CompTIA A+

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The CompTIA A+ certification is the first step of your professional IT journey. It’s the ideal foundational certification to get started on a career working with cutting-edge information technologies. It covers mobile, tablets, laptops, desktops and beyond. The exam verifies an individual can troubleshoot networking and security issues within operating systems such as Apple, Android, Windows and more.

Why CompTIA A+?

This industry recognized certification is held by over 1,000,000 IT professionals. Moreover, it’s vendor neutral, which means the skills you develop here won’t be tied to a specific company or technology; keeping your horizons in IT broad and deep.

Jobs that use CompTIA A+

  • Technical support specialist
  • Field service technician
  • IT support technician
  • IT support administrator
  • IT support specialist

The CompTIA A+ 220-901 Objectives are subject to change without notice.

1.0 Hardware

Given a scenario, configure settings and use BIOS/UEFI tools on a PC.

• Firmware upgrades/flash BIOS

• BIOS component information

- RAM

- Hard drive

- Optical drive

- CPU

• BIOS configurations

- Boot sequence

- Enabling and disabling devices

- Date/time

- Clock speeds

- Virtualization support

- BIOS security (passwords, drive encryption: TPM, LoJack, secure boot)

• Built-in diagnostics

• Monitoring

- Temperature monitoring

- Fan speeds

- Intrusion detection/notification

- Voltage

- Clock

- Bus speed

Explain the importance of motherboard components, their purpose and properties.

• Sizes

- ATX

- Micro-ATX

- Mini-ITX

- ITX

• Expansion slots

- PCI

- PCI-X

- PCIe

- miniPCI

• RAM slots

• CPU sockets

• Chipsets

- Northbridge

- Southbridge

• CMOS battery

• Power connections and types

• Fan connectors

• Front/top panel connectors

- USB

- Audio

- Power button

- Power light

- Drive activity lights

• Bus speeds

• Reset button

Compare and contrast various RAM types and their features.

Types

- DDR

- DDR2

- DDR3

- SODIMM

- DIMM

- Parity vs. non-parity

- ECC vs. non-ECC

- RAM configurations

- Single channel vs. dual channel vs. triple channel

- Single sided vs. double sided

- Buffered vs. unbuffered

• RAM compatibility

Install and configure PC expansion cards.

Sound cards

• Video cards

• Network cards

• USB cards

• Firewire cards

• Thunderbolt cards

• Storage cards

• Modem cards

• Wireless/cellular cards

• TV tuner cards

• Video capture cards

• Riser cards

Install and configure storage devices and use appropriate media.

• Optical drives

- CD-ROM/CD-RW

- DVD-ROM/DVD-RW/DVD-RW DL

- Blu-ray

- BD-R

- BD-RE

• Magnetic hard disk drives

- 5400 rpm

- 7200 rpm

- 10,000 rpm

• Hot swappable drives

• Solid state/flash drives

- Compact flash

- SD

- MicroSD

- MiniSD

- xD

- SSD

- Hybrid

- eMMC

• RAID types

- 0

- 1

- 5

- 10

• Tape drive

• Media capacity

- CD

- CD-RW

- DVD-RW

- DVD

- Blu-ray

- Tape

- DVD DL

Install various types of CPUs and apply the appropriate cooling methods.

• Socket types

- Intel: 775, 1155, 1156, 1366, 1150, 2011

- AMD: AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+

• Characteristics

- Speeds

- Cores

- Cache size/type

- Hyperthreading

- Virtualization support

- Architecture (32-bit vs. 64-bit)

- Integrated GPU

- Disable execute bit

• Cooling

- Heat sink

- Fans

- Thermal paste

- Liquid-based

- Fanless/passive

Compare and contrast various PC connection interfaces, their characteristics and purpose.

• Physical connections

- USB 1.1 vs. 2.0 vs. 3.0

- Connector types: A, B, mini, micro

- Firewire 400 vs. Firewire 800

- SATA1 vs. SATA2 vs. SATA3, eSATA

- Other connector types

- VGA

- HDMI

- DVI

- Audio

- Analog

- Digital (Optical connector)

- RJ-45

- RJ-11

- Thunderbolt

• Wireless connections

- Bluetooth

- RF

- IR

- NFC

• Characteristics

- Analog

- Digital

- Distance limitations

- Data transfer speeds

- Quality

- Frequencies

Install a power supply based on given specifications.

