A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Fifth Edition / Edition 5

A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Fifth Edition / Edition 5

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by Michael Meyers, Scott Jernigan

ISBN-10: 0072229918

ISBN-13: 9780072229912

Pub. Date: 10/21/2003

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

Prepare to pass CompTIA's A+ certification exams with help from the #1 best-selling exam guide. Fully revised and updated for the new exam releases -- and reviewed and approved by CompTIA -- this authoritative volume covers everything you need to know to pass both the Core Hardware and Operating System Technologies exams. Mike gives you helpful exam tips throughout,


Prepare to pass CompTIA's A+ certification exams with help from the #1 best-selling exam guide. Fully revised and updated for the new exam releases -- and reviewed and approved by CompTIA -- this authoritative volume covers everything you need to know to pass both the Core Hardware and Operating System Technologies exams. Mike gives you helpful exam tips throughout, end-of-chapter practice questions, detailed coverage of the exam format, and hundreds of photographs and illustrations. This comprehensive guide not only helps you pass the A+ certification exams, but also teaches you how to be an expert hardware technician.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1Introduction1
The Importance of the A+ Certification1
The Structure and Contents of the A+ Certification Exams5
How to Pass the A+ Exams10
Chapter 2The Visible PC15
Test Specific16
Recognize the Major Components of a PC18
All Kinds of Connectors37
Chapter Review45
Chapter 3Microprocessors49
CPU Core Components50
Test Specific67
Modern CPUs67
Specialty Processors98
Installing CPUs107
Beyond A+116
Chapter Review117
Chapter 4RAM121
RAM Sticks127
Test Specific132
RAM Sticks, Part II132
Improvements in DRAM Technology135
Installing RAM142
Troubleshooting RAM153
Beyond A+154
Chapter Review155
Chapter 5BIOS and CMOS159
The Function of BIOS159
Test Specific168
CMOS Setup Utilities169
BIOS and Device Drivers183
Power-On Self Test (POST)192
Chapter Review198
Chapter 6Expansion Bus201
Structure and Function of the Expansion Bus202
Test Specific205
System Resources206
Modern Expansion Bus225
Installing Expansion Cards231
Troubleshooting Expansion Cards246
Beyond A+252
PCI-X and PCI-Express252
Chapter Review253
Chapter 7Motherboards257
How Motherboards Work257
Test Specific259
Types of Motherboards259
Chipset Varieties266
Upgrading and Installing Motherboards273
Troubleshooting Motherboards279
Beyond A+282
Chapter Review283
Chapter 8Power Supplies287
Test Specific291
Powering the PC291
Troubleshooting Power313
Beyond A+316
Chapter Review317
Chapter 9Floppy Drives321
Floppy Drive Basics322
Test Specific325
Installing Floppy Drives325
Floppy Drive Maintenance and Troubleshooting335
Beyond A+339
Chapter Review342
Chapter 10Hard Drive Technologies345
How Hard Drives Work346
Test Specific355
Hard Drive Interfaces355
BIOS Support: Configuring CMOS and Installing Drivers368
Steps in Physical Installation388
Troubleshooting Hard Drive Installation389
Beyond A+390
Chapter Review392
Chapter 11Implementing Hard Drives395
Test Specific396
Partitioning Hard Drives396
Formatting Hard Drives432
Maintaining and Troubleshooting Hard Drives450
Beyond A+467
Chapter Review468
Chapter 12Understanding Windows473
Functions of the Operating System474
Common Windows Features and Characteristics481
Features and Characteristics of Windows 9x/Me518
Features and Characteristics of Windows NT/000/XP533
Chapter Review555
Chapter 13Working with the Command Line Interface559
Test Specific561
Deciphering the Command Line Interface561
Mastering Fundamental Commands569
Working with Files577
Beyond A+592
Chapter Review597
Chapter 14Installing and Upgrading Windows601
Windows Installation/Upgrade Overview602
Installing and Upgrading Windows 9x/Me610
Installing and Upgrading to Windows 2000 Professional618
Installing and Upgrading to Windows XP Professional623
Troubleshooting Installation Problems630
Chapter Review635
Chapter 15Maintaining, Optimizing, and Troubleshooting Windows 9x and Windows Me639
Maintaining and Optimizing Windows 9x/Me640
Device Installation657
Troubleshooting Windows 9x/Me691
Beyond A+708
Chapter Review709
Chapter 16Maintaining, Optimizing, and Troubleshooting Windows NT, 2000, and XP713
Tools for Maintaining and Optimizing Windows714
Maintaining and Optimizing Windows723
Troubleshooting Windows761
Chapter Review771
Chapter 17CD and DVD Media775
Test Specific776
CD Media776
DVD Media781
Installing CD and DVD Media Drives786
Beyond A+800
Chapter Review800
Chapter 18Video805
Test Specific806
CRT and LCD Displays806
The Video Card821
Installing and Configuring Video Software833
Troubleshooting Video844
Beyond A+849
Chapter Review850
Chapter 19SCSI853
Test Specific854
SCSI Chains854
SCSI Flavors864
Troubleshooting SCSI873
Costs and Benefits of SCSI875
Beyond A+876
Chapter Review877
Chapter 20Sound881
How Sound Works in a PC882
Test Specific886
Getting the Right Sound Card886
Installing a Sound Card in a Windows System895
Troubleshooting Sound901
Beyond A+903
Chapter Review904
Chapter 21Portable PCs907
Portable Computing Devices908
Test Specific914
Enhance and Upgrade the Portable PC914
Managing and Maintaining Portables924
Beyond A+932
Chapter Review932
Chapter 22Printers935
Test Specific935
Printer Technologies935
The Laser Printing Process--Physical Side949
The Laster Printing Process--Electronic Side952
Installing a Printer in Windows953
Troubleshooting Printers--General Issues957
Beyond A+967
Chapter Review967
Chapter 23Networking971
Historical Conceptual972
Networking Technologies972
Test Specific973
Network Operating Systems993
Installing and Configuring a Wired Network1004
Installing and Configuring a Wireless Network1030
Troubleshooting Networks1049
Beyond A+1055
Chapter Review1057
Chapter 24The Internet1061
Understanding the Internet1062
Test Specific1066
Connecting to the Internet1066
Internet Software Tools1084
Beyond A+1094
Chapter Review1106
AppendixAbout the CD-ROM1109
System Requirements1109
Installing and Running Total Tester1109
Total Tester1109
Accessing the Glossary and Essential Windows Chapter1110
LearnKey Online Training1110
Technical Support1110
LearnKey Technical Support1110

