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The only guide you need for A+ exam success . . .                                                                         ...
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01   8:12 AM   Page i                 A+ Certification Bible
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01   8:12 AM   Page ii
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01   8:12 AM    Page iii                       A+ Certification                            Bible        ...
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01    8:12 AM      Page iv               A+ Certification Bible                                      Phi...
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01    8:12 AM   Page v               About the Authors                       Edward Tetz graduated from ...
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01    8:12 AM   Page vi                       Meeta Gupta is certified in C++, JAVA, JFC/Swing, Java Scr...
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01    8:12 AM   Page vii               Credits                       Acquisitions Editors   Graphics and...
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01    8:12 AM    Page viii                       I would like to dedicate this book to my wife, Sharon, ...
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01    8:12 AM   Page ix               Preface                       W         elcome to the A+ Certifica...
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01    8:12 AM    Page x      x        A+ Certification Bible               Structure of this Book       ...
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01    8:12 AM   Page xi                                                                                 ...
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01       8:12 AM    Page xii     xii        A+ Certification Bible                             ✦ Study G...
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01    8:12 AM        Page xiii                                                                          ...
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01    8:12 AM    Page xiv    xiv        A+ Certification Bible                                          ...
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01    8:12 AM    Page xv               Acknowledgments                       I would like to thank Hungr...
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01     8:12 AM    Page xvi                       Contents at a Glance                       Preface . . ...
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01     8:12 AM    Page xvii                       Part VI: Troubleshooting Operating Systems . . . . . ....
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01   8:12 AM   Page xviii
4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01    8:12 AM    Page xix                                               Contents                       P...
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4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01    8:12 AM    Page xxii    xxii       A+ Certification Bible                       Chapter 5: CMOS Ba...
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4810-7 FM.F   6/7/01    8:12 AM    Page xxiv   xxiv        A+ Certification Bible                            Answers to Ch...
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  1. 1. The only guide you need for A+ exam success . . . 100% “A comprehensive map to this fast-growing certification.”You’re holding in your hands the most comprehensive and effective guide available for the CompTIA A+ exam.Ed Tetz, Glen Clarke, and Joseph Phillips, who have taught the A+ certification curriculum to hundreds of people, 100% C O M P R E H E N S I V E ONE HUNDRED PERCENT — Tim Sosbe, Editorial Director, Certification Magazinedeliver incisive, comprehensive explanations of every A+ hardware and operating system topic, highlighting Covers the Core COMPREHENSIVEexam-critical concepts and offering hands-on tips that can help you in your real-world IT career. Throughout, they Hardware and AUTHORITATIVE OS Technology exams WHAT YOU NEEDprovide pre-tests, exam-style assessment questions, scenario exercises, and labs—everything you need to master ONE HUNDRED PERCENTthe material and pass the exam.Get complete coverage of Hardware and Master the materialOS exam objectives for CompTIA exams• Master hardware basics, from CPU chips, motherboards, and RAM 220-201 and to ports, cables,and printers 220-202 A+ A+• Get the scoop on installing and configuring drives, peripherals, and portable devices Test your knowledge• Discover all you need to know about hardware maintenance and with assessment troubleshooting questions, scenario Hundreds of unique,• Get up to speed on OS basics, from command prompt procedures to exam-like questions exercises, and labs managing files and directories give you a random set of questions each time Practice on state-• Find out how to install and configure you take the exam. Windows, device drivers, and applications of-the-art test-• Get a handle on OS troubleshooting, from preparation software A deciphering error codes to running utilities A customizable format +• Delve into networking, from cards, cables, and enables you to define topographies to configuring Internet access your own preferences for question presentation. About the Authors Test Prep Tools on CD-ROM: Ed Tetz, A+, MCSE, MCT, has written several guides to MCSE certification. He is an • Hungry Minds test engine instructor/IT Co-Coordinator at the Halifax, Nova Scotia branch of PBSC, an IBM powered by top-rated subsidiary that is one of Canada’s premier computer training companies. Glen E. Clarke, Boson Software A+, MCSE, MCSD, MCT, CIWCI, is a technical instructor at the Halifax, Nova Scotia branch of PBSC with over 4 years of certification teaching experience. Joseph Phillips, TETZ, CLARKE, & PHILLIPS • Searchable e-version of A+, Network+, MCSE, MCT, CTT, has written several books on the MCSE certification the book path. He is an independent trainer and consultant based in Indianapolis, Indiana. CertificationSystem Requirements:PC running Windows 95 or later, Windows NT 4or later. See the About the CD Appendix for $59.99 USA $89.99 Canada £44.99 UK incl. VAT Reader Level: Beginning to Advanced Shelving Category: Certification Bible Boson Software-details and complete system requirements. powered test ISBN 0-7645-4810-7 engine on Hungry Minds www.hungr yminds.com CD-ROM *85 5 -AHGIDj ,!7IA7G4-feibaj!:p;p;T;T;t Test Engine powered by Ed Tetz, A+, MCSE, MCT Glen Clarke, A+, MCSE, MCSD, MCT, CIWCI Joseph Phillips, A+, Network+, MCSE, MCT, CTT
