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 Post subject: What exactly is A+?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 10:37 am 
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From what I've read so far, is it building computers and installing OS's? or is it more? Or am I totally off base?

And how much is it to become certified and take the test or tests for A+?

Forgive me here guys, I've been building computers most of my life and I've heard of A+ but never really gave it any thought.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 11:22 am 
SON OF A GUN
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CompTIA Exam Pricing for United States
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CompTIA A+ Exam Prices
Non Member Pricing - $153.00

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Non Member Pricing - $237.00

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What is A+ Certification?
The A+ certification is vendor-neutral and consists of two exams. To pass, you must demonstrate knowledge of installing, configuring, upgrading, troubleshooting and repairing desktop systems. You must also possess basic knowledge of the command prompt, Windows 9x and Windows 2000.

Why Should I Get an A+ Certification?
Possibly the most popular entry-level certification, the A+ is for people with some experience (6 months or less) in computer service. Once completed, this is a widely accepted certification that demonstrates expert knowledge of hardware technologies. This is an excellent certification for anyone looking to enter into the world of information technology.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 5:44 am 
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One thing you should know though, is that A+ deals with quite a good bit of obsolete technology, so be prepared to learn about things like SIMMs and what kind of procs fit into Slot 1


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 4:56 pm 
8086
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alp689 wrote:
One thing you should know though, is that A+ deals with quite a good bit of obsolete technology, so be prepared to learn about things like SIMMs and what kind of procs fit into Slot 1


simm - single inline memory module

slot - SEC and SEP Single Edge Cartridge and Single Edge Processor sep didnt have covers sec did and it was a cartridge

Celeron ( P2 and P3 based)
Pentium 2 and 3 (3 was later moved to socket 370)

Im good

rimms also (short lived in Intel machines (P4))

anyways yeah there is a bunch or rubbsih about dipps, sipps, 8086-486, AT form factor, hard drive geometry, pc bus, MCA bus, EISA bus, VL-Bus, Baby AT, riser cards, p8 and p9 connector, FLOPPY DISKS (THE RARE 8 inch, 5 1/4, and 3 1/2), 2-d graphics cards, SCSI-1, PDA's coaxial internet, etc.

but a lot of old computers (pentium 1 on) still exist and still use those eame parts you'll see simms in your line of work but unless your servicing a 286 your nto gonna see dipps


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 10:47 pm 
Klamath
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Are you talking about memory DIPs or DIP switches? I've seen DIP switches on early P4 socket 432 (or whatever 1st gen P4's used) so yes they are quite common (and personally I don't see why they died, they're a lot easier to use than jumpers IMO)


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2005 4:59 am 
8086
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dipps - memory
dip switch - isn't

and yes dip switches are still on a lot of pcs


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:36 pm 
8086
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I agree with dip switches versus jumpers, but I think jumpers became the standard because dip switch settings were too easy to change accidentally.


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