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How to Build a Computer How to Build a Computer (Reference #BP591)
How to Build a Computer by Robert Penfold.

To build your own computer is, actually, quite easy and does not require any special tools or skills. In fact all that it requires is a screwdriver, pilers and some small spanners rather than a soldering iron! The parts required to build a computer are freely available and relatively inexpensive.

Obviously, a little technical knowledge is needed in order to buy the most suitable components, to connect everything together correctly and to set up the finished PC ready for use.

This book will take you step-by-step through all the necessary prodcedures and is written in an easy to understand way. The latest hardware components are covered as is installing the Windows Vista operating system.

Among the many other topics covered are: Selecting the right components; Simple anti-static precautions; Configuring the motherboard; Fitting the processor and memory modules; Fitting the PSU; Mechanicall assembly and cabling; Dealing with the BIOS; Disc partitioning and formatting; The operating system; Troubleshooting. Order Code BP591. 320 Pages. 


Price:  £6.75 


eBAY - Tweaks, Tips and Tricks (Reference #BP716)
Online auction sites are one of the most popular types of site on the internet, and the most popular of these is the eBay site. On eBay you can buy and sell practically anything at surprisingly low cost, and all from the comfort of your armchair!

This book contains numerous tweaks, tips and tricks covering various aspects of buying and selling on eBay. These tweaks, tips and tricks will help both new and more experienced users of the site to make the most of eBay’s facilities while remaining safe and secure.

Among the many topics covered are: Finding the items you require using the eBay search facility: Getting the best prices when buying and selling on eBay: Avoiding both buying and selling scams: Determining the market value for items you intend buying or selling: How to avoid problems that may arise when buying and selling on eBay: Making the most of the various facilities that are built into the eBay site: How to take good photos of items you wish to sell using basic equipment: Using the My eBay page to stay in control of your buying and selling activities: And more besides.  


Price:  £6.75 

eBAY - Tweaks, Tips and Tricks


The Internet - Tweaks, Tips and Tricks The Internet - Tweaks, Tips and Tricks (Reference #BP721)
Robert uses his vast knowledge and experience in computing to provide you with useful hints, tips and warnings about possible difficulties and pitfalls when using the Internet. This book should enable you to get more from the Internet and to discover ways and means of using it that you may not have previously realised.

Among the many topics covered are: Choosing a suitable browser: Getting awkward pages to display properly: Using Java, spell checkers and other add-ons: Using proxy servers to surf anonymously and privacy facilities so you do not leave a trail of sites visited. Ways of finding recently visited sites you can no longer find: Using download managers to speed up downloads from slow servers. Plus, effective ways and tricks of using search engines to locate relevant info: Tricks and tips on finding the best price for goods and services: Not getting “conned” when buying or selling on eBay: Finding free software: Finding and using the increasing range of Cloud computing services: Tips on selecting the best security settings: Etc,etc,etc. 


Price:  £6.75 (Excluding: VAT at 20%)


Free Downloads To Pep-Up and Protect Your PCs (Reference #BP722)
Robert uses his vast knowledge and experience in computing to guide the reader simply through the process of finding reliable sites and sources of free software that will help optimise the performance and protect their computer against most types of malicious attack.

Among the many topics covered are: Using Windows 7 optimisation wizard: Using Pitstop for advice on improving performance, reducing start up times, etc: Free optimisation scans and the possibility of these being used as a ploy to attack your PC.

Plus, free programs such as Ccleaner, Registry checker and PCPal optimisation software: Internet speed testing sites and download managers: Overclocking sites together with warnings about using this technique: Sites and software for diagnosis of hardware faults, including scanning for out of date drivers and finding suitable replacements: Free Antivirus software and programs that combat specific types of malware: Firewalls: Search engines to identify mystery processes listed in Windows Task Manager.  


