a professional technician, a small business owner trying to save money, or a home PC enthusiast, this is the only PC hardware book you need!
NEW IN THIS EDITIONThe newest processors, including Intel’s 2nd generation Core i3, i5, i7 plus the Atom, and AMD’s new VISION series CPUs 3TB (and larger) disks, 4K sectoring, partition alignment, faster SATA disk interfaces, and SSD (Solid State Drive) hard drive replacements New firmware innovations, from full UEFI BIOS support to built-in motherboard flash BIOS upgrade utilities Integrated video and audio, including 5.1/7.1 surround sound, HDMI, and DisplayPort connections Updated PCI Express and Power Supply specifications for powering high-end video cards Emerging interfaces such as USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Updated coverage of building PCs from scratch–from choosing and assembling hardware through BIOS setup and troubleshooting
ON THE DVD
Get more than 90 minutes of up-to-the minute, studio quality how-to videos–all playable on your DVD player or computer! In this edition, Scott Mueller offers true insider information about several of the key components in a PC, including hard disk drives, power supplies, motherboards, and more.
You will see hard drives completely dissected–even see an open hard drive in operation–so you can observe exactly what happens under the covers. One of the most common causes of failure in modern motherboards, power supplies, and many other PC components are bad capacitors–otherwise known as the capacitor plague. Mueller will show several real-world examples of this “disease,” so you can easily identify and perhaps even repair the problem. Finally, because external hard drives are now commonly used for supplementary storage and backups, you’ll find a complete discussion of several alternatives on the market. This includes tips and tricks for building or assembling your own flexible, high performance and highly reliable external storage drives, with several examples shown. This DVD also contains the complete 19th edition of this book in printable form, plus extensive technical reference material, a comprehensive glossary, and more!
Windows 7 fixes many of Vista's most painful shortcomings. It's speedier, has fewer intrusive and nagging screens, and is more compatible with peripherals. Plus, Windows 7 introduces a slew of new features, including better organization tools, easier WiFi connections and home networking setup, and even touchscreen computing for those lucky enough to own the latest hardware.
With this book, you'll learn how to:
Navigate the desktop, including the fast and powerful search functionTake advantage of Window's apps and gadgets, and tap into 40 free programsBreeze the Web with Internet Explorer 8, and learn the email, chat, and videoconferencing programsRecord TV and radio, display photos, play music, and record any of these to DVD using the Media CenterUse your printer, fax, laptop, tablet PC, or smartphone with Windows 7Beef up your system and back up your filesCollaborate and share documents and other files by setting up a workgroup network
For easy reading, a comprehensive list of hundreds of topics each with a graphic image and explanatory text act as a useful exam revision reminder or reference tool for professionals.
The accompanying software which brings all these images to life can be downloaded at no extra charge thereby providing an additional computer based interactive learning resource as an easy and enjoyable way to study.
A combined eBook and educational site licence software package at a tiny fraction of the previously published price.
Unlock accompanying software with your eBook receipt!
Get a move on and learn to roam free with this mini guide to choosing and using a laptop. Packed with useful advice on picking a laptop, setting it up, managing power and peripherals, going online, and hitting the road, you’ll learn to love your laptop with help from For Dummies. Whether this is your first laptop or a recent upgrade, you’ll get the advice you need from laptop to lap-bottom here.
Open the book and find:Tips for buying the right laptop for you A tour of your laptop and its features Explanations of common laptop terms Maintenance and troubleshooting tips How to connect to a wireless network
Whether you want to prepare your computer for Windows 7, avoid investing in a new one, or just "go green", this fully illustrated guide has what you need. You'll learn how to add printers and new keyboards, boost your PC's performance and increase memory, improve power consumption, rev up your multimedia capacity, and much more. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by photos that show you exactly what you should see at every stage.Learn to perform basic upgrades and prepare your PC for high-speed Internet connections, network connections, and added security, all with fully illustrated instructions Find out how to expand memory, enhance speed, and update your computer's power supply Prepare an old computer for Windows 7 and beef up your capacity for multimedia
Upgrading & Fixing Computers Do-It-Yourself For Dummies is a show-and-tell course in making your PC happy, healthy, and green.
