• Table of Contents
  • Module 1 – Computing Overview
  • Module 2 – PC Technician
  • Module 3 – System Components
  • Module 4 – Peripheral Devices
  • Module 8 – Portable Devices
  • Module 10 – System Management
  • Module 11 – Windows Installation
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    A Essentials

    (Exam 220-701)

    Version 8.0





    Table of Contents


    A Essentials 1

    Table of Contents 2

    Course Overview 3

    Section 1.1: Course Introduction 5

    Section 1.2: Using the Simulator 7

    Section 1.3: Hardware Basics 8

    Section 1.4: Operating System Basics 11

    Section 2.1: Protection and Safety 13

    Section 2.2: Professionalism 15

    Section 2.3: PC Maintenance 18

    Section 2.4: Troubleshooting 21

    Section 2.5: System Tools 23

    Section 3.1: Cases, Form Factors, and Power 25

    Section 3.2: Motherboards and Buses 27

    Section 3.3: Processors 30

    Section 3.4: Memory 32

    Section 3.5: BIOS 35

    Section 3.6: Video 37

    Section 3.7: Cooling 39

    Section 4.1: Serial, Parallel, and PS/2 41

    Section 4.2: USB 43

    Section 4.3: IEEE 1394 (Firewire) 45

    Section 4.4: Input Devices 47

    Section 4.5: Display Devices 49

    Section 4.6: Sound Devices 53

    Section 4.7: Device Installation 55

    Section 5.1: Storage Devices 57

    Section 5.2: Optical Media 59

    Section 5.3: File System 61

    Section 5.4: Managing Files 63

    Section 5.5: RAID 65

    Section 5.6: Disk Optimization 66

    Section 5.7: Libraries 68

    Section 6.1: Networking Overview 69

    Section 6.2: Protocols 71

    Section 6.3: Addressing 73

    Section 6.4: Network Configuration 75

    Section 6.5: Networking Media 77

    Section 6.6: IP Configuration 79

    Section 6.7: 802.11 Wireless 81

    Section 6.8: Infrared and Bluetooth 85

    Section 6.9: Network Troubleshooting 87

    Section 6.10: IP version 6 89

    Section 6.11: HomeGroup 90

    Section 7.1: Printers 91

    Section 7.2: Printer Configuration 93

    Section 7.3: Network Printing 95

    Section 7.4: Printing Management 97

    Section 8.1: Portable Devices 99

    Section 8.2: Power Management 103

    Section 8.3: Troubleshooting 105

    Section 9.1: Software Security 107

    Section 9.2: Social Engineering 109

    Section 9.3: Authentication 110

    Section 9.4: BIOS Security 112

    Section 9.5: Encryption 114

    Section 9.6: Physical Security 116

    Section 9.7: Firewalls 118

    Section 10.1: Applications 120

    Section 10.2: Updates 122

    Section 10.3: System Protection 124

    Section 10.4: Virtual Memory 126

    Section 10.5: System Errors 128

    Section 10.6: System Recovery 130

    Section 11.1: Pre-installation 132

    Section 11.2: Installation 134

    Section 11.3: Post Installation 136

    Practice Exams 138



    Appendix A: Approximate Time for the Course 139

    Course Overview


    This course prepares students for CompTIA’s Exam 220-701: A Essentials. It focuses on basic operating system and hardware concepts.

    Module 1 – Computing Overview


    This module introduces the students to the A certification exams, the basic skills a student should have before taking this course, and the content of the A Essentials course. Students will learn how to use the simulator to complete the lab exercises. This module also provides an overview of the basic elements and functions of computer hardware and operating systems.

    Module 2 – PC Technician


    This module examines the roles of the PC technician; protection and safety of users and computers, acting in a professional manner, maintaining computer systems, troubleshooting systems, and utilizing Windows tools and utilities to view configuration information and manage computers.

    Module 3 – System Components


    In this module students will learn concepts about the components that make up computer systems. Students will explore the basics of cases, form factors, power supplies, motherboards, PC expansion buses, processors, memory, BIOS, video, and cooling devices.

    Module 4 – Peripheral Devices


    This module teaches the students about the following peripheral devices: IO interfaces, USB devices, IEEE 1394-based products, input devices, display devices, and sound devices. Students will also receive guidelines for installing devices.

    Module 5 – Storage


    This module discusses concepts about the storage of digital data. Students will become familiar with storage devices, storage device interfaces, optical media, and file systems. They will also learn details about managing files, using RAID arrays, and optimizing hard disk performance.

    Module 6 – Networking


    This module examines the fundamentals of networking. Student will learn of the components that make up a network. They will learn about network protocols, addressing, configurations, networking media (cabling), IP configuration settings, 802.11 wireless networks, Infrared (IrDA), and Bluetooth. They will also receive guidelines for troubleshooting network connections.

    Module 7 – Printing


    In this module students will learn concepts about selecting, installing, configuring, and managing printers. They will learn about different types of printers, printer languages, and the components that make up network printing.

    Module 8 – Portable Devices


    This module discusses portable computing devices. Topics covered include; classifications for portable devices, components in a notebook system, PC cards, batteries, and power management, and troubleshooting of a portable device.

    Module 9 – Security


    In this module students will learn the basics of securing a computer system. Concepts covered include; protecting against malware and social engineering attacks, authenticating to validate a user, configuring BIOS security, utilizing encryption technologies, physically securing computer systems, and employing firewalls.

    Module 10 – System Management


    This module discusses basic concepts of system management which include; installing and managing applications, updating Windows and non-Microsoft software, protecting a system through backups, managing virtual memory, handling system errors, and providing system recovery for a system that does not work properly.

    Module 11 – Windows Installation


    This module examines decisions that should be made prior to installation, methods to install a Windows operating system, and post installation tasks.

    Practice Exams


    In Practice Exams students will have the opportunity to test themselves and verify that they understand the concepts and are ready to take the certification exam.
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