PC Technician Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to Comptia A+ Skills

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 5, 2009 - Computer technicians - 954 pages
An inside look into the life of a PC technician-from everyday tasks to the challenging roadblocks

Gaining hands-on experience is considered the most difficult part of trying to break into the PC technician. Building on the standards set by CompTIA-and endorsed by the IT industry worldwide-this book takes you one step further than what you might simply learn in a classroom and shows you how to actually perform the various tasks you can expect to encounter on the job.

The "Street Smarts" series is designed to help current or aspiring IT professionals put their certification to work for them. Full of practical, real world scenarios, each book features actual tasks from the field and then offers step-by-step exercises that teach the skills necessary to complete those tasks. Broken down into the various aspects of a PC technician's job, this book provides you with step-by-step guidance for performing some of the most common and some of the most daunting tasks PC technicians face.Includes detailed instructions for performing the everyday tasks and handling the difficult scenarios that a PC technician faces on a daily basisCovers hardware and software installation and maintenance as well as installing and upgrading operating systems, networks, and security systemsProvides step-by-step guidance for installing or replacing a power supply or laptop hard drive, upgrading Windows XP to Vista, scanning and removing viruses, and installing printer drivers

Whether you're looking to break into the field of PC technicians, are pursuing your A+ certification, or are seeking some unique guidance to performing real-world tasks, this resource is essential.


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Installing a CD Drive
Installing a Motherboard
Installing SODIMM in a Laptop
Installing a KVM Switch
Installing Driversfrom a Disc
Installing Windows Vista as a Fresh Install
Upgrading Windows 2000 to Windows
Shutting Down Programs
Phase 3
Phase 4
Specified Domain Either Does Not Exist or Could Not
Troubleshooting Long Load and Print Times
Troubleshooting the Error Message Print
Troubleshooting the Inability to Connect
Troubleshooting No Restart of UPS Device
Troubleshooting No Monitor Image When

Installing Printer Drivers
Phase 2
Troubleshooting Connection Problems with

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Michael Pastore CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, MCP, has been writing computer books for more than 15 years and has been involved in IT for more than 30 years in roles spanning from network technician to president of an IT training school. He is a regular contributor to Computerworld and a columnist for Leap-it.com. Michael is a faculty member at several IT institutes, including the University of Phoenix and DeVry University.

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