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  4. 4. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page iii A+ Certification Bible Ed Tetz, Glen E. Clarke, Joseph Phillips, Angshuman Chakraborti, Meeta Gupta, Mridula Parihar, Rashim Mogha Hungry Minds, Inc. Best-Selling Books • Digital Downloads • e-Books • Answer Networks • e-Newsletters • Branded Web Sites • e-Learning New York, NY ✦ Indianapolis, IN ✦ Cleveland, OH
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  6. 6. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page v About the Authors Edward Tetz graduated from Saint Lawrence College in Cornwall, Ontario with a degree in Business Administration in 1990. He spent a short time in computer sales, which eventually led to a computer support position. He has spent the last eight years performing system and LAN support for small and large organizations. In 1994 he added training to his repertoire. He holds the following certifications: A+, Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and Chauncey Group’s Certified Technical Trainer (CTT). Over his years of work experience, he has supported Apple Macintosh, IBM OS/2, Linux, Novell NetWare, and all Microsoft operating systems from MS-DOS to Windows 2000. He is currently an Information Technology Coordinator and an Instructor for PBSC, a national train- ing company in Canada. Most of the training that he delivers is Microsoft-certified, but he also delivers technical training outside of that product line. He welcomes comments from his readers and can be contacted at ed_tetz@hotmail.com. Glen E. Clarke is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). Glen is also an A+ certified technician and holds Prosoft’s Certified Internet Webmaster- Certified Instructor certification (CIWCI). Glen currently works as a technical trainer for PBSC, one of Canada’s largest technical training centers, where he deliv- ers the A+ courses and Microsoft Certified Curriculum for the MCSE and MCSD pro- grams. When he’s not working, Glen loves to spend quality time with his wife, Tanya, and their two children, Sara and Brendon. He is an active member of the martial arts community, where he currently holds his first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. You can contact Glen at gleneclarke@hotmail.com. Joseph Phillips is an MCSE, MCT, and CTT, as well as a CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certified Technician. Joseph has taught, consulted on, and written about computer technologies since 1993. When he’s not working with computers, you can find Joseph on the golf course, behind a camera, or on the working end of a fly rod. Sometimes you can catch him at www.josephphillips.com. Angshuman Chakraborti is an MCSD and an MCSE. He is currently employed with NIIT Ltd. as a consultant. He has been with NIIT for the last 4 years. He spent the first two years training career students and professionals in technologies, including C, C++, Visual C++, Windows NT, TCP/IP, SQL, Sybase, HTML, JAVA, Visual Basic, and JavaScript. The second two years has been spent leading teams to create instruc- tor-led training material for various clients. During this period, he has also worked as a subject matter expert in various technologies, including Linux, Mac OS, Cisco Networking (CCNA), Windows 2000, JavaScript, and DHTML, among others. His responsibilities also include training development executives, managing projects, and instructionally and technically reviewing training material.
  7. 7. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page vi Meeta Gupta is certified in C++, JAVA, JFC/Swing, Java Script, Visual Basic 5.0–6.0, VBA, HTML, DHTML, SQL, Sybase, MS Access, UML, Windows NT 4.0, Novell NetWare 4.x, UNIX SCO, and MAC OS 9. She is presently employed as a development executive with NIIT Ltd., with one year of experience in planning, organizing, writ- ing, and maintaining technical documentation. Meeta also possesses 11⁄ 2 years of experience as a trainer at NIIT Ltd., where she was responsible for conducting inter- active training modules for varied audiences and maintaining hardware and soft- ware including LAN (Novell NetWare). Mridula Parihar is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD). She has worked with NIIT Ltd. for two years. In her first year, she worked as a technical instructor in the Career Education Group (CEG) division of NIIT Ltd. She has been working with the Knowledge Solutions Business (KSB) group for the last 12 months. Here, Mridula has had the opportunity to work on many technical projects. Her work involves design, development, testing, and implementation of instructor-led training courses. Also, she handles the additional responsibility of ensuring ISO compliance. Rashim Mogha is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD). She has worked for two years at NIIT Ltd. Her first year was spent in the Career Education Group (CEG), where she taught NIIT students, handled computer installation and maintenance, and managed resources. For the past year, she has been working in the Knowledge Solutions Business (KSB) division of NIIT. In the KSB division, Rashim has had the opportunity to work on varied technical assignments. Her work involves design, development, testing, and implementation of instructor-led training courses. Her primary responsibilities include training development executives, project management, instructional review, technical review, and ensuring ISO compliance.
