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Complete CompTIA A+ Guide to PCs, 6th edition

  • Cheryl A. Schmidt

Published by Pearson IT Certification (February 14th 2013) - Copyright © 2013

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Complete CompTIA A+ Guide to PCs

ISBN-13: 9780789749765

Includes: Hardcover
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What's included

  • Hardcover

    You'll get a bound printed text.


  • Excellent resource to learn  installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting of PCs preparing  you for entry-level IT job roles
  • Straightforward coverage of all certification objectives for the CompTIA A+ Essentials exam 220-801 and CompTIA A+ Practical Application exam 220-802
  • Hundreds of review questions and hands-on exercises and labs included in one book - no additional lab book needed!
  • Extensive end-of-chapter review, including true/false, multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank, and open-ended questions
  • Soft Skills sections in each chapter, and at least two Soft Skills activities at the end of each chapter
  • Tech Tips designed to be useful in real-world PC repair
  • Hands-On Exercises linking theory to practice and experience 
  • Clear chapter objectives
  • At least 2 Critical Thinking Skills activities in every chapter
  • Comes with instructor resources for course use: Instructor’s Manual, Chapter Power Points, Test Bank

Table of contents


Features of This Book

Chapter 1: Introduction to Computer Repair


CompTIA A+ Certification

Safety Note

Technician Qualities

Basic Computer Parts

External Connectivity

Mouse and Keyboard Ports

Mice and Keyboards

Wireless Input Devices

Mouse and Keyboard Preventive Maintenance

Keyboard/Mouse Troubleshooting

Video Port

USB Port

Installing Extra USB Ports

USB Troubleshooting

Parallel Ports

Serial Ports

Audio Ports

IEEE 1394 Ports

IEEE 1394 Troubleshooting

eSATA Ports

Network Ports

Modem Ports

Pros and Cons of Integrated Motherboards

Docking Stations and Port Replicators

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Review Questions


    Lab 1.1 Identifying Tower Computer Parts

    Lab 1.2 Identification of Computer Ports

    Lab 1.3 Identification of Video Ports

    Lab 1.4 Port Identification


Chapter 2: On the Motherboard

Processor Overview

Processor Basics

Intel Processors

AMD Processors

Speeding Up Processor Operations Overview



Threading Technology

Connecting to the Processor

Multi-Core Processors

Sockets and Slots

Processor Cooling

Installing Processors

Mobile Device Motherboards/CPUs

Overclocking Processors

Troubleshooting Processor Issues

Expansion Slots

PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect)

AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port)

PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express)

Laptop Expansion

More Motherboard Connectors


Types of Motherboards

Upgrading and Replacing Motherboards

Motherboard Troubleshooting

Soft Skills–Active Listening

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Review Questions


    Lab 2.1 ATX Motherboard Parts Identification Exercise

    Lab 2.2 Motherboard Analysis

    Lab 2.3 Processor Speed, Processor Socket, and Ports


Chapter 3: System Configurat

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