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CompTIA Strata™ IT Fundamentals

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All-in-One is All You Need.

Get complete coverage of all material included on the CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals exam inside this comprehensive resource. Written by leading CompTIA certification and training experts, this authoritative guide covers exam FC0-U41 in full detail. You'll find learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, exam tips, practice exam questions, and in-depth explanations. Designed to help you pass the exam with ease, this definitive volume also serves as an essential on-the-job reference.

COVERS ALL EXAM TOPICS, INCLUDING:

• How computers work

• Processing components

• Common and advanced input/output devices

• Common and advanced storage devices

• Configuring the operating system

• Maintaining computers

• Upgrading hardware and software

• Printers

• Wired and wireless networks

• Connecting to the Internet

• Local and Internet security

CD-ROM FEATURES:

• Two practice exams

• An "Introduction to Strata" video by Mike Meyers

• E-Book

Scott Jernigan, CompTIA Strata, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, IC3, MCP, is editor in chief for Total Seminars LLC, a major provider of PC and network repair seminars for thousands of organizations throughout the world. He is coauthor, with Mike Meyers, of the bestselling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Fifth Edition, and he has written, edited, and contributed to many other computer books.

Mike Meyers, CompTIA A+ CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, MCP, is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA A+ certification and training, and the bestselling author of seven editions of CompTIA A+ All-in-One Exam Guide. He is the president and founder of Total Seminars LLC and a member of CompTIA.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. CompTIA Strata™ IT Fundamentals
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Introduction
  7. Part I The Simple PC
    1. Chapter 1 How Computers Work
      1. Types of Computers
      2. Uses for Computers
        1. Music
        2. Visual Art
        3. Games
      3. How Computers Work
        1. Stages
        2. Why the Process Matters to Techs
        3. Breaking It Down
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    2. Chapter 2 Processing Components
      1. CPUs
        1. Speed
        2. Sophistication
        3. Greener CPUs
      2. RAM
        1. RAM Sticks
        2. RAM Technologies and Speeds
      3. Motherboards
      4. Power and Cases
      5. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    3. Chapter 3 Common Input/Output Devices
      1. Keyboards
      2. Mice and Other Pointing Devices
        1. Mouse Technologies
        2. Other Pointing Devices
      3. Monitors
        1. Connecting to the Computer
        2. The Display Applet
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    4. Chapter 4 Common Storage Devices
      1. Floppy Drives
      2. Hard Drives
        1. Hard Drive Features
        2. Connecting Hard Drives
      3. Optical Drives
        1. Optical Disc Families
        2. Capacity
        3. Movies on Optical Discs
        4. Connecting Optical Drives
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    5. Chapter 5 Configuring the Operating System
      1. Adjusting Windows Settings
        1. Customizing the Start Menu
        2. Essential Control Panel Applets
      2. User Accounts
        1. Types of User Accounts
        2. Using User Accounts
        3. Adding User Accounts
      3. Working with Files and Folders
        1. The Many Faces of Explorer
        2. Documents
        3. Hard Drive Organization
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Review Answers
  8. Part II Maintaining and Upgrading the Simple PC
    1. Chapter 6 Maintaining Computers
      1. Outside the Case
        1. Placement of Wires and Devices
        2. Proper Cleaning Materials
        3. Cleaning Monitors and Removable Media
        4. Safe Disposal
      2. Inside the Case
        1. Proceed with Caution (Avoiding ESD)
        2. Cleaning Inside
        3. Ventilation, Dust, and Moisture Control
      3. Inside the Drive
        1. Disk Cleanup
        2. Disk Compression
        3. Backup
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    2. Chapter 7 Upgrading Software
      1. Risks
        1. Operating Systems
        2. Applications
      2. How to Upgrade
        1. Minimum Requirements
        2. Rights
        3. Media
        4. Licensing
        5. Upgrade Process
      3. After the Upgrade
        1. Registration, Activation, and DRM
        2. Read Documentation
        3. Adjust Firewall Access
        4. Software Removal
        5. Reinstallation
      4. Checking for Errors
        1. Chapter Review
        2. Questions
        3. Answers
    3. Chapter 8 Upgrading Hardware
      1. Recognizing the Need for an Upgrade
        1. Poor Performance
        2. Out of Space
        3. Application Fails to Load
