View Poll Results: What topics are giving you problems in A+ Core?

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  • Motherboards, expansion cards

    270 12.06%
  • CPU, memory sockets and slots

    593 26.49%
  • Parallel, serial, usb, scsi sockets and cables

    254 11.34%
  • Com ports, DMA, IRQs

    576 25.73%
  • Printers

    289 12.91%
  • Networking

    257 11.48%
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    I have to agree with mah9470... the motherboard diagrams I've seen on the final sign off tests I've been taking ( I take the big test on Friday) are simply horrible! Very fuzzy and impossible to identify a lot of the components on it. Are the diagrams on the actual test easier to identify? I know my boards well, but I had lots of trouble figuring out what and where the components were. Any way you can see what they look like on the test? I'm not sure how much of the test is going to be 'point and shoot' and I'm afraid if the diagrams are as bad as I've experienced I'll screw up on them. Any suggestions?
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    Nope - the graphics on the test when I took it last year looked like something a kid with crayons would draw ... lol
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    This might seem unfair, I think it actually is a bit unfair, but I've seen, and had to work with worse coming from experienced LAN/WAN engineers, IT managers who think they can do it and even diagrams on paper used to blow your nose

    Anyone contacted CompTIA about this? Would be nice to hear their side...
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    #29
    I didnt get any of those questions when I sat for OS. I did have to locate something on a motherboard, but it was a line drawing.

    But given that you are asked to locate something of the sort, I would think anyone should be able to correctly locate, say a DIMM slot, CPU socket, AGP slot, etc, etc just from knowing the orientation of the board.

    Just doesnt seem that difficult to me.
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    Yes I understand many have contacted Comptia - af course to no avail.

    You would think that with progs like Visio around and things like digital cameras that there would be absolutely no need for substandard diagrams/graphics.
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    Yes that is typical CompTIA...

    You would think that with progs like Visio around and things like digital cameras that there would be absolutely no need for substandard diagrams/graphics.
    True, but when you sit at a meeting, things often go on a scratch of paper. Large companies often have people for the job of turning such into a visio. But aside from that I don't see any point in using vague drawings and pictures in an exam. They should have a look at Cisco exams...
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    Never mind. I lucked out and didn't get one diagram and passed with a 1012. I hope I'm that lucky on the OS test.....
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    i alreday passed ,y A+ exams but man the printers really pressed on my nerves they cant be studied speacially the laser ones.
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    im not sure if i posted this before> but Im having trouble with memorizing processor's mainly from pentium beyond....info such as data bus, address bus...speeds? It just dont stick in my head
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    Probably the IRQs, I/Os, DMAs, etc.
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    I'm having one heck of a time with printers. I kinda get the jist of the other parts. I'm to write my A+ Hardware exam on the 20th or 21st of this month, so I have a little time left to learn what I need to figure out. Yesterday, the class I'm in started working on the Networking chapter some more. I was totally clueless when we went through this chapter the first time around, but I think I'm actually understanding it now.

    I think I'm glad that they have changed the format of the exam. The only thing that cheeses me off about it is that you only need like 51.8% to pass the exam now, as opposed to the 80%. I think that in our field that you should know 80% of what you're doing. Mediocracy just doesn't fly in our field.

    *sigh*

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    I was having a really hard time w/ the laser printer stuff. I bought the sybex A+ complete 2nd edition. It all makes since after reading that. The book has each component explained separately w/ pictures, and then a detailed explanation of how they work together. I had to read over some of it 2 or 3 times to absorb it, but it all makes sense now. I do think, however, that it would have been easier if I had just taken apart a laser printer and had someone tell me what each part was and what it does. I remember hands on stuff much faster than stuff I've read.
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    #38
    I always have problem with LASER printer and the IRQ,COM,I/O address. It is very hard to memorize that "thing" . And also the 3 rows # pin and such. Just give me the REAL thing I'll say it right away. How the hell I remember how many pins it has ? because I'm a hardware enthusaist and have MUCH hardware experience.(have a sister that ALWAYS messes up the computer also HELP A LOT ) . About CPU socket, port,mainboard,ram etc I am well prepared.

    I aslo want to take Security+ because I used to be a script kiddies
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    #39
    for those of you having trouble with laser printers:

    Unless you are going to work for a printer manufacturer, the only parts of the printer you will be servicing is replacing toner cartridges and or photoelectric drums. Most of the time the drums are built into the toner cartridges. Don't sweat it. IF you really need to know more, there is an awesome tutorial at:

    http://computer.howstuffworks.com/laser-printer.htm


    I hope this helps!
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    nice to see you here DaPunnisher i answer all of the questions you post, really suggets suscribe there, they give you questions everyday about A+ and that also helped me
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    Slots,sockets and pins are killing me. Im good on the latest pentium stuff its the early issues that are driving me insane!

    Oh one thing to help with remembering the order of laser printer operation. California Cows Wont Dance The Fandango.

    Cleaning,Conditioning,Writing, Developing,Transferring and Fusing.

    I remember a is before o with remember california and cows, which is cleaning comes before conditioning. You need to know more on them I guess but this helps with getting the order right.

    Dummys A+ book is where I gleamed this information from.
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    #42

    Default Problems Remembering different CPUs and Sockets

    I am having mad problems trying to remember the different sockets and stuff. I don't know exactly how I'ma cram all of this information into my brain for the exam.
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    I am having the utmost trouble with 1/0 adresses, just can't seem to get it in my head.
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    Default i can help u memorize the irq

    Quote Originally Posted by ejhooker
    are there any suggestions for memorizing irq's
    and other memorizable items? my main problem is that my a+ vocabulary is terrible but if you tell me to perform a hand on task i'm untouchable.
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    use this method,
    irq0===sweet (system timer)
    irq1------karen(key board}
    irq 2------ate(available)
    irq3-------cornflakes(com1)
    irq4-------chocolate(com2)
    irq5-------hard(hard disck controller)
    irq6-------floppy
    irq7------lolly pop(ltp1)

    with this way u cant forget it again,but u need to know this is for the 8 bit bus and not the ISA bus with 15 irq and 8 dma channels.

    let me know if this has helped u,cos i am preparing for this exams by the end of august.
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    Just take our DMA IRQ I/O quiz over and over until you memorized them all:

    www.techexams.net/co_apluscore.shtml
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    I have the IRQ's and I/O address and ports down pack, My problem is with the DMA's. I took the practice exam here on this web site and didn't get a single DMA question correct. When I looked in my book that I have it only gave a brief discussion (one paragraph) on the subject. How would I be able to remember the DMA's?
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    Hi! I'm struggling with what RAID is, virual memory as well
    as what parity is etc etc.
    Does anyone have suggestions on how to study better?
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    I'm having the worst time keeping track of I/O addresses, DMA and IRQ settings, and specs on old x86 systems. The irony is I have quite a bit of field experience and have never had to use any of this information. I have a feeling that the reason we have to know this stuff is because some test designer is sitting there saying, "well, I had to learn this stuff, so you do too." how juvenile. I'm sure knowing the external bus width of a 486DX will really be useful someday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rebecca_rogers99
    I have the IRQ's and I/O address and ports down pack, My problem is with the DMA's. I took the practice exam here on this web site and didn't get a single DMA question correct. When I looked in my book that I have it only gave a brief discussion (one paragraph) on the subject. How would I be able to remember the DMA's?
    Are you talking about DMA/UDMA modes or channels? Either way, the best way I've been able to study for those is to learn to associate them with the appropriate devices or architecture.
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    Default help studying a+

    I have trouble with printers,remembering motherboards & sockects
    can someone guide me to what websites might be great to study
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