PCs All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies by Mark L. Chambers

By Mark L. Chambers

* Covers the preferred notebook purposes and instruments on hand this day, absolutely revised to incorporate home windows XP, workplace ''X,'' Works 7, and simple net, electronic images, and residential networking * Walks the reader via establishing a working laptop or computer, navigating the home windows laptop, utilizing email, exploring the web, and masses extra * handy minibook layout makes it effortless to discover wanted details speedy

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Sweet! Video and Digital Cameras 33 Book I Chapter 2 Additional Toys Your PC Will Enjoy Figure 2-9: It’s a bird, it’s a plane . . no, it’s the latest in PC game controllers! Another popular feature of today’s game controllers is force feedback, where the controller actually rumbles or provides resistance to your hand that matches the action onscreen, such as a steering wheel that gets tougher to turn in curves or a joystick that shakes each time that your WWII fighter is hit by enemy fire. Consider the Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback steering wheel, which has the same optical tracking mechanism as today’s optical mice and trackballs.

Asp. ) 22 Book I: PC Hardware Chapter 2: Additional Toys Your PC Will Enjoy In This Chapter ߜ Comparing printers ߜ Adding a scanner to your system ߜ Upgrading your input devices ߜ Adding a game controller ߜ Introducing digital cameras and digital video (DV) camcorders ߜ Adding new storage to your system ߜ Protecting your PC with a surge protector or an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) Y ou’ve bought your PC — congratulations! — or you’ve decided to finally turn on that totem pole of a desktop computer that you’ve been looking at for the last six months.

Luckily, most of this book will still be valuable to laptop owners. Just ignore the parts about upgrading the components that you can’t reach. RAM and Processors: The Keys to Performance When you hear PC owners talking about the speed and performance of their computers, they’re typically talking about one of three different components (or all of these components together, as a group): ✦ Your system memory, or random access memory (RAM): The more memory that your PC has and the faster that memory is, the better your PC will perform — especially Windows, which enjoys memory like a hog enjoys slops.

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