The A+ Certification & PC Repair Handbook by Christopher A. Crayton

By Christopher A. Crayton

Many A+ certification publications arrange aspiring computing device technicians to move the examination, yet do not placed try ambitions in a "practical use" context. different computing device fix courses hide A+ examination ambitions in a real-world environment, yet do not organize scholars good sufficient to move the try and get qualified. The A+ Certification and laptop fix guide solves this challenge by means of combining an entire attempt guidance for the hot A+ examinations (220-301 and 220-302) with a arms on advisor that displays how the A+ examination questions follow to real-world computer fix difficulties. The publication teaches clients tips on how to set up and troubleshoot undefined, and offers strategies to universal working system-related difficulties for machines operating Microsoft home windows 9x, Me, 2000, and XP. every one bankruptcy contains various diagrams and pictures, and explains laptop fix thoughts utilizing easy-to-understand language and obtainable phrases. for every bankruptcy explaining those notebook fix strategies, one other bankruptcy is integrated on easy methods to successfully go the corresponding component to the A+ examination, with pattern examination questions in line with the particular checks. Test-taking suggestions also are coated, together with the test's fresh go back to standard linear checking out, in place of the adaptive layout of earlier years. The book's spouse CD-ROM includes video tutorials that illustrate laptop fix concepts, and full-length, timed, 80-question traditional perform assessments masking either modules (Core and OS know-how) of the A+ certification examination.

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As a last resort, you can edit the registry. Follow the instructions in Chapter 11, and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and delete the values for any service or program you don’t want to start with Windows. Note Don’t edit the registry unless you have backed it up first, because one mistake can render the machine unbootable, requiring you to reinstall Windows. You can find information on backing up the registry in Chapter 11. A better way to remove icons is by using MSConfig.

Then, make a note (literally—write it down on paper) of all devices in which a yellow exclamation point indicates a problem. By double-clicking each of these devices and then the Resources tab on the dialog box that appears, you’ll see which resources the device is using, and a list of conflicts on the bottom of the dialog box. If you don’t see the resources used, click the Manual configuration button and the conflict list should appear. Write down all this information. Then, review the list of IRQs for unused numbers, noting that there are certain IRQs that are reserved and cannot be reassigned, and that some devices must have certain IRQs and I/O addresses and can accept no others.

See Chapter 11 for instructions on disabling and enabling System Restore. Popular Antivirus Programs Here are four effective antivirus programs: McAfee® Virus Scan® by Network Associates: This is available in both a CD-ROM version and an online version. com Norton Antivirus™ by Symantec: This is one of many antivirus and other helpful products available from Symantec. com PC-Cillin™ by Trend Micro™: Trend Micro has a wide range of antivirus and other security-related products in its line. com AVG Anti-Virus™ by Grisoft: This one leaves no excuses not to have antivirus protection—one version is available free of charge!

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