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All-in-One A+ Certification Exam Guide, Fifth Edition is industrial-strength preparation for the latest A+ exams. But it’s delivered with such enthusiasm that you may actually enjoy studying.
Earlier editions of Michael Meyers’s A+ prep guide have sold 400,000 copies. For years, Meyers has camped out at the top of many bestseller lists, including ours. We think this edition’s a winner, too.
Of course, it’s been thoroughly updated for the newest A+ hardware and operating system exam objectives. More than that, though, it’s earned it’s own certification: the CompTIA Authorized Quality Curriculum (CAQC) badge.
CAQC doesn’t just assure you the book covers every exam objectives. It also certifies that Meyers has used effective instructional design principles and has provided effective review tools to make sure you’re really ready. But that shouldn’t be a big surprise: He’s founder and CEO of one of the world’s leading PC training companies, Total Seminars. They train for everyone from IBM to the U.S. Air Force.
Meyers starts by touring a contemporary PC, inside and out: cases, motherboard, power supply, CPU, memory, storage, display devices, adapter cards, interfaces, and more. (The accompanying CD-ROM includes a “movie” version...just part of 90 minutes of full-motion digital video instruction contained there).
The hardware coverage is up-to-the-minute, reflecting technologies like AMD Opteron and DDR400 memory. Of course, the focus is on hands-on problem solving. How do you troubleshoot a motherboard? Or insert a CPU without destroying it?
Then, it’s on to Windows. Meyers reviews the user interface features and system tools you’ll encounter on the A+ exam: desktop, control panel, and a whole lot more. You’ll walk through boot sequences, filesystems and partitioning, tools and utilities, upgrades and service packs -- and, above all, troubleshooting.
The A+ exam contains increasing coverage of networking and the Internet, and Meyers hits all that, too -- from configuring TCP/IP to finding and removing spyware.
At 1,100-plus pages, this book won’t just help you prepare for A+: It’ll help you do your job for years to come. Meyers knows full well that the exams don’t cover everything techs need to know. So he’s added “Beyond A+” sections in almost every chapter, full of important information you’ll need in real life, if not on the exam.
For instance: How come that PC is stuttering while the customer is playing games? You checked the video card, but did you check audio? That can easily eat up 30 percent of CPU cycles in some PCs. Or, have you noticed Windows XP’s two new command-line tools, COMPACT, and CIPHER, for displaying or changing folder compression or encryption? Or, are you familiar with the new DOT4 protocol for multifunction (print/fax/scan) devices?
Don’t have time to go “Beyond A+” now? Skip it. The coverage is perfectly modular. It’ll be there when you need it.
Nothing beats practice exams when you’re trying to figure out where you stand, and where you need work. This book contains six 50-question practice exams. That’s more than we’ve seen in practically any other A+ study guide. And that doesn’t count the book’s 200-plus additional end-of-chapter questions. Just one more reason this is a really special A+ prep guide. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.