Price:  £6.75 (Excluding: VAT at 20%)

Free Downloads To Pep-Up and Protect Your PCs


How To Fix Your PC Problems How To Fix Your PC Problems (Reference #BP705)
How To Fix Your PC Problems by R A Penfold

What do you do when your laptop or desktop stops working properly. Do you panic, try to find the answer on the page of fault finding tips you may find at the back of the manufacturers manual. Or do you spend hours trying to get through to a telephone helpline or waste even more time waiting for an email reply from a helpdesk.

Well help is now at hand! This book will assist you in identifying the type of problem, whether it’s hardware, software or a peripheral that is playing up? Once the fault has been identified, the book will then show you how to go about fixing it. This book uses plain English and avoids technical jargon wherever possible. It is also written in a practical and friendly manner and is logically arranged for easy reference.

The book is divided into four main sections and among the many topics covered are: Common problems with Windows Vista operating system not covered in other chapters. Also covers to a lesser extent Windows XP problems. Sorting out problems with ports, peripherals and leads. Also covers device drivers software and using monitoring software. Common problems with hard disc drives including partitioning and formatting a new drive. Using system restore and recovering files. Also covers CD-ROM and Flash drives. Common problems with sound and video, including getting a multi-speaker system set up correctly.

An extremely useful addition to the library of all computer users, as you never know when a fault may occur!

Printed in full colour on high quality non-refective paper

128 pages Code BP705 


Price:  £6.99 


Windows 7 - Tweaks, Tips and Tricks (Reference #BP708)
This book will guide you through many of the exciting new fetures of Windows 7, Microsofts latest and greatest operating system. It will provide you with useful hints, tips and warnings about possible diffculties and pitfalls. This book should enable you to get much more out of Windows 7 and, hopefully, discover a few things that you may not have realised were there.

Among the topics covered are: A brief overview of the various versions of Windows 7. How to install and use UPgrade Advisor which checks to see if your computer meets the minimum requirements to run Windows 7 and that your software and drivers are supported by Windows 7. How to use Windows Easy Transfer to migrate your data and settings from your Vista or XP machine to your new Windows 7 computer. Exploring Windows 7 so that you will be come familiar with many of its new features and then see how they contrast with those of earlier versions of Windows. How to connect to a network and create and use HomeGroups to easily share you pictures, videos, documents etc. with the minimum of hassle. Why Windows Live Essentials is so useful and how to download and install it. A brife introduction to Windows Media Center. The use of Action Center which reports security and maintenance incidents, Windows Memory Diagnostic to detect the fairly common problem of faulty memory and Troubleshooting tools.

Order Code BP708 - 120 pages 


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Windows 7 - Tweaks, Tips and Tricks


How to Build a Computer Made Easy How to Build a Computer Made Easy (Reference #BP707)
Building your own computer is a much easier task than most people realise and can probably be undertaken by anyone who is reasonably practical. However some knowledge and experience of using a PC would be beneficial. This book will guide you through the entire process. It is written in a simple and straightforward way with teh explanations clearly illustrated with numerous colour photographs.

The book is divided into three sections:

Overview and preparation: Covers understanding the fundamentals and choosing the most suitable component parts for your computer, together with a review of the basic assembly.

Assembly: Explains in detail how to fit the component parts into their correct positions in the omputer's casing, then how to connect these parts altgether by plugging the cables into the appropriate sockets. No soldering should be required and the only tools that you are likely to need are screwdrivers, small spanners and a pair or pliers.

BIOS and operating systems: The final section details the setting up of the BIOS and the installation of the Windows operating system which should then enable all the parts of your computer to work together correctly. You will then be ready to install your files and any applications software you may require.

The great advantage of building your own computer is that you 'tailor' it exactly to your own requirements. Also, you will learn a tremendous amount about the structure and internal workings of a PC, which will prove to be invaluable should problems every arise.

Order Code BP707 - 120 pages 


Price:  £6.99 


An Introduction To Windows Vista (Reference #BP703)
AN INTRODUCTION TO WINDOWS VISTA P.R.M. Oliver and N. Kantarris

If you have recently bought a new desktop or laptop it will almost certainly have Windows as its operating system. Windows Vista manages the available resource of a computer and also ‘controls’ the programs that run on it.

