A+ Guide to Managing and Maintaining Your PC, 7th Edition
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2010
I purchased this book for my ECT 372 class for my IT major. I already have my A+ certification but my major says i had to take this class. This book is one of the best textbooks ive ever used. Its going on my shelf along with my Grobbs Electronic books. The information in there is fairly recent (thus only a 4 star rating). Theres not much stuff in there about windows 7. The only other complaint I have with this book is the weight. Its the heaviest textbook I have ever used. Its 7 pounds and you can feel the weight. Though it has plenty of pictures and info in it so its worth the weight. Even if your not in college and are interested in computers, get this book, youll be able to fix most problems that arise with computers.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2010
I have been in the PC and compatible hardware and software industry since 1983. I basically trained mnyself and now thought it would be important to (1) verify what I have learned and (2) get the A+ Cerification for later use in a college atmosphere, as in insturctor. The book is an excellent visual source of past and present technology providing great color photos with detailed explanations on each. Considering the technology area changes daily, it is one of the most updated books I have found so far out there. The local college uses the 4th edition as referenece in their continuing edition classes.
Appendix A covers A+ Acronyms normally used in the trade, while Appendix B covers Windows shortcut key combinations that are very useful when a mouse is not available. With the additon of the detailed Glossary and the CD add-on, you have an excellent reference source of what's required for the A+ Certification exams.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2012
A+ Guide to Managing and Maintaining Your PC
Here is my first video review! :D , I know its horrible but its the point that matters! lol
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2010
I'm using this book as part of a certification course designed to prepare me to take the CompTIA A+ 700 series exams. This book has some major points in it's favor -

1. Color pictures.

2. Step-by-step instructions. We call them the "no-brainers".

3. How-to lists that show you common problems and basically just about every step you can take to try to solve them.

I only rate this book at 4 instead of 5 stars because we've encountered an inaccuracy. On page 409, Jean Andrews suggests that you buy an interlaced monitor because reduces eye strain. Actually, it's the opposite - an interlaced monitor essentially puts two pictures on the screen at the same time, doubling eye strain. When possible you should always use a non-interlaced monitor - they are better for your eyes, not vice versa.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2012
I passed the 701 and 702 last week.
I used this book for my college class, as the main study guide.
This book is good for a general understanding of the way computers work. The 3 objectives to impart knowledge, to prepare for the A+ Certification and to have teaching materials for the class are overly stretching. It would have been better to separate this book to 2 or 3 books, it will be also easier to carry the book around.
The subjects are overly worded; one diagram is worth 100 words.
There is too much repetitions of the same subjects in the book.
There is a tendency to jump quickly into specifics, and there is not enough overview and connections between the different parts.
So DO NOT rely only on this book to pass the tests and read the book three times at list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2011
I have to use this book for my OS and Hardware class and it gives great indepth information. I haven't used the CD yet, but the book itself is really all you need for the written part of the A+ Certification. After reading this, I know more than I've ever known and it was fun for me to read and learn. If you want to build a PC, which I'll happily do once I finish reading, this is a great book for you. It tells you just about everything you need to know about the basics to build and maintain your computer. The only draw back is that it's HUGE, but with how much information is in it, nothing you can do about that except not drop it on your foot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2012
Instead of putting information succinctly in an easy to read Part A, Part B, Part C way that is easier to study and remember, Ms. Andrews jumps around. She introduces concepts, then switches to another topic, then back for a bit to the things she originally introduced, then on to something else and back again.

It's like ADD for geeks... Geeze lady. FOCUS!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2010
I am really enjoying this book and all that it has to offer. I have been an IS tech for years, but with this industry, you cannot know it all...This book is answering many of the questions I wanted answered. It has explanations and reliable resources. I have not taken my A+ exam yet, but am confident I'll pass; and have a wealth of information for my employmant! Very nice!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2011
The first impression that you will have upon recieving this book is that it will take two men and a small boy to carry it around for you. Heaven help you if you drop it on a glass coffee table. The next thing that should strike you is that EVERYTHING you could imagine needing to know for the A+ exam must be in here. Thirdly, I have read many text books that are dry and very much in the third person. This author actually uses a fair amount of second person style as he talks directly to you and also tells you how he would approach this situation or that. I believe this book to be worth the price, especially what Amazon is charging.

The one caveat I have found is that the book was written before the full release of Windows 7 and so although it does talk about Windows 7 as a future release, Windows Vista is the "current technology" when talking about OS, so keep that in mind. I do not know when the next addition of this will be out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2010
This is awesome study material. Makes the topic exciting because they are great visual aides in the book which makes the topic you're studying more realistic. The 2006 edition lacked this. They've incorporated these visual COLOR enhancements along with a DVD. DVD has video clips to help illustrate practical applications. This is great for a novice. Someone with previous experience may not need this, but it certainly can be used to reinforce what you already know and also as reference material.

Would be nice if the publisher can do the same for Net + and CCNA.

***UPDATE: I passed with the A+ 2009 exam.

Essentials: 774/900. Passing is 675/900.
Practical: 800/900. Passing is 700/900.

FYI....I HATE TESTS, but this study material gave me great confidence. The practice exams on the DVD are really good too.
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