• Connector types and their voltages

- SATA

- Molex

- 4/8-pin 12v

- PCIe 6/8-pin

- 20-pin

- 24-pin

• Specifications

- Wattage

- Dual rail

- Size

- Number of connectors

- ATX

- MicroATX

- Dual voltage options

Given a scenario, select the appropriate components for a custom

PC configuration to meet customer specifications or needs.

• Graphic/CAD/CAM design workstation

- Multicore processor

- High-end video

- Maximum RAM

• Audio/video editing workstation

- Specialized audio and video card

- Large fast hard drive

- Dual monitors

• Virtualization workstation

- Maximum RAM and CPU cores

• Gaming PC

- Multicore processor

- High-end video/specialized GPU

- High-definition sound card

- High-end cooling

• Home theater PC

- Surround sound audio

- HDMI output

- HTPC compact form factor

- TV tuner

• Standard thick client

- Desktop applications

- Meets recommended requirements for selected OS

• Thin client

- Basic applications

- Meets minimum requirements for selected OS

- Network connectivity

• Home server PC

- Media streaming

- File sharing

- Print sharing

- Gigabit NIC

- RAID array

Compare and contrast types of display devices and their features.

• Types

- LCD

- TN vs. IPS

- Fluorescent vs. LED backlighting

- Plasma

- Projector

- OLED

• Refresh/frame rates

• Resolution

• Native resolution

• Brightness/lumens

• Analog vs. digital

• Privacy/antiglare filters

• Multiple displays

• Aspect ratios

- 16:9

- 16:10

- 4:3

Identify common PC connector types and associated cables.

• Display connector types

- DVI-D

- DVI-I

- DVI-A

- DisplayPort

- RCA

- HD15 (i.e., DE15 or DB15)

- BNC

- miniHDMI

- miniDin-6

• Display cable types

- HDMI

- DVI

- VGA

- Component

- Composite

- Coaxial

• Device cables and connectors

- SATA

- eSATA

- USB

- Firewire (IEEE1394)

- PS/2

- Audio

• Adapters and convertors

- DVI to HDMI

- USB A to USB B

- USB to Ethernet

- DVI to VGA

- Thunderbolt to DVI

- PS/2 to USB

- HDMI to VGA

Install and configure common peripheral devices.

• Input devices

- Mouse

- Keyboard

- Scanner

- Barcode reader

- Biometric devices

- Game pads

- Joysticks

- Digitizer

- Motion sensor

- Touch pads

- Smart card readers

- Digital cameras

- Microphone

- Webcam

- Camcorder

• Output devices

- Printers

- Speakers

- Display devices

• Input & output devices

- Touch screen

- KVM

- Smart TV

- Set-top Box

- MIDI-enabled devices

Install SOHO multifunction device/printers and configure appropriate settings.

• Use appropriate drivers for a given operating system

- Configuration settings

- Duplex

- Collate

- Orientation

- Quality

• Device sharing

- Wired

- USB

- Serial

- Ethernet

- Wireless

- Bluetooth

- 802.11 (a/b/g/n/ac)

- Infrastructure vs. ad hoc

- Integrated print server (hardware)

- Cloud printing/remote printing

• Public/shared devices

- Sharing local/networked device via operating system settings

- TCP/Bonjour/AirPrint

- Data privacy

- User authentication on the device

- Hard drive caching

Compare and contrast differences between the various print technologies and the associated imaging process.

• Laser

- Imaging drum, fuser assembly, transfer belt, transfer roller, pickup rollers, separate pads, duplexing assembly

- Imaging process: processing, charging, exposing, developing, transferring, fusing and cleaning

• Inkjet

- Ink cartridge, print head, roller, feeder, duplexing assembly, carriage and belt

- Calibration

• Thermal

- Feed assembly, heating element

- Special thermal paper

• Impact

- Print head, ribbon, tractor feed

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