Your First Notebook PC

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 hotspots, 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 hotspot — and send and receive email from any location
  • Keep your notebook secure while traveling
  • Extend the life of your notebook’s battery
  • Upgrade your notebook’s hardware
  • Troubleshoot common problems

Here’s what you’ll find inside this book:

Part I: Getting to Know Your Notebook PC
1 Notebooks vs. Desktops: Differences and Similarities
2 Choosing the Right Notebook for You
3 Out of the Box: Setting Up Your New Notebook PC
4 Flip It Open and Click Start: Basic Notebook Operation
5 Upgrading from a Desktop to a Notebook

Part II: Using Your Notebook in the Home
6 Connecting to a Wireless Home Network and the Internet
7 Sharing Files and Peripherals
8 Using Your Notebook with an iPod or MP3 Player
9 Using Your Notebook with a Digital Camera or Video Camera
10 Playing Games on Your Notebook

Part III: Using Your Notebook in the Office
11 Connecting to a Corporate Network
12 Using Your Notebook for Business
13 Presenting with Your Notebook

Part IV: Using Your Notebook on the Road
14 Connecting to an Internet Hot Spot
15 Traveling with Your Notebook
16 Playing Movies on Your Notebook
17 Extending Battery Life
18 Protecting Your Notebook

Part V: Getting the Most Out of Your Notebook PC
19 Using Your Notebook as a Desktop PC
20 Accessorizing Your Notebook
21 Powering Up with Utility Software
22 Upgrading Your Notebook
23 Notebook PC Tips and Tricks
24 Troubleshooting Notebook Problems

Author: Michael Miller

Publisher: Que Publishing

Published: October 2007

Price: $24.99 print, $15.99 digital

Page count: 414 pp.

ISBN: 0789737000

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