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A comprehensive reference providing all of the necessary information to explain PC and printer troubleshooting and repair through discussion of important concepts, real-world examples and hands-on exercises. This book covers both old and new technology including the newest microprocessors, GAP, 3D video and sound cards, USB and FireWire and the Internet Browser. It also covers all of the topics and provides 650 review questions for the A+ Technician Certification Exam. Basic electronics, disassembling and assembling the PC, microprocessors, RAM, motherboard support chips, expansion slots and cards, case and power supply, hard drives, floppy drives, compact disk drives, disk structure, tape drives and data protection, video systems, input devices, sound cards, serial ports and modems, parallel ports and printers, DOS, Windows 3.XX, 95/98 and NT and networks. It also includes appendices for error codes and a glossary. For anyone interested in becoming a PC technician, currently repairing PC's or taking the A+ technician exam.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130957962
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 6/22/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 655
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 10.83 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Table of Contents

1. A PC Overview.
2. The PC Technician.
3. Basic Electronics.
4. The Disassembly and Assembly of the PC.
5. Microprocessors.
6. RAM.
7. The Motherboard Support Chips.
8. The Expansion Slots and Cards.
9. The Case and Power Supply.
10. The Hard Drive.
11. The Floppy Drive and Other Removable Media.
12. The Compact Disk Drive.
13. The Disk Structure.
14. Tape Drives and Data Protection.
15. The Video System.
16. Input Devices.
17. Sound Cards.
18. Serial Ports and Modems.
19. Parallel Ports and Printers.
20. MS-DOS.
21. Windows 3.XX.
22. Windows 95 and 98.
23. Windows NT.
24. Computers Connected to a Network.
Appendix A: A+ Certification.
Appendix B: Useful Computer Tables.
Appendix C: POST Error Codes.
Appendix D: Operating System Error Codes.
Appendix E: Glossary.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2003

    Look Elsewhere

    I found this book to be very poorly-written and incorrect in a lot of places. I had planned on using this as a prep-book for my A+ Certification, and I ended up learning more by researching all the mistakes in the book and writing down all the correct answers, then by the content in this book. The author was either in a rush, or he had someone else write the book while he was out back sipping on Margaritas. Either way, skip this title and go with the excellent Mike Myers All-In-One A+ Guide. I passed without a problem after switching to this text.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2000

    A+ Certification is here in this book

    A friend suggested this book to help me prepare for the A+ Certification. After using the book, I was ready for the exam and I easily passed it. The book was easy to read and there were lots of examples and review questions. Soon thereafter, I got hired at a computer company building and troubleshooting PCs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 1999

    If you want to fix computers, this is it.

    This is the best book that you will find if you want to learn how to fix computers (including motherboard problems, harddrive problems, sound cards and Windows problems) or prepare for the A+ Exam. I found it very helpful in troubleshooting a some of my friends computers and it had information that was not included in many other computer troubleshooting books. In addition, I found the book was easy to understand, it imparted a lot of 'real-world' experience and had lots of examples. Lastly, I think it gave me a good foundation, not to mention some confidence, to pursue my MSCE certification. I strongly recommend this book and is well worth the money.

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