CompTIA A+ 220-901 : Pearson: CompTIA A+ 220-901 Cert Guide (Course & Labs)

PS-220-901-Cert
Pearson: CompTIA A+ 220-901 Cert Guide (Course & Labs)
ISBN : 978-1-61691-819-4
Gain hands-on expertise in CompTIA A+ 220-901 certification exam by CompTIA A+ 220-901 course and performance-based labs. Performance-based labs simulate real-world, hardware, software & command line interface environments and can be mapped to any text-book, course & training. The course focuses on all the objectives covered in 220-901 exam. 220-901 exam covers network connectivity issues, mobile device hardware, networking and troubleshooting hardware, and PC hardware and peripherals.

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Quizzes
181+
Flashcards
633+
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Lessons
15+
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Hands on Activities

Introduction

Technician Essentials and Computer/Device Anatomy

  • Identifying smartphone features
  • Identifying features of a laptop and tablet
  • Replacing the battery of a smartphone and inserting a memory card
  • Identifying computer parts
  • Identifying steps for troubleshooting theory
  • Identifying computer troubleshooting steps
  • Identifying network cabling tools

Configure and Use BIOS/UEFI Tools

  • Accessing the BIOS Setup Program
  • Enabling hardware virtualization
  • Understanding the BIOS security options
  • Setting up a boot device priority
  • Examining the hard drive

Motherboard Components

  • Identifying computer components
  • Installing motherboard components
  • Providing cooling and ventilation to a motherboard
  • Identifying motherboard slots
  • Identifying a PCI-bus slot
  • Identifying a CPU socket
  • Installing a PCI sound card
  • Removing a damaged network card
  • Identifying components of a motherboard chipset

RAM Types and Features

  • Identifying types of RAM
  • Identifying RAM configuration
  • Installing memory modules

PC Expansion Cards

  • Installing expansion cards on a motherboard
  • Installing a USB 3.0 PCI Express card (2.0 x4)
  • Installing firewire cards
  • Changing the CMOS battery
  • Clearing the CMOS settings
  • Installing an optical drive and PCI sound card
  • Configuring sound card with Windows
  • Inserting components of a computer
  • Adding hardware to a Windows PC

Storage Devices

  • Identifying blu-ray types
  • Copying files to a disc using File Explorer
  • Inserting a CD in a laptop
  • Enabling external USB ports
  • Removing a pen drive from a computer
  • Identifying RAID level characteristics
  • Identifying RAID BIOS configuration settings

CPUs

  • Identifying the CPU package types
  • Identifying processor socket
  • Identifying processor families
  • Identifying computer cooling systems
  • Installing a processor
  • Understanding CPU removal procedure

Ports and Interfaces

  • Identifying video ports and connectors
  • Identifying additional ports and connectors
  • Identifying video card ports
  • Identifying desktop PC ports
  • Identifying I/O ports of a motherboard
  • Identifying input and output devices
  • Troubleshooting a USB printer
  • Connecting a USB printer to a computer
  • Understanding USB versions
  • Connecting a keyboard and mouse to a computer
  • Connecting the motherboard to the internal hard drive
  • Supplying power to a SATA drive
  • Comparing desktop and laptop components
  • Identifying printer connectors
  • Identifying adapters
  • Identifying DisplayPort versions
  • Modifying touchpad settings
  • Connecting a computer to monitor
  • Identifying sound card ports
  • Identifying PS/2 port
  • Identifying sound ports
  • Connecting a headset to a computer

Designing and Building Custom PC Configurations

  • Configuring Windows 7 for media streaming
  • Replacing the power supply
  • Installing SMPS and connecting it to the motherboard
  • Identifying computer power supply connectors
  • Assembling computer components
  • Connecting speakers to a computer
  • Connecting a digital camera to a computer
  • Adding hardware to a Windows PC
  • Preparing for a video conference on Skype
  • Disabling a touchpad
  • Identifying video features

Using, Maintaining, and Installing Printers and Multifunction Devices

  • Understanding the electrophotographic print process
  • Inserting ink cartridges into a printer
  • Identifying the steps for using an inkjet cleaning solution
  • Installing memory into a laser printer
  • Calibrating the printing device
  • Installing a printer

