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Your First Notebook PC

Book Description

Using a notebook PC is different from using a desktop PC. Not only are the keyboard and screen smaller, you have to deal with battery life, notebook security, connecting to the Internet at Wi-Fi hot spots, and figuring out how to enter numbers without a numeric keypad. How do you do what you need to do on your new notebook PC?

Your First Notebook PC is the solution to your problems. This book focuses on how to shop for, set up, and use a new notebook PC. You’ll learn all about different types of notebooks, unique notebook features, and useful notebook accessories. You’ll also discover how to get the most out of your notebook at home, at the office, and on the road–and how to troubleshoot any problems you might encounter!

Your First Notebook PC shows you how to:

     •    Choose the right type of notebook for your needs

     •    Set up and configure a new notebook

     •    Use Windows Vista and its notebook-specific features

     •    Connect your notebook to a wireless home network and the Internet

     •    Share files and folders with other users–and sync your files between two PCs

     •    Use your notebook to listen to music and play DVD movies 

     •    Connect your notebook to an office network–and use it for essential business operations

     •    Use your notebook to give PowerPoint presentations

     •    Connect your notebook to a public Wi-Fi hot spot–and send and receive email from any location

     •    Keep your notebook secure when traveling

     •    Extend the life of your notebook’s battery

     •    Upgrade your notebook’s hardware

     •    Troubleshoot common problems

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Contents at a Glance
  4. Table of Contents
  5. About the Author
  6. Dedication
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. We Want to Hear from You!
  9. Reader Services
  10. Introduction
  11. Part I: Getting to Know Your Notebook PC
    1. Chapter 1. Notebooks Versus Desktops: Differences and Similarities
    2. Chapter 2. Choosing the Right Notebook for You
    3. Chapter 3. Out of the Box: Setting Up Your New Notebook PC
    4. Chapter 4. Flip It Open and Click Start: Basic Notebook Operation
    5. Chapter 5. Upgrading from a Desktop to a Notebook
  12. Part II: Using Your Notebook in the Home
    1. Chapter 6. Connecting to a Wireless Home Network and the Internet
    2. Chapter 7. Sharing Files and Peripherals
    3. Chapter 8. Using Your Notebook with an iPod or MP3 Player
    4. Chapter 9. Using Your Notebook with a Digital Camera or Video Camera
    5. Chapter 10. Playing Games on Your Notebook
  13. Part III: Using Your Notebook in the Office
    1. Chapter 11. Connecting to a Corporate Network
    2. Chapter 12. Using Your Notebook for Business
    3. Chapter 13. Presenting with Your Notebook
  14. Part IV: Using Your Notebook on the Road
    1. Chapter 14. Connecting to an Internet Hot Spot
    2. Chapter 15. Traveling with Your Notebook
    3. Chapter 16. Playing Movies on Your Notebook
    4. Chapter 17. Extending Battery Life
    5. Chapter 18. Protecting Your Notebook
  15. Part V: Getting the Most Out of Your Notebook PC
    1. Chapter 19. Using Your Notebook as a Desktop PC
    2. Chapter 20. Accessorizing Your Notebook
    3. Chapter 21. Powering Up with Utility Software
    4. Chapter 22. Upgrading Your Notebook
    5. Chapter 23. Notebook PC Tips and Tricks
    6. Chapter 24. Troubleshooting Notebook Problems
  16. Index