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Laptop Manual: Buying, Using and Maintaining a Laptop (Haynes) [Hardcover]

Gary Marshall
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

18 Oct 2007 Haynes
A laptop computer is clearly a technical wonder and a marvel of miniaturisation, but given its obvious attractions - particularly portability - why don't we all have one? Is a laptop too fragile for the kids? Too slow for games? Is the screen too small for prolonged use? Is the risk of theft a major worry? Does mobility really justify the price difference when compared to a desktop system? This book sets out to explore these issues and help the reader choose and use the perfect laptop. We also show how to maintain, repair and upgrade it to ensure years of service and enjoyment.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 154 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (18 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844254399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844254392
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 633,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Hi there. My name's Gary, I'm in my late thirties, and I live just outside Glasgow with my wife, my daughter and a black labrador. I'm a freelance journalist, columnist, author, copywriter, scriptwriter and radio talking head, and I write features, news stories and tutorials about technology, the Internet and pop culture for lots of magazines and websites.

My debut novel Coffin Dodgers hit the Kindle in June 2011, and I've written lots of non-fiction books too: several books for young musicians, one on working from home and one about laptops. I've also co-authored lots of computing and music books, some of which I can talk about and some of which I can't. Before getting into journalism I played in various bands, some of which I like to talk about and some of which I don't.

I blog at and tweet at

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buying, using and maintaining a laptop 6 Oct 2008
Those of us with both a passing interest in car mechanics and a need to save money will have bought a Haynes Manual some time in our lives. For virtually any model of car on the road, Haynes produced a guide containing meticulous details, diagrams and photographs of how to repair and maintain the vehicle.
So how does the traditional Haynes concept translate to the area of computer technology? The series of Haynes computer books are the same size as the motor books and with the familiar red and yellow logo on the cover. Inside the substance is of necessity somewhat different. There are plenty of pictures but these are mainly screen shots rather than the exploded view diagrams of the books on motors.
The guide to laptops starts by taking the nave user through the process of choosing and buying a laptop. Having bought a laptop, the user can study a careful `naming the parts' section. Fortunately most laptops have similar layouts so that while the book describes and pictures in close-up an Acer Aspire, the details are probably true of most other laptops. Certainly your reviewer's own Compaq Presario differs from the Acer only in minor points. For Apple users there is comparable section on MacBooks.
The bulk of the book is step-by-step guidance on how to perform a range of activities on the laptop from connecting to a projector to ripping CDs. There are good sections on adding extras to a laptop and on connectivity. There is a lot of very valuable and sensible advice about wireless security.
Towards the end of the book are sections on maintenance, troubleshooting and improving performance and here we are in familiar Haynes territory. But non-techies need not avert their gaze. It is all written in straightforward language and well illustrated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpfull 2 Jun 2011
Great book. Tells you most things to do with how a laptop works. With a bit of knowledge already you should be able to fix some problems yourself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Laptop Manual 2 May 2013
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I must admit I did expect a little better of this. It tells you the basics which to be honest is more common sense than anything else. Other than that, for the price it is a good purchase, however if I bought this book at full price I would have been a little disappointed.
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