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    Newbie Book?

    This post should probably be put under AO's book forum, but this is definitely way to newbie to be put under that classification. I have bought Unix for Dummies, DOS for dummies, and even to go so far as to buy Xp for dummies. But all of these books require that you have a basic understanding of computers, which I do not. Does anyone know of a book that teaches the EXTREME basic fundamentals of computers cause I am getting really troubled by some.

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    Wow, I don't know.

    If you're that new to computers, I would definitely stay away from Unix or DOS.

    Your local community center should have basic computer classes for a small price. As far as books go, muddling your way through a dummies book might not be a bad idea. Trial and error is a good way to learn. Slow, but good.

    Might try PC's for dummies. I think that's what it's called....
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    I'd recommend How Computers Work and similar books by the same publisher. They use lots of graphics and make it pretty straightforward. Heck, this is how my grandmother learned and if she can learn from this... (it's doesn't get any "newbier" than this)
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    Maybe you can dig put an old box or as some IT department for an old one they dont use, best is if yuo experiemnt with a box, and see what what is and how and for what stuff works. When i came to the US 3 years ago, i ddint know **** about computers, just like you now, but i bought this box 2 years ago and i have tried stuff out and learned that way.

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    IMO, if you don't start with hardware, you might as well forget it. If you don't know what's in it, and what it does, you don't have anything to base it on. The PC's for Dummies is a good book.
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    you need to learn by making mistakes
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    Originally posted here by M3mph15
    you need to learn by making mistakes
    trust your instincts
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    Upgrading and Repairing pcs by scott mueller, que publishing is a very good book on hardware , its in its 15th editon now. It is well written ,it provides very easy to understand explanations and is a general goldmine of knowledge. It's also available as an ebook. I would _highly_ recommend this book to anyone beginner interested in hardware.
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    I have to agree with Abtronic. You're instincts can be wrong.

    Heck I remember going through an old machine once and saw a bunch of lose wires. So I connected them where I thought they went. Then I started smelling smoke and saw the wire covering melt away. I pulled the power code. I had managed to fry the whole motherboard because I had "trusted my instincts".

    Better to have a decent book to use as a reference when starting out than trusting your instincts. Can get costly after a while.
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    the following site has some good books
    http://www.clickslink.com/links/newbie_club.html
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