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PC Technician Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to CompTIA A+ Skills Paperback – November 29, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0470084588 ISBN-10: 0470084588 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (November 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470084588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470084588
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Develop the skills you need in the real world

Hit the ground running with the street-smart training you'll find in this practical book. Using a "year in the life" approach, it gives you an inside look at the common responsibilities of PC Technicians, with key information organized around the actual day-to-day tasks, scenarios, and challenges you'll face in the field. This valuable training tool is loaded with hands-on, step-by-step exercises covering all phases of a PC Technician's job, including:

  • Installing hardware and software
  • Maintaining hardware and software
  • Installing and upgrading operating systems and networks
  • Installing and upgrading security systems

An invaluable study tool

This no-nonsense book also covers the common tasks that CompTIA expects all of its A+ certification candidates to know how to perform. So whether you're preparing for certification or seeking practical skills to break into the field, you'll find the instruction you need, including:

  • Installing or replacing a power supply
  • Installing or replacing a laptop hard drive
  • Upgrading Windows® 2000 to Windows® XP
  • Scanning for and removing viruses
  • Installing printer drivers
  • Troubleshooting your network

The Street Smarts series is designed to help current or aspiring IT professionals put their certification to work for them. Full of practical, real world scenarios, each book features actual tasks from the field and then offers step-by-step exercises that teach the skills necessary to complete those tasks. And because the exercises are based upon exam objectives from leading technology certifications, each Street Smarts book can be used as a lab manual for certification prep.

About the Author

James Pyles, A+, Network+, CCNA, is an experienced instructor and author. He is atechnical writer for EmergeCore Networks. He also provides technical support for server, workstation, and audiovisual hardware and networks for a major hardware manufacturer. He has participated in numerous installations of hardware, operating systems, and wireless LANs.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By 01TECH on August 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
I agree with the previous reviewer, James' style is easy to follow. The book is divided up by simple tasks to harder task as you progress through the book. If you are a noob to the PC repair and upgrade workplace and want a book that will walk you through the normal day to day jobs that makes up "A day in the life of a PC Tech", then this book is right up your alley.

I don't reccomend this for people who have been working in the field and just found themselves wanting or needing the A+ certificate. It would not provide much more than a basic review and your money could be spent better on an exam cram or fast pass guide.

Good luck on the Exam!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Garcia on August 15, 2008
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This guide is actually a step-by-step hands-on learning, real world scenarios, teaching Support Specialist how to actually perform those tasks that arises frequently on the job, common responsibilities of a PC Technician, based upon exam objectives.

This book is merely saying that you can use it as a Lab Manual for certification prep, along side another resources, therefore, is not the go to source for passing the A+ CompTia Test alone, I've been an A+ Technician for 7 years now, and worked with individuals with all kinds of certifications that couldn't handle the most basic of tasks on the job.

The IT Field is littered with Know-it-all types, instead, this is the very beginning point and should be recommended to better understand more advance systems and technologies down the road.

If you're studying for the test, add this to your resources of learning, you won't be disappointed and soon you too will start noticing individuals that negatively review the basics but can't replace a Hardrive, Troubleshoot a Network, Install a Printer or Add User accounts to a Windows Server Domain, among other tasks.

Hope This Review Helps You, Good Luck
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Aldridge on August 9, 2007
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If you need some hands-on practice for the A+ exams, you really ought to invest a little in your career and buy this book. After all, most of us learn by doing... and in my opinion, there are no better hands-on practice scenarios than the labs included in this book. The step-by-step directions for each lab are clear, and Pyles' writing style is interesting and easy to understand. The book is also filled with helpful notes, tips, and warnings, many of which are critical for you to know for the A+ exams.

In short, I highly recommend this book to anyone studying for the A+ certification. Not only will it help you pass the exams, but more importantly, it will also make you a much better tech.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By runback22 on November 29, 2007
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In response to the person who said it was to easy and not practical, well I'm here to tell you it is. I'm studying for the A+ exams and just purchased this as a supplement to the Mike Meyers book. I've been working with computers since the DOS days but have never gotten in to building, repairing, or upgrading systems. This book covers simple things that most of us should know how to do (replacing ram, pci cards, etc) but it also does more advanced things as well. I never replaced a motherboard or cpu. This book goes into detail on how to do this. Obviously if you know how to build a cpu from scratch, this book is not for you. If you have rarely, or never, opened up a cpu and installed components, its extremely helpful. I recommend it and it has helped me out.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cameron S on February 17, 2010
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This book is one of several I purchased for study prior to acquiring my A+ certification. Of all the books I purchased, this book was the least informative. I can't really think of a situation where this book is particularly useful. It leaves out small details, assuming the reader understands the basics of computing. For example, under the "Install a Hard Drive" heading the book assumes the reader is installing an IDE drive, but does not clearly specify this.

On the other hand, if you are able to discern facts such as this, then this book has nothing to teach you. It offers simple step-by-step instructions on how to setup a network, for example, but offers no suggestions on what to do if you run into trouble. And that's what the book's downfall was for me, absolutely linear instructions with no ifs, ands, or buts.

From the same publisher I also purchased the "CompTIA A+ Study Guide" (among others), which is a much better book which contains all the information of this book and more. The Study Guide is laid out in textbook format, and contains definitions, usage, and procedures with exhaustive precision. This book offers partial procedures only.
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