Acing the A+ Certification Exam

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9780131121591: Acing the A+ Certification Exam

For A+ Certification Exam courses; as well as any course in PC Repair and Troubleshooting. Designed for the CompTIA A+ Certification exam preparation, this book covers how to assemble and disassemble a PC, all major components, DOS, Windows 9X (Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Millenium), Windows NT Family (Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP), and networking. Easy to read yet comprehensive, this is the perfect tutorial for installation, configuring, and troubleshooting the PC; it covers entirely the November 2003 objectives, numerous questions, hands-on exercises, and examples.

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This easy-to-understand book provides readers with the complete knowledge to easily pass the CompTIA A+ certification exam, which tests the skills of an entry-level PC technician. It is assumed that users of this text are familiar with and know how to use the computer, have a general understanding of Windows, and have basic word-processing and spreadsheet skills. The text starts with a discussion of the basic hardware components (processor, motherboard, RAM, and drives), followed by add-on peripherals, and ends with a discussion of the various operating systems.

Key Features:
  • Real-world examples motivate interest.
  • Built-in, hands-on exercises provide accessible, easy-to-grasp presentation.
  • End-of-section questions and interactive practice exams prepare users to take the A+ certification exam.
  • The ReviewMaster Tutorial CID provides practice test questions that simulate the actual certification test.

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Computers are a fast-paced technology that requires constant learning. People who learn how to fix computers must become familiar with new and old technology to become effective technicians.

This book is intended for the basic computer user who wants to pass the CompTIA A+ certification exam, which tests the skills of an entry-level PC technician. In addition, this book will help you become a successful PC technician. It is assumed that users of this book are familiar with the computer, know how to use the computer, have a general understanding of Windows, and have basic word-processing and spreadsheet skills.

Each chapter begins with a discussion of basic concepts and ends with a troubleshooting section that includes questions to check understanding. Hands-on exercises reinforce learning. To further help you prepare for the exam, a CD containing an electronic test bank is included with the test.

When planning a computer curriculum, it is often difficult for a group of computer professionals to agree on the order of topics. In this book, the basic hardware components (processor, motherboard, RAM, and drives) are covered first, followed by the add-on peripherals, and ends with the operating systems. Depending on their experience, instructors may choose a different order.

As you go through the book, you will notice that a lot of information is repeated. This allows the chapters to be taught out of order and helps to complete the overall picture. In addition, I have found that the best way to teach this material is to repeat the information several times and combine it with hands-on exercises.

I have included important websites that are necessary to help you become a successful computer technician. Some of the hands-on exercises include finding patches, drivers, jumper settings, and technical information on the Internet.

I would like to thank the following reviewers for their valuable input: David P Beach, Indiana State University; Phillip Davis, Del Mar College, TX; Jeffrey L. Rankinen, Pennsylvania College of Technology; Rob Robertson, Southern Utah University; and Roman Stemprok, University of North Texas.

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