Mike Meyers' A+ Certification Passport

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9780072193633: Mike Meyers' A+ Certification Passport

Ideal as a stand-alone exam preparation tool, or as a complement to any study guide, the Mike Meyers' Certification Passport series is a focused exam preparation programme. This "passport" provides intensive and concise exam preparation plus practice exam software from recognized experts. With free practice exam software included on the CD the reader experiences exactly what it's like to take the real exam. The book's interior features a unique design that plays off a "travel" theme, making difficult material more interesting. Design icons make learning more fun than the traditional approach of other exam guides. Focusing on only what the candidate needs to know to pass the exam, the reader gets intensive and concise coverage of each official exam objective. Sample questions and answers are at the end of each chapter. All answer options, correct and incorrect, receive detailed explanations as to why the answer is or is not the correct one. The book's compact design is very portable for candidates on the road.

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Software developers make their programs ever more graphical; interfaces become ever more slick. But underneath the buttons and sliders, PCs are electronic systems comprising power supplies, logic processors, and specialized circuitry for such functions as video and sound. When the machine grinds to a halt, someone has to know how to identify the problem and get it straightened out. That's the function of the CompTIA A+ certification, and this new edition of Mike Meyers' A+ Certification Passport will help you earn it. Meyers combines reams of detailed information about IBM-standard PCs (which is to say, those running Intel, AMD, and Cyrix) with rock-solid troubleshooting advice. Look here for electronic details of the IDE and SCSI interfaces, as well as strategies for figuring out whether a problem is in a drive or in its controlling electronics.

Meyers has organized his book around the two A+ exams, which means you'll find excellent coverage of the subjects CompTIA includes (hardware from early days through the Pentium III era, and Microsoft MS-DOS and Windows operating systems through Windows 2000). Inversely, you'll find no coverage of potentially useful subjects that CompTIA doesn't test (Linux and Microsoft Windows XP, most notably). Updated coverage--of new USB and FireWire standards, as well as memory specifications--meets the high standard of the previous edition. This book will help you prepare for the A+ exams; it and a couple of supplementary texts will get you ready for the job site. --David Wall

Topics covered: The electronics of IBM-standard personal computers (motherboards, processors, memory, disk drives, video cards, network interfaces, and so on), and strategies for safely and efficiently troubleshooting and repairing them. Later chapters explain how to do configuration work in Microsoft MS-DOS, Windows 95/98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 Professional.

From the Back Cover:

From the #1 Name in Professional Certification

Get on the road to becoming an A+ certified professional with this concise, affordable, and portable study tool. Certification training guru Mike Meyers and Tracey Rosenblath will guide you on your career path, providing expert tips and sound advice along the way. With an intensive focus on only what you need to know to pass the test, this Certification Passport is your ticket to success on exam day.

Inside:

  • Itineraries--List of official exam objectives covered
  • ETAs--Amount of time needed to complete each lesson
  • Travel Advisories--Expert advice on critical topics
  • Local Lingo--Concise definitions of key terms and concepts
  • Travel Assistance--Recommended resources for more information
  • Exam Tips--Common exam pitfalls and solutions
  • Checkpoints--End-of-chapter questions, answers, and explanations
  • Career Flight Path--Career options mapped out to maximize the return from your IT journey

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About the Series Editor:
Mike Meyers is the best-selling author of three editions of the #1 A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and several other computer books. He is the president and founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a major provider of PC and network repair seminars for thousands of organizations throughout the world and a member of CompTIA.

About the Author:

Tracey Rosenblath has authored computer books, instructor manuals, and student materials and contributes regularly to popular IT certification Web sites. She owns and operates a computer/networking consulting business.

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