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CompTIA A+ 220-901 Complete Video Course

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  • Copyright 2016
  • Edition: 1st
  • Online Video
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-449930-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-449930-7

Overview

More than 21 hours of video training covering all of the objectives in the CompTIA A+ 220-901 exam with practice questions, exercises and simulations.


Description

CompTIA A+ 220-901 Complete Video Course is a unique video product that provides a solid understanding of A+ skills. The purpose of these videos is to act as quick, concise, hands-on training that is easily absorbed. The modules in this course cover every objective in the CompTIA A+ 220-901 exam and can be used as your sole resource for learning the material needed to study for and pass the test. You can also use this as a supplement to other A+ training.


There are a total 4 modules that map to the main objectives of the CompTIA A+ 220-901 exam. These modules contain 34 lessons with video totaling over 21 hours of hands-on demonstrations, audio instruction, animations, whiteboard training, and video screencasting. The videos also include the author building a computer live on camera so you can see first-hand how to accomplish this key task. He also includes hands-on configuration labs; laptop, smartphone and device hardware labs; and live-action troubleshooting labs.


The title also includes:

  • 4 practice quizzes (with 100 practice exam questions). These questions come with remediation and references to video lessons.
  • More than 20 interactive hardware, OS, and networking simulations to help you practice for the performance-based exercises on the exam.
  • 20 interactive hands-on exercises to help you retain knowledge.

The 34 video lessons are broken down into four modules, and cover the following topics:

  • Hardware
  • Networking
  • Mobile Devices
  • Troubleshooting

Skill Level

  • Beginner

What You Will Learn

  • All of the objectives in the CompTIA A+ 220-901 exam
  • Test-taking techniques with interactive practice quizzes, performance-based simulations and hands-on exercises
  • How to build a computer, perform networking tasks, configure laptops and mobile devices, and perform troubleshooting tasks
  • Real-world skills

Who Should Take This Course

The target audience for CompTIA A+ 220-901 Complete Video Course are people looking to pass the CompTIA exam as well as those interested in entering the IT field, current Computer Technicians, Help Desk Technicians, and LAN Support Specialists. The product focuses heavily building a computer, hands-on configurations, mobile and device labs, and real-world troubleshooting. Practice quizzes will help you practice your skills to see if you’re ready for the exam while the exercises and simulations will give you the practice you need to succeed in the real world.

Course Requirements

Users should have a basic working knowledge of computers.