Not only is building your own PC a really rewarding project, it can also save you a nice chunk of cash. This step-by-step guide helps you decide what you need, teaches you what all those computer terms mean, and tells you exactly how to put the pieces together. It shows you:What tools you need (not as many as you might think!) All about operating systems How to install CD and DVD drives The scoop on sound and video, and how to put a sound system together from start to finish How to connect a monitor and install a modem All about setting up and configuring the hard drive Secrets for securing your system, and more
Included is a bonus DVD showing you how to install the motherboard, CPU, RAM, ports, hard drive, video and sound cards, a DVD drive, and more. With Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies, you can have the computer you want plus the satisfaction of doing it yourself!
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
Find out how to care for your laptop, what can go wrong, and what you can fix
A laptop is much more than a PC that shrank. It has unique needs, and this book shows you how to meet them. You'll discover how to diagnose and fix common problems, replace parts, add external upgrades, and develop workarounds. You'll even get the lowdown on networks, and find out when to repair and when to replace your laptop.
Discover how to
* Treat your laptop properly
* Identify common problems
* Know when repair may not make economic sense
* Install a new operating system
* Troubleshoot CD and DVD drives
* Add cool peripherals
But when users first encounter this beautiful new operating system, there's gonna be a whole lotta head-scratchin', starting with trying to figure out which of the five versions of Vista is installed on the PC (Home, Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate).
Thankfully, Windows Vista: The Missing Manual offers coverage of all five versions. Like its predecessors, this book from New York Times columnist, bestselling author, and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue illuminates its subject with technical insight, plenty of wit, and hardnosed objectivity for beginners, veteran standalone PC users, and those who know their way around a network. Readers will learn how to:
Navigate Vista's elegant new desktopLocate anything on your hard drive quickly with the fast, powerful, and fully integrated search functionUse the Media Center to record TV and radio, present photos, play music, and record any of the above to DVDChat, videoconference, and surf the Web with the vastly improved Internet Explorer 7 tabbed browserBuild a network for file sharing, set up workgroups, and connect from the roadProtect your PC and network with Vista's beefed up securityAnd much more.
This jargon-free guide explains Vista's features clearly and thoroughly, revealing which work well and which don't. It's the book that should have been in the box!
This huge book is divided into four parts and contains a 47 chapters covering topics from setting up the Raspberry Pi, installing the operating systems, hardware, learning the desktop environment, learning the command line interface, media centre, GPIO, PiFace and learning to program using Python and PyGame.
You will also learn system administration including the MySql database, Apache web server and Wordpress. Later chapters will guide you through creating a game using Python and PyGame which includes character movement, sound effects, background images and music. You will also learn how to install and use the Geany IDE and Eclipse which will aid you when programming.
You will learn how to use Spotify with the Raspberry Pi and as a bonus you will learn how to stream music from your iPhone, Android phone or laptop using your Raspberry Pi. You will also learn how to install multiple operating systems on a single SD card. This book also contains many images, diagrams and illustrations to reinforce many of the concepts and ideas.
Music Apps for Musicians and Music Teachers lists hundreds of music-related apps organized by category, including singing, musical instruments, music theory and composition, songwriting, improvisation, recording, evaluating music performances, listening to music, music history and literature, music appreciation, and more. App developers are listed with each app, including links to their websites for updates and support. The book sections and chapters align with the newly revised National Standards for Music Education released in 2014 by the National Association for Music Education. Suggested activities for educators are provided, as well as key terms and a bibliography.
Music Apps for Musicians and Music Teachers is for anyone interested in music, whether hobbyist or professional. It enhances the ability to learn on the go by offering musicians, music students, and music instructors a list of the most useful music apps available.
*A game designer at the University of Southern California leading a team to design a video-game version of Thoreau's Walden Pond.
*A young neuroscientist and game designer whose research on "Math Without Words" is revolutionizing how the subject is
taught, especially to students with limited English abilities.
*A Virginia Tech music instructor who is leading a group of high school-aged boys through the creation of an original opera staged
totally in the online game Minecraft.
Experts argue that games do truly "believe in you." They focus, inspire and reassure people in ways that many teachers can't. Games give people a chance to learn at their own pace, take risks, cultivate deeper understanding, fail and want to try again—right away—and ultimately, succeed in ways that too often elude them in school. This book is sure to excite and inspire educators and parents, as well as provoke some passionate debate.
