31 Days Before Your CompTIA A+ Exams

31 Days Before Your CompTIA A+ Exams

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31 Days Before Your CompTIA A+ Exams Ben Conry A day-by-day review guide for the Cisco Networking Academy IT Essentials student 31 Days Before Your CompTIA A+ Exams is a preparation guide for all four A+ exams (2006 objectives) and maps to the IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software Version 4 course developed by the Cisco(R) Networking Academy(R). Not sure which specialty exam to take: Field Technician, Remote Technician, or Bench Technician? This book breaks down key exam topics into manageable bits of information to review and helps you decide which direction to take after passing the Essentials exam on Day 15. Use this day-by-day guide to organize, prepare, and review all the CompTIA(R) A+ objectives. The features of the book empower you to fit exam preparation into an otherwise busy schedule: * Tear-out calendar summarizes each day's study topics * Checklist highlights important tasks and deadlines leading up to your exam * Description of the CompTIA A+ exams and signup process includes instructions on how to use a Cisco Networking Academy course voucher * Strategies from the author help you to be mentally, organizationally, and physically prepared for exam day * Conversational tone makes your study time more enjoyable Ben Conry has a master's degree in instructional technology from Johns Hopkins University and currently holds CCNA(R), CCAI, and A+ certifications. He is the lead instructor for Information Technology Essentials 1 in Baltimore County public schools, where he consistently guides disadvantaged students through their A+ certification. He has received awards and citations for his commitment to educational excellence and for preparing students for both college and the workforce. Related Titles: IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software Companion Guide ISBN: 978-1-58713-199-8 IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software Labs and Study Guide ISBN: 978-1-58713-198-1 This book is part of the Cisco Networking Academy Series from Cisco Press(R). Books in this series support and complement the Cisco Networking Academy.show more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Cisco Press
  • Indianapolis, United States
  • English
  • black & white tables, figures
  • 1587132311
  • 9781587132315
  • 1,565,590

About Ben Conry

Benjamin P. Conry graduated from Oberlin College in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in music education with an emphasis in composition. He earned a master's degree in instructional technology from Johns Hopkins University in 2002. Currently, he holds CCNA, CCAI, and A+ certifications and is the lead instructor for Information Technology Essentials, PC Hardware and Software in Baltimore County Public Schools. Ben Conry consistently takes disadvantaged and minority students and sees them through their A+ certification and into college and careers. He has received awards and citations for his commitment to educational excellence and for preparing students for college and the workforce. Ben Conry lives with his wife and two children in Lutherville, Maryland.show more

