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Overview

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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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072229912
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/21/2003
  • Series: All-in-One Ser.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 1176
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 2.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xxix
Chapter 1 Introduction 1
The Importance of the A+ Certification 1
The Structure and Contents of the A+ Certification Exams 5
How to Pass the A+ Exams 10
Chapter 2 The Visible PC 15
Test Specific 16
Recognize the Major Components of a PC 18
Connectors 32
All Kinds of Connectors 37
Chapter Review 45
Chapter 3 Microprocessors 49
Historical/Conceptual 50
CPU Core Components 50
Memory 59
Test Specific 67
Modern CPUs 67
Specialty Processors 98
Installing CPUs 107
Beyond A+ 116
Chapter Review 117
Chapter 4 RAM 121
Historical/Conceptual 121
DRAM 123
RAM Sticks 127
Test Specific 132
RAM Sticks, Part II 132
Improvements in DRAM Technology 135
Installing RAM 142
Troubleshooting RAM 153
Beyond A+ 154
Chapter Review 155
Chapter 5 BIOS and CMOS 159
Historical/Conceptual 159
The Function of BIOS 159
Test Specific 168
CMOS Setup Utilities 169
BIOS and Device Drivers 183
Power-On Self Test (POST) 192
Chapter Review 198
Chapter 6 Expansion Bus 201
Historical/Conceptual 202
Structure and Function of the Expansion Bus 202
Test Specific 205
System Resources 206
Modern Expansion Bus 225
Installing Expansion Cards 231
Troubleshooting Expansion Cards 246
Beyond A+ 252
PCI-X and PCI-Express 252
Chapter Review 253
Chapter 7 Motherboards 257
Historical/Conceptual 257
How Motherboards Work 257
Test Specific 259
Types of Motherboards 259
Chipset Varieties 266
Upgrading and Installing Motherboards 273
Troubleshooting Motherboards 279
Beyond A+ 282
Chapter Review 283
Chapter 8 Power Supplies 287
Historical/Conceptual 289
Test Specific 291
Powering the PC 291
Troubleshooting Power 313
Beyond A+ 316
Chapter Review 317
Chapter 9 Floppy Drives 321
Historical/Conceptual 321
Floppy Drive Basics 322
Test Specific 325
Installing Floppy Drives 325
Floppy Drive Maintenance and Troubleshooting 335
Beyond A+ 339
Chapter Review 342
Chapter 10 Hard Drive Technologies 345
Historical/Conceptual 346
How Hard Drives Work 346
Test Specific 355
Hard Drive Interfaces 355
BIOS Support: Configuring CMOS and Installing Drivers 368
Steps in Physical Installation 388
Troubleshooting Hard Drive Installation 389
Beyond A+ 390
Chapter Review 392
Chapter 11 Implementing Hard Drives 395
Historical/Conceptual 395
Test Specific 396
Partitioning Hard Drives 396
Formatting Hard Drives 432
Maintaining and Troubleshooting Hard Drives 450
Beyond A+ 467
Chapter Review 468
Chapter 12 Understanding Windows 473
Historical/Conceptual 474
Functions of the Operating System 474
Common Windows Features and Characteristics 481
Features and Characteristics of Windows 9x/Me 518
Features and Characteristics of Windows NT/000/XP 533
Chapter Review 555
Chapter 13 Working with the Command Line Interface 559
Historical/Conceptual 560
Test Specific 561
Deciphering the Command Line Interface 561
Mastering Fundamental Commands 569
Working with Files 577
Beyond A+ 592
Chapter Review 597
Chapter 14 Installing and Upgrading Windows 601
Windows Installation/Upgrade Overview 602
Installing and Upgrading Windows 9x/Me 610
Installing and Upgrading to Windows 2000 Professional 618
Installing and Upgrading to Windows XP Professional 623
Troubleshooting Installation Problems 630
Chapter Review 635
Chapter 15 Maintaining, Optimizing, and Troubleshooting Windows 9x and Windows Me 639
Maintaining and Optimizing Windows 9x/Me 640
Device Installation 657
Troubleshooting Windows 9x/Me 691
Beyond A+ 708
Chapter Review 709
Chapter 16 Maintaining, Optimizing, and Troubleshooting Windows NT, 2000, and XP 713
Tools for Maintaining and Optimizing Windows 714
Maintaining and Optimizing Windows 723
Troubleshooting Windows 761
Chapter Review 771
Chapter 17 CD and DVD Media 775
Test Specific 776
CD Media 776
DVD Media 781
Installing CD and DVD Media Drives 786
Troubleshooting 796
Beyond A+ 800
Chapter Review 800
Chapter 18 Video 805
Test Specific 806
CRT and LCD Displays 806
The Video Card 821
Installing and Configuring Video Software 833
Troubleshooting Video 844
Beyond A+ 849
Chapter Review 850
Chapter 19 SCSI 853
Historical/Conceptual 854
Test Specific 854
SCSI Chains 854
SCSI Flavors 864
Troubleshooting SCSI 873
Costs and Benefits of SCSI 875
Beyond A+ 876
Chapter Review 877
Chapter 20 Sound 881
Historical/Conceptual 882
How Sound Works in a PC 882
Test Specific 886
Getting the Right Sound Card 886
Installing a Sound Card in a Windows System 895
Troubleshooting Sound 901
Beyond A+ 903
Chapter Review 904
Chapter 21 Portable PCs 907
Historical/Conceptual 908
Portable Computing Devices 908
Test Specific 914
Enhance and Upgrade the Portable PC 914
Managing and Maintaining Portables 924
Beyond A+ 932
Chapter Review 932
Chapter 22 Printers 935
Test Specific 935
Printer Technologies 935
The Laser Printing Process--Physical Side 949
The Laster Printing Process--Electronic Side 952
Installing a Printer in Windows 953
Troubleshooting Printers--General Issues 957
Beyond A+ 967
Chapter Review 967
Chapter 23 Networking 971
Historical Conceptual 972
Networking Technologies 972
Test Specific 973
Network Operating Systems 993
Installing and Configuring a Wired Network 1004
Installing and Configuring a Wireless Network 1030
Troubleshooting Networks 1049
Beyond A+ 1055
Chapter Review 1057
Chapter 24 The Internet 1061
Historical/Conceptual 1062
Understanding the Internet 1062
Test Specific 1066
Connecting to the Internet 1066
Internet Software Tools 1084
Beyond A+ 1094
Chapter Review 1106
Appendix About the CD-ROM 1109
System Requirements 1109
Installing and Running Total Tester 1109
Total Tester 1109
Accessing the Glossary and Essential Windows Chapter 1110
LearnKey Online Training 1110
Technical Support 1110
LearnKey Technical Support 1110
Index 1111
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2005

    You will get a lot for what you pay!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2005

    Best Book Ever!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2005

    Very Good, Learned lots

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2004

    CD included

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2004

    After taking the exam using this book...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2004

    Great Book

    Covers over everything best investment i ever made

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2003

    No CD?

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2004

    Bonus CD

    Read the first review about no CD included.The information from the publisher mentions the bonus CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2004

    Edition 4 VS: Edition 5

    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.

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