Overview

This step-by-step, highly visual text provides students with a comprehensive introduction to managing and maintaining computer hardware. Written by best-selling author and educator Jean Andrews, A+ GUIDE TO HARDWARE, Sixth Edition closely integrates the CompTIA A+ Exam objectives to prepare students for the hardware portions of the 220-801 and 220-802 certification exams. The new Sixth Edition also features extensive updates to reflect current technology, techniques, and industry standards in the dynamic, fast-paced field of PC repair. Each chapter covers both core concepts and advanced topics, organizing material to facilitate practical application and encourage students to learn by doing. Supported by a wide range of supplemental resources to enhance learning—including innovative instructional tools, interactive exercises and activities, and online study guides—this proven text offers an ideal way to prepare for success as a professional PC repair technician.

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What's New

  • Extensive updates to reflect the new organization and content of the 2012 CompTIA's A+ certification exams, helping students to prepare for success on the hardware portions of both the 220-801 and 220-802 exams.
  • Covers essential topics and techniques related to PC hardware, including hardware component identification and installation, networking devices, cables and connectors, laptop hardware and features, printer types and components, operational procedures (including maintenance), and customer service.
  • Chapters have been reordered and reorganized to better reflect the needs and knowledge of today's learners. Within each chapter, topics are organized to support progressive, hands-on learning; practical projects are integrated throughout; and material not relevant to current exam standards has been removed or minimized.
  • Photos, screen shots, and illustrations have been updated throughout the text to reflect current systems and interfaces, making it easier for readers to connect chapter material to the hardware they will encounter in their professional careers.
  • Features coverage of new topics for CompTIA's 220-801 exam, such as CPU sockets, CPU virtualization support, wireless device connections, custom configured systems, key protocols (LDAP, SNMP, SMB, SSH), SOHO routers, cellular network and WiMAX connections, network topologies (mesh, ring, bus, star, hybrid), and print servers and imaging processes.

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