To get the most from your computer, it is important that you have a good understanding of Vista. This book will help you acheive just that. It is written in a friendly and practical way and is suitable for all age groups from youngsters to the older generation. It has been assumed that Vista is installed and running on your computer.

Among the numerous topics explained are: The Vista environment with its many windows. How to organise your files, folders and photos. How to use Internet Explorer for your web browsing. How to use Microsoft Mail for your emails. How to control your PC and keep it healthy. How to use Vista’s Accessibility features if you have poor eye sight or difficulty in using the keyboard or mouse. And much more besides....

With the help of this book you will easily and enjoyably gain a better understanding of Microsoft’s amazing Windows Vista operating system.

Printed in full colour on high quality non-refective paper

120 Pages CODE BP703 


Price:  £6.99 

An Introduction To Windows Vista


Computing With A Laptop For The Older Generation Computing With A Laptop For The Older Generation (Reference #BP702)
COMPUTING WITH A LAPTOP FOR THE OLDER GENERATION R.A. Penfold

Laptop computers have rapidly fallen in price, increased in specification and performance and become much lighter in weight. They can be used practically anywhere, then stored away out of sight. It is therefore, not surprising that laptop sales now far exceed those of desktop machines and that they are increasingly becoming the machine of choice for the older generation.

You may want to use your laptop as your main computer or as an extra machine. You may want to use your laptop on the move, at home, at work or on holiday. Whatever your specific requirements are, the friendly and practical approach of this book will help you to understand and get the most from your laptop PC in an easy and enjoyable way. It is written in plain English and wherever possible avoids technical jargon.

Among the many topics covered are: Choosing a laptop that suits your particular needs. Getting your new computer set up properly. Customising your computer so that it is optimised for your particular needs. Setting up and dealing with user accounts. Using the Windows ‘Ease of Access Center’. Optimising the life and condition of your battery. Keeping the operating system and other software fully up-to-date. Troubleshooting common problems. Keeping your computer and data safe and secure. And much more besides...

Even though this book is written for the older generation, it is also suitable for anyone of any age who has a laptop or is thinking of buying one. It is written for computers that use Windows Vista as their operating system but much will still apply to Windows XP machines.

Printed in full colour on high quality non-refective paper

120 Pages CODE BP702 


Price:  £6.99 


Getting Started in Computing for the Older Generation (Reference #BP704)
You can learn to use a computer at any age and this book will help you achieve this. It has been especially written for the over 50's, using plain English and avoiding technical jargon wherever possible. It is lavishly illustration in full colour.

Among the many practical and useful subjects that are covered in this book are: Choosing the best computing system for your needs; Understanding the main hardware components of yoru computer; Getting your computer up and running in your home; Setting up peripheral devices like printers and routers. Connecting to the Internet using wireless broadband in a home with one or more computers; Getting familiar with Windows Vista and XP, the software used for operating and maintaining your computer; Learning about Windows built-in programs such as Windows Media Player, Paint and Photo Gallery. Using the Ease of Access Center to help if you have impaired eyesight, hearing or dexterity problems. Installing and using essential software such as Microsoft Office suite. Searching the Internet for the latest information on virtually any subject. Keeping in touch with friends and family using e-mail. Keeping your computer running efficiently and your valuable data files protected against malicious attack.

This book will help you to gain the basic knowledge needed to get the most out of your computer and, if you so wish, to give you the confidence to even join a local computer class.

Order Code BP704 - 120 pages 


Price:  £6.99 

Getting Started in Computing for the Older Generation


An Introduction To Excel Spreadsheets An Introduction To Excel Spreadsheets (Reference #BP701)
An Introduction to Excel Spreadsheets Jim Gatenby

The practical and friendly approach of this book will help newcomers to easily learn and understand the basics of spreadsheets. This book is based on Microsoft’s Excel 2007 spreadsheet, but much of the book will still apply to earlier versions of Excel. The book is written in plain English, avoiding technical and mathematical jargon and all illustrations are in full colour. It is suitable for all age groups from youngsters to the older generation.