Table of contents

Part I: Days 31-15: Taking the Essentials Exam (2006) Day 31: Hardware Concepts: Part 1 of 2 A+ Essentials Exam Objective Key Points Storage Devices Interfaces and Cables Adapter Cards Motherboards CPU Slots and Sockets Power Supplies Homework Funwork Day 30: Hardware Concepts: Part 2 of 2 A+ Essentials Exam Objective Key Points System Resources Memory Input and Output Cables and Ports Cooling Systems A Day in the Office Homework Funwork Day 29: Hardware Installation A+ Essentials Exam Objective Key Points SATA Installation PATA Installation SCSI RAID Flashing the BIOS: A Closer Look Preparing the HDD for an OS Installation Drive-Related Best Practices Found on the A+ Exam Homework Funwork Day 28: Hardware Troubleshooting A+ Essentials Exam Objectives Key Points Troubleshooting Process Troubleshooting Best Practices Found on the A+ Exam POST and Boot Problems Resolving Resolutions Troubleshooting Tools Preventive Maintenance Homework Funwork Day 27: Laptops and Portable Devices: Part 1 of 2 A+ Essentials Exam Objectives Key Points Batteries ACPI Power Management Laptops and Projectors Memory and Expansion Slots Homework Funwork Day 26: Laptops and Portable Devices: Part 2 of 2 A+ Essentials Exam Objectives Key Points Cell Phones Cleaning Laptops Repairing Laptops Troubleshooting Laptops Homework Funwork Day 25: Operating Systems Concepts A+ Essentials Exam Objective Key Points Operating System and the Layered PC Model Desktop Operating Systems Network Operating Systems The "Multi" Terms Modes Logical Memory Registry GUI Versus CLI Users and Permissions Windows Vista Administrator Account File Extensions Plug-Ins, Players, and Viewers File Attributes Virtual Memory Homework Funwork Day 24: Operating Systems Installation A+ Essentials Exam Objective Key Points Hardware Compatibility List Boot Process Clean Operating System Install Add New Hardware Wizard Add/Remove Software Device Manager Homework Funwork Day 23: Operating Systems Troubleshooting A+ Essentials Exam Objectives Key Points Memory Dumps ERD and ASR Not Enough HDD Space Last Known Good Configuration Event Viewer MSCONFIG Change File Extension Associations Install a Program on OS X, Windows, and Linux View the CLI on OS X, Windows, and Linux Disk Management and Utilities Microsoft Backup Utility Homework Funwork Day 22: Printers A+ Essentials Exam Objective Key Points Printer Measurements Types of Printers Printer Connections Printer Troubleshooting Homework Funwork Day 21: Scanners A+ Essentials Exam Objectives Key Points Handheld, Flatbed, and Drum Scanners Optical Character Recognition Maintaining Scanners Other Scanners Homework Funwork Day 20: Networking: Part 1 of 2 A+ Essentials Exam Objective Key Points LANs, WANs, and WLANs OSI Model Simplex, Multicasting, Half Duplex, Full Duplex Network Addressing Network Topologies Client/Server Versus Peer to Peer Network Architectures Bluetooth Homework Funwork Day 19: Networking: Part 2 of 2 A+ Essentials Exam Objectives Key Points OSI and TCP/IP Models Network Protocols Standards Organizations AT Commands Internet Connections Troubleshooting Networks Homework Funwork Day 18: Security A+ Essentials Exam Objectives Key Points Security Threats WIFI Security AV, Spyware Removal, and Definitions Updates Firewalls User Training and Password Policies Troubleshooting Security Homework Funwork Day 17: Environmental Issues A+ Essentials Exam Objectives Key Points Hazards Fire Safety Material Safety and Data Sheets (MSDS) Tools Electrostatic Discharge Disposing of Computer Components Customer Support Service Level Agreements Homework Funwork Day 16: Essentials Review Day The Cheat Sheet Study Technique Homework Funwork Day 15: Essentials Exam Day The Perfect Score Before the Exam During the Exam After the Exam Part II: Days 14-1: Taking the Field Technician Exam 220-602 Day 14: Hardware: A Closer Look A+ 220-602 Exam Objective Key Points Seriously SCSI Legacy Expansion Slots Old-School D Plugs Absolute Power Supplies Homework Funwork Day 13: Hardware Troubleshooting A+ 220-602 Exam Objective Key Points Troubleshooting Monitor Issues Can You Hear Me Now? Quirky Qwerty Homework Funwork Day 12: Hardware Preventive Maintenance A+ 220-602 Exam Objective Key Points Maintenance Toolkit Safety First Cleaning Solutions Homework Funwork Day 11: Laptops and Peripherals A+ 220-602 Exam Objectives Key Points Networking for Laptops Video RAM Hot Swappable and Not Swappable Measuring Memory and Speed: When Size Matters Bluetooth Classes Homework Funwork Day 10: Operating Systems: A Closer Look A+ 220-602 Exam Objective Key Points Command-Line Switches System Folders and Users Shared Folders and Naming Conventions Mapping a Network Drive Language Packs Accessibility Options Homework Funwork Day 9: Operating Systems Troubleshooting A+ 220-602 Exam Objective Key Points Raising the Dead: Operating System Recovery Administrative Tools Problems with Permissions Remote Desktop Connection and Remote Assistance Homework Funwork Day 8: Operating Systems Preventive Maintenance A+ 220-602 Exam Objective Key Points What Really Happens at Startup? Custom OS Installations Updating the Operating System Homework Funwork Day 7: Printers and Scanners: A Closer Look A+ 220-602 Exam Objectives Key Points Printer RAM and Firmware Scanner Software WYSIWYG