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  9. 9. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page viii I would like to dedicate this book to my wife, Sharon, and my children, Emily and Mackenzie. They have put up with a lot during the writing of this book, especially the loss of my time, which is now gone forever. — Ed This book is dedicated to my beautiful wife, Tanya, who has shown amazing support throughout the long nights and early mornings of this book. If it were not for your love and understanding, I would not have had the inspiration to write. — Glen This book is dedicated to my many friends: Mary Jane, Don, Mick, Linda Linda, Mark and Antonietta of Il Gargona, Kenny, Greg, Stacey, Mary, Nancy, Derek, Jason, Lila, and so many others. Thank you all for your friendship. — Joe
  10. 10. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page ix Preface W elcome to the A+ Certification Bible. This book is intended to help people who are interested in pursuing their A+ Certification. It covers material that will be found on both of the required A+ Certification Exams (A+ Core Hardware Exam and A+ OS Technologies Exam). The layout of this book has been designed to make the material easy to digest and navigate. We hope that you enjoy your experience with this book. Once you have attained your A+ Certification, you may want to pursue another major industry certification, such as CompTIA’s Network+, CompTIA’s Server+, CompTIA’s Linux+, Microsoft’s MCSE, Novell’s CNE, or Cisco’s CCNA. Any of these certifications will make you more valuable to your current employer or future employers. Good luck on your path to certification. Who Should Read this Book? This book is designed as a study aid for people who plan to write their A+ certifica- tion exams from CompTIA. If you are interested in the A+ certification, this book is the only study guide that you will need. And because it provides more detailed information than is required for the exam, it can be used as a reference at a later date. What is CompTIA? CompTIA (Computer Technology Industry Association) is an association whose members come from all areas of the computing industry. It has corporate member- ships, which include more than 10,000 companies; the IT professionals in its mem- bership come from more than 50 countries. Its main goal is to act as a unifying force to create vendor neutral certifications. You can find more information about CompTIA at http://www.comptia.org. What is A+? From 1999 to 2000, CompTIA saw a 40 percent increase in the number of people tak- ing the A+ certification exam. Over 116,000 people passed this certification in 2000, bringing the number of certified professionals to over 260,000. The A+ certification is clearly one of the fastest growing certifications in the industry.
  11. 11. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page x x A+ Certification Bible Structure of this Book This book is broken down into eight parts. Each part focuses on a different set of components from either the A+ Core Hardware exam or the A+ OS Technologies exam. The only exception to this rule is Part VII, which covers the networking com- ponents from both exams. Part I: A+ Core Hardware Exam — Hardware Basics Part I covers the basics of all the hardware components that make up your com- puter. The first chapter provides an overview of some of the basic components that will then be examined in subsequent chapters. Components that will be examined include: CPUs, motherboards, RAM, CMOS, ports, cables, and printers. Part I con- cludes with a review of major system resources, such as IRQs, that are used by the major types of devices. Part II: A+ Core Hardware Exam — Installing and Configuring Hardware Part II focuses on installation of various devices. It includes an examination of inter- nal hard drives, modems, USB peripherals, FireWire, and components that are included in portable devices. Part III: A+ Core Hardware Exam — Maintenance and Troubleshooting Part III provides information about maintaining computer devices, including pre- ventive maintenance and safety procedures, how to handle and care for computer components, and maintenance specifically related to printers. Part III ends with a chapter that covers basic troubleshooting of each of the major components that make up your computer. Part IV: A+ Operating System (OS) Technologies Exam — Operating System Basics Part IV introduces the different operating systems, providing a comparison of Windows 9x systems and Windows 2000, a description of different commands that can be used from command prompt, and a discussion of graphical operating sys- tems that carry out major system functions. These system functions include rout- ing disk maintenance procedures. Part IV also discusses memory management and configuration for MS-DOS and Windows 9x.
