Buying A Computer for Dummies 2006 Edition

From the Back Cover
Flat display? Satellite modem? What do YOU need?
Decide what you want your computer to do, and then pick the parts that get you there

If your top priority is cool multimedia, you have different computer needs from your pal who can’t wait to play games online. Follow Dan’s proven system, and you’ll come out with the right stuff, buy it from a reliable source that offers the support you need, put it all together, and become PC-savvy without the headaches!

Discover how to

Determine what software you need
Choose the hardware that runs it best
Shop for service and support
Pick the peripherals for what you want to do
Decide between laptops and desktops

About the Author
Dan Gookin has been writing about technology for 20 years. He has contributed
articles to numerous high-tech magazines and written more than
100 books about personal computing technology, many of them accurate.
He combines his love of writing with his interest in technology to create books
that are informative and entertaining, but not boring. Having sold more than
14 million titles translated into more than 30 languages, Dan can attest that
his method of crafting computer tomes does seem to work.
Perhaps Dan’s 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 number-one best
seller (although, because it’s a reference book, it could not be listed on the
NYT best seller list). That book spawned the entire line of For Dummies
books, which remains a publishing phenomenon to this day.
Dan’s most recent titles include Laptops For Dummies; PCs For Dummies, 10th
Edition; Troubleshooting Your PC For Dummies, 2nd Edition; Power Excel &
Word; and eBay Photos That Sell. He also maintains the vast and helpful Web
site www.wambooli.com.
Dan holds a degree in communications and visual arts from the University of
California, San Diego. He lives in the Pacific Northwest, where he enjoys
spending time with his four boys in the gentle woods and on the temperate
blue lakes of Idaho.

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If the fact that PCs are everywhere still hasn’t made you feel warm and fuzzy when you use one, you’re not alone. They may be transforming how we all live, work, get our cars repaired, and balance checkbooks, but they’re not exactly intuitive. Now you can take charge of these useful but perplexing creatures, and turn them into the productive citizens you know they can be. What’s exactly is a motherboard? Is virtual memory real memory? Once you learn the fundamentals, it’s gets much less complicated. So jump right into this all new 10th Edition of the bestselling “PCs For Dummies”, and you’ll quickly start getting the basics in plain English. Far and away the most popular and bestselling reference for beginning PC users, this friendly guide will explain how to: understand how a computer works, including the basics of I/O, processing, software, and storage; unpack it, set it up, and plug in all the gizmos; kick around on the desktop and fire up the printer; open up the console and poke around the insides; mind your monitor, mouse, modem, memory, and more. And that’s just the first half. In his cheerful and irreverent style, bestselling author Dan Gookin builds on the basics and really revs things up. You’ll learn how to network computers, map drives, set up a firewall, and tackle the trendy stuff like wireless networking, playing games, burning CDs, and searching the Web. Along the way, you’ll quickly appreciate why there’s been nine previous bestselling editions of this book. It’s funny, fun, and practical! Keep “PCs for Dummies” on hand and you’ll learn: ten common beginner’s mistakes; ten tips from a PC guru; step by step instructions on managing information; up to date guidance on connecting to and using the Internet; updates on the latest in hardware and software; ten things worth buying for your PC. Beginners or seasoned users, show your PC who’s boss with “PCs for Dummies 10th Edition”. It’s the fun and easy way to get started!

If the fact that PCs are everywhere still hasn’t made you feel warm and fuzzy when you use one, you’re not alone. They may be transforming how we all live, work, get our cars repaired, and balance checkbooks, but they’re not exactly intuitive.
Now you can take charge of these useful but perplexing creatures, and turn them into the productive citizens you know they can be. What’s exactly is a motherboard? Is virtual memory real memory? Once you learn the fundamentals, it’s gets much less complicated. So jump right into this all–new 10th Edition of the bestselling PCs For Dummies, and you’ll quickly start getting the basics in plain English. Far and away the most popular and bestselling reference for beginning PC users, this friendly guide will explain how to:

Understand how a computer works, including the basics of I/O, processing, software, and storage
Unpack it, set it up, and plug in all the gizmos
Kick around on the desktop and fire up the printer
Open up the console and poke around the insides
Mind your monitor, mouse, modem, memory, and more
And that’s just the first half. In his cheerful and irreverent style, bestselling author Dan Gookin builds on the basics and really revs things up. You’ll learn how to network computers, map drives, set up a firewall, and tackle the trendy stuff like wireless networking, playing games, burning CDs, and searching the Web. Along the way, you’ll quickly appreciate why there’s been nine previous bestselling editions of this book. It’s funny, fun, and practical! Keep PCs for Dummies on hand and you’ll learn:

Ten common beginner’s mistakes
Ten tips from a PC guru
Step–by–step instructions on managing information
Up–to–date guidance on connecting to and using the Internet
Updates on the latest in hardware and software
Ten things worth buying for your PC
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CPU, Ghz, Mhz, DIMMS, RAM, ROM, AGP, ISA, PCI, USB, CRT, LCD, NIC, CCD, CIS, DP, Kbps. What do all of these acronyms mean?
Are you baffled by computer technology and technology? Intimidated by computer salespeople who grimace or grin when you say “gizmo?” Buying a Computer For Dummies 2005 Edition gives you the ABCs of buying a computer. You don’t have to be able to talk tech; you just have to know what you want and how to get it. This guide turns evaluating the mind-boggling options into a simple five-step process, complete with software and hardware worksheets to help you pick a computer just for you. You’ll discover how to:

Choose the right software for your needs
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Written by Dan Gookin, the author of DOS for Dummies, the bestseller that spawned the entire line of For Dummies books, plus many other For Dummies big sellers, Buying a Computer For Dummies is updated to incorporate the latest technologies. It covers processor upgrades, flat panel displays, new peripherals, laptops, tablet PCs, wireless systems, and more. You’ll find information on:

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It also arms you with important questions to ask a dealer and warning signs to look for in ads or sales pitches. Whether you are buying your very first computer, considering upgrading your current system, or replacing a system that’s outdated by today’s standards, this guide gets you past the jargon and into the wise buying mode. ASAP. PDQ.

Oh, and it also tells you what all of the acronyms at the top stand for!

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Floating-point values
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