CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 31, 2012 - Computers - 1320 pages
Comprehensive coverage of everything you must know to pass CompTIA's A+ exam

A+ is the gateway certification into many IT careers, and interest in certification is exploding. This bestselling A+ certification guide is updated to cover the new A+ exam. It includes the new Windows coverage and reflects the revised emphasis on objectives. Nine minibooks focus individually on specific hardware and OS characteristics including installation and configuration, diagnostics, preventive maintenance, motherboard and processors, printers, networking, and fundamentals. A companion website contains the popular Dummies Test Engine test-prep software.

  • A+ certification is the first step toward a variety of IT careers, and this guide is fully updated for the latest revision of the exam
  • Nine minibooks cover the domains of the exam in detail, reflecting the enhanced emphasis on hardware and new Windows content
  • Covers installation, configuration, and upgrading; diagnosing and troubleshooting; preventive maintenance; motherboards, processors and memory; printers; networking; and OS fundamentals
  • Companion website provides the popular Dummies Test Engine, an exclusive, customizable test-prep software package now with twice as many sample test questions as previous editions

Anyone seeking CompTIA A+ certification will be better prepared with help from CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition.


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Table of Contents
Inside the
Getting the A+ Groundwork
Contents at a Glance
Using This Book to Prepare for the Exams
Chapter 2 A+ Soft Skills
Professionalism and Communication
Getting an
Completing Maintenance Tasks
Getting an
The Art of Troubleshooting
Getting an
Comparing versions of Windows
Welcome to the Linux World
Choosing an Optimal System

Protecting Yourself and Your
Avoiding the Dreaded
Watching Out for
Exploring Ergonomics
Chapter 4 An Overview of System Components
Power supply
Contents at a Glance
BIOS chip
Power connectors
Jumpers and DIP switches
Understanding Bus Architectures
Performance Considerations
Picking Your Processor
Identifying Socket Types
Dont Forget NonIntel Chips
Keeping a Processor Cool
Chapter 3 What to Remember about Memory
Getting an
Chapter 4 Telling Your BIOS from Your CMOS
Viewing Basic CMOS Settings
Viewing Advanced CMOS Settings
Getting an
Chapter 5 Managing Storage Technology
Discovering IDE Devices
The Serial ATA Hype
Getting an
Managing Partitions and Volumes
Securing Data with RAID
Getting an
Identifying the Purpose of Power Supply Units
The floppy drive connector
Working with UPS and Suppressors
Outside the
Chapter 2 Installing and Configuring Input Devices
Catching the Mouse
Other Input Devices
Getting an
Troubleshooting Display Issues
Other Output Devices
Chapter 4 Managing Printers
Viewing Types of Printer Connections and Configurations
Upgrading Printer Hardware
Troubleshooting Printer Problems
Understanding Safety and Preventative Maintenance
Chapter 5 Working with Multimedia Devices
Using Digital and Web Cameras
Looking at Other Multimedia Devices
Chapter 6 Dealing with Laptops and Mobile Devices
Changing batteries
Learning about LCD Panels
Port Replicators and Docking Stations
Troubleshooting Laptop Issues
Disassembling and Reassembling Laptops
Getting an
Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Materials and equipment
Understanding Major Operating System Components
Navigating Your Computer
Location of Major Files
Examining Windows Vista and Windows 7 Features
Getting an
Preparing for Installation
Performing Attended Installations of Windows
Performing Unattended Installations of Windows
Upgrading to Windows
Restoring User Data Files
Chapter 4 Managing Files and Directories
Understanding File Attributes
Getting an
Performing Diagnostics and Tuning Performance
Getting an
The device load process
Getting an
Chapter 2 Working with Applications
Getting the Most out of Multitasking
Running 16Bit Windows Applications
Running MSDOSBased Applications
Windows Compatibility Modes
Chapter 3 Optimizing the Windows Environment
Other tools
Getting an
chkdsk exe Check Disk
Booting into Safe Mode
Emergency Repair
Recovery and Rescue Methods
Scheduling Preventative Maintenance
Working with Network Devices
Understanding Communication Methods
Getting an
Chapter 2 Understanding Common Wireless
Installing and Configuring a SOHO Network
Other Wireless
Chapter 3 Networking the Operating System
The TCPIP Protocol
Understanding Windows Services
Chapter 4 Configuring Internet Access
HyperText Transport Protocol
Command shells
Using the Internet
Firewalls and Home Routers
Securing Systems
Methods of Securing Transmissions
Implementing RAID solutions
Introduction to Incident Response
Chapter 2 Implementing Security
Implementing Permissions and Rights
Implementing Auditing
Implementing Security Best Practices
Chapter 3 Viruses and Malicious Software
Understanding Malicious Software
Recovering an Infected System
Appendix CompTIA A+ Exam Reference Matrix

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