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A+ Guide to Managing & Maintaining Your PC (with Printed Access Card) Hardcover – January 1, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1133135081 ISBN-10: 1133135080 Edition: 8th

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  • Hardcover: 1328 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 8 edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133135080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133135081
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.

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Great shape the book came in as well!
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Kindle iPad App blocks the iPad's access features Search and indexing functions do not seem to be in Kindle App Students need to hop to chapters and search keywords.
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It is written clearly and organized in a very good manner.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brent on February 12, 2013
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I am pretty disappointed. This book uses the pictures within each topic to give the reader a visual conception of the steps involved to either set up hardware, explore the desktop of the operating system, or troubleshoot something in general; therefore, there's no excuse why these pictures should be rendered in such poor resolution. For the pictures showing the windows 7 Aero interface, the icons and fonts being showed within those pictures are not even legible the resolution is so bad. Perhaps Amazon put this in poor resolution and it is not the fault of Cenage, after all, it is in the kindle format. I do NOT recommend buying this as an ebook, Amazon should not even sell this.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ben on March 12, 2013
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I have the kindle version of this book. All of the pictures and screen shots in the book that are meant to show very specific things are so fuzzy that they cannot be read. One of the review questions that I have to answer for class asks me to label a diagram of a motherboard, and it says you can go to their website to get a downloadable version of the diagram. I went to the website, found the correct file (labeled exactly as it is in the book) and downloaded it, after opening the file I found that it was a completely different diagram.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Garet V Wirth on May 16, 2013
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The "A+ Guide to Managing and Maintaining Your PC" is a cumbersome, badly written, tree. I say tree because I'm pretty sure it took an entire tree to print all 1200+ pages. As a book, it's a bit of a bloated nightmare. Thankfully it's written in English, a language I speak, so the content is eventually digestible and leads to something resembling learning.

One of the most jarring aspects of this book is the scatterbrained approach to teaching the material. Chapters will begin discussing one topic, then bunny-trail into something completely unrelated (for instance, the Customer Service chapter inexplicably transitions to Customizing PC Hardware. Because that makes sense.). It seems to me that Ms. Andrews chose a topic to cover, then sat down to write about it, likely without an outline, possibly with a goal, probably half asleep. The paragraphs are often poorly written, disorganized, and in desperate need of an editor with ready access to the delete key. It should be noted that every time Ms. Andrews talks in the first person (occasionally about her children), it makes me seriously consider the merits of the ancient Japanese ritual of seppuku.

Seriously, who uses first person in a textbook? Nobody? Yeah.

One thing I do find interesting, though, is Ms. Andrews apparent love of George RR Martin. Not because she references Game of Thrones (though this would be a marked delight), but because she apparently cannot part with a single !#$%ing sentence that she writes. Like they're just the best thing ever committed to paper, her audience's attention span be damned. Here's a quick example from the textbook, chosen at random:

"The Windows installation process usually has no problems connecting to the network and the Internet without your help.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sharonc on June 6, 2013
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I purchased the hardcopy book and the Kindle version. The hardcopy book is great but large and heavy to carry around. So I purchased the Kindle version. I was very disappointed in the Kindle version. On other books if you enlarge the print, it rearranges the print so it all fits in the window of the Kindle. This book doesn't. If you enlarge the print you have to continue slide the print back and forth so you could see what wasn't on the screen. I got dizzy and found it wasn't worth it. Also if you enlarged any of the tables or figures, they were blurry and you stood a better chance of seeing what the picture was but leaving it small and getting a magnifying glass.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Mackenzie on December 5, 2013
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This book will prepare anyone to successfully work on their own PC's. Very grateful I found it. The pictures are worth a thousand words.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Hampson on June 23, 2013
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I've read several of Jean Andrew's books over the years and highly recommend them for someone looking to acquire a greater understanding of how PCs work. For me, the depth of the content is just the right amount of information. It's a pleasure to read this book especially with the abundant color photos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brandon on October 21, 2013
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Great buy, saved me over $100 instead of buying on campus!
I would recommend this book to anyone that is looking for this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Miranda on October 1, 2014
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The textbook is written well, and is also well organized. The book is assumes the reader is a beginner. Do not get the Kindle version of the books if you want to be able to see pictures clearly. Most of the pictures on the Kindle book version are blurred. The graphics are an important part of the book lesson learning tool. I had to buy the hardback copy just to be able to see the graphics in the book. I hope this helps some
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