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Table of Contents

Lesson 1: Motherboard Components


Learning Objectives


1.1: Form Factors


1.2: The CPU, RAM, and the Chipset


1.3: The BIOS and Lithium Battery


1.4: Expansion Slots


1.5: The Case and Connections


Match the CPU, RAM, and HD connection to the correct areas of the motherboard

Drag and drop interactive exercise

1.6: PC Build: The Motherboard


Motherboard Ports

Hardware sim

Lesson 2: The CPU


Learning Objectives


2.1: Socket Types


Match CPU sockets to the right CPU

Drag and drop interactive exercise

2.2: CPU Speed


2.3: CPU Characteristics


2.4: Cooling


2.5: PC Build: The CPU


Installing a CPU

Hardware sim

Lesson 3: RAM


Learning Objectives


3.1: Types of RAM


Identify Types of Memory Used in PCs

Hardware sim

Match the pinout to the right type of DDR

Drag and drop interactive exercise

3.2: Calculating the Data Transfer Rate of RAM


3.3: RAM Features


3.4: RAM Compatibility


3.5: PC Build: RAM


Lesson 4: PC Expansion Cards


Learning Objectives


4.1: Types of Expansion Cards I


4.2: Types of Expansion Cards II


4.3: PC Build: Expansion Cards


Lesson 5: Power Supplies


Learning Objectives


5.1: Power Connector Types


Match the power connection to the right device

Drag and drop interactive exercise

5.2: Power Supply Specifications


5.3: PC Build: Power


Providing Power to Motherboard

Hardware sim

Lesson 6: Storage


Learning Objectives


6.1: Magnetic Hard Drives


Installing Magnetic Storage Media

Hardware sim

Match the data transfer rate to the correct type of SATA

Drag and drop interactive exercise

6.2: Solid-State Hard Drives


6.3: Flash-based Drives


6.4: Optical Drives


6.5: Tape Drives


6.6: RAID Concepts and Hardware


6.7: PC Build: Storage


Adding a Conversion Bracket to Enable SATA Ports to be used with eSATA Drives

Hardware sim

Lesson 7: The BIOS


Learning Objectives


7.1: Accessing the BIOS


7.2: BIOS Component Information


7.3: BIOS Configurations


7.4: Diagnostics and Monitoring


7.5: PC Build: Flashing the BIOS


Lesson 8: PC Connections


Learning Objectives


8.1: Display Connections


Match the video port with the standard

Drag and drop interactive exercise

8.2: Audio Connections


8.3: Device Connections


8.4: Wireless Connections


8.5: Adapters and Converters


8.6: PC Build: Connecting Equipment


Lesson 9: Custom PC Configurations


Learning Objectives


9.1: Design Workstations


9.2: Gaming PCs


9.3: HTPCs


Match the most important components to the custom PC configuration

Drag and drop interactive exercise

9.4: Home Server PCs


9.5: Virtualization Workstations


9.6: Thick Clients Versus Thin Clients


9.7: Audio/Video Editing Workstations


Lesson 10: Displays


Learning Objectives


10.1: Display Types


10.2: Refresh Rates and Frame Rates


10.3: Resolution


Configure Resolution in Windows

OS/UI Sim

10.4: Color Depth


10.5: Aspect Ratio


Match definitions for resolution, color depth, refresh rate, etc.

Drag and drop interactive exercise

10.6: Brightness and Contrast


10.7: Signal Types, and Filters


10.8: PC Build: The Monitors


Lesson 11: Peripherals


Learning Objectives


11.1: Input Devices


11.2: Output and Hybrid Devices


11.3: PC Build: The Input Devices


Lesson 12: Printers


Learning Objectives


12.1: Types of Printers & Maintenance


12.2: Configuration Settings


12.3: Device Sharing


12.4: The Laser Print Process


Re-arrange the laser printing process in order

Drag and drop interactive exercise

12.5: Virtual Printing


12.6: PC Build: The Printer


Module 1 Glossary Quiz

Matching exercise

Module 1 Quiz

25 questions with explanations and remediation

Lesson 13: Computer Networking Introduction


Learning Objectives


13.1: What is a Computer Network?


13.2: What are the Reasons for having a Computer Network?


