Absolute Beginner's Guide to A+ Certification

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Que Publishing, 2004 - Computers - 859 pages

Passing a test is one thing...mastering the field is another, and this book is the first step to mastering the world of PC hardware and operating systems. Mark Edward Soper not only shows you what you need to pass the tests, but also what you need to have an edge on the competition, on exam day and in the workplace. Each chapter takes a ground-up approach, starting with the essentials and gradually building to larger, more complex concepts. The book is loaded with informative illustrations, photos and screen captures that help you follow along, even if you don't have all the hardware at home.

The CD accompanying the book provides study resources, including a PrepLogic test engine, lab exercises, and study notes. The book also offers a handy objectives index that maps each test objective to the section of the book in which it is covered. This invaluable - and overlooked by competitors - tool helps you to be certain that you are ready for test day!

 

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It's really good. Thank you. I learned all the basic things

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Great book! I recall reading it a long time ago. It got me A+ certified. It helped me learn a lot more about computers and even aided me when I built one. I actually was able to move up in my job when I presented the Cert to my manager :)

Contents

Table of Contents
1
Elements on CD
5
A+ Objectives for the 2003 Exam Revisions
9
PC Anatomy 101
39
The System BIOS
72
How Computers Measure and Transfer Data
85
The Motherboard and CPU
101
Power Supplies and Circuit Testing
149
Storage
429
Preparing Hard and Floppy Drives with Windows
483
Operating System Installation
529
Operating System Upgrades
575
Using and Optimizing Windows
603
Installing and Configuring Hardware in Windows
679
Troubleshooting Windows and Windows Applications
723
Networking and Internet Connectivity
759

BIOS and CMOS Configuration
179
RAM
215
InputOutput Devices and Cables
245
Video
295
Printers
323
Installing Firmware and Software Drivers
357
Installing and Configuring Common Peripherals
361
Portables
377
Safety and Recycling
413
Study Lab
426
TCPIP Applications and Technologies
774
Cable and Connector Types
782
Beyond LANsRepeaters Bridges and Routers
790
Setting Up the Network Client
801
Study Lab
810
A CDROM Instructions
813
Getting More Exams
819
Index
823
23
849
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Mark Edward Soper is president of Select Systems and Associates, Inc., a technical writing and training organization located in Evansville, Indiana. Get more information at the Select Systems Web site at www.selectsystems.com. Mark is a 20-year veteran of the computer industry whose first technical articles appeared in the late 1980s. Mark has written more than 140 articles on topics ranging from computer upgrades to laser printer tips and tricks, Internet access, and new features in Windows for publications such as Maximum PC, PCNovice/SmartComputing Guides, PCNovice, SmartComputing, the PCNovice/SmartComputing Learning Series, WordPerfect Magazine, The WordPerfectionist, and PCToday.

Mark has taught computer troubleshooting and other technical subjects to thousands of students from Maine to Hawaii since the early 1990s. He is an A+ Certified hardware technician and a Microsoft Certified Professional.

This is the second book Mark has written in the Absolute Beginner's Guide series: He is also the author of Absolute Beginner's Guide to Cable Internet Connections. Mark is also the author of Que's PC Help Desk in a Book. Mark has also written for other publishers in the Pearson Education family, including the recent TechTV's Upgrading Your PC, Second Edition for Peachpit/TechTV Press (http://www.peachpit.com) and The Complete Idiot's Guide to High-Speed Internet Connections for Alpha Books.

Mark is the coauthor of Que's Upgrading and Repairing PCs: Field Guide and its predecessors (the Technician's Portable Reference series) and he has also contributed to many other Que books in this series, including Upgrading and Repairing PCs from the 11th Edition to the current 15th Anniversary Edition; Upgrading and Repairing Networks, Second Edition; Upgrading and Repairing Laptop Computers; and Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 12th Edition, Academic Edition.

Mark has also contributed to several volumes in Que's Special Edition series, including: Special Edition Using Windows Millennium; Special Edition Using Windows XP Home Edition; Special Edition Using Windows XP Home Edition, Bestseller Edition; Special Edition Using Windows XP Professional; and Special Edition Using Windows XP Professional, Bestseller Edition. Mark is also a contributor to Platinum Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP.

Watch for details about these and other book projects at the Que Web site at http://www.quepublishing.com.

Mark welcomes comments at mesoper@selectsystems.com.

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