Networking

  • Identifying network connectors
  • Identifying types of a cable
  • Identifying components of a coaxial cable
  • Connecting a workstation to the LAN and configuring IPv4 properties
  • Identifying IP address class values
  • Describing 802.11 networking standards
  • Describing 802.11 modulation techniques
  • Configuring Internet settings on a router
  • Understanding QoS levels
  • Configuring the TCP/IP values
  • Connecting to a wireless network
  • Connecting a router to the laptop
  • Connecting systems to the Internet through a firewall router
  • Connecting the cable Internet access for your network
  • Identifying network types
  • Identifying key steps to plan a network

Mobile Devices

  • Installing laptop components
  • Identifying a port
  • Identifying mobile power/sync cables

Hardware and Network Troubleshooting

  • Identifying USB cables
  • Retrieving and emptying the recycle bin
  • Using the check disk utility
  • Running Disk Defragmenter in Windows 7
  • Troubleshooting the Wi-Fi connection issues
  • Installing a NIC
  • Troubleshooting limited network
  • Analyzing network paths with tracert
  • Analyzing domain names with nslookup
  • Renewing an IP address
  • Viewing information related to the network adapter
  • Analyzing the TCP/IP configuration with netstat
  • Running different parameters of the net share command
  • Adding and removing an IPv6 address
  • Identifying symptoms of problems with the mobile OS
  • Describing error codes

Appendix A: CompTIA A+ Objectives

Exam Information

CompTIA A+ is globally recognized, vendor-neutral exam designed for IT professionals. CompTIA A+ is comprised of 2 exams: 220-901 and 220-902. 220-901 exam covers PC hardware and peripherals, networking and troubleshooting hardware, mobile device hardware, and network connectivity issues.

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Career Prospects
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  • Field Service Technician
  • IT Support Administrator
  • Technical Support Specialist
Exam FAQs
What is the exam registration fee?
USD 205
What is the format of the exam?
Drag-and-drop, performance-based, and multiple-choice questions.
How many questions are asked in the exam?
The exam contains 90 questions.
What is the duration of the exam?
90 minutes
What is the passing score?
675

(on a scale of 0-900)

Where can I find more information about this exam?
To know more about the PS-220-901-Cert, click here.

Table of Content

Here's What you will Learn

Lesson 1: Introduction

  • Goals and Methods
  • What's New?
  • Who Should Read This Book?
  • Strategies for Exam Preparation

Lesson 2: Technician Essentials and Computer/Device Anatomy

  • The Essential Parts of Any Computer or Mobile Device
  • Hardware, Software, and Firmware
  • The CompTIA Six-Step Troubleshooting Theory
  • Technician Tools and Equipment
  • Important Websites
  • Lesson Summary

Lesson 3: Configure and Use BIOS/UEFI Tools

  • BIOS/UEFI Configuration
  • Flash Upgrade BIOS
  • Using BIOS/UEFI Diagnostics
  • Lesson Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete Hands-On Labs
  • Answers and Explanations to Hands-On Labs

Lesson 4: Motherboard Components

  • ATX, ITX, and Smaller Sizes
  • Expansion Slot Types
  • RAM Sockets
  • CPU Sockets
  • Chipsets
  • CMOS Battery
  • Power Connectors
  • Fan Connectors
  • Front and Top Panel Connectors
  • Bus Speeds
  • Installing Motherboards
  • Lesson Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete Hands-On Labs
  • Answers and Explanations to Hands-On Labs

Lesson 5: RAM Types and Features

  • Memory Upgrade Considerations
  • RAM Types
  • SO-DIMM vs DIMM
  • RAM Configurations
  • Single-Sided vs Double-Sided
  • RAM Compatibility
  • Installing Memory
  • Lesson Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete Hands-On Lab
  • Answers and Explanations to Hands-On Labs

