A+ Guide to Hardware

  • includes 2 terms (12 months) Printed Access Card
  • AUTHOR: Jean Andrews
  • ISBN-13: 9781133135128 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 784 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 6th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2006
  • ©2014     Published
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About The Product

This step-by-step, highly visual text provides students with a comprehensive introduction to managing and maintaining computer hardware. Written by best-selling author and educator Jean Andrews, A+ GUIDE TO HARDWARE, Sixth Edition closely integrates the CompTIA A+ Exam objectives to prepare students for the hardware portions of the 220-801 and 220-802 certification exams. The new Sixth Edition also features extensive updates to reflect current technology, techniques, and industry standards in the dynamic, fast-paced field of PC repair. Each chapter covers both core concepts and advanced topics, organizing material to facilitate practical application and encourage students to learn by doing. Supported by a wide range of supplemental resources to enhance learning—including innovative instructional tools, interactive exercises and activities, and online study guides—this proven text offers an ideal way to prepare for success as a professional PC repair technician.


  • Special icons and features throughout the text make it easy to identify hardware content covered on the CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 certification exams allowing students to focus their efforts effectively when reviewing for the exams.
  • Learning tools and special features help students master the material, including Applying Concepts, Key Terms, Reviewing the Basics, Thinking Critically, Hands-On Projects, and Real Problems, Real Solutions.
  • A unique A+ Table of Contents allows students to quickly identify hardware topics relevant to the CompTIA A+ exams and determine where those topics are covered within the text.
  • An extensive collection of supplemental resources to help enhance teaching and learning. Highlights include innovative instructional and course management tools, interactive activities and study guides, and online material for reinforcement and enrichment.

About the Contributor

  • Jean Andrews

    Jean Andrews has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, including more than 13 years in the college classroom. She has worked in a variety of businesses designing, writing, and supporting application software; managing a PC repair help desk; and troubleshooting wide area networks. She has written numerous books on software, hardware, and the Internet, including the bestselling A+ GUIDE TO MANAGING AND MAINTAINING YOUR PC, 8th Edition, and A+ GUIDE TO HARDWARE: MANAGING, MAINTAINING AND TROUBLESHOOTING, Sixth Edition. She lives in north Georgia.

Table of Contents

1. First Look at Computer Parts and Tools.
2. Working Inside a Computer.
3. All about Motherboards.
4. Supporting Processors and Memory.
5. Supporting Hard Drives.
6. Installing and Supporting I/O and Storage Devices.
7. Satisfying Customer Needs.
8. Troubleshooting Hardware Problems.
9. Connecting to and Setting Up a Network.
10. Networking Types, Devices, and Cabling.
11. Supporting Notebooks.
12. Supporting Printers.
Appendix A: Keystroke Shortcuts in Windows.
Appendix B: CompTIA A+ Acronyms.

New to this Edition

  • Extensive updates to reflect the new organization and content of the 2012 CompTIA's A+ certification exams, helping students to prepare for success on the hardware portions of both the 220-801 and 220-802 exams.
  • Covers essential topics and techniques related to PC hardware, including hardware component identification and installation, networking devices, cables and connectors, laptop hardware and features, printer types and components, operational procedures (including maintenance), and customer service.
  • Chapters have been reordered and reorganized to better reflect the needs and knowledge of today's learners. Within each chapter, topics are organized to support progressive, hands-on learning; practical projects are integrated throughout; and material not relevant to current exam standards has been removed or minimized.
  • Photos, screen shots, and illustrations have been updated throughout the text to reflect current systems and interfaces, making it easier for readers to connect chapter material to the hardware they will encounter in their professional careers.
  • Features coverage of new topics for CompTIA's 220-801 exam, such as CPU sockets, CPU virtualization support, wireless device connections, custom configured systems, key protocols (LDAP, SNMP, SMB, SSH), SOHO routers, cellular network and WiMAX connections, network topologies (mesh, ring, bus, star, hybrid), and print servers and imaging processes.

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