Among the many topics explained are how to: Install the software. Use the exciting new features of Excel 2007. Create and use a spreadsheet. Enter, edit and format text, numbers and formulae. Insert and delete columns and rows. Save and print a spreadsheet. Present the information on a spreadsheet as a graph or chart. Manage and safeguard Excel files on disc. Use Excel as a simple database for names and addresses.

This book will help you to quickly gain confidence and get to grips with using spreadsheets. In fact, you will wonder how you ever managed without them.

Printed in full colour on high quality non-reflective paper.

118 Pages CODE BP701 


Price:  £6.99 


An Introduction To Digital Photography With Vista (Reference #BP700)
An Introduction to Digital Photography With Vista R.A. Penfold

The friendly and practical approach of this book will help newcomers to digital photography and computing to easily learn the basics they will need when using a digital camera with a laptop or desktop PC. It is assumed that your PC uses Windows Vista, however, if it is a Windows XP machine the vast majority of this book will still apply. The book is written in plain English, avoiding technical jargon and all illustrations are in full colour. It is suitable for all age groups from youngsters to the older generation.

Among the many topics explained are how to: Understand the basic features of a digital camera. Transfer photographs from your digital camera to your computer. View your photographs. Save, sort and file your photographs. Manipulate, crop and carry out simple corrections to your photographs. Copy your photographs on to CD or DVD. Print your photographs. Share images with family and friends anywhere in the world by email or with an online album.

This book will help you quickly get to grips with, gain confidence and expand your horizons in the fascinating hobby of digital photography.

Printed in full colour on high quality non-reflective paper.

120 Pages CODE BP700 


Price:  £6.99 

An Introduction To Digital Photography With Vista


Programming 16-Bit PIC Microcontrollers in C Programming 16-Bit PIC Microcontrollers in C (Reference #NE45)
Learning to Fly the PIC24 by Lucio Di Jasio

A Microchip insider tells all on the newest, most powerful PICs ever! Focuses on examples and exercises that show how to solve common, real-world design problems quickly. Includes handy checklists to help readers perform the most common programming and debugging tasks. FREE CDROM includes source code in C, the Microchip C30 compliler, MPLAB SIM software, so that readers gain practical, hands-on programming experience.

Until recently, PICs didn't have the speed and memory necessary for use in designs such as video- and audio-enabled devices. All that has changed with the introduction of the first-ever 16-bit PIC family, the PIC24. This new guide teaches readers everything they need to know about the architecture of these new chips, how to program them, how to test them and how to debug them. Lucio's common-sense, practical, hands-on approach starts out with basic functions and guides the reader step-by-step through even the most sophisticated programming scenarios.

Experienced PIC users and newcomers alike will benefit from the text's many thorough examples, which demonstrat how to nimbly side-step common obstacles and take full advantage of all the new features.

496 pages plus CDROM. 


Price:  £35.00 


Windows XP Explained (Reference #BP514)
N. Kantaris and P. R. M. Oliver. If you want to know what to do next when confronted with Microsoft’s Windows XP screen, then this book is for you. It applies to both the Professional and home editions. The book was written with the non-expert, busy person in mind. It explains what hardware requirements you need in order to run Windows XP successfully, and gives an overview of the Windows XP environment.

The book explains: How to manipulate Windows, and how to use the Control Panel to add or change your printer, and control your display; How to control information using WordPad, notepad and paint, and how to use the Clipboard facility to transfer information between Windows applications; How to be in control of your filing system using Windows Explorer and My Computer; How to control printers, fonts, characters, multimedia and images, and how to add hardware and software to your system; How to configure your system to communicate with the outside world, and use Outlook Express for all your email requirements; how to use the Windows Media Player 8 to play your CDs, burn CDs with your favourite tracks, use the Radio Tuner, transfer your videos to your PC, and how to use the Sound Recorder and Movie Maker; How to use the System Tools to restore your system to a previously working state, using Microsoft’s Website to update your Windows set-up, how to clean up, defragment and scan your hard disk, and how to backup and restore your data; How to successfully transfer text from those old but cherished MS-DOS programs. 268 pages. 


