PCs: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2005
Pages: 600

Your vacuum comes with one. Even your blender comes with one. But your PC--something that costs a whole lot more and is likely to be used daily and for tasks of far greater importance and complexity--doesn't come with a printed manual. Thankfully, that's not a problem any longer: PCs: The Missing Manual explains everything you need to know about PCs, both inside and out, and how to keep them running smoothly and working the way you want them to work.

A complete PC manual for both beginners and power users, PCs: The Missing Manual has something for everyone. PC novices will appreciate the unassuming, straightforward tutorials on PC basics, such as hooking up a monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer, and scanner. Families will enjoy sections on networking several computers to share an Internet connection, sharing one monitor between two PCs, connecting portable media players, and creating a home theater system. Adventurous PC users will like the clear photos explaining how to take your PC apart and replace or upgrade any failing parts; IT professionals will be grateful to have something to hand to their coworkers who need solid, trusted information about using their PC.

In PCs: The Missing Manual, bestselling computer author Andy Rathbone delivers simple, reliable advice on the kinds of things PC users confront every day. He shows you how to connect and configure today's must-have devices (including digital cameras, portable music players, digital camcorders, and keychain drives); burn CDs and DVDs; scan and fax documents, and more. His section on the Internet explains how to choose the best Internet Service Provider and web browser for your needs; send email; find information quickly on the Web; share photos online; set up a blog; set up a webcam; access TV and radio through the Internet; and shop safely online. And Rathbone delivers plenty of guidance on keep your privacy and your PC safe by installing firewalls, creating safe passwords, running antivirus software, removing spyware and adware, and backing up important files.

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PCs: The missing manual - Excellent read

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Comments about oreilly PCs: The Missing Manual:

This is an easy to read and greatly detailed manual for beginners, that fills in a lot of missing facts from Microsoft's not-so-helpful "Help and Support' files

There are many graphics and detailed pictures to support the explanations and directions given in the text as well as information on everything from reading/writing DVD's to using USB ports, installing programs to network setup and a Bluetooth devices how-to in Windows XP. There's even detailed explanations and helpful pictures on how to upgrade RAM (memory) and install or uninstall hardware in the pc itself.

This manual is not written in 'computerese' and is rather a more polite "computers for dummies' for those of us a little sensitive to that phraseology.

The table of contents at the front of the book enables the reader to quickly find the section he/she is looking for. There's also a very handy alphabetical index at the back of the book to make it much easier to quickly go to the page that has the information required.

Altogether, this 'Missing Manual' by Andy Rathbone is a very good buy and a must-have item for anyone wanting to learn more about their computer and how to service or maintain them without having to shop it out to expensive computer repair stores.

The information on common software applications is

also very helpful and I would recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to learn to be more self-sufficient in upgrading and maintaining it themselves.

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