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CD Features Practice Essentials Exam, IT Tech Practice Exam, Depot Practice Exam, and Remote Support Practice Exam

 

In This Book You’ll Learn How To:

  • Recognize the different types and forms of computer memory
  • Identify different computer cables and connectors
  • Troubleshoot IRQ conflicts and other computer resource problems
  • Identify and troubleshoot common computer motherboard components
  • Install core PC components, such as motherboards, processors, and memory
  • Install and maintain multiple computer peripherals
  • Identify network architectures and topologies
  • Troubleshoot operating system problems
  • Describe the core functions of Windows NT/2000/XP and Windows 9x operating systems
  • Discover effective DOS commands excellent for troubleshooting
  • Use the DOS operating system or command lines when your GUI is unavailable
  • Recover from system startup failures
  • Use and troubleshoot Windows Networking
  • Effectively prepare yourself for exam day

 

CD Features Practice Exams!

Ready to test your skills? Want to find out if you’re ready for test day? Use the practice tests supplied on this CD to help prepare you for the big day. Test yourself, and then check your answers. Coupled with the in-depth material in the book, this is the ultimate one-two A+ study preparation package!

 

Charles J. Brooks is currently co-owner and vice president of Educational Technologies Group Inc., as well as co-owner of eITPrep LLP, an online training company. He is in charge of research and product development at both organizations. A former electronics instructor and technical writer with the National Education Corporation, Charles taught and wrote on post-secondary EET curriculum, including introductory electronics, transistor theory, linear integrated circuits, basic digital theory, industrial electronics, microprocessors, and computer peripherals. Charles has authored several books, including the first five editions of A+ Certification Training Guide, The Complete Introductory Computer Course, and IBM PC Peripheral Troubleshooting and Repair. He also writes about networking, residential technology integration, and convergence.

 

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About the Author

Charles J. Brooks is currently co-owner and vice president of Educational Technologies Group Inc., as well as co-owner of eITPrep LLP, an online training company. He is in charge of research and product development at both organizations. A former electronics instructor and technical writer with the National Education Corporation, Charles taught and wrote on post-secondary EET curriculum, including introductory electronics, transistor theory, linear integrated circuits, basic digital theory, industrial electronics, microprocessors, and computer peripherals. Charles has authored several books, including the first five editions of A+ Certification Training Guide, The Complete Introductory Computer Course, and IBM PC Peripheral Troubleshooting and Repair. He also writes about networking, residential technology integration, and convergence.


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Horrible Guide Feb. 13 2008
By K. Cropp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!

Alot of misinformation.

Mac OS based on LINUX? (3.0 question 7) Uh...no...its UNIX...thanks for playing though. That would be an easy question on the A+ exam that you would have missed right there because of this book.

Why would you use FAT32? A normal tech would would do that if they were trying to support an older OS's on a dual boot(which was actually one of the choices), but the writer gave some other nonsensical reason like the primary drive being smaller than 1 GB (which is smaller than the required size for XP or 2000 to even be installed at all BTW). Completely ridiculous.

This is just BASIC stuff that any tech should know, and this book, many times, gets it completely wrong.

Not to mention wiping down LCD monitors with soap and water instead of alcohol based wipes (not even an answer)....wow. Yeah, nothing ups the resale value of your shiny new notebook like internal water damage.

Some of the questions were so outlandish that they were impossible to answer properly (ie "write it down in the paper security log" [the right answer BTW] WTF?).

It also completely stomps all over the idea that the simplest solution is typically the correct one, which is stressed in every other guide and on the test itself. The author would have you trouble shooting all sorts of bizarre printer problems when you really should be looking for an empty paper tray (also one of the choices).

Wrong...wrong...wrong. One of THE worst study manuals I have ever read, if not the worst. Some stuff was good, but unless you already knew it, you wouldn't be able to tell which was the good stuff, and which was flat out wrong.

Get the Testout software from the library and buy 'Jean Andrews A+ 2006: In Depth' (which you should have as a desk reference anyway), and you will be golden.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Best of the Best Aug. 30 2007
By J. Kent - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this on the advice of a fellow computer geek who told me ExamCram was the best source for computer study materials. He was right! The book is simple and easy to understand, yet still leaves you feeling confident with your comprehension of the material. They give you "Exam Alerts" so that you know specific areas you need to study, as well as challenges to test your knowledge in "real life" situations. At the end of each chapter is a comprehensive quiz, with answers that are explained so you know why an answer is right. If you are studying for A+, look no further. This is all you need.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good book to get more knowledge in the IT job Sept. 21 2007
By H. Fong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think it's a pretty good book to get overall knowledge for you IT job. However, it only covers about 60% of the A+ test(I took the IT Tech route). You can answer the other 30% of the test base on common sense and some on-the-job experience. 10% of the test material wasn't covered in the book at all (E.g. How to handle specific hazardous material, which the book covers them, but not enough). The MSCONFIG question comes up at least 5 times in both A+ Essential and IT Tech. Be sure to read and re-read that chapter where is covers the MSCONFIG command.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beware of misinformation! Sept. 28 2008
By Happy Fries - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This would be a great book to help with reviewing for the A+. It includes a lot of information on the test objectives, and also includes a lot of specifications that would be good to know, but not necessarily needed, to pass the A+ exam. Another plus are useful detailed diagrams. In that sense, it is very good.

However, the deal breaker here is the presence of misinformation. Like a previous reviewer mentioned, MAC OS X is NOT based on Linux. The 802.11g specification does NOT operate in the 5.0 GHz spectrum, etc. Furthermore, as of this day this review was written, I could NOT find any sort of errata file which might have saved this review. The closest I came to was making an account at InformIT (partnered with Que Publishing) that "maybe" offered an errata file, but didn't, and didn't offer any means to close the account I made.

If you are considering this book as an introduction to study for the A+, I urge you to look elsewhere. Buy this as a reference to information YOU ALREADY MAY KNOW, to the point where you can point out errors while reading. Otherwise, you may learn information that WILL HURT YOU on the exams.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Should NOT be your only source March 25 2009
By Adri - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This should NOT be your only study guide for the exam. There were just far to many discrepancies in the book and I spend a lot of time double checking the information online. Although I passed the A+ Essentials Exam using the guide, I will be using a different source for the IT Technician Exam.


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