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A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Fifth Edition 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just recently became A+ certified as of December 7, 2005. And it's all because of this book. The authors are very precise in pointing out to the reader what information will be on the exam. In addition, the sequence of chapters is excellent the preceding and following chapters tie directly into the current one you're reading. True, there are some obvious errors in the book, however it's such a big book you're bound to have a few. And the author(s) does a great job of keeping track of them and making them public on their website. Overall, a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I learned so much from this book,even in the first 2 chapters.I love how the author writes this book for both ends of the spectrum.You can be the most extreme newcomer,or a hardcore computer tech,and still understand,and get alot of use out of this book.LOVE IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book about a 2 months after it came out. It has really detailed instructions, and has detailed illustrations and pictures. Great book. Its also handy when you've already been A+ certified, as a handy reference book. It covers everything, all the A+ certification requirements and a whole lot more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book as the text for a CompTIA exam center class (University of Houston-Applied Business Technology Center) to pass the A+ just after the new exam went into place (November 2003). We used the graphical PowerPoint slides from the 4th edition because the 5th edition is mostly text slides. The 5th edition is definitely important if you want to pass the NEW exam that went into effect as of Thankgiving (November) 2003 and comes with 3 practice exams with assistance and 3 practice exams without assistance, with 50 questions each (as apposed to the 80 on the actual exam), for both the Core and OS portions of the exam. I found the book to be a good review of the material neccessary to prepare for the exam, but you must pay attention to the minute details in the book, and not strictly go by the practice exams, because the actual exam is much harder.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw that someone was thinking of getting the earlier edition because there was a CD included. There is also a CD included in this edition, and you would not want to take the chance of not having some of the 2003 updates by having an earlier edition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Covers over everything best investment i ever made
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read the first review about no CD included.The information from the publisher mentions the bonus CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edition 4 comes with a CD and dosen't include the XP operating system. I feel that Transcender has a the most actual test on CD, so either edition is just fine and both will do the job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am thinking about getting my A+ Certificate, but I see that the 4th edition comes with a CDROM for the same price... Maybe I'll get that instead.