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CompTIA A+ Complete Study Guide

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The Essential Study Tool for the 2009 Edition of the CompTIA A+ Exams

The CompTIA A+ certification is the industry standard in terms of measuring a technician's hardware and software knowledge. As the most popular entry-level certification, it is particularly popular among individuals switching from another career to computers.

Organized by objectives this unparalleled study guide offers you a systematic approach to preparing for the CompTIA A+ certification, and includes real-world scenarios, chapter review questions, plus a CD with Sybex's propriety test engine to reinforce all of the concepts you learn.

Two Exams in One Book - Covers both the A+ Essentials (Exam 220-701) and Practical Application (Exam 220-702)

Featured on the CD

  • Over 600 Practice questions

  • Six practice tests (3 for the 220-701, and 3 for 220-702)

  • Electronic flashcards

  • Entire book as a searchable PDF

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Preface-1
  3. Dear Reader
  4. Dedication
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. About the Authors
  7. Introduction
  8. Personal Computer System Components
    1. Identifying Components of Motherboards
    2. Identifying Purposes and Characteristics of Processors
    3. Identifying Purposes and Characteristics of Memory
    4. Identifying Characteristics of Ports and Cables
    5. Identifying Purposes and Characteristics of Cooling Systems
    6. Summary
    7. Exam Essentials
    8. Review Questions
    9. Answers to Review Questions
  9. Storage Devices, Power Supplies, and Adapters
    1. Identifying Purposes and Characteristics of Storage Devices
    2. Identifying Purposes and Characteristics of Power Supplies
    3. Identifying Input Devices
    4. Identifying Purposes and Characteristics of Adapter Cards
    5. Summary
    6. Exam Essentials
    7. Review Questions
    8. Answers to Review Questions
  10. Understanding Display Devices
    1. Understanding Display Types and Settings
    2. Understanding Video Standards and Technologies
    3. Summary
    4. Exam Essentials
    5. Review Questions
    6. Answers to Review Questions
  11. Understanding Laptops and Portable Devices
    1. Understanding Laptop Architecture
    2. Laptop Power Management
    3. Summary
    4. Exam Essentials
    5. Review Questions
    6. Answers to Review Questions
  12. Installing and Configuring Printers
    1. Understanding Printer Types and Processes
    2. Installing and Configuring Printers
    3. Summary
    4. Exam Essentials
    5. Review Questions
    6. Answers to Review Questions
  13. Operating System Features and Interfaces
    1. Understanding Operating Systems
    2. Using Operating Systems
    3. Summary
    4. Exam Essentials
    5. Review Questions
    6. Answers to Review Questions
  14. Installing and Configuring Operating Systems
    1. File Systems and Directories
    2. Installing Operating Systems
    3. Upgrading Operating Systems
    4. Performing a Repair Install
    5. Common Installation Problems
    6. Installing Device Drivers
    7. Optimizing Windows
    8. Identifying Boot Sequences
    9. Summary
    10. Exam Essentials
    11. Review Questions
    12. Answers to Review Questions
  15. Troubleshooting Theory and Preventive Maintenance
    1. Understanding Troubleshooting Theory
    2. Understanding Preventive Maintenance
    3. Summary
    4. Exam Essentials
    5. Review Questions
    6. Answers to Review Questions
  16. Troubleshooting Operating Systems, Hardware, Printers, and Laptops
    1. Identifying Troubleshooting Resources
    2. Understanding Operating System and Hardware Symptoms
    3. Troubleshooting Common Laptop Issues
    4. Summary
    5. Exam Essentials
    6. Review Questions
    7. Answers to Review Questions
  17. Understanding Networking
    1. Understanding Networking Principles
    2. Identifying Common Network Hardware
    3. Comparing Network Types
    4. Summary
    5. Exam Essentials
    6. Review Questions
    7. Answers to Review Questions
  18. Understanding Network Security Fundamentals
    1. Understanding Security
    2. Security Solutions
    3. Identifying Security Problem Areas
    4. Summary
    5. Exam Essentials
    6. Review Questions
    7. Answers to Review Questions
  19. Understanding Operational Procedures
    1. Understanding Safety and Environmental Issues
    2. Applying Proper Safety and Disposal Procedures
    3. Demonstrating Communication Skills and Professionalism
    4. Summary
    5. Exam Essentials
    6. Review Questions
    7. Answers to Review Questions
  20. Installing, Maintaining, and Troubleshooting Hardware
    1. Installing, Configuring, and Maintaining PC Components
    2. Identifying Tools and Diagnostics for PC Components
    3. Removing, Installing, and Configuring Components
    4. Using Tools and Diagnostic Procedures for Personal Computer Components
    5. Summary
    6. Exam Essentials
    7. Review Questions
    8. Answers to Review Questions
  21. Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting Laptops
    1. Disassembling and Reassembling Laptops
    2. Replacing Laptop Components
    3. Summary
    4. Exam Essentials
    5. Review Questions
    6. Answers to Review Questions
  22. Resolving Printer Problems
    1. Troubleshooting Printer Problems
    2. Performing Preventive Maintenance
    3. Summary
    4. Exam Essentials
    5. Review Questions
    6. Answers to Review Questions
  23. Operating System Structures and Commands
    1. Using Operating Systems
    2. Understanding and Navigating Directory Structures
    3. User File Locations
    4. System File Locations
    5. Font Files
    6. Managing Temporary Files
    7. Program Files
    8. Offline Files
    9. Summary
    10. Exam Essentials
    11. Review Questions
    12. Answers to Review Questions
  24. Operating System Utilities and Troubleshooting Issues
    1. Performing Preventive Maintenance on Operating Systems
    2. Dealing with Boot Issues
    3. Solving Windows File-Related Problems
    4. Using Windows-Based Troubleshooting Utilities
    5. Disk and Remote Management
    6. System Performance and Optimization
    7. Summary
    8. Exam Essentials
    9. Review Questions
    10. Answers to Review Questions
  25. Installing and Troubleshooting Networks
    1. Installing and Configuring SOHO Networks
    2. Troubleshooting Client-Side Connectivity Issues
    3. Summary
    4. Exam Essentials
    5. Review Questions
    6. Answers to Review Questions
  26. System Security
    1. Security Basics
    2. Viruses and Malware
    3. Recognizing Common Attacks
    4. Recovering Operating Systems
    5. Security and Troubleshooting
    6. Access Control
    7. Summary
    8. Exam Essentials
    9. Review Questions
    10. Answers to Review Questions
  27. About the Companion CD
    1. What You'll Find on the CD
    2. System Requirements
    3. Using the CD
    4. Troubleshooting
  28. Glossary
    1. Numbers
    2. A
    3. B
    4. C
    5. D
    6. E
    7. F
    8. G
    9. H
    10. I
    11. K
    12. L
    13. M
    14. N
    15. O
    16. P
    17. R
    18. S
    19. T
    20. U
    21. V
    22. W
    23. Z