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How to learn hardware side

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by pcmark, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. pcmark

    pcmark New Member

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    Hi guys, just a question if I may.

    I consider myself pretty good at the software side of Windows, and have a couple of MCPs (going for the MCSA).
    However I haven't ever built a PC, and am not familiar with the hardware side of things.
    Now that i hope to get an entry level job once I complete my MCSA, but a thought came to mind, and that is that I will most likely work with hardware as well as software (you know, entry level, fixing hardware/software problems).

    So the question is How can i learn about the hardware side, like learning how to build a computer and about the hardware components and bios (basically the core stuff)? If I were to say buy a secondhand computer and a book for the A+, would that cover it?

    Opinions appreciated! :D
     
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  2. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

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    Welcome to CF! i think a good step would be the A+ and Network+ as you can use the 2 combined as an elective for the MCSA too.. There is a great book for the A+ (A+ all in one by mike meyers) and you can pick up a 2nd hand pc and parts from ebay for next to nothing... what MCP's you got?
     
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  3. pcmark

    pcmark New Member

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    I've got the 270 and 290. And I'm not as interested in gaining an extra cert as I am in gaining the knowledge (because of time restrictions).
    So if I were to study a book (say, the Meyers A+ Passport), would that teach me about the hardware side and how to build/repair computers?
     
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  4. Lord Deckard

    Lord Deckard Byte Poster

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    The Meyers book would certainly teach you the fundamentals but there is no substitute for real experience. There are always things that you'll encounter when working on a PC that booklearning will just not have prepared you for. As Zimbo says, pick up a dirt cheap PC and rip it apart and put it back together. You'll be amazed how much you can pick up.
     
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  5. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    this is also a great book.
     
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