  12. 12. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page xi Preface xi Part V: A+ Operating System (OS) Technologies Exam — Installing and Configuring Operating Systems Part V of the book discusses how to get the OS going. It includes chapters on installing and upgrading Windows, how to control the boot process, and how to work with devices and applications. When working with applications, the differ- ences between 16-bit, 32-bit and MS-DOS based applications are discussed. Part VI: A+ Operating System (OS) Technologies Exam — Troubleshooting Operating Systems The focus of Part VI is how to troubleshoot problems from the OS perspective. This part examines different tools that can be used to troubleshoot aspects of your oper- ating system and common problems that may arise in day-to-day use of the operat- ing system. Since many computer problems arise from viruses, there is a section that deals with defining and dealing with viruses. Part VII: A+ Exams — Networking Part VII deals with networking. An overview of underlying network hardware — including cabling, network cards, and protocols — is provided, as well as a discus- sion about networking from the OS level and Internet access methods. Appendixes This book has four appendixes. The appendixes include a description of what is found on the accompanying CD-ROM, an objective mapping table to let you know which chapters cover which exam objectives, a sample exam, and some exam- taking tips. Chapter Structure Each chapter in this book follows a common structure: ✦ Objectives: A bulleted list that states the specific exam objectives that will be covered in the chapter. ✦ Pre-Test: A short test that assesses your knowledge of the material in the chapter. The pre-test questions will help you identify areas to focus on. ✦ The body of the chapter follows the Pre-Test. ✦ Key Point Summary: A summary of the crucial facts in the chapter.
  13. 13. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page xii xii A+ Certification Bible ✦ Study Guide: The study guide in each chapter contains some or all of the fol- lowing elements. • Assessment Questions: Multiple-choice questions, similar to the ones you will see on the exam, that test your knowledge of material presented in the chapter. • Scenarios: Exercises that require you to apply your critical thinking skills and understanding of the chapter material to solve a hypothetical problem. • Labs: Hands-on or paper-based exercises that follow a step-by-step approach. Labs are designed to help you solidify the material that is in the chapter. • Answers to Pre-Test questions, Assessment Questions, Scenarios, and Labs. Icons Used in this Book In order to draw attention to content in the chapter, a number of icons are used. These icons and their uses include the following: Caution This icon is used when there is something that is discussed or being done in a lab that could have serious consequences to you or your computer. Cross- This icon is used to reference information that is found elsewhere in the book. Reference Exam Tip This icon is used to provide tips that may help you in the exam. It may also be used to stress points that are important to the exam. In the This icon is used to deliver material that discusses practices that are opposite to Real World those presented in the study material and the exam. Objective This icon denotes test objectives that are to be covered in a section. Tip This icon is used for tips or facts that are worth noting, but are not related specifi- cally to the exam.
  14. 14. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page xiii Preface xiii Exam Components The A+ Certification exams can be scheduled at Vue or Prometric testing centers. For more information about scheduling your exam, check the Testing Locations page on CompTIA’s Web site at http://www.comptia.org/certification/ test_locations.htm. Pricing As of January 1, 2001, the cost of taking the A+ exams is $82 US per exam for corpo- rate members and $132 US per exam for non-members. What’s on the exam? The objectives for the A+ Core Hardware exam are found in Table 1, and the objec- tives for the A+ OS Technologies exam are found in Table 2. Table 1 A+ Core Hardware Exam (220-201) Domain % of Examination 1.0 Installation, Configuration and Upgrading 30% 2.0 Diagnosing and Troubleshooting 30% 3.0 Preventive Maintenance 5% 4.0 Motherboard/Processors/Memory 15% 5.0 Printers 10% 6.0 Basic Networking 10% Total 100%
  15. 15. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page xiv xiv A+ Certification Bible Table 2 A+ OS Technologies Exam (220-202) Domain % of Examination 1.0 OS Fundamentals 30% 2.0 Installation, Configuration and Upgrading 15% 3.0 Diagnosing and Troubleshooting 40% 4.0 Networks 15% Total 100% Passing scores CompTIA uses a scale score to determine the total number of points that each question on the exam will be calculated out of. This scale score is between 100 and 900. In any case, the passing score (not a percentage due to the scale) is 683 or 76% for the A+ Core Hardware exam and 614 or 68% for the A+ OS Technologies exam. The scale score system allows the number of points assigned to questions to vary between each copy of the exam, which makes it harder for test candidates to com- pare scores across exams. The revised exams for A+ were released January 31, 2001. Each exam contains 70 questions, and you will have 90 minutes to complete each exam. In the third quar- ter of 2001, the exams are scheduled to become adaptive. Adaptive exams ask a minimal number of questions (usually about 15), and then will ask additional ques- tions based on any incorrect answers. Appendix D provides additional information about the differences between standard and adaptive exams.
