PC Hardware and A+ Handbook

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Learn the practical, real-world techniques you need to install, upgrade, fine-tune, and troubleshoot your PC?and even prepare for the CompTIA A+ certification exam! Designed to help you master the fundamentals of hardware and operating system support and repair.

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Overview

Learn the practical, real-world techniques you need to install, upgrade, fine-tune, and troubleshoot your PC—and even prepare for the CompTIA A+ certification exam! Designed to help you master the fundamentals of hardware and operating system support and repair.

This easy-to-read, expertly organized guide features:

  • Labs for learning and practicing must-know procedures
  • Troubleshooting Scenarios to help you diagnose and resolve common problems
  • Exam Tips for getting an edge on material tested by A+
  • Smart Shopping advice on what to look for, what to pay Covering everything from motherboards to modems, printers to protocols, system files to service packs—and how they all work together—you’ll build the same skills that professional, entry-level computer technicians must know!

Discover how to:

  • Ace the ten most common hardware fixes
  • Know when to use OS diagnostic tools and utilities
  • Set up hard drives, backup drives, and removable media
  • Replace or upgrade memory
  • Master basic networking and Internet connectivity, including wireless systems
  • Set up and troubleshoot printers
  • Install and tweak video and audio adapters
  • Support laptops and mobile devices
  • Retire or recycle old PCs the right way
  • Plan and build an entire PC system from scratch!

About A+

The A+ Certification from CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, validates your knowledge and competency as an entry-level technician supporting core hardware and operating system technologies.

2003 Exam Objectives

Core Hardware

  • Installation, configuration, and upgrading
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Motherboard/processors/memory
  • Printers
  • Basic networkingOperating Systems Technologies
  • OS fundamentals
  • Installation, configuration, and upgrading
  • Diagnosing and troubleshooting
  • Networks
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Readable, friendly, and up-to-date, PC Hardware and A+ Handbook is a great resource for anyone who wants to understand, fix, or upgrade PC hardware. You won’t get lost in a forest of jargon or ancient, irrelevant drive settings here: Kate J. Chase focuses on the stuff you’re most likely to care about.

Her coverage ranges from motherboards and CPUs to power supplies, networking to notebooks. You’ll put together your PC repair toolkit -- and, later, an entire PC from scratch. The advice is practical, and there are loads of photos. Every chapter ends with a hands-on lab that walks you through a specific, common task. Great if you’re prepping for A+ -- or even if you’re not. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735620490
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/2004
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate J. Chase is a Microsoft MVP in Office Systems as well as the author/co-author or editor of more than 30 technical reference books, including several books and training modules devoted to Office products. She has developed and managed vibrant online support communities for industry leaders like America Online, The Microsoft Network, and Zdnet. In addition, she frequently uses the tools in Office to work collaboratively with partners throughout the US and the world.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I PC need to know
1 Computer evolution 3
2 The operating system's role in hardware 31
3 Defining your tech toolkit 81
4 The workings and connections of the PC 111
Pt. II Internal essentials
5 Motherboards 141
6 Central processing units 169
7 Memory 185
8 Power supplies and cooling 205
Pt. III Working with add-on boards and other essentials
9 Video 229
10 Audio 253
11 Modems : analog and broadband 273
12 Network cards and network hardware 297
13 Other controller cards 329
Pt. IV All about drives
14 Hard drives and drive interfaces 343
15 CD and DVD drives 387
16 Floppy, removable, and backup drives 409
Pt. V The peripheral connection
17 Monitors 433
18 Going wireless 453
19 Audio externals 471
20 Major input devices and gaming hardware 491
21 Printers 523
Pt. VI Taking it to another level
22 The laptop connection 547
23 Building your PC 573
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