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The Complete PC Repair and Troubleshooting
Lab Guide

by Donald Casper
Easter Idaho Technical College

Cheryl Schmidt, Consulting Editor
Florida Community College, Jacksonville


Casper is designed to be used in an Instructor led classroom or it can be used as a self-study lab manual in conjunction with a textbook.

Casper includes labs on

1. Multiple operating systems on a single workstation.  This minimizes the lab equipment needed to learn each operating system, and can be leveraged by the instructor to teach not only each operating system, but also such topics as partitioning, dual booting, etc.
(For example, look at Chapter 1, labs 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7.)

2. Logical PC troubleshooting.  Casper covers all aspects of PC troubleshooting including step-by-step troubleshooting, using diagnostic tools and utilities, backing up data, emergency recovery and repair, and preventive maintenance procedures.   These labs provide a well-rounded set of PC troubleshooting labs.
(For example, look at all of chapter 6.)

3. Printer setup and troubleshooting.  Too often the subject of printers is not covered very well in existing A+ textbooks and/or lab manuals.  "My experience has shown that nearly half of all trouble calls have something to do with printing problems.  The subject of printers is covered from basic printer installation through printer fundamentals, and troubleshooting the printing environment."
(For example, look at all of chapter 13.)

4. Windows XP. Casper includes a section on installing and using Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows XP.  If the instructor chooses to use the Windows XP labs, they will be able to provide the students with a basic understanding of Windows XP without spending a great deal of time doing so.
(For example, look at all labs in Appendix D.)

5. Spiral bound for "layflat" at a workstation. 3-hole punched, so students can easily add completed labs to their own binders.

Sound interesting? Take a look at the contents, then take a look at the book. You'll be glad you did!

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Computer Repair (7 labs)

Chapter 2: The System Board (8 labs)

Chapter 3: System Configuration (9 labs)

Chapter 4: Computer Disassembly/Reassembly (2 labs)

Chapter 5: Basic Electronics and Power (9 labs)

Chapter 6: Logical Troubleshooting (17 labs)

Chapter 7: Memory (2 labs)

Chapter 8: Floppy Drives (3 labs)

Chapter 9: Hard Drives (4 labs)

Chapter 10: Multimedia Devices (3 labs)

Chapter 11: Serial Devices, Mice, and Keyboards (4 labs)

Chapter 12: Video Adapters (3 labs)

Chapter 13: Printers (6 labs)

Chapter 14: Using DOS in a Windows Environment (4 labs)

Chapter 15: Using Windows 98 (4 labs)

Chapter 16: Using Windows NT Workstation (4 labs)

Chapter 17: Windows 2000 Professional (4 labs)

Chapter 18: Networking (15 labs)

Appendix A: CMOS Error and Beep Codes

Appendix B: Standard I/O Port and IRQ Assignments

Appendix C: PC Power Connector Diagrams

Appendix D: Windows XP (9 labs)


Of Additional Interest from Scott/Jones:
What a CCNA Should Really Know
by Cheryl Schmidt and Kevin Hampton



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