Appropriate for all courses on computer repair, maintenance, and upgrades, especially courses preparing students for the latest version of the CompTIA A+ exam. In this book, leading PC hardware author and expert Mark Edward Soper not only shows students what they need to know to pass the A+ exams: he shows what they must know to succeed in the workplace as technical professionals. Starting from the ground up, Soper begins with the essentials, gradually helping students master increasingly complex topics and techniques. Soper covers every exam objective on the latest version of both A+ exams: Core Hardware and Operating Systems Technologies. His hardware coverage begins with basic primers on PC "anatomy" and how PCs measure and transfer data. Students will find simple, clear coverage of motherboards, CPUs, power supplies and circuit testing, BIOS/CMOS configuration, memory, I/O, cabling, and video, as well as printers and other peripherals. The book also includes a full chapter on PC safety and parts recycling. Sopers operating systems coverage reflects the latest versions of Windows covered on the new A+ exams, including Windows XP.The book includes practical introductions to networking and Internet connectivity, as well as practical troubleshooting principles for any PC or network problem. The book is heavily illustrated with diagrams, photographs and screen captures that help students follow along, even if they dont have access to all the hardware and software being discussed. The accompanying CD-ROM contains extensive study resources, including the PrepLogic test engine, lab exercises, and study notes, as well as a pocket study guide in printable PDF format, and actual recordings of BIOS beep codes for hardware troubleshooting. The book also offers a handy Objectives Index that maps each test objective to the section where it is covered, helping students learn more in less time.
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