CompTIA A+ Cert, Part 09 of 13: PC Hardware
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CompTIA A+ Cert, Part 09 of 13: PC Hardware

Course description

A thorough understanding of the various components of a computer and how they work together is vital for passing the CompTIA A+ 220-901 exam. Join David Bigger as he explores these internal components– including BIOS, motherboards, CPUs, expansion cards, power supplies, peripheral devices, small office and home office networks (SOHO), and more–with the purpose of solidifying your PC hardware expertise.

Each LearnNowOnline training course is made up of Modules (typically an hour in length). Within each module there are Topics (typically 15-30 minutes each) and Subtopics (typically 2-5 minutes each). There is a Post Exam for each Module that must be passed with a score of 70% or higher to successfully and fully complete the course.


Prerequisites

The course assumes that a student has a basic familiarity with computer operation.


Meet the expert

Patrick Loner

Patrick Loner has certifications for MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, A+, Network+, Security+, and more. He has been working as a Microsoft Certified Trainer, network administrator, and network consultant for over ten years. He has over a decade of experience working with and teaching about Windows networks with client and server operating systems. He has guided many students toward Microsoft and CompTIA certifications. Most recently, he has worked as a freelance trainer and network consultant specializing in Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 implementations, design, and upgrades. Patrick continues to branch out now working with and training on Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Exchange 2013, and System Center Configuration Manager 2012.

Video Runtime

99 Minutes

Time to complete

119 Minutes

Course Outline

Computer Components

BIOS/UEFI Configurations (11:58)

  • Introduction (00:39)
  • Understanding BIOS/UEFI Configurations (01:26)
  • UEFI (01:15)
  • BIOS Settings (02:14)
  • BIOS/UEFI Security Settings (05:29)
  • Summary (00:52)

Motherboards (07:35)

  • Introduction (00:36)
  • Understanding Motherboards (04:02)
  • Form Factor (02:17)
  • Summary (00:38)

Understanding CPUs (12:25)

  • Introduction (00:34)
  • Understanding CPUs (01:12)
  • Intel (01:57)
  • AMD (01:48)
  • CPU Characteristics (03:10)
  • Cooling (03:03)
  • Summary (00:38)

Expansion Cards (07:59)

  • Introduction (00:44)
  • Installing and Configuring Expansion Cards (02:28)
  • Wireless Network Cards (02:10)
  • Thunderbolt (01:55)
  • Summary (00:40)

Power Supplies (07:09)

  • Introduction (00:36)
  • Installing Power Supplies (01:38)
  • Considerations (04:18)
  • Summary (00:36)

Building Custom PCs (17:08)

  • Introduction (00:37)
  • Building Custom PCs (01:37)
  • For CAD (02:19)
  • For Video Editing (03:14)
  • For Gaming (01:53)
  • Alternative Configurations (02:39)
  • Thick and Thin Clients (01:19)
  • Home Server (02:41)
  • Summary (00:46)

Peripheral Devices (21:47)

  • Introduction (00:33)
  • Install and Configure Peripheral Devices (02:22)
  • LCD Technologies (03:12)
  • Adaptors and Converters (04:25)
  • Printers (03:58)
  • Dual-Purpose Devices (01:09)
  • Additional Peripheral Devices (05:22)
  • Summary (00:42)

Multifunction SOHO Devices (13:54)

  • Introduction (00:39)
  • Install and Configure Multifunction SOHO Devices (01:21)
  • Configuration Settings (04:49)
  • Integrated Print Server (01:13)
  • Remote Printing (05:13)
  • Summary (00:36)
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