        4. Critical Errors
      2. Upgrading External Components
        1. Legacy Ports
        2. USB
        3. FireWire
        4. eSATA
        5. Wireless
        6. How to Choose the Right Connection for the Job
      3. Upgrading Internal Devices
        1. Avoiding ESD
        2. RAM
        3. Hard Drive
        4. Video
        5. Finishing the Internal Upgrade
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
  9. Part III The Complex PC
    1. Chapter 9 Advanced Input/Output Devices
      1. Visual Capture Devices
        1. Scanners
        2. Digital Cameras and Camcorders
        3. Web Cameras
      2. Audio Devices
        1. Sound Output
        2. Sound Input
      3. Game Controllers
      4. TV Tuners
        1. Tuner Hardware
        2. Tuner Software
        3. Tuner Troubleshooting
      5. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    2. Chapter 10 Advanced Storage Topics
      1. Using Hard Drives
      2. Flash-Based Storage
        1. Traditional Storage vs. Flash-Based Storage
      3. SCSI
        1. SCSI Chains
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    3. Chapter 11 Printers
      1. Common Printers
        1. Inkjet Printers
        2. Laser Printers
      2. Installing Printers
        1. Physical Connection
        2. Setting Up Printers
      3. Green Printing
        1. Dealing with Consumables
        2. Duplex Printing
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    4. Chapter 12 Portable Computing Devices
      1. Portable Computers
        1. Handheld Computing Devices
        2. Power Management
      2. Upgrading Portable Computers
        1. PC Cards
      3. Maintaining Portables
        1. Cleaning
        2. Protect the Machine
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
  10. Part IV Networks of PCs
    1. Chapter 13 Wired Networks
      1. What is a Network?
        1. Servers and Clients
        2. Advantages and Disadvantages of Networking
      2. Network Components
        1. Software
        2. Ethernet
        3. Hubs and Switches
      3. Using Networks
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    2. Chapter 14 Wireless Networks
      1. Wireless Networking Basics
        1. Wireless Networking Components
      2. Wireless Networking Software
        1. Wireless Network Modes
        2. Wireless Networking Security
        3. Wireless Networking Speed
        4. Wireless Networking Range
        5. Wireless Networking Standards
        6. IEEE 802.11–Based Wireless Networking
        7. Bluetooth
      3. Configuring Wireless Networking
        1. Ad Hoc Mode
        2. Infrastructure Mode
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    3. Chapter 15 Connecting to the Internet
      1. The Physical Connection
        1. Routers
        2. Dial-Up Connections
        3. ISDN, the Other Dial-Up
        4. Dedicated or Broadband Connections
        5. Dial-up, Cable, or DSL?
      2. Protocols and Settings
        1. TCP/IP
        2. DNS
        3. TCP/IP Services
      3. Internet Content
        1. Web Sites
        2. Newsgroups/Forums
        3. Chat Rooms
        4. Blog Posts
        5. Social Networking
        6. Web-Delivered Services
        7. Streaming Content
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    4. Chapter 16 Green Networking
      1. Green Servers
        1. Power Management
        2. Low-Power Servers
        3. Virtualization
      2. Green Space
        1. Setting Up the Server Room
        2. Laptops, Terminal Servers, and Thin Clients
        3. Energy Star Rating
      3. Green Workers
        1. Telecommuting
        2. Voice over IP
        3. Cloud Computing
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
  11. Part V Securing PCs
    1. Chapter 17 Local Security
      1. Analyzing Threats
        1. Unauthorized Access
        2. Social Engineering
        3. Data Destruction
        4. Administrative Access
        5. System Crash/Hardware Failure
        6. Theft
        7. Virus/Spyware
      2. Security Concepts and Technologies
        1. Access Control
        2. Data Classification and Compliance
        3. Reporting
      3. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    2. Chapter 18 Internet Security
      1. Malicious Software
        1. Grayware
        2. Spam
        3. Viruses
        4. Trojans
        5. Worms
      2. Virus Prevention and Recovery
        1. Antivirus Programs
        2. Virus Prevention Tips
        3. Virus Recovery Tips
      3. Protecting Against Other Threats
        1. Browser Configuration
        2. Firewalls
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
  12. Part VI Appendixes
    1. Appendix A About the Download
      1. System Requirements
      2. Installing and Running Total Tester
        1. About Total Tester
      3. Playing the Introduction Video
      4. CompTIA Acronyms List and CompTIA Exam Objectives
      5. Technical Support
    2. Appendix B Exam Objective Reference
      1. IT Fundamentals
      2. U.K. Strata Exams
        1. Fundamentals of Technology
        2. Fundamentals of PC Functionality
  13. Glossary
  14. Index