The Clean and Happy Printer Homework Funwork Day 6: Troubleshooting Printers A+ 220-602 Exam Objectives Key Points Paper Sizes: Letter, Legal, and A4 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Toner: The Good, the Bad, and the Messy Common Printer Problems Homework Funwork Day 5: Networking: A Closer Look A+ 220-602 Exam Objectives Key Points Ports of Call Wire Drill File Sharing Homework Funwork Day 4: Network Troubleshooting A+ 220-602 Exam Objectives Key Points Follow the Packet Seeing the Light Homework Funwork Day 3: Security, Environment, and Customer Service A+ 220-602 Exam Objectives Key Points Firewalls Hash Encryption Virtual Private Networking A Geekspeak Translation Guide Environment Homework Funwork Day 2: 220-602 Review Day By Any Other Name Brain Dumps Write Your Own Practice Questions Homework Funwork Day 1: 220-602 Exam Day Before the Exam During the Exam After the Exam Part III: Days 14-1: Taking the Remote Technician Exam 220-603 Day 14: Remote Hardware Troubleshooting A+ 220-603 Exam Objectives Key Points Remote Technician Connecting over the Phone Getting a Clue Beep-Beep Just a Little SCSI Homework Funwork Day 13: Troubleshooting from a Distance A+ 220-603 Exam Objectives Key Points Remote Assistance Remote Assistance Assistance Remote Desktop Remote Access Telnet and SSH VPN Big Brother Homework Funwork Day 12: Command Prompt: That Old Time Religion A+ 220-603 Exam Objective Key Points CLI on the Phone Command-Line Switches Homework Funwork Day 11: Microsoft and Me A+ 220-603 Exam Objective Key Points License and Registration, Please Hailing a CAB Never Forget a Face Know All Roads Homework Funwork Day 10: Comparing Operating Systems A+ 220-603 Exam Objectives Key Points Comparing Windows XP, Macintosh OS X, and Linux Installing Applications on Operating Systems Homework Funwork Day 9: Opening Windows A+ 220-603 Exam Objectives Key Points Upgrading Windows Distributions of Windows XP Backward Compatibility The Devil in the Details Policies Homework Funwork Day 8: Speaking Fluent XP A+ 220-603 Exam Objectives Key Points Keyboard Shortcuts What Really Happens at Startup? Custom OS Installations Updating the Operating System Homework Funwork Day 7: A Long-Distance Look at Printers and Scanners A+ 220-603 Exam Objectives Key Points Printer RAM and Firmware Scanner Software WYSIWYG Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Toner: The Good, the Bad, and the Messy Common Printer Problems Homework Funwork Day 6: More Networking A+ 220-603 Exam Objectives Key Points Ports of Call Wire Drill File Sharing Browsers Homework Funwork Day 5: Even More Networking A+ 220-603 Exam Objectives Key Points Follow the Packet Homework Funwork Day 4: Security and Wireless A+ 220-603 Exam Objectives Key Points Firewalls Hash Encryption Troubleshooting Wireless Networks Homework Funwork Day 3: Customer Service A+ 220-603 Exam Objectives Key Points A Geekspeak Translation Guide Homework Funwork Day 2: 220-603 Review Day By Any Other Name Brain Dumps Write Your Own Practice Questions Homework Funwork Day 1: 220-603 Exam Day Before the Exam During the Exam After the Exam Part IV: Days 14-1: Taking the Bench Technician Exam 220-604 Day 14: Elbow Deep in Hardware A+ 220-604 Exam Objective Key Points Seriously SCSI Legacy Expansion Slots Old-School D Plugs Absolute Power Supplies Homework Funwork Day 13: AMD, Intel, and You A+ 220-604 Exam Objective Key Points What's Under the Hood? A Bag of Chips Upgrading the CPU Homework Funwork Day 12: The Right Tool for the Right Job A+ 220-604 Exam Objective Key Points Tools Multimeters and Electricity Connecting Devices Properly Known-Good Devices Homework Funwork Day 11: An Ounce of Prevention A+ 220-604 Exam Objective Key Points What's Hot and What's Not Cleaning Solutions Homework Funwork Day 10: Batteries and LCDs A+ 220-604 Exam Objective Key Points Portable Power Crystal Clear Video Sharing Homework Funwork Day 9: Swapping Drives A+ 220-604 Exam Objective Key Points Hot Swappable and Not Swappable Laptop Hard Drives Homework Funwork Day 8: Troubleshooting Portable Devices A+ 220-604 Exam Objective Key Points Troubleshooting Cell Phones Function over Form Factors Quirky Qwerty Homework Funwork Day 7: Projectors and Cameras A+ 220-604 Exam Objective Key Points Troubleshooting Cameras Measuring Memory and Speed: When Size Matters Troubleshooting Projectors Homework Funwork Day 6: The Big World of Printers and Scanners 255 A+ 220-604 Exam Objectives Key Points Safety First Printer RAM and Firmware Scanner Software WYSIWYG Print Servers Homework Funwork Day 5: Printers and Scanners on Your Own Terms A+ 220-604 Exam Objectives Key Points Got Ink? Error Codes Serious Solutions for Serious Bench Techs Cleaning the Bench Tech Way Paper Sizes: Letter, Legal, and A4 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Toner: The Good, the Bad, and the Messy Homework Funwork Day 4: Alphabet Soup Key Points Acronym List Homework Funwork Day 3: Security and Environment A+ 220-604 Exam Objectives Key Points Security Devices Environment Homework Funwork Day 2: 220-604 Review Day By Any Other Name Brain Dumps Write Your Own Practice Questions Homework Funwork Day 1: 220-604 Exam Day Before the Exam During the Exam After the Exam Indexshow more

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