Lesson 6: PC Expansion Cards

  • Expansion Card and Slot Overview
  • Installing Sound Cards
  • Installing Video Cards
  • Installing Network Cards
  • Installing USB Cards
  • Installing FireWire Cards
  • Installing Thunderbolt Cards
  • Installing Storage Cards
  • Installing Modem Cards
  • Installing Wireless/Cellular Cards
  • Installing TV Tuner Cards
  • Installing Video Capture Cards
  • Installing Riser Cards
  • Lesson Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete Hands-On Labs
  • Answers and Explanations to Hands-On Labs

Lesson 7: Storage Devices

  • Optical Drive Features and Capacities
  • Magnetic Hard Disk Drives
  • Flash Drives
  • Solid State Drives
  • Hot-Swappable Drives
  • RAID Types
  • Tape Drive
  • Lesson Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete Hands-On Labs
  • Answers and Explanations to Hands-On Labs

Lesson 8: CPUs

  • Processor Characteristics
  • Socket Types
  • Cooling
  • CPU Installation
  • Lesson Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete Hands-On Labs
  • Answers and Explanations for Hands-On Labs

Lesson 9: Ports and Interfaces

  • Rear Panel Port Clusters
  • USB
  • FireWire (IEEE 1394)
  • SATA and eSATA
  • Thunderbolt
  • Video
  • Audio
  • PS/2
  • Lesson Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete Hands-On Labs
  • Answers and Explanations for Hands-On Labs

Lesson 10: Designing and Building Custom PC Configurations

  • Custom PC Configurations
  • Evaluating Onboard Components
  • Installing Power Supplies
  • Installing and Configuring Input, Output, and I/O Devices
  • Display Types
  • Video Display Settings and Features
  • Lesson Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete Hands-On Labs
  • Answers and Explanations for Hands-On Labs

Lesson 11: Using, Maintaining, and Installing Printers and Multifunction Devices

  • Laser Printers
  • Inkjet Printers
  • Thermal Printers
  • Impact Printers
  • Virtual Printers
  • Installing Your Printer or Multifunction Device
  • Configuring Your Printer or Multifunction Device
  • Device Sharing Options
  • Wireless Device Sharing Options
  • Cloud and Remote Printing
  • Configuring Your Operating System to Share a Printer or Device
  • Maintaining Data Privacy
  • Lesson Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete Hands-On Labs
  • Answers and Explanations for Hands-On Labs

Lesson 12: Networking

  • Network Cable and Connector Types and Characteristics
  • TCP/IP
  • TCP and UDP Ports, Protocols, and Purposes
  • WiFi (Wi-Fi) Network and Encryption Standards
  • Configure SOHO Wired or Wireless Router
  • Internet Connection Types
  • Network Types
  • Network Architecture Devices
  • Using Networking Tools
  • Lesson Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete Hands-On Labs
  • Answers and Explanations for Hands-On Labs

Lesson 13: Mobile Devices

  • Install and Configure Laptop Hardware and Components
  • Replace Laptop Components
  • Laptop Display Components
  • Using Laptop Features
  • Characteristics of Other Mobile Devices
  • Accessories and Ports Used by Other Mobile Devices
  • Lesson Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete Hands-On Labs
  • Answers and Explanations to Hands-On Labs

Lesson 14: Hardware and Network Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshooting Motherboard, RAM, CPU, and Power Issues
  • Recommended Tools
  • Troubleshooting Hard Drives and RAID Arrays
  • Troubleshooting Video, Projector, and Display Issues
  • Network Troubleshooting
  • Overview of Network Command-Line Tools
  • Mobile Device Troubleshooting
  • Mobile Device Disassembly Process
  • Printer Troubleshooting
  • Lesson Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete Hands-on Labs
  • Answers and Explanations to Hands-On Labs

Lesson 15: Appendix A: CompTIA A+ Objectives

  • 220-901 Domain 1.0 Hardware
  • 220-901 Domain 2.0 Networking
  • 220-901 Domain 3.0 Mobile Devices
  • 220-901 Domain 4.0 Hardware and Network Troubleshooting
  • 220-902 Domain 1.0 Windows Operating Systems
  • 220-902 Domain 2.0 Other Operating Systems and Technologies
  • 220-902 Domain 3.0 Security
  • 220-902 Domain 4.0 Software Troubleshooting
  • 220-902 Domain 5.0 Operational Procedures
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