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A+ Certification exam guide by Michael J. Myers
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Hardcover - 748 pages Spiral edition (July 2, 2001) McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 9.11 x 8.00

Audience: PC Computer professionals, programmers
Level: Intermediate: wanting to move into experienced level

Reader Review by Judy Spencer

A+ Certification,
All in one exam guide


Michael J. Myers

Michael J. Myers' A+ Certification, All in one exam guide Osborne/McGraw-Hill Copyright, 2001 Well written and designed, thorough and complete without being overbearing, enthusiastic to the advanced but not overly simplistic to the beginer, surprisingly FUN for such a heavy subject.

Mike Myers' book comes heavily recommended overshadowing others in the competition. He was one of the first to update his work for the 2001 Adaptive COMPTIA exam! Many well taken pictures of computer hardware and well designed artwork for "processing" of system board buses, CPU sockets, ISA slots, Windows 2000 device manager, RS 232 "pin outs", Common AT commands, Microsoft Diagnotics on Windows 4, PLUG-and-PLAY, Cd-Roms, hard drive master boot records, partitioning, platters, sectors, and tracks, and, many other well-investigated subjects.

This is a heavy subject that many who pursue the "certification" need help with. Most have some background with computers and or user-support but still need instruction in their lacking areas (or learning gaps) in order to pass the exam. Although COMPTIA supplies objectives to the Hardware CORE and software OS parts of the exam, Myers' book covers instruction and exam prepration in 20 chapters that also cover COMPTIAs exam objectives.

Back Cover
Table of Contents
The 20 chapters playout as follows: Chap. 1 the Visible PC, Chap. 2 Microprocessors, Chap. 3 RAM, Chap. 4 Motherboards and BIOS, Chap. 5 Expansion Bus, Chap. 6 Power Supplies, Chap. 7 Floppy Drives, Chap. 8 Hard Drives, Chap. 9 DOS, Chap. 10 Windows 9X, Chap. 11 Windows 2000, Chap. 12 DOS Memory in a Windows World, Chap. 13 SCSI, Chap. 14 CD Media, Chap. 15 Sound, Chap. 16 Video, Chap. 17 Modems, Chap. 18 Portable PCs, Chap. 19 Printers, and, Chap. 20 Networks.

The CD includes a demo of Learn-Key's Video Training Series, Total Serminars' Practice Test Software, Pc Technician Shareware/Freeware.

All in all, you'll walk away from this book well prepared for the exam and a more intelligent computer techician in the field.

Judy Spencer


About the Reviewer:
Judy Spencer is President of Jezra Scribes Computer Systems Administrator. She's a Graphic Designer, Musician, orchestrator and song-writer, and, snow-ball fight enthusiast!!

Keywords: Computer: PC: Hardware, Repair, How-To, programs, office, Microsoft, utilities, security, networking, PC - Reviewed on Sun Dec 9, 2001


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