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Here's the book you need to prepare for CompTIA's A+ Exam. The most up-to-date content needed to pass the A+ Core exam and the latest coverage of memory, bus, peripherals, and wireless technologies for the Operating Systems exam. This Study Guide provides:
* Full coverage of every exam objective
* Practical information on network hardware
* Hundreds of challenging practice questions, in the book and on the CD
* Leading-edge exam preparation software, including a testing engine and electronic flashcards
Authoritative coverage of all exam objectives, including:
Core Hardware
* Installation, configuration, and upgrading
* Diagnosing and troubleshooting
* Preventive maintenance
* Motherboards, processors, and memory
* Printers
* Basic networking
Operating System Technologies
* OS fundamentals
* Installation, configuration, and upgrading
* Diagnosing and troubleshooting
* Networks
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More than two years passed before the A+ exam was revised in 2003, but it seemed longer than that, because so much new technology came down the pike during that time -- and as the job market gets tougher, expectations for technicians’ knowledge also rise.

In the “A+ 2003 Upgrade Core Hardware” and “A+ 2003 Upgrade OS Technologies” exams, roughly 25 percent of the content is new. (And some of the Neanderthal stuff that’s way past its due date is finally gone. Hallelujah: No more DOS questions!)

You can’t skate by with an old A+ study guide. (Even if the new content were in there, you’d still be wasting precious time on the obsolete stuff.) If you’re looking for a new one, check out David Groth’s A+ Complete Study Guide, Third Edition. Groth has been writing about CompTIA’s A+ (and other) exams virtually since their inception: He knows what it takes to pass.

You’ll start by thoroughly reviewing PC architecture: cases and form factors, power supplies, motherboards, expansion slots, memory, CPUs, connectors and interfaces, BIOS, CMOS batteries, jumpers, firmware, processors, storage, network cards, video, and so forth.

Next, Groth drills down into virtually all of these areas. Don’t remember the difference between Northbridge and Southbridge? You will. Starting to come across Direct Rambus RIMMs and Double Data Rate (DDR) memories in the shop? Groth helps you understand them. Ditto for AMR and CNR slots: more stuff that’s covered on the A+ exam for the first time.

There’s thorough coverage of every form of storage covered on the A+ exam: removable media; CD-ROM drives; tape backup; disk controllers, and more. In particular, Groth covers the arcane hard drive details you’ll be tested on -- from ATA/ATAPI-7 and SCSI through (for the first time) RAID, disk system fault tolerance, mirroring, duplexing, and striping.

While the A+ exam is fairly light on networking, you still need to know the fundamentals. Groth walks through them: the differences between LANs and WANs; the role of servers, network operating systems, and common network hardware; peer-to-peer networking; Ethernet, TCP/IP, network cabling, and of course, wireless networks and high-speed Internet connections.

You’ll find chapters on building your own PC, repairing notebooks, and connecting peripherals (from digital cameras to PDAs). There’s also new coverage of optimizing PC performance -- both on the hardware and software sides.

Which brings us to the second exam. Windows XP and Me have been added, and the Windows 2000 coverage has been broadened. Groth walks you through everything CompTIA wants you to know: navigating the user interface; configuration; file management; the Registry; system files; bootup; startup options; emergency repair disks; system recovery; and more. From OS upgrades and dual-boot scenarios to hardware support and troubleshooting, it’s in here -- along with new coverage of diagnostic utilities.

Solid and complete, A+ Complete Study Guide, Third Edition will help you pass your A+ exams the first time out. 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: 9780782142433
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/27/2003
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1008
  • Product dimensions: 7.78 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 2.15 (d)

Meet the Author

David Groth is a full-time author and consultant. He is the author of the Sybex's bestselling Network+ Study Guide as well as I-Net+ Study Guide and Cabling: The Complete Guide to Network Wiring. Groth holds many technical certifications, including A+, Network+, Server+, Security+, MCSE, and CNI.
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Table of Contents


Assessment Test.

Part I: A+ Hardware Service Technician Exam.

Chapter 1: PC Architecture.

Chapter 2: Motherboards, CPUs, and RAM.

Chapter 3: Disk Drive Storage.

Chapter 4: Printers.

Chapter 5: Networking Fundamentals.

Chapter 6: Building a PC.

Chapter 7: Portable Systems.

Chapter 8: Upgrading PC Components.

Chapter 9:Optimizing PC Performance, Preventative Maintenance, and Safety.

Chapter 10: Hardware Troubleshooting.

Part II: Operating Systems Technologies Exam.

Chapter 11: Introduction to Operating Systems.

Chapter 12: Using the Microsoft Operating System GUI.

Chapter 13: Major OS Architectures.

Chapter 14: Installing and Upgrading Your OS.

Chapter 15: Hardware Installation.

Chapter 16: Windows Networking.

Chapter 17: Windows Optimization.

Chapter 18: Windows Diagnostics and Troubleshooting.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2004

    A+ Exam Sybex Book

    This is a good book for the money and you will learn alot even if your already know most of the meterial. I wish there where more CompTIA structure to the practice tests. The real test is much harder.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2003

    Book Meets Testing Expectations

    I just passed my A+ 2003 Certification using this study guide. The review questions, practice exams, and electronic flashcards really helped with the actual test questions. Pay very close attention to the second part of the book which covered Operating Systems and you should pass the test. I was not very satisfied with my test score on the Operating Systems Technologies part despite passing it, but when I went back to verify if the Sybex A+ book included the information, they did. Thanks Sybex! Due to you I now have my A+ Certification 2003.

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