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Download e-book for kindle: Absolute Beginner's Guide to Upgrading and Fixing Your PC by Michael Miller

By Michael Miller

ISBN-10: 0789730456

ISBN-13: 9780789730459

We have now the expertise. This booklet exhibits the right way to make it more desirable, quicker, higher than it was once before... For a few, purchasing a brand new notebook is out of the query, so we express tips on how to breathe lifestyles again into an older notebook. Does that computing device really want an improve or simply a bit solving? This ebook indicates the way to make that decision with no breaking the financial institution. Why pay to have a laptop tech practice uncomplicated improvements? With the aid of this booklet, readers can set up a brand new DVD-ROM force, reminiscence and new audio system!

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When the necessary files have been loaded, follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation. Note, however, that in most cases new hardware is detected automatically by Windows, thus eliminating the need for this somewhat more complicated procedure. Configuring System Settings Some devices you add to your PC in particular, memory and disk drives might need to be configured at the system level, before you ever get into Windows. As you learned back in Chapter 1, "Hardware Basics for the Absolute Beginner," these settings make up your system's BIOS, and are stored in a special battery-powered memory called CMOS (Complimentary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor) RAM.

When your computer accesses drive C, it reads into memory the contents of the disk's boot sector, which tells the system how to load the operating system. If you're running Windows XP, NT, or 2000, your system now loads the Windows operating system. If you're running an older version of Windows, however, your system doesn't load Windows just yet; instead, it loads a copy of the older DOS operating system. This is because all versions of Windows up to and including Windows 98 were based on DOS, and actually sat on top of the older operating system.

2. System Hardware Reports Report Description System Summary Lists the resources on your system, as well as which hardware is using each resource. Selected Class or Device Lists the resources and device drivers used by the device selected in the device list. All Devices and System Summary Lists all the hardware on your system, including a list of all resources used by the hardware. Use the All Devices and System Summary report to determine whether you have a potential conflict with new hardware that you are preparing to install in your computer.

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