  16. 16. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page xv Acknowledgments I would like to thank Hungry Minds, Inc., especially Nancy Maragioglio, the acquisi- tions editor who got me involved with this project. It has always been great to work with her. That feeling of thanks also goes out to Amanda Munz, the project editor with whom I worked very closely. Both Nancy and Amanda made this process fulfill- ing. Not least, I want to thank the technical editors, copy editors, and other staff at Hungry Minds who helped bring this book to print. — Ed First, I would like to thank Ed Tetz for getting me involved in this project. I would also like to thank the staff at Hungry Minds, Inc., especially Nancy Maragioglio, Acquisitions Editor, and Amanda Munz, Project Editor. You all have made this expe- rience one of the most enjoyable of my career. — Glen Many thanks to Nancy Maragioglio for asking me to write this book and for her guidance and support. Thanks also to Amanda Munz for her incredible patience and leadership, and to Ed Tetz and Glen Clarke for their hard work and late nights invested in this book. Many thanks to the technical editors, copy editors, and countless other individuals who’ve made this book a success — Joe
  17. 17. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page xvi Contents at a Glance Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xv Part I: Hardware Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Chapter 1: Basic Terms, Concepts, and Functions of System Modules . . . . . . . 3 Chapter 2: Popular CPU Chips and their Characteristics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Chapter 3: Motherboards: Components and Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Chapter 4: RAM Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Chapter 5: CMOS Basic Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Chapter 6: Ports, Cables, and Connectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Chapter 7: Printer Operations and Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Chapter 8: System Resources Used By Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193 Part II: Installing and Configuring Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227 Chapter 9: Internal Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 Chapter 10: Installing and Configuring Peripheral Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263 Chapter 11: Portable Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 295 Part III: Maintenance and Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333 Chapter 12: Preventive Maintenance and Safety Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . 335 Chapter 13: Managing Replaceable Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 363 Chapter 14: Maintaining Printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 395 Chapter 15: Troubleshooting Procedures and Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . 423 Part IV: Operating System Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 463 Chapter 16: Operating System Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 465 Chapter 17: Command Prompt Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507 Chapter 18: Major System Files and their Purpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 541 Chapter 19: Managing Files and Directories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 587 Chapter 20: Managing Disks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 623 Part V: Installing and Configuring Operating Systems . . . . . . . . 663 Chapter 21: Installing and Upgrading Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 665 Chapter 22: Boot Sequences and Methods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 711 Chapter 23: Loading and Configuring Device Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 749 Chapter 24: Working with Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 791
  18. 18. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page xvii Part VI: Troubleshooting Operating Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 827 Chapter 25: Managing Error Codes and Startup Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . 829 Chapter 26: Managing Common Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 849 Chapter 27: Using Windows-Based Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 875 Part VII: Networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 933 Chapter 28: Basic Networking Concepts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 935 Chapter 29: Understanding Networking at the Operating System Level . . . . . 965 Chapter 30: Configuring Internet Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1015 Appendix A: What’s on the CD-ROM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1053 Appendix B: Objective Mapping Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1057 Appendix C: Sample Exams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1075 Appendix D: Exam-Taking Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1091 Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1093 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1107 Hungry Minds, Inc. End-User License Agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1141 CD-ROM Installation Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1145
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  20. 20. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page xix Contents Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xv Part I: Hardware Basics 1 Chapter 1: Basic Terms, Concepts, and Functions of System Modules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 System Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Power supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Processor/CPU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Firmware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 BIOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 CMOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Storage Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 LCD and Portable Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Boot Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Assessment Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Answers to Chapter Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Chapter Pre-Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Assessment Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Chapter 2: Popular CPU Chips and their Characteristics . . . . . . . . 21 Processor Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Processor speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Data bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Address bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Registers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Cache memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Math co-processor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Chip types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Early Intel Processors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 8086 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 8088 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 80286 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
  21. 21. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page xx xx A+ Certification Bible 80386DX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 80386SX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 80486DX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 80486SX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Popular Intel Processors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 CPU voltage and transistor integration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Socket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Pentium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Pentium Pro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Pentium II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 SIMD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Celeron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Pentium III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Physical size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Non-Intel Chips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 K6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 K6-2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 K6-III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Athlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Increasing Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Assessment Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Answers to Chapter Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Chapter Pre-Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Assessment Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Chapter 3: Motherboards: Components and Architecture . . . . . . . 51 Motherboard Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Processor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 SIMM/DIMM sockets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Cache memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Expansion slot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Communication ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Parallel port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Keyboard/mouse connector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Power connector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Video adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Hard disk controller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Floppy disk controller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 SCSI controller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 BIOS chip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Types Of Motherboards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Full AT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Baby AT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 ATX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Bus Architectures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 ISA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 MCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 EISA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
