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"connectors..."

Discussion in 'A+' started by steveh2001, Aug 6, 2006.

  1. steveh2001

    steveh2001 Byte Poster

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    Hi Guys,

    Quick question...

    When a question says - describe a serial "connector", and you have answers such as DB25 Female, DB25 male, DB9 male and DB9female

    Does connector generally mean, the connector on the lead, or the connector on the back of the PC? Because obviously the answers are totally opposite depending on what ur talking about!
     
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  2. Boycie
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    Steve,

    Good point. This is one area that Comptia will try and throw you by the wording of the question. If so, use the wipeboard you have to make it clear in your mind. Hopefully, you might have a diagram of a connector asking you if it is on the PC or cable.

    good luck

    Si
     
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  3. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Personaly I have always considered 'connector' to be a generic term covering both plug and socket. i.e. you shouldn't talk about the 'RS-232 socket' on a PC - because it is really a 'plug' - so 'connector' is a better term.

    Harry.
     
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  4. r.h.lee

    r.h.lee Gigabyte Poster

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    steveh2001,

    According to the "A+ Core Hardware (2003) Examination Objectives", Page 4 of 13, Domain 1 Installation, Configuring, and Upgrading, 1.5 states "Identify the names, purposes, and performance characteristics, of standardized/common peripheral ports, associated cabling, and their connectors. Recognize ports, cabling, and connectors, by sight."

    It lists:
    • Connector Types
      • Serial
        • DB-9
        • DB-25
        • RJ11
        • RJ-45
      • Parallel
        • DB-25
        • Centronics (mini, 36)
      • PS2/Mini-DIN
      • USB
      • IEEE 1394

    Based on the definition from the A+ Objectives, I think the "Identify...standardized/common peripheral ports," is the side that's on the motherboard/case and the "Identify..., associated cabling, and their connectors,..." refers to the cabling and connector.

    With that said, here goes for the "standardized/common peropheral ports," list...

    Now for the ",cables, and their connectors" part:

    I hope this helps.
     
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  5. steveh2001

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    Excellent - thanks guys!

    Made a nice note page with the pics from those links :D

    Guess if they just mention "serial port" then they are talkign about the PC port, and if they specifically mention cabling, then obviously the cabling.

    Also Boyce - you mention the wipeboard, what exactly is this? Just want to know a bit more about the actual exam setup!

    Cheers
     
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  6. steveh2001

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    Just realised - all ports are female on the back of the PC - nice and easy to remember!
     
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  7. hbroomhall

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    Er - except, of course, serial ports. :biggrin

    Harry.
     
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  10. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Older PCs had both a D9 and a D25 male port. Even older units had two D25 ports.

    Strictly - the name DB9 is wrong. See here.

    I'm not sure what the CompTIA take on this is though.

    Harry.
     
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  11. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    Whats a whiteboard?
     
  12. mrobinson52

    mrobinson52 Security Maven Gold Member

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    When you go in to test, you are given either a couple of sheets of paper and a pencil to write on, or a "Whipeboard", and an eraseable marker. One of the best pieces of info I got when I first started taking cert tests is to use this to write down stuff you have memorized, like the commonly used ports, Interrupts, etc., so that if you experience a brain freeze during the test, you have your notes to look at.
     
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