Mike Meyers' A+ Guide: Essentials Lab Manual (Exam 220-601) / Edition 2

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Essential skills for IT professionals

Mike Meyers A+ Guide to PC Hardware Lab Manual, Second Edition features 40-plus lab exercises that challenge you to solve problems based on realistic case studies and step-by-step scenarios that require critical thinking. You'll also get post-lab observation questions that measure your understanding of lab results and key term quizzes that help build vocabulary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072263619
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 7/26/2007
  • Series: Mike Meyers' Complete A+ Guides
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Meyers is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA A+ certification and training. He is the president and founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a major provider of PC and network repair seminars for thousands of organizations throughout the world, and a member of CompTIA.

Dennis Haley is the administrator and an instructor for the E2C and Microsoft IT Academy programs at Polytech High School.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Preface xii
Chapter 1 The Visible PC 1
Lab Exercise 1.01 Examining User-Accessible Components 2
Lab Exercise 1.02 Recognizing External Connections 8
Lab Exercise 1.03 Recognizing Internal Components and Connections 13
Lab Analysis Test 19
Key Term Quiz 20
Chapter 2 Microprocessors 15
Lab Exercise 2.01 CPU Characteristics 16
Lab Exercise 2.02 CPU Sockets and Slots 20
Lab Exercise 2.03 CPU Removal and Installation 22
Lab Analysis Test 25
Key Term Quiz 25
Chapter 3 RAM 21
Lab Exercise 3.01 Determining the Amount of RAM in Your PC 22
Lab Exercise 3.02 Identifying Types of RAM 26
Lab Exercise 3.03 Removing and Installing RAM 29
Lab Analysis Test 33
Key Term Quiz 34
Chapter 4 BIOS and CMOS 47
Lab Exercise 4.01 Identifying BIOS ROM 49
Lab Exercise 4.02 Accessing BIOS via the CMOS Setup Program 52
Lab Exercise 4.03 Configuring BIOS Settings 55
Lab Analysis Test 57
Key Term Quiz 58
Chapter 5 Expansion Bus 59
Lab Exercise 5.01 Identifying Internal Expansion Slots and External Expansion Connectors 61
Lab Exercise 5.02 Understanding Device Resources 66
Lab Exercise 5.03 Installing Expansion Cards 70
Lab Analysis Test 74
Key Term Quiz 75
Chapter 6 Motherboards 77
Lab Exercise 6.01 Identifying Motherboard Form Factors 79
Lab Exercise 6.02 Removing and Labeling Components and Cables 81
Lab Exercise 6.03 Removing a Motherboard 84
Lab Exercise 6.04 Identifying Motherboard Features 85
Lab Exercise 6.05 Installing a Motherboard 87
Lab Analysis Test 89
Key Term Quiz 90
Chapter 7 Power Supplies 91
Lab Exercise 7.01 Electricity 93
Lab Exercise 7.02 Power Supply Output 96
Lab Exercise 7.03 Replacing a Power Supply 99
Lab Exercise 7.04 Power Protection 102
Lab Analysis Test 104
Key Term Quiz 105
Chapter 8 Floppy Drives 107
Lab Exercise 8.01 Installing Floppy Drives 108
Lab Exercise 8.02 Configuring Floppy Drives 113
Lab Exercise 8.03 Troubleshooting Floppy Drives 118
Lab Analysis Test 120
Key Term Quiz 121
Chapter 9 Hard Drive Technologies 123
Lab Exercise 9.01 Installing Parallel ATA Hard Drives 124
Lab Exercise 9.02 Configuring CMOS Settings 131
Lab Exercise 9.03 Installing Serial ATA Hard Drives 136
Lab Exercise 9.04 Troubleshooting Hard Drive Installations 138
Lab Analysis Test 140
Key Term Quiz 141
Chapter 10 CD and DVD Media 143
Lab Exercise 10.01 Installing CD and DVD Media Drives 144
Lab Exercise 10.02 Troubleshooting CD and DVD Media 147
Lab Analysis Test 149
Key Term Quiz 150
Chapter 11 Video 151
Lab Exercise 11.01 Installing Video 152
Lab Exercise 11.02 Troubleshooting Video 161
Lab Analysis Test 165
Key Term Quiz 166
Chapter 12 SCSI 167
Lab Exercise 12.01 Installing SCSI 168
Lab Exercise 12.02 Booting from SCSI 175
Lab Exercise 12.03 Troubleshooting SCSI 177
Lab Analysis Test 179
Key Term Quiz 180
Chapter 13 Sound 181
Lab Exercise 13.01 Installing Sound 182
Lab Exercise 13.02 Testing Sound 188
Lab Analysis Test 191
Key Term Quiz 192
Chapter 14 Portable PCs 193
Lab Exercise 14.01 Researching to Provide a Proper Upgrade Recommendation 195
Lab Exercise 14.02 Replacing and Upgrading RAM 197
Lab Exercise 14.03 Adjusting Power Management to Optimize Battery Life 199
Lab Exercise 14.04 Field Trip to Play with the Latest Portable PCs 202
Lab Analysis Test 203
Key Term Quiz 204
Chapter 15 Printers 205
Lab Exercise 15.01 Exploring Configuration Settings 206
Lab Exercise 15.02 Examining Types of Printers 209
Lab Exercise 15.03 Installing a Printer 214
Lab Analysis Test 217
Key Term Quiz 218
Chapter 16 Networking 219
Lab Exercise 16.01 Identifying Local Area Network Hardware 220
Lab Exercise 16.02 Installing a Network Interface Card 224
Lab Exercise 16.03 Configuring Network Settings 225
Lab Exercise 16.04 Troubleshooting Network Connections 228
Lab Analysis Test 232
Key Term Quiz 233
Glossary 235
Index 261
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