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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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X Network Networks use one of two connector styles. 10BaseT looks like a telephone line, but slightly thicker. Thin Coax is a rounded metal cup that pushes over a rounded metal cylinder.
Parts Required by Windows XP
Table 2-4 compares what Windows XP asks for on the side of the box with what you really need before it will work well.
Table 2-4 What Windows XP Requires
Requirements Politely Touted by Microsoft What You Really Want Why?
A Pentium 300 MHz microprocessor A Pentium III or Athlon running at 500 MHz While at the store, compare Windows XP running on different Pentium III computers. The faster the computer, the less time you spend waiting for Windows XP to do something exciting.
64MB of memory (RAM) At least 128MB of memory Windows XP crawls across the screen with only 64MB and moves much more comfortably with 128MB. RAM is cheap; if you plan to run programs like Microsoft Office and multimedia tools, quickly bump that to 256MB or more.
Chapter 2: Ignore This Chapter on Computer Parts
Table 2-4 What Windows XP Requires (Continued)
Requirements Politely Touted by Microsoft What You Really Want Why?
2GB of free hard disk space At least 20GB Afull installation of Windows XP could consume an entire gigabyte; Windows programs quickly rope off their own sections of the hard drive, too. Plus, all that sound and video you're going to be grabbing off the Internet and your digital camera will take up a whole lotta space. Don't be afraid to buy a hard disk that's 40GB (40 gigabytes) or larger so your computer will be useful for a long time.
A 3 1/2-inch high-density disk drive Not needed for installing or using Windows XP However, an occasional Windows program still comes packaged on high-density, 3 1/2-inch floppy disks. Plus, floppy disks are a handy way to move your files to other computers.
Color SVGA card Same For viewing videos, look for these qualifications on the video card box or the computer specifications sheet: 32MB or more of memory, AGP support, motion compensation support for DVD playback, and support for DVI, S-Video, and composite video output.
12x or faster CD-ROM or DVD drive Same You'll want a CD-ROM drive to install Windows XP (A DVD drive can read normal CDs, so it'll work fine.) Forthe first time, Windows XP supports drives that write to CDs as well.
Chapter 2: Ignore This Chapter on Computer Parts
Table 2-4 What Windows XP Requires (Continued)
Requirements Politely Touted by Microsoft What You Really Want Why?
Internet access 56K modem or faster Windows XP relies extensively on Internet communication for everything from product registration, automatic updates, off-site computer fix-ups, and game playing. The faster your modem, the less time you'll spend twiddling your thumbs.
Any PS/2-compatible mouse Same Microsoft makes some darn good mice, with much better warranties than Microsoft's software. I prefer the Intelli-Mouse—the kind with the little spinning wheel on its back.
A 15-inch monitor or larger An LCD monitor The bigger your monitor, the bigger your desktop: Your windows won't overlap so much. Unfortunately, superlarge LCD monitors are super-expensive.
What do I install on my laptop computer?
Microsoft designed Windows XP Professional, not Windows XP Home, to run on laptop or notebook computers. The Professional version works better with battery-driven computers and offers more wireless Internet connection options.
Laptops should be beefed up with the following in order to run Windows XP Professional:
A A separate copy of Windows XP. Remember, each copy of Windows XP may be installed on only a single computer. No longer can you install the same copy on both your desktop and laptop computers.
A 600 MHz or faster processor with 128MB RAM
A 20GB ATA/66 hard drive
A 8MB AGP graphics adapter and 3D hardware acceleration
A DVD player or CD-RW/DVD player
A Built-in speakers
A Built-in 56K modem
A Two USB ports
A Port replicator for easy connection to external keyboard, mouse, and monitor
Chapter 2: Ignore This Chapter on Computer Parts
Other computer parts you'll probably need
Can your computer handle the requirements in Table 2-4? Unfortunately, there's more. Windows XP will work at its most basic level with that type of muscle, but it needs more before it will reach full capacity.
For instance, in orderto hear anything from your computer, you need a sound card and amplified stereo speakers with a subwoofer. (If you choose USB speakers, your computer needs USB ports.) Headphones are great for late-night listening.
Planning on connecting several computers with a network so they can share files, printers, and a modem? You'll need a network adapter card for each computer, as well as their corresponding
cables, which I explain in Chapter 9.
To watch TV on your monitor, you need a compatible TV tuner card. (Check your cable TV connection, too. Most TV tuner cards don't pick up much without cable TV.)
Planning on watching DVDs? Then you'll need your own DVD-playing software before Windows XP's Media Player will be able to show the DVDs. Yes, it's weird, and it's covered in Chapter 13.
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