13.3: Clients versus Servers


13.4: Network Topologies


13.5: Network Media


13.6: Bandwidth and Data Transfer Rate


Lesson 14: Network Architecture Devices


Learning Objectives


14.1: Switches


14.2: Routers


14.3: Access Points


14.4: Firewalls


14.5: Ethernet-based Devices


14.6: More Network Devices


Match the network device to its description

Drag and drop interactive exercise

Lesson 15: Wired Networks


Learning Objectives


15.1: Coaxial and Fiber Optic Types and Connectors


15.2: Twisted Pair Cable and Connectors


15.3: Twisted Pair Cabling and Testing Tools


Match the cabling tool to its use

Drag and drop interactive exercise

Lesson 16: Wireless Networks & SOHO Networking


Learning Objectives


16.1: Wireless Standards


Match the correct frequency to the 802.11 standard

Drag and drop interactive exercise

16.2: Encryption Types


Match the encryption type to its definition

Drag and drop interactive exercise

16.3: Wireless Channels


16.4: NAT and Port Forwarding


16.5: DHCP


16.6: DMZ


Lesson 17: Internet Connection Types


Learning Objectives


17.1: Cable Internet, DSL, and Fiber Optic Internet Services


17.2: Cellular Internet, Mobile Hotspots, and Tethering


17.3: Dial-up and ISDN


17.4: Satellite Internet


17.5: WiMAX and Line of Sight Wireless


Lesson 18: TCP/IP


Learning Objectives


18.1: IPv4


18.2: IPv6


Ping the Loopback for IPv4 and IPv6

OS/UI Sim

18.3: Public versus Private Addresses


18.4: Static versus Dynamic Addresses


Configure Static IPv4 Public and Private Address

OS/UI Sim

18.5: Subnet Masks


Match actual IP addresses to the categories they belong to

Drag and drop interactive exercise

18.6: Client IP Settings


Lesson 19: Ports and Protocols


Learning Objectives


19.1: TCP versus UDP


19.2: DHCP


19.3: DNS


19.4: SMB, CIFS, AFP, and SNMP


19.5: SSH


19.6: Common TCP/IP Ports


Match the port number to its respective protocol

Drag and drop interactive exercise

Module 2 Glossary Quiz

Matching exercise

Module 2 Quiz

25 questions with explanations and remediation

Lesson 20: Laptop Expansion Options


Learning Objectives


20.1: SODIMMs


Match DDR SODIMM types to their pinouts

Drag and drop interactive exercise

20.2: Ports and Adapters


Connecting External Devices Through Laptop Ports

Hardware sim

Lesson 21: Laptop Hardware Replacement


Learning Objectives


21.1: Laptop: Hard Drive Removal and Installation


21.2: Laptop: Power and Speakers


21.3: Laptop: Housing and Screen


21.4: Laptop: Keyboard and Touchpad


21.5: Laptop: CPU, System Board, and Mini PCIe


Installing Laptop Components: Memory, Battery, and Hard Drive

Hardware sim

Lesson 22: Laptop Displays


Learning Objectives


22.1: Types of Laptop Displays


22.2: Laptop Components


Lesson 23: Laptop Function Keys and Features


Learning Objectives


23.1: Keyboard and Touchpad Functionality


23.2: Display Functionality


23.3: Docking Stations and Port Replicators


23.4: Laptop Security


Lesson 24: Characteristics of Smart Phones and Tablets


Learning Objectives


24.1: Tablets


24.2: Smart Phones and Phablets


24.3: Wearable Technology


24.4: E-readers, Smart Cameras, and GPS


Match mobile devices to their respective characteristics.

