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Windows xp for dummies - Rahbone A.

Rahbone A. Windows xp for dummies - Hungry minds , 2001. - 430 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-0893-8
Download (direct link): microsoftwind2001.pdf
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A Windows XP prints in a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) format, which means that what you see on-screen is reasonably close to what you’ll see on the printed page.
Networks
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Networks connect PCs so that people can share information. They can all send stuff to a single printer, for example, share a modem, or send messages to each other asking whether Marilyn has passed out the paychecks yet.
Some networks are relatively small—less than five computers in a home or small office, for example. Other networks span the world. In fact, the Internet runs on a huge computer network that sprawls through nearly every country.
A Microsoft created Windows XP on the shoulders of its Big Business version of Windows. That means Windows XP handles networks with finesse and delicacy. That also means it offers dozens of bothersome, difficult-to-understand details about local area connections and user names. Chapter 9 holds the full scoop.
A Windows XP Home version contains enough networking gusto that it lets several different computers share a single printer, modem, and files. Windows XP Professional version adds more-advanced networking features that placate system administrators. Home and small-business users will do fine with Windows XP Home version.
Sound Cards (Making Barfing Noises)
For years, PC owners looked enviously at Macintosh owners—espe-cially when their Macs ejected a disk. The Macintosh would simultaneously eject a floppy disk from its drive and make a cute barfing sound. Macs come with sound built in; they can barf, giggle, and make really disgusting noises that I won’t mention here.
But the tight shirts at IBM decided there was no place for sound on a Serious Business Machine. The industry soon wised up, however, and now nearly every PC comes with a sound card. Plug a pair of speakers into the sound cards speaker outlet, and the accounting department’s
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computers can barf as loudly as the ones in the art department down the hall.
A A sound card looks just like a video card. In fact, all cards look alike: long green or brown flat things that nestle into long flat slots inside the computer. Speakers plug into sound cards like monitors plug into video cards, only the speakers have smaller plugs.
A Although most new computers come with sound cards already installed, most companies constantly release new software for making them work better. (Chapter 15’s section on installing a new driver can help knock a miscreant sound card back into action.)
A Windows XP comes with a wide variety of noises, but it doesn’t have any barf noises. Windows Media Player, described in Chapter 13, lets you listen to music CDs, Internet radio stations, DVD soundtracks, MP3 files, and just about anything else that makes sounds.
A The latest, fanciest computers come with DVD drives, special sound cards, software, and extra speakers so that you can hear surround sound when watching DVD movies. Better clear off your desk for the big woofer and extra speakers that go with it.
A Just like the Macintosh, Windows enables you to assign cool sounds to various Windows XP functions. For example, you can make your computer scream louder than you do when it crashes. For more information, refer to the section in Chapter 14 on making cool sounds with multimedia.
Ports
The back of your computer contains lots of connections for pushing out and pulling in information. The deeper you fall into the Windows lifestyle, the more likely you’ll hear the following words bantered about. Plus, when something falls out of the back of your computer, Table 2-3 shows you where it should plug back in.
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Table 2-3 What Part Plugs into What Port?
This Port... . . . Looks Like This... . . . And Accepts This
New Style Keyboard Your keyboard. (Some laptops let a mouse plug into the new style keyboard ports, too.)
© Mouse Your mouse. (Known as a PS/2 port, some laptops also let a keyboard plug into it.)
Video Your monitor's smallest cable. (The monitor's biggest cable plugs into the power outlet.)
Old Style (Pre-1994) New Style Serial (COM) External modems.
Parallel (LPT) Your printer.
USB Universal Serial Bus (USB)
gadgets. (Used by digital cameras, gamepads, printers, MP3 players, and more.)
Sound A sound card has at least
three of these ports for these tiny plugs: one for headphones, one for the microphone, and the other for an external sound source like a radio, tape recorder, camcorder, TV card, and so on.
Cable TV TVcardsacceptyourTVcable
here; some cable modems use an identical port.
Telephone Run a telephone line from the
wallto here on a modem. (The modem's second jack lets you plug in the telephone. Look closely for a label.)
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Table Z-3 What Part Plugs into What Port? (Continued)
This Port . . . . . . Looks Like This... ... And Accepts This
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