A+ Guide to Hardware: Managing, Maintaining and Troubleshooting / Edition 5

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Overview

Written by best-selling PC repair author and educator Jean Andrews, the fifth edition of A+ Guide to Hardware: Managing, Maintaining, and Troubleshooting maps fully to CompTIA's 2009 A+ Exam objectives. This full-color guide is the most complete, step-by-step book available for learning the fundamentals of supporting and troubleshooting computer hardware. At the same time, it prepares readers to successfully pass the A+ 220-701 and 220-702 exams. The new edition is formatted to support any teaching or learning style and course format, featuring an essentials-to-practical organization within each chapter and inclusion of tabs distinguishing exam content. Further content and live demonstrations with Jean Andrews are available on the accompanying CD, making this new edition a total solution for hardware maintenance and repair.

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"This book is comprehensive, students like to read it, color enhancements are great. This is a textbook first and then can be used as a reference later."

"It's well-written, has good review questions, and good instructor resources. Also, the CertBlaster test prep exams from Student Downloads are an excellent resource."

"I like the step by step approach with complete images. This means that in lecture I can easily brush past these section and give shorter demonstrations because the text covers the material so well. I like the detail on other OSes in the appendix. The hands-on exercises provide the starting point for great labs without having to purchase an additional book."

"I love the fact that the software and hardware texts are complementary. When students take the sequence with me it feels almost like a year long course rather than two disconnected courses. There is enough in common between software and hardware texts that students feel totally comfortable with the 2nd text at the start but there really isn't much useless overlap between the two that it feels like a "rerun". The texts are written such that a complete beginner to the subject can understand yet the more experienced students learn as well. Great balance!"

"It covers all essential materials for preparing for the A+ exams. Having all material in a combo book makes my teaching job lots easier."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435487383
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Series: Available Titles CourseMate Series
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition, Book and CD
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Andrews has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, including more than 13 years in the college classroom. She has worked in a variety of businesses designing, writing, and supporting application software; managing a PC repair help desk; and troubleshooting wide area networks. She has written numerous books on software, hardware, and the Internet, including the bestselling A+ GUIDE TO MANAGING AND MAINTAINING YOUR PC, 8th Edition, and A+ GUIDE TO HARDWARE: MANAGING, MAINTAINING AND TROUBLESHOOTING, Sixth Edition. She lives in north Georgia.

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Table of Contents

1. Introducing Hardware. 2. Form Factors and Power Supplies. 3. All about Motherboards. 4. Supporting Processors. 5. Upgrading Memory. 6. Supporting Hard Drives. 7. Installing and Supporting I/O devices. 8. Multimedia Devices and Mass Storage. 9. PC Maintenance and Troubleshooting Strategies. 10. Networking Essentials. 11. Supporting Notebooks. 12. Supporting Printers. Appendices. A.CompTIA A+ Acronyms. B. Keystroke Shortcuts in Windows. CD Resource Contents: Video Clips. CertBlaster Exam Preparation Software. PC Repair FAQs. eGlossary. Troubleshooting Flowcharts. Sample Reports. CompTIA A+ 2009 Mapping Grids. Appendices: ASCII Character and Set and Ansi.sys. Behind the Scenes with DEBUG. Calculating Drive Capacity on Older Drives. Electricity and Multimeters. FAT Details. How an OS Uses System Resources. Installations Using Legacy BIOS. Introducing Linux. Introducing the Mac OS. Supporting SCSI and Legacy Devices. Supporting Windows 9X/ME. The Hexadecimal Number System and Memory Addressing. Windows 9x Me Commands and Startup Disk.

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