Absolute Beginner's Guide to A+ Certification: Covers the Hardware and Operating Systems Exam

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Passing a test is one thing...mastering the field is another, and this book is the first step to mastering the world of PC hardware and operating systems. Mark Edward Soper not only shows you what you need to pass the tests, but also what you need to have an edge on the competition, on exam day and in the workplace. Each chapter takes a ground-up approach, starting with the essentials and gradually building to larger, more complex concepts. The book is loaded with informative illustrations, photos and screen ...

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Overview

Passing a test is one thing...mastering the field is another, and this book is the first step to mastering the world of PC hardware and operating systems. Mark Edward Soper not only shows you what you need to pass the tests, but also what you need to have an edge on the competition, on exam day and in the workplace. Each chapter takes a ground-up approach, starting with the essentials and gradually building to larger, more complex concepts. The book is loaded with informative illustrations, photos and screen captures that help you follow along, even if you don't have all the hardware at home.

The CD accompanying the book provides study resources, including a PrepLogic test engine, lab exercises, and study notes. The book also offers a handy objectives index that maps each test objective to the section of the book in which it is covered. This invaluable - and overlooked by competitors - tool helps you to be certain that you are ready for test day!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789730626
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 2/25/2004
  • Series: Absolute Beginner's Guide Series
  • Pages: 859
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Edward Soper is president of Select Systems and Associates, Inc., a technical writing and training organization located in Evansville, Indiana. Get more information at the Select Systems Web site at selectsystems.com. Mark is a 20-year veteran of the computer industry whose first technical articles appeared in the late 1980s. Mark has written more than 140 articles on topics ranging from computer upgrades to laser printer tips and tricks, Internet access, and new features in Windows for publications such as Maximum PC, PCNovice/SmartComputing Guides, PCNovice, SmartComputing, the PCNovice/SmartComputing Learning Series, WordPerfect Magazine, The WordPerfectionist, and PCToday.

Mark has taught computer troubleshooting and other technical subjects to thousands of students from Maine to Hawaii since the early 1990s. He is an A+ Certified hardware technician and a Microsoft Certified Professional.

This is the second book Mark has written in the Absolute Beginner's Guide series: He is also the author of Absolute Beginner's Guide to Cable Internet Connections. Mark is also the author of Que's PC Help Desk in a Book. Mark has also written for other publishers in the Pearson Education family, including the recent TechTV's Upgrading Your PC, Second Edition for Peachpit/TechTV Press (peachpit.com) and The Complete Idiot's Guide to High-Speed Internet Connections for Alpha Books.

Mark is the coauthor of Que's Upgrading and Repairing PCs: Field Guide and its predecessors (the Technician's Portable Reference series) and he has also contributed to many otherQue books in this series, including Upgrading and Repairing PCs from the 11th Edition to the current 15th Anniversary Edition; Upgrading and Repairing Networks, Second Edition; Upgrading and Repairing Laptop Computers; and Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 12th Edition, Academic Edition.

Mark has also contributed to several volumes in Que's Special Edition series, including: Special Edition Using Windows Millennium; Special Edition Using Windows XP Home Edition; Special Edition Using Windows XP Home Edition, Bestseller Edition; Special Edition Using Windows XP Professional; and Special Edition Using Windows XP Professional, Bestseller Edition. Mark is also a contributor to Platinum Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP.

Watch for details about these and other book projects at the Que Web site at quepublishing.com.

Mark welcomes comments at mesoper@selectsystems.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 A+ Objectives for the 2003 Exam Revisions 9
2 PC Anatomy 101 39
3 How Computers Measure and Transfer Data 85
4 The Motherboard and CPU 101
5 Power Supplies and Circuit Testing 149
6 BIOS and CMOS Configuration 179
7 RAM 215
8 Input/Output Devices and Cables 245
9 Video 295
10 Printers 323
11 Installing and Configuring Common Peripherals 361
12 Portables 377
13 Safety and Recycling 413
14 Storage 429
15 Preparing Hard and Floppy Drives with Windows 483
16 Operating System Installation 529
17 Operating System Upgrades 575
18 Using and Optimizing Windows 603
19 Installing and Configuring Hardware in Windows 679
20 Troubleshooting Windows and Windows Applications 723
21 Networking and Internet Connectivity 759
A: CD-ROM Instructions 813
Index 823
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