Becoming a certified computer technician can take your career to new heights. Unfortunately, sitting down to take the A+ Certification exam can do the same for your blood pressure—but don’t get your cables in a knot!
A+ Certification Workbook for Dummies gives you everything you need to sharpen your skills and boost your confidence as you prepare for the A+ Certification exam. Reflecting the tone and content of the actual test, this friendly workbook includes hundreds of hands-on exercises, scores of quizzes covering the terms and specifications you’ll need to memorize, and tons of troubleshooting “story problems” that require critical thinking and application of theory.
With A+ Certification Workbook for Dummies, you’ll get practical guidance and helpful tips on answering questions and solving problems in all areas covered on the real exam, including:
- Protecting yourself and your PC
- Motherboards and CPUs
- Memory, BIOS, and CMOS
- Disk storage
- Power supplies and portable PCs
- Ports, cables, and connectors
- Monitors and adapters
- Multimedia and input devices
Plus, you’ll get hands-on experience with:
- Installing and upgrading Windows
- Files, folders, and command prompts
- Running and configuring applications
- System resources and device drivers
- Optimizing and maintaining Windows
- Understanding the system files and boot sequences
- Troubleshooting hardware, bootstrap, startup, and application problems
Bonus CD-ROM includes example files and a test engine with additional review questions!
A+ Certification Workbook for Dummies gives you everything you need to pass the A+ Certification Exam and prove you have what it takes to work in the competitive computer support industry.
About the Author
Faithe Wempen, M.A., has passed every version of the A+ exams that have ever been offered. She is the author of over 90 books, including PC Maintenance: Preparing for A+ Certification, A+ Jumpstart, and A+ Fast Pass. She teaches Computer Hardware and Software Architecture at Indiana University/Purdue University in Indianapolis, and she writes and facilitates online courses on PC hardware and software for corporate clients including Hewlett Packard, Sony, and CNET.
Table of Contents
Part I: Basic Components.
Chapter 1: Protecting Yourself and Your PC.
Chapter 2: Motherboards and CPUs.
Chapter 3: Memory, BIOS, and CMOS.
Chapter 4: Disk Storage.
Chapter 5: Power Supplies and Portable PCs.
Part II: Peripherals.
Chapter 6: Ports, Cables, and Connectors.
Chapter 7: Monitors and Display Adapters.
Chapter 8: Printers.
Chapter 9: Multimedia and Input Devices.
Part III: Operating System Basics.
Chapter 10: Installing and Upgrading Windows.
Chapter 11: Files, Folders, and Command Prompts.
Chapter 12: Installing and Configuring Applications.
Chapter 13: System Resources and Device Drivers.
Part IV: Maintaining and Troubleshooting the Operating System.
Chapter 14: Monitoring and Optimizing Windows.
Chapter 15: Understanding the System Files and Boot Sequences.
Chapter 16: Troubleshooting Hardware Problems.
Chapter 17: Troubleshooting Boot and Startup Problems.
Part V: Networking.
Chapter 18: Understanding and Selecting Network Types.
Chapter 19: Managing Windows Networking.
Chapter 20: Configuring Internet Access and Security.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 21: Ten Things End-Users Do to Mess Up Their PCs (And How to Fix Them).
Chapter 22: Ten (More or Less) Windows System Files You Need to Know About.
Chapter 23: Ten Command-Prompt Commands That Can Save the Day.
Appendix A: About the A+ Certification Exams.
Appendix B: About the CD-ROM.
End-User License Agreement.