Drag and drop interactive exercise

Lesson 25: Ports and Accessories of Smart Phones and Tablets


Learning Objectives


25.1: USB and Vendor-specific Ports


25.2: Wireless Connections


25.3: Mobile Hotspots


Enable a Mobile Hotspot

OS/UI Sim

25.4: Memory Upgrades


25.5: Other Mobile Accessories


Module 3 Glossary Quiz

Matching exercise

Module 3 Quiz

25 questions with explanations and remediation

Lesson 26: PC Troubleshooting


Learning Objectives


26.1: Introduction to Troubleshooting


Match the troubleshooting step to its description

Drag and drop interactive exercise

26.2: Troubleshooting PC Boot Issues


26.3: Troubleshooting Other Common Desktop Symptoms


26.4: Troubleshooting Power Issues


26.5: Troubleshooting Failure to Boot to Hard Drive


Lesson 27: PC Troubleshooting Tools


Learning Objectives


27.1: Power Supply Tester


27.2: Multimeter


27.3: POST Devices


27.4: Loopback Plugs


27.5: More PC Tools


Match the PC troubleshooting tool to its description

Drag and drop interactive exercise

Lesson 28: Troubleshooting Hard Drives and RAID Arrays


Learning Objectives


28.1: Hard Drive Issues


28.2: BSOD


28.3: RAID Errors


Lesson 29: Hard Drive Troubleshooting Tools


Learning Objectives


29.1: Physical Tools


29.2: Windows Utilities


29.3: Third-Party Utilities


Lesson 30: Troubleshooting Video Issues


Learning Objectives


30.1: Video Troubleshooting Part 1


30.2: Video Troubleshooting Part 2


Lesson 31: Troubleshooting Wired and Wireless Issues


Learning Objectives


31.1: Connectivity Problems


31.2: APIPA


31.3: IP Conflicts


31.4: Slow Transfer Speeds


31.5: Low RF Signal Problem


31.6: SSID Not Found Issue


Lesson 32: Network Troubleshooting Tools


Learning Objectives


32.1: Hardware-based Network Troubleshooting Tools


32.2: Software-based Network Troubleshooting Tools


Identify Tools Used in the Field by a Network Technician

Hardware sim

Lesson 33: Troubleshooting Mobile Devices


Learning Objectives


33.1: Troubleshooting Common Mobile Device Issues Part 1


33.2: Troubleshooting Common Mobile Device Issues Part 2


33.3: Troubleshooting Common Mobile Device Issues Part 3


33.4: Troubleshooting Common Mobile Device Issues Part 4


33.5: Mobile Device Disassembling Processes


Lesson 34: Troubleshooting Printers


Learning Objectives


34.1: Troubleshooting Common Printer Issues Part 1


34.2: Troubleshooting Common Printer Issues Part 2


34.3: Troubleshooting Common Printer Issues Part 3


34.4: Troubleshooting Common Printer Issues Part 4


34.5: Printer Troubleshooting Tools


Match the printer issue to its solution

Drag and drop interactive exercise

Performing Printer Maintenance

Hardware sim

Module 4 Glossary Quiz

Matching exercise

Module 4 Quiz

25 questions with explanations and remediation

Summary


Summary


Practice Exam

Explanations and remediation

Configure a CIDR IP Address

OS/UI Sim

Configuring a Network Printer with TCP/IP Port in Windows 8

OS/UI Sim

Connect to a Wireless Network in Windows 8

OS/UI Sim

Configure Full Duplex Mode in the Network Card in Windows

OS/UI Sim

Troubleshoot a Disabled WiFi Connection in Windows 8

OS/UI Sim

Change the BIOS Boot Priority to Hard Drive First

OS/UI Sim

Hardware sim #11

Hardware sim

Student evaluations and completion survey


Module 1: Hardware

Lesson 1: Motherboard Components

This video covers computer form factors, motherboard components, the computer case and connections, and finally shows how to properly install a motherboard. This installation is part of a custom PC build that continues throughout the course.

Lesson 2: The CPU

This video goes into more depth about the CPU, including socket types, speeds, and other characteristics, cooling methods, and how to install a CPU.

Lesson 3: RAM

This video explains the types of RAM that are used commonly in today's computers and shows how to calculate DDR data transfer rates, RAM compatibility, and how to install RAM.

Lesson 4: PC Expansion Cards

This shorter lesson shows how to install expansion cards, and defines the various types of cards (PCIe, PCI, PCI-X) that are in use today.

Lesson 5: Power Supplies

This video shows how to install a power supply into a computer case, make all of the required connections, and defines the various power supply specifications.

Lesson 6: Storage Devices

This video describes magnetic drives, solid-state drives, optical drives, and various flash-based media. It also demonstrates how to configure RAID, and how to install basic SSD and optical drives.

Lesson 7: The BIOS

This video explains how the BIOS works and how it interacts with the CMOS and lithium battery. It also shows how to configure the BIOS, use the BIOS to monitor the system, and how to flash the BIOS in order to update it.

Lesson 8: PC Connections

This video focuses on audio and video connections, wireless connections, adapters and converters, and demonstrates in a hands-on fashion how to connect equipment to a PC.

Lesson 9: Custom PC Configurations

This video explains the types of custom PCs common today, including audio/video workstations, gaming PCs, home theater PCs, home servers, and virtualization workstations. It also uses the custom build and shows typical power-user software, such as Adobe Premiere and ProTools.

Lesson 10: Displays

This video defines the different display types, such as LCD, LED, and OLED and describes video concepts such as refresh rate, aspect ratio, color depth, as well as demonstrating how to connect multiple displays to a single system.

Lesson 11: Peripherals

This video discusses input and output devices and shows how some basic devices such as keyboards, mice, and displays are connected to a computer.

Lesson 12: Printers

This video deals with the four main types of printers—laser, inkjet, impact, and thermal—but focuses on the laser printer. It demonstrates how to configure printers and share them with other computers.


Module 2: Networking

Lesson 13: Computer Networking Introduction

This lesson delves into the core concepts of computer networking, including a basic definition and purpose for the computer network, as well as topologies, media used, and data transfer rates.

Lesson 14: Network Architecture Devices

Here we define the most common network devices in use today, including switches, routers, wireless access points, firewalls, and network adapters.

Lesson 15: Wired Networks

In this lesson, the focus is on twisted-pair networks, but some attention is also given to coaxial and fiber optic connections. Included in the presentation are cable types, standards, cabling tools, and testing tools.

