The Compact Disc (CD), as a standardized information carrier, has become one of the most successful consumer products ever marketed. Although the original disc was intended for audio playback, its specific advantages opened very quickly the way towards various computer applications. The standardization of the Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (CD-ROM) and of all succeeding similar products, like Compact Disc interactive (CD-i), Photo and Video CD, CD Recordable (CD-R), and CD Rewritable (CD R/W), has substantially enlarged the range of possible applications. The plastic disc represented from the very beginning a removable medium of large storage capacity. The advent of the personal computer accompa nied by the increasing demand for both data distribution and exchange have strongly marked the evolution of the CD-ROM drive. The number of sold CD-ROM units exceeded 60 millions in 1997 when compared to about 2.5 millions in 1992. As computing power continuously improved over the years, computer pe ripherals have also targeted better performance specifications. In particular, the speed of CD-ROM drives increased from the so-called 1X in 1984 to dou ble speed in 1992, and further to 32X at the beginning of 1998. The average time needed to access data on disc has dropped from about 300 ms to less than 90 ms within the same period of time.
Describes the basic features of Fedora and offers instructions concerning its use, administration, network and server set-up, and its compatibility with new technology.
Bestselling author Andy Rathbone combines his knowledge of computers, music, MIDI, games, Windows and OS/2 as he explains what multimedia is and what it can do for you. Rathbone covers how to choose, install, and use CD-ROM drives; setting up a simple MIDI studio; how to make a movie on your PC; plus ten cheap ways to try out multimedia.
Written by an instructor expressly for the classroom, this guide has been thoroughly updated for today's technologies and is designed to prepare students to pass the 2003 A+ OS Technologies certification exam and master PC Repair.
This is the only book approved by the Electronic Technician's Association as an official study guide for the Computer Service Technician exam. In this latest edition, Bigelow addresses important Y2K troubleshooting information in preparation for the millennium as well as providing a mammoth reference guide and test manual for A+ candidates, PC techs, and computer hobbyists.
With advice from the experts, a user-friendly, hands-on approach and a 16-page, full-colour insert, this book helps users better understand their PC, realise its potential, foresee possible problems, and make the right decisions.
Take the mystery out of using your computer with this beginner's guide. Learn how you can use your PC, how it works, how to fine-tune it, what various PC-related products do, and how to install programs.
The "Lab Manual" is a workbook for students taking college and training school classes in computer upgrade, maintenance and repair. It reinforces lessons with practical, hands-on tasks. Each exercise provides students with recommended readings, objectives, lists of hardware and software to perform tasks, step-by-step procedures for completing lab work, and student lab report.
This book will assist readers in the analysis, tuning, optimization, automation, enhancement, maintenance, and troubleshooting of Windows 2000. The authors show users how to use operating system utilities, Resource Kit applications, and third-party tools to help you accomplish everyday and advanced Windows 2000 system tasks.The CD-ROM contains shareware and third-party applications that help users to achieve high system optimization.
The average cost of desktop PCs has fallen steadily over the years while power and functionality have increased. Despite lower prices, however, you still may not feel like spending money on a new, faster PC. Instead, you can transform your balky PC into a glitch-free, turbocharged, multimedia machine with minimum cost. If you want your PC to do more and crash less but don't know where to begin, then Upgrading and Fixing PCs For Dummies, 6th Edition, is your answer. Don't let the fear of opening your computer’s case prevent you from do-it-yourself upgrades. Plenty of computer parts stay completely on the outside of the computer! So get ready to discover the ins and outs of today's hardware and software. This book is for anyone who wants to Upgrade an older PC to run Windows XP Add a larger hard drive Upgrade a video card Set up a firewall Take advantage of low-priced memory chips from warehouse stores This easy-to-understand guide shows you how to deal with the most common upgrading and repair problems and explains what to buy, where to plug it in, and how to make sure your computer knows what to do with it. This sixth edition of Upgrading and Fixing PCs For Dummies contains several new chapters and sections: A visual appendix that explains how to use all the ports on your computer and install the ones you may be missing A network installation guide to help you configure a network with both wired and wireless devices The scoop on drivers: When you need them, where to find them, and how to install them successfully Detailed coverage on virus attacks – how to avoid them and to repair the damage if one hits your PC The facts on DVD burners – their odd format terminology and incompatibilities Plus, this edition continues to include the information that hundreds of thousands of people have relied on for 10 years: information about upgrading and fixing video cards, hard drives, CD/DVD drives, memory chips, monitors, modems, printers, scanners, hard drives, and other popular computer parts.
Security is one of the most critical problems facing anyone who is charged with administering and maintaining an enterprise's computer network. This text aims to help anyone involved with maintaining a network to better secure it and prevent disasters from occurring and systems from crashing and destroying vital corporate data. It covers: strategies for preventing networks from attack; Internet and external security; tunnelling through VPNs (Virtual Private Networks); choosing and configuring firewalls; and dealing with bugs, viruses and Trojan Horses.
As part of the Illustrated Series, this text offers a quick visual approach to learning the basics of computers as well as how they impact our every day lives. n