If you are an intermediate-level game developer who wants to create an RPG video game but found the creation process overwhelming, either by lack of tutorials or by getting lost in a sea of game-related technologies, engines, or frameworks, then this book is for you. This book assumes familiarity with Java and some basic knowledge of LibGDX.What You Will LearnDevelop characters with stat attributes, player movement, animation, physics, and collision detectionCreate interactive NPC characters with speech windows and build immersion via dialog treesBuild inventory management system UIs with drag and drop items to sell, buy, and equipDesign a quest system to expand out the content of your gameForm interesting enemies with battle mechanics and spawn pointsDevise scripted cutscenes to add an element of story and dramaDevelop save and load game profilesCreate special effects to give the game extra “juiciness” and polish, and help build the atmosphereIn Detail
LibGDX is a Java-based framework developed with a heavy emphasis on performance, and includes cross-platform support out of the box (Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, and HTML5) as well as providing all the low-level functionality so that you can focus on developing your game and not battling with the platform. LibGDX also has an engaged and responsive community, active maintenance, and is available for free without a prohibitive license.
Starting from the beginning, this book will take you through the entire development process of creating an RPG video game using LibGDX.
First, this book will introduce you to the features specific to RPG games, as well as an overview of game architecture. Then, you will create map locations, develop character movement, add animation, integrate collision detection, and develop a portal system. Next, you will learn and develop a HUD and other UI components, as well as an inventory management system. You will then develop NPC interactions including dialog trees, shopkeepers, and quest givers. After this, you will design and create battle features for fighting enemies, as well as event triggers for world events. Finally, you will add the final polish with sound, music, and lighting effects.
By the end of this book, you will have learned and applied core components from the LibGDX framework, as well as have a finished game to use as a springboard for customization and story development for your own commercial video game.Style and approach
This book walks you through the concepts and implementation of developing a complete RPG game, unfolding chapter by chapter and building upon previous concepts. Each chapter can be used as an individual reference with diagrams to explain core concepts with concrete example code explained in detail.
The first edition of Programming Embedded Systems taught the subject to tens of thousands ofpeople around the world and is now considered the bible of embedded programming. This second edition has been updated to cover all the latest hardware designs and development methodologies.
The techniques and code examples presented here are directly applicable to real-world embedded software projects of all sorts. Examples use the free GNU software programming tools, the eCos and Linux operating systems, and a low-cost hardware platform specially developed for this book. If you obtain these tools along withProgramming Embedded Systems, Second Edition, you'll have a full environment for exploring embedded systems in depth. But even if you work with different hardware and software, the principles covered in this bookapply.
Whether you are new to embedded systems or have done embedded work before, you'll benefit from the topics in this book, which include:How building and loading programs differ from desktop or servercomputersBasic debugging techniques--a critical skill when working withminimally endowed embedded systemsHandling different types of memoryInterrupts, and the monitoring and control of on-chip and externalperipheralsDetermining whether you have real-time requirements, and whetheryour operating system and application can meet those requirementsTask synchronization with real-time operating systems and embeddedLinuxOptimizing embedded software for size, speed, and power consumptionWorking examples for eCos and embedded Linux
So whether you're writing your first embedded program, designing thelatest generation of hand-held whatchamacalits, or managing the peoplewho do, this book is for you. Programming EmbeddedSystems will help you develop the knowledge and skills youneed to achieve proficiency with embedded software.
Praise for the first edition:"This lively and readable book is the perfect introduction for those venturing into embedded systems software development for the first time. It provides in one place all the important topics necessary to orient programmers to the embedded development process.
--Lindsey Vereen, Editor-in-Chief, Embedded Systems Programming
Learning to use a Mac is not a piece of cake, but once you do, the rewards are oh-so-much better. No viruses, worms, or spyware. No questionable firewalls, inefficient permissions, or other strange features. Just a beautiful machine with a thoroughly reliable system. Whether you're using Windows XP or Vista, we've got you covered.