Price:  £5.99 

Windows XP Explained


Computing For The Older Generation Computing For The Older Generation (Reference #BP601)
Computing For The Older Generation by Jim Gatenby - Especially written for the over 50s using plain English and avoiding technical jargon. Large clear type for easy reading. Among the many practical and useful ideas for using your PC that are covered in this book are: Choosing, setting up and understanding your computer and its main components. Writing letters, invitations, etc. and other word processing jobs. Keeping track of your finances using a spreadsheet. Recording details of holidays and other ideas using a database. Using the Internet to find useful information, and email to keep in touch with family and friends. Making 'back-up' copies of your work and checking for viruses. How to use Windows XP to help people with impaired vision, hearing or mobility. Provides the basic Knowledge so you can gain enough confidence to join the local computer class. 


Price:  £7.99 


An Introduction to eBay for the Older Generation (Reference #BP709)
eBay is an online auction site that enables you to buy and sell practically anything from the comfort of your own home. eBay offers easy access to the global market at an amazingly low cost and will enable to you turn your clutter into cash.

This book is an introduction to eBay.co.uk and has been specifically written for the over 50s who have little knowledge of computing. The book, of course, will also apply equally to all other age groups. The book contains ideas for getting organised for long term safe and sucessful trading. You will learn how to search out and buy every conceivable type of thing. The book also shows you how to create auctions and add perfect pictures. There is advice on how to avoid the pitfalls that can befall the inexperienced.

Order Code BP709 - 120 pages 


Price:  £6.99 

An Introduction to eBay for the Older Generation


How to build your own PC (4th Edition) How to build your own PC (4th Edition) (Reference #MGH2)
Morris Rosenthal. This is a unique beginner's guide which visually demonstrates how to construct a state-of-the-art computer from start to finish. Through 150 photographs and clear text, readers will confidently absorb the concepts of computer building. The extra-big format makes it easy to see what's going on in the pictures. The author shows step-by-step how to create a socket Pentium® computer, or an Athlon 64 or Athlon 64FX covering: What first-time builders need to know; How to select and purchase parts; How to assemble the PC; How to install Windows XP. This book delivers the expertise and new technology that fledgling computer builders are eagerly looking for. Order code MGH2

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Price:  £14.99 


Essentials of Computer Security (Reference #BP422)
Ian Sinclair. Security of computers and their files has become more and more of a problem these days, and not only for the large scale commercial user of computers. This book deals with the problems of security for the small to medium size business or for the home user of computers, and emphasises throughout that the main hazards are often the forgotten aspects such as the limited life of a hard drive or the risks of fire or flood. Assumes Windows 95 is used, with descriptions of important methods applicable to Windows 3.1. 98 pages Order code BP422 


Price:  £5.99 

Essentials of Computer Security


Tune Up Windows 98 Tune Up Windows 98 (Reference #BP458)
Ian Sinclair. There are many ways in which you can improve the performance and trim the behaviour of Windows 98 to suit your personal preferences. The Windows 98 CD ROM contains a "Resources Kit" that allows a large amount of tuning by way of utility programs and accessory programs. This books shows you how to adjust Windows 98 to suit your personal needs. Comprehensive table of contents and index provided. 158 pages Order code BP458  


Price:  £6.99 


Windows 95 Explained (Reference #BP400)
P. R. M. Oliver and N. Kantaris. If you would like to get up and running, as soon as possible, with the Windows 95 operating system, then this is the book for you. The book was written with the non-expert, busy person in mind. It explains the hardware that you need in order to run Windows 95 successfully, and how to install and optimize your system's resources. It presents an overview of the Windows 95 environment. Later chapters cover how to work with programs, folders and documents; how to control Windows 95 and use the many accessories that come with it; how to use DOS programs and, if necessary, DOS commands and how to communicate with the rest of the electronic world.170 pages Order Code BP400