  22. 22. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page xxi Contents xxi VESA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 PCI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 PCMCIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 AGP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 USB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Performance Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Assessment Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Scenarios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Lab Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Answers to Chapter Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Chapter Pre-Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Assessment Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Scenarios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Lab Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Chapter 4: RAM Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Memory Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Types of Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Read-only memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 EPROM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 EEPROM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Random access memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Types of DRAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Standard DRAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Fast Page Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Extended Data Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Burst Extended Data Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Synchronous DRAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 DRAM Packaging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 SIMMs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 DIMMs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Parity versus non-parity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Types of Cache Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 L1 cache . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 L2 cache . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Installation of Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Connectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Parity/non-parity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Installing memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Performance Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Assessment Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Scenario . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Lab Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Answers to Chapter Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Chapter Pre-Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Assessment Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Scenarios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
  23. 23. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page xxii xxii A+ Certification Bible Chapter 5: CMOS Basic Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Basic CMOS Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Hard disk drive type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Floppy disk drive type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Parallel ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Serial ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Date/time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Boot sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Plug-and-Play BIOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Advanced CMOS Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Globally Unique Identifier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 BIOS date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Universal Serial Bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Built-in network adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Virus protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 On board cache . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Reserve resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Upgrading the System BIOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Assessment Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Scenarios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 Lab Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 Answers to Chapter Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Chapter Pre-Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Assessment Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Scenarios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Chapter 6: Ports, Cables, and Connectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Common Computer Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Serial versus parallel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Universal Serial Bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 FireWire (IEEE-1394) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Cable Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Ribbon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Twisted pair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 Thick coax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Thin coax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Cable Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Pin connections for external cables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Pin connections for internal cables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Connector Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 DB-9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 DB-15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 DB-25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
  24. 24. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page xxiii Contents xxiii Centronics 36 and 50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 RJ-11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 RJ-45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 British Naval Connector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 PS/2 or MINI-DIN 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Universal Serial Bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 IEEE-1394 (FireWire) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Adapters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Assessment Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Answers to Chapter Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Chapter Pre-Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Assessment Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Chapter 7: Printer Operations and Components . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Paper Feeder Mechanisms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Continuous form feeders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Friction feeders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Types of Printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Laser printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 The laser printing process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Inkjet printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176 Dot-matrix printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Types of Printer Connections and Configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Parallel cable connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Serial cable connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Network cable connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 Universal Serial Bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 Infrared . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Assessment Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Scenarios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Lab Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188 Answers to Chapter Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Chapter Pre-Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Assessment Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Scenarios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192 Chapter 8: System Resources Used By Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . 193 Understanding System Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195 I/O addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196 Interrupt request . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199 Direct memory access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204 Memory addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207 Working with System Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208 Viewing resources in use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209 Changing system resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210 Assessment Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217 Scenario . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221 Lab Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
  25. 25. 4810-7 FM.F 6/7/01 8:12 AM Page xxiv xxiv A+ Certification Bible Answers to Chapter Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223 Chapter Pre-Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223 Assessment Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223 Scenario . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225 Part II Installing and Configuring Hardware 227 Chapter 9: Internal Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 Hard Drive Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 Disk geometry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 Read/write process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234 Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235 Master boot record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236 IDE Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236 IDE overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237 Installing IDE devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238 Small Computer System Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244 SCSI overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244 Installing SCSI devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250 Assessment Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253 Scenarios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256 Lab Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257 Answers to Chapter Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259 Chapter Pre-Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259 Assessment Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259 Scenarios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261 Chapter 10: Installing and Configuring Peripheral Devices . . . . . 263 Monitor/Video Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265 Resolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265 Monitors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265 Installing a video card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267 Configuring the video card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268 Modems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270 Modem attributes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270 Installing a modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270 Configuring a modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271 Storage Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271 Hard drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271 Configuring