CompTIA A+ Certification Workbook For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 8, 2007 - Computers - 390 pages
Becoming a certified computer technician can take your career to new heights. Unfortunately, sitting down to take the A+ Certification exam can do the same for your blood pressure—but don’t get your cables in a knot!

A+ Certification Workbook for Dummies gives you everything you need to sharpen your skills and boost your confidence as you prepare for the A+ Certification exam. Reflecting the tone and content of the actual test, this friendly workbook includes hundreds of hands-on exercises, scores of quizzes covering the terms and specifications you’ll need to memorize, and tons of troubleshooting “story problems” that require critical thinking and application of theory.

With A+ Certification Workbook for Dummies, you’ll get practical guidance and helpful tips on answering questions and solving problems in all areas covered on the real exam, including:

  • Protecting yourself and your PC
  • Motherboards and CPUs
  • Memory, BIOS, and CMOS
  • Disk storage
  • Power supplies and portable PCs
  • Ports, cables, and connectors
  • Monitors and adapters
  • Printers
  • Multimedia and input devices

Plus, you’ll get hands-on experience with:

  • Installing and upgrading Windows
  • Files, folders, and command prompts
  • Running and configuring applications
  • System resources and device drivers
  • Optimizing and maintaining Windows
  • Understanding the system files and boot sequences
  • Troubleshooting hardware, bootstrap, startup, and application problems

Bonus CD-ROM includes example files and a test engine with additional review questions!

A+ Certification Workbook for Dummies gives you everything you need to pass the A+ Certification Exam and prove you have what it takes to work in the competitive computer support industry.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Protecting Yourself and Your PC
7
Motherboards and CPUs
17
Memory BIOS and CMOS
35
Disk Storage
55
Power Supplies and Portable PCs
75
Ports Cables and Connectors
99
Monitors and Display Adapters
117
Maintaining and Troubleshooting
233
Monitoring and Optimizing Windows
235
Understanding the System Files and Boot Sequences
249
Troubleshooting Hardware Problems
261
Troubleshooting Boot and Startup Problems
277
Understanding and Selecting Network Types
295
Managing Windows Networking
317
Configuring Internet Access and Security
333

Printers
135
Multimedia and Input Devices
153
Installing and Upgrading Windows
171
Files Folders and Command Prompts
185
Installing and Configuring Applications
205
System Resources and Device Drivers
217
Ten Things EndUsers Do to Mess Up Their PCs And How to Fix Them
349
Ten More or Less Windows System Files
355
About the A+ Certification Exams
365
About the CDROM
373
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Faithe Wempen, M.A., has passed every version of the A+ exams that have ever been offered. She is the author of over 90 books, including PC Maintenance: Preparing for A+ Certification, A+ Jumpstart, and A+ Fast Pass. She teaches Computer Hardware and Software Architecture at Indiana University/Purdue University in Indianapolis, and she writes and facilitates online courses on PC hardware and software for corporate clients including Hewlett Packard, Sony, and CNET.

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