 


Price:  £5.95 

Windows 95 Explained


MS-Word 97 Explained MS-Word 97 Explained (Reference #BP428)
N. Kantaris & P.R.M. Oliver. If you are a PC user and want to get to grips with Microsoft Word 97 for Windows word processor as quickly as possible, then this book is for you. No previous knowledge is assumed. This book explains what hardware specification you need to run MS Word 97 and how to install it; how to benefit from the built-in Office Assistant and Help system, and how to become familiar with the Word environment. How to enter, edit and enhance text, and how to use document page layouts, paragraph styles, document templates, text boxes and frames; how to use some of the program's more advanced features and how you can share information with other applications. 193 pages Order code BP428 


Price:  £6.99 


MS Word 95 Explained (Reference #BP406)
N. Kantaris & P.R.M. Oliver. If you are a PC user and want to get to grips with Microsoft Word 95 for Windows word processor as quickly as possible, then this book is for you. No previous knowledge is assumed. This book explains what hardware specification you need to run MS Word 95 and how to install it; how to benefit from the Help system, and how to become familiar with the Word environment. How to enter, edit and enhance text, and how to use document page layouts, paragraph styles, document templates and frames; how to use some of the program's more advanced features. 175 pages Order code BP406 


Price:  £6.99 

MS Word 95 Explained


PC Hardware Assistant PC Hardware Assistant (Reference #BP434)
Ian Sinclair. All software nowadays offers you Help screens, but it is unusual to get help with your hardware. You normally have to select your own hardware, often struggling with meaningless computer-speak and abbreviations. You often have to decide on necessary upgrades and install them yourself, and seek outside assistance with problems and breakdowns. Help is now at hand with this book, which provides concide descriptions of the hardware items and actions, a cross-reference index of terms, clear topic identification, hints & tips about common requirements and information which is hard to find elsewhere. An essential reference for PC users. 155 pages Order code BP 434 


Price:  £6.99 


MS-DOS Explained (Reference #BP341)
N. Kantaris & P.R.M. Oliver. How the DOS operating system is structured so that you can understand what happens when you first switch on your computer; how directories and sub-directories can be employed to structure your hard disk for maximum efficiency; how to manage disk files and use MS-DOS Editor to write your own CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT programs and batch files. How to resurrect the version of MS-DOS 7 which is buried under Windows 95/98. Covers all versions, especially MS-DOS 6/7. 195 pages Order code BP341 


Price:  £6.99 

MS-DOS Explained


Understanding PC Specifications Understanding PC Specifications (Reference #BP282)
R. A. Penfold (Revised Edition). This book explains PC specifications in detail, and the subjects covered include the following: Differences between types of PC (XT, AT, 80386, etc); Maths co-processors; Input devices (keyboards, mice, and digitisers); Memory; RAM disks and disk caches; Floppy disk drive formats and compatibility; Hard disk drives, Display adaptors, including all standard PC types (CGA, Hercules, Super VGA, etc); Contains everything you need to know if you can't tell your EMS from your EGA! 128 pages Order code BP282

 


Price:  £4.95 


Newnes Interfacing Companion (Reference #NE38)
Presents the essential information needed to design a PC-based interfacing system from the selection of suitable transducers, to collection of data, and the appropriate signal processing and conditioning.

Contents: Part 1 - Transducers; Measurement systems; Temperature; Light; Position and motion; Force, pressure and flow;; Part 2 - Interfacing; Number systems; Computer architecture; Assembly language; Interfacing; A to D & D to A conversions; Data communications' Programmable logic controllers; Data acquisition project;; Part 3 - Signal processing; Transfer function; Active filters; Instrumentation amplifier; Noise; Digital signal processing. 


Price:  £38.00 

Newnes Interfacing Companion




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