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CompTIA A+ Guide to IT Technical Support


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1. Taking a Computer Apart and Putting It Back Together. 2. All About Motherboards. 3. Processors and Memory. 4. Power Supplies and Troubleshooting Computer Problems. 5. Hard Drives and Other Storage Devices. 6. Supporting I/O Devices. 7. Setting up a Local Network. 8. Network Infrastructure and Troubleshooting. 9. Supporting Mobile Devices. 10. Customizing Systems, Virtualization Networks, and Managing Printers. 11. Comparing Operating Systems and User Experience. 12. Installing Operating Systems. 13. Maintaining Windows. 14. Optimizing Windows. 15. Troubleshooting Windows Startup. 16. Securing Windows Resources. 17. Security Strategies. 18. Linux and MacOS. Appendix A: Safety Procedures and Environmental Concerns. Appendix B: Entry Points for Startup Processes. Appendix C: CompTIA A+ Acronyms.

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Jill West, a CIS instructor at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, brings a unique cross-section of experience in business, writing and education to the development of innovative educational materials. She has taught multiple ages and content areas with a focus on a flipped classroom approach and distance learning, as well as educational counseling. Ms. West was instrumental in piloting a flipped classroom program for learning support courses at North Georgia Technical College, and she has more than a decade of experience working with Jean Andrews in IT textbook development. Ms. West and her husband, Mike, live in northwest Georgia where they homeschool their four children. Joy Dark has worked in the IT field as a help-desk technician providing first-level support for a company with presence in 29 states. She has also worked as a second-tier technician in healthcare IT and as an operations specialist designing support protocols and structures, where her CompTIA A+ and HIT certifications have been particularly useful. As an instructor, Ms. Dark has taught online IT and has taught English as a second language in the United States and South America. She has helped write several successful technical textbooks with Ms. Andrews. Ms. Dark lives in northwest Georgia with her two daughters and pet Doberman. Jean Andrews has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry as well as more than 13 years of teaching in the college classroom. She has worked in a variety of businesses where she's designed, written, and supported application software. She has also managed a computer repair help desk and handled troubleshooting for wide area networks. Ms. Andrews has written numerous books on software, hardware and the Internet. In addition to this bestselling A+ GUIDE TO IT TECHNICAL SUPPORT, she's written the A+ GUIDE TO HARDWARE: MANAGING, MAINTAINING AND TROUBLESHOOTING. She lives in north Georgia.


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