If you're ready to take on Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the latest edition of this bestselling guide tells you everything you need to know:
Transferring your stuff -- Moving photos, MP3s, and Microsoft Office documents is the easy part. This book gets you through the tricky things: extracting your email, address book, calendar, Web bookmarks, buddy list, desktop pictures, and MP3 files.
Re-creating your software suite -- Big-name programs (Word, Photoshop, Firefox, Dreamweaver, and so on) are available in both Mac and Windows versions, but hundreds of other programs are available only for Windows. This guide identifies the Mac equivalents and explains how to move your data to them.
Learning Snow Leopard -- Once you've moved into the Mac, a final task awaits: Learning your way around. Fortunately, you're in good hands with the author of Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, the #1 bestselling guide to the Macintosh.
Moving from Windows to a Mac successfully and painlessly is the one thing Apple does not deliver. Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Snow Leopard Edition is your ticket to a new computing experience.
This jargon-free book explains Windows 8 features so clearly—revealing which work well and which don’t—that it should have been in the box in the first place.
--Hans Camenzind, inventor of the 555 timer (the world's most successful integrated circuit), and author of Much Ado About Almost Nothing: Man's Encounter with the Electron (Booklocker.com)
"A fabulous book: well written, well paced, fun, and informative. I also love the sense of humor. It's very good at disarming the fear. And it's gorgeous. I'll be recommending this book highly."
--Tom Igoe, author of Physical Computing and Making Things Talk
Want to learn the fundamentals of electronics in a fun, hands-on way? With Make: Electronics, you'll start working on real projects as soon as you crack open the book. Explore all of the key components and essential principles through a series of fascinating experiments. You'll build the circuits first, then learn the theory behind them!
Build working devices, from simple to complex You'll start with the basics and then move on to more complicated projects. Go from switching circuits to integrated circuits, and from simple alarms to programmable microcontrollers. Step-by-step instructions and more than 500 full-color photographs and illustrations will help you use -- and understand -- electronics concepts and techniques.Discover by breaking things: experiment with components and learn from failure Set up a tricked-out project space: make a work area at home, equipped with the tools and parts you'll need Learn about key electronic components and their functions within a circuit Create an intrusion alarm, holiday lights, wearable electronic jewelry, audio processors, a reflex tester, and a combination lock Build an autonomous robot cart that can sense its environment and avoid obstacles Get clear, easy-to-understand explanations of what you're doing and why
* Focuses on the most often used features of Mathematica for the beginning Mathematica user
* New applications from a variety of fields, including engineering, biology, and physics
* All applications were completed using recent versions of Mathematica
Microsoft has learned from the mistakes of Windows Vista, and Windows 7 shows it-this new OS is much faster and more stable. With Windows 7: Up and Running, you'll learn what's new and what's changed from XP and Vista, and get advice on ways to use this system for work, entertainment, instant communication, and more. Windows 7 is poised to be a big hit, and with this handy guide, you can be up and running -- and productive -- with it right away.
Master the user interface, including the taskbar, jump lists, desktop gadgets, Aero Shake, and notification areaDiscover the joys of networking with HomeGroup file sharing and improved Wi-FiTour the system's improved security, including the Action Center, User Account Control, and Credential ManagerLearn how to use Windows Live Essentials for messaging, photo sharing, moviemaking, emailing, and bloggingGet to know built-in applications such as Internet Explorer 8, Windows Media Player 12, Microsoft Paint, and WordPadLearn about optional Microsoft software to enhance your Windows 7 experience
Completely updated to cover the latest technology and software, the 13th edition of PCs For Dummies tackles using a computer in friendly, human terms. Focusing on the needs of the beginning computer user, while also targeting those who are familiar with PCs, but need to get up to speed on the latest version of Windows. This hands-on guide takes the dread out of working with a personal computer.
Leaving painful jargon and confusing terminology behind, it covers Windows 10 OS, connecting to and using services and data in the cloud, and so much more. Written by Dan Gookin, the original For Dummies author, it tells you how to make a PC purchase, what to look for in a new PC, how to work with the latest operating system, ways to protect your files, what you can do online, media management tips, and even basic topics you're probably too shy to ask a friend about.Determine what you need in a PC and how to set it up Configure your PC, hook up a printer, and connect to the Internet Find your way around Windows 10 OS with ease and confidence Play movies and music, view photos, and explore social media
If you're a first-time PC user at home or at work or just need to brush up on the latest technological advancements, the new edition of this bestselling guide gets you up and running fast.
