***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.
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The Complete A+ Guide to Computer Repair, 2nd Edition?
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New Chapter 15—COMMON ELEMENTS IN THE WINDOWS' OS
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
Chapter 19—Windows XP PROFESSIONAL including XP Configuration of Adapters
exercises, XP CHKDSK, XP DEFRAG
of Material You Don’t Need
ArcNet network adapters
ST506 and ESDI hard
Few remaining Windows
MicroChannel and EISA
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
from Students and Colleagues
When was the last time you heard comments like
Number of Reviews:
One of the BEST A+
books around hands down,
September 17, 2002
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.
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.
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
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.
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. "
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 1—Introduction to Computer Repair
Chapter 2—On the Motherboard
Chapter 3—System Configuration
Chapter 5—Basic Electronics and Power
Chapter 6—Logical Troubleshooting
Chapter 8—Floppy Drives
Chapter 9—Hard Drives
Chapter 10—Multimedia Devices
Chapter 11—Serial Devices, Mice, and Keyboards
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—Windows XP PROFESSIONAL
1545 pages + wireless networking chapter on CD