Lesson 16: Wireless Networks & SOHO Networking

Describes wireless standards, shows how to make wireless connections, and demonstrates how to configure an access point for encryption, DHCP, NAT, DMZ, as well as how to upgrade a typical SOHO device.

Lesson 17: Internet Connection Types

This video describes common Internet connections such as cable, DSL, fiber optic-based connections, cellular, dial-up, ISDN, and WiMAX. It demonstrates cable Internet and cellular connections in a hands-on manner.

Lesson 18: TCP/IP

For this video, we cover the basics of TCP/IP. As this is not a networking course, the sub-lessons will be kept very brief. However, the foundational concepts of IPv4 and IPv6 are covered, as well as the types of IP addresses: private, public, static, and dynamic. Subnet masks and other client IP settings are covered as well and shown in a hands-on manner.

Lesson 19: Ports and Protocols

This video covers TCP/UDP, DHCP, DNS, SNMP, SSH, and other networking protocols that are common today. More importantly, the ports used by these protocols are presented in an easy-to-memorize manner. Once again, these topics are presented in a concise way to emphasize their meaning for the A+ exam.


Module 3: Mobile Devices

Lesson 20: Laptop Expansion Options

This video describes SO-DIMMs and how to install them in a laptop. It also covers the basics of ExpressCard devices and the ports and adapters you will find for a laptop.

Lesson 21: Laptop Hardware Replacement

Here we get more into the hands-on demonstrations concerning laptops including hard drive and optical drive installation, battery replacement, and keyboard and touchpad replacement. This video also shows other devices such as the CPU and system board, and discusses best practices when dealing with them.

Lesson 22: Laptop Displays

In this quick lesson, we talk about the different types of laptop displays and the components within them.

Lesson 23: Laptop Function Keys and Features

Here we demonstrate how to configure and manipulate a laptop's display, volume, media, and wireless. The lesson also discusses docking stations and laptop security, as well as rotating and removable screens.

Lesson 24: Characteristics of Smart Phones and Tablets

With the growth of mobile devices, CompTIA has increased its coverage of smart phones and tablets. This lesson delves into these devices, wearable technology, e-readers, smart cameras and GPS.

Lesson 25: Ports and Accessories of Smart Phones and Tablets

This lesson covers the ports of mobile devices but focuses more on wireless conenctions, mobile hot spots, tethering, and accessories such as headsets and memory upgrades.


Module 4: Troubleshooting

Lesson 26: PC Troubleshooting

This lesson introduces the A+ troubleshooting methodology and gives examples of troubleshooting scenarios, solved in a hands-on manner.

Lesson 27: PC Troubleshooting Tools

This lesson expands on the last one by demonstrating the use of various tools, including the PSU tester, multimeter, POST card tester, and loopback plugs.

Lesson 28: Troubleshooting Hard Drives and RAID Arrays

This video defines the common hard drive issues that can occur, plus the blue screen of death error, as well as the fundamentals of troubleshooting RAID errors.

Lesson 29: Hard Drive Troubleshooting Tools

This lesson expands on the last one by demonstrating some of the physical and software-based tools used to troubleshoot hard drives.

Lesson 30: Troubleshooting Video Issues

This short lesson covers basic video troubleshooting, including screen adjustments, driver issues, and configuration problems, and briefly discusses problems with physical displays and inverters.

Lesson 31: Troubleshooting Wired and Wireless Issues

This video covers connectivity issues, IP conflicts, slow transfer speeds, and wireless, RF, and SSID issues.

Lesson 32: Network Troubleshooting Tools

Here we give a concise demonstration of hardware and software-based networking troubleshooting tools and examples of how they are used.

Lesson 33: Troubleshooting Mobile Devices

This video discusses the most common issues that plague smart phones and tablets, and demonstrates how to troubleshoot them in a methodical manner. It also shows some basic disassembly procedures for mobile devices.

Lesson 34: Troubleshooting Printers

This video discusses the most common issues that hamper printers (especially laser printers), and demonstrates how to troubleshoot them in a logical manner. It also shows some of the troubleshooting tools used when dealing with printer issues.

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