Yes, even if you’re not a total geek you can build your own PC -- and we guarantee it’s worth the effort. You’ll discover that the quality is better and the cost is much lower than any comparable off-the-shelf PC you can buy. Design the custom computer you want, and have fun doing it.Get high-quality PC hardware from local stores and online vendorsPlan your computer project with a complete checklistCreate the ideal PC that will run Windows 7 or LinuxTake advantage of the latest multi-core CPUsAssemble, test, and configure your PC with easeBuild a PC that meets your needs and fits your budget
Written by hardware experts, this book delivers complete instructions for building your own dream machine with high-quality components, whether it’s a PC for general use, extreme gaming, a media center, or home server. Straightforward language, clear directions, and easy-to-follow illustrations make this guide a breeze for computer builders of any skill level, even those with no experience.
Building the Perfect PC presents six in-depth custom PC projects:Mainstream PC -- Fast, flexible, quiet, and reliable at a reasonable priceExtreme System -- A wicked fast PC for video editing, gaming, and moreMedia Center -- One PC to replace your TiVo, game console, DVD, and CD playerHome Server -- Ideal home network hub to store, share, and secure dataAppliance PC -- A tiny, quiet, inexpensive PC you can put anywhereBudget System -- Reliable and highly functional at a low, low price
Clockwork Game Design is the most functional and directly applicable theory for game design. It details the clockwork game design pattern, which focuses on building around fundamental functionality. You can then use this understanding to prescribe a system for building and refining your rulesets. A game can achieve clarity of purpose by starting with a strong core, then removing elements that conflict with that core while adding elements that support it.
Filled with examples and exercises detailing how to put the clockwork game design pattern into use, this book is a must-have manual for designing games.
A hands-on, practical book that outlines a very specific approach to designing games
Develop the mechanics that make your game great, and limit or remove factors that disrupt the core concept
Practice designing games through the featured exercises and illustrations
From processors and motherboards, memory to storage, video to power, and networking to Internet connectivity, it’s all here: technical details, practical insights, and step-by-step solutions to difficult problems. Updates include new CPUs like the Intel Core i Series and AMD’s Phenom family...solid state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives...motherboard form factors, chipsets, power supplies, DDR3 memory, Windows 7 readiness, and a whole lot more!
Your guide, Scott Mueller, has taught thousands in his legendary personal seminars and millions more through his books and videos. Nobody knows more about choosing, installing, troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining PC hardware. Whether you’re a professional technician, a small business owner who doesn’t want to pay for service calls, or a home PC enthusiast, this is the one book you need!
NEW IN THIS EDITIONIntel’s and AMD’s hottest new processors, including the Intel Core i Series and AMD Phenom family The latest PC system designs and form factors, including the new mini-ITX and DTX motherboard form factors State-of-the-art graphics cards, GPUs, and chipsets from NVIDIA and ATI/AMD Terabyte-class hard disks, solid state drives, and other data storage innovations Revamped coverage of building PCs from scratch—from selecting and assembling hardware to BIOS Setup and troubleshooting
Whether you've just been attacked by Space Invaders for the first time or you've been a Pong junkie since puberty, Chris Kohler's Retro Gaming Hacks is the indispensable new guide to playing and hacking classic games. Kohler has complied tons of how-to information on retro gaming that used to take days or weeks of web surfing to track down and sort through, and he presents it in the popular and highly readable Hacks style.
Retro Gaming Hacks serves up 85 hard-nosed hacks for reviving the classic games. Want to game on an original system? Kohler shows you how to hack ancient hardware, and includes a primer for home-brewing classic software. Rather adapt today's equipment to run retro games? Kohler provides emulation techniques, complete with instructions for hacking a classic joystick that's compatible with a contemporary computer. This book also teaches readers to revive old machines for the original gaming experience: hook up an Apple II or a Commodore 64, for example, and play it like you played before.
