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The Complete A+ Guide
to PC Repair
, 2nd Edition

by Cheryl Schmidt

Student Files
Student Guide and
Appendices C and D

***New! Available for Winter/Spring 2004!***

Coverage of wireless networks (new to the A+ exam) available on CD, shrinkwrapped to The Complete A+ Guide to PC Repair, 2nd Edition. CDs are not sold separately. No increase in price! Be sure to specify new ISBN 1-57676-140-1.

Want 1 reason to consider Cheryl Schmidt's
The Complete A+ Guide to Computer Repair, 2nd Edition?

We’ll give you 4!

Reason 1—New Chapters


  • Information on basic usage of Windows is now in an introductory chapter and has been removed from the Windows 98, NT Workstation, Windows 2000 Professional, and Windows XP chapters

  • New Chapter 19—Windows XP PROFESSIONAL including XP Configuration of Adapters exercises, XP CHKDSK, XP DEFRAG

Reason 2—Deletion of Material You Don’t Need

  • ArcNet network adapters

  • ST506 and ESDI hard drives

  • Few remaining Windows 3.x exercises

  • MicroChannel and EISA configuration

Reason 3—Updates and Additions

  • Update—processor information

  • New—installing a firewire device

  • New—examining resources using XP

  • New—digital cameras, digital phtos

  • New—coverage of scanners

  • More on cable modem installation

  • More on dsl installation

  • More information on flat screen monitors

  • More information on cable modems and DSL modems

Reason 4—Comments from Students and Colleagues

When was the last time you heard comments like these?

Amazon.COM Avg. Customer Review:«««««
Number of Reviews: 4

One of the BEST A+ books around hands down,
September 17, 2002

I have spent several months of hard studying and in-home lab exercises in preparation for taking the A+ exam and this book is one I use every day. One of the best things about it is that it is peppered with actual lab exercises. This makes sense since this book is actually meant to be a textbook for college classes (I just wish it were also available in hardcover). At the end of each chapter are pages and pages of exercises to do to actually practice what you've learned. For those who don't have the money or space to set up an old guinea pig computer there are paper exercises that will get your brain matter really working. Don't dismiss the paper exercises even if you do have a guinea pig computer. A lot of them are not easy and duplicate some of the problems a repair tech will encounter on the job.

Which brings me to yet another aspect of this book I really liked. It has added emphasis on troubleshooting. I have a lot of A+ books - all the standard ones most people find in bookstores and none of them focus on troubleshooting to the degree this one does. Again it makes sense since this book is supposed to be a textbook for courses that help people get a job as a PC repair tech. People bring in their computers because something isn't working correctly, right? So troubleshooting becomes an essential skill. I recognized a lot of the troubleshooting techniques I use on my job and several new ones I didn't.

Hardware and Operating Systems are given in-depth coverage. Probably far more than you would ever be tested on. For the OS portion of the test everything from DOS/Win 3.1, Win95, Win98/ME, NT, 2000/XP is examined. Even things that A+ doesn't really focus on anymore are given good coverage. Mainly, because on the job you'll likely face situations where it's good to know for troubleshooting older systems.

In a market full of A+ books studying any one of them thoroughly will be enough to pass. But if you want something that will help you on a job too - well, you can't go wrong with this one.

Thank you
for the teacher's material on the Complete Computer Repair 2nd ed. textbook. This material has made teaching this material from your book the most helpful of any material I have ever used. I have been teaching for 20 years, and this is the most complete and user friendly information I have used. Again thank you and keep up the good work. If you have a catalog of other books, please send it. Loren Niemeyer, Sauk Valley Community College

I am very impressed

We have already adopted Schmidt's 2nd edition for use with my class at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, MA, and I am very impressed with it. I like the updated information and the addition of some review questions in Chp 6 on Troubleshooting. The end of the chapter exercises make preparing classroom activities much easier.

What a joy to have found this book.
I own every book, it seems, on computer repair. At last, I have found a book that is well written and easy to understand. Ms. Schmidt's explanations are straight forward and well illustrated. What a joy to have found this book.

"I have only one thing to say: wow!
Speaking of the A+ cert text: I actually purchased it for my own use as I was cramming for the A+ cert myself and I only have one thing to say: wow! If you need any blurbs for this text, just say the word and I will say wonderful things about it to anyone who'll listen—Any prospective A+ student should certainly have a solid foundation in the various hardware/software principles in addition to this text, but for the brute memorization and getting acclimated to the testing atmosphere, this is THE text—I just finished passing both halves of the certification and this text was a large part of it; sooooo since the college has asked me to teach certification in the spring, I'll be using the Schmidt tome in addition to the usual "overview" type text. " Lynne Y. Williams, University of New Mexico, Los Alamos from United States

Table of Contents

The Complete A+ Guide to PC Repair, 2nd Edition
by Cheryl A. Schmidt

Chapter 1Introduction to Computer Repair
Chapter 2
On the Motherboard
Chapter 3
System Configuration
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Basic Electronics and Power
Chapter 6
Logical Troubleshooting
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Floppy Drives
Chapter 9
Hard Drives
Chapter 10
Multimedia Devices
Chapter 11
Serial Devices, Mice, and Keyboards
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Introduction to DOS
Chapter 15
Common Elements in the Windows' OS
Chapter 16
Windows 98
Chapter 17
Windows NT Workstation
Chapter 18
Windows 2000 Professional
Chapter 19

Chapter 20
Introduction to Networking

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