A video game journalist and author of Power Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life, Kohler has taught the history of video games at Tufts University. In Retro Gaming Hacks, he locates the convergence of classic games and contemporary software, revealing not only how to retrofit classic games for today's systems, but how to find the golden oldies hidden in contemporary programs as well.
Whether you're looking to recreate the magic of a Robotron marathon or simply crave a little handheld Donkey Kong, Retro Gaming Hacks shows you how to set the way-back dial.
Planning to buy a new computer? McFedries’ easy, up-to-date Buyer’s Guide will help you choose the right equipment at the right price. Already have your new computer? You’ll find dozens of simple tips, tricks, and shortcuts for every aspect of living with it. Step by step, McFedries shows you how to easily organize and manage all your digital photos, music, and movies. You’ll learn great new ways to work, learn, and play online… how to safely use Facebook and other social networks… and how to keep your computer secure and private. McFedries even teaches simple PC troubleshooting skills that could someday save you hundreds of dollars in repair costs! Why should kids have all the fun?
Paul McFedries, president of Logophilia Limited, is a technical writer, passionate computer tinkerer, and Windows expert. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 computer books, selling more than 4 million copies worldwide. His most recent books include Using iPhone, Using the Microsoft Office Web Apps, My Office 2013 RT, and Windows 8 In Depth. He also runs wordspy.com, a website that tracks new words and phrases entering the English language.
Yes, even if you’re not a total geek you can build your own PC -- and we guarantee it’s worth the effort. You’ll discover that the quality is better and the cost is much lower than any comparable off-the-shelf PC you can buy. Design the custom computer you want, and have fun doing it.Get high-quality PC hardware from local stores and online vendors Plan your computer project with a complete checklist Create the ideal PC that will run Windows 7 or Linux Take advantage of the latest multi-core CPUs Assemble, test, and configure your PC with ease Build a PC that meets your needs and fits your budget
Written by hardware experts, this book delivers complete instructions for building your own dream machine with high-quality components, whether it’s a PC for general use, extreme gaming, a media center, or home server. Straightforward language, clear directions, and easy-to-follow illustrations make this guide a breeze for computer builders of any skill level, even those with no experience.
Building the Perfect PC presents six in-depth custom PC projects:Mainstream PC -- Fast, flexible, quiet, and reliable at a reasonable price Extreme System -- A wicked fast PC for video editing, gaming, and more Media Center -- One PC to replace your TiVo, game console, DVD, and CD player Home Server -- Ideal home network hub to store, share, and secure data Appliance PC -- A tiny, quiet, inexpensive PC you can put anywhere Budget System -- Reliable and highly functional at a low, low price
What better way to make friends with your new PC than with this new edition of the bestselling PC book in the world? PCs For Dummies, Windows 7 Edition explains the latest Windows operating system in a refreshingly jargon-free way that's loaded with good humor and great help.
Discover how to make your PC safe for your kids, get in touch with your digital life, use flash drives, learn about green computing, and much more.Dan Gookin, author of the original DOS For Dummies, helped launch the worldwide popularity of the series; his books have been translated in 32 languages and have more than 12 million copies in print This guide gets you up to speed on the latest PC hardware and software and covers all the innovations and changes in Windows 7, all without the boring jargon Covers making your PC safe for kids, organizing your digital life, green computing, storage on memory cards and flash drives, online photo sharing, and much more
Make your life easier the Dummies way with PCs For Dummies, Windows 7 Edition.
Help when you run into Chromebook problems or limitations
Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your Chromebook
Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through doing exactly what you want with Google Apps. Learn how to:
Browse and search the Web with Google Chrome Manage your content wherever it’s stored: on your Chromebook, an external drive, or in The Cloud Find great new apps and extensions for business, education, and fun Strengthen privacy with Incognito Mode and Google’s privacy settings Watch TV, movies, and other video with Netflix, Hulu, or YouTube Listen to music you’ve downloaded or streamed from Spotify or Pandora Print with Google Cloud Print, even if your printer wasn’t designed for it Fix photos in The Cloud with Adobe Photoshop Express Send, receive, read, and manage email through Google Gmail Create, import, edit, and format documents with Google Docs Build and share powerful spreadsheets with Google Sheets Prepare and deliver live presentations with Google Slides Optimize Chromebook performance and battery life Troubleshoot and recover from problems