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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by carlfinn, Jan 17, 2007.

  1. carlfinn

    carlfinn Bit Poster

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    hi everyone, im new to this forum, ive just started my comptia A+ essentials, and to be honest im really struggling with the hardware section, ive read through it several times, but im struggling with retaining the technical data in my brain, any tips?
     
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  2. zimbo
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    Hi and welcome to CF! 8)

    A couple of suggestions... try breaking your material you struggling with into smaller parts, use tools like Google to get information on topics you not sure with or dont understand too well. Post any questions you have here on our forum. Slowly slowly stuff will start to sink in.

    Are their any specific areas you struggling with?
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Welcome to the forum!

    I would advise getting more hands-on practice - it'll make more sense to you by actually putting your hands on the technology. I'd suggest picking up a copy of James Pyle's PC Technician Street Smarts book, here. To top it off, he's a member of this forum (Tripwire45)!
     
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    WIP: Just about everything!
  4. carlfinn

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    i have never worked in IT though have messed about on pcs for years, i have started my mcse training through company called advent, i passed the first unit, which was pretty basic stuff, however the second unit, which is the A+ is startin to get pretty technical and to behonest quite scary, i have a good understanding of what components do what, but it is trying to remember, for example which processors go into which slot, i have read through the first section which is basically motherboard, memory, drives, local bus etc, which i have got to grips with, it just seams to be really stretching my brain capacity, wondered if you could give me any tips
     
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  5. zimbo
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    well you not alone.. a lot of people struggle with those processors.. you just have to learn them! :(

    Make study cards.. carry them in your pocket and study them wherever you go and have some free time.. Are you using any books?
     
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  6. tas121

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    carl im also studying with advent i just finished revising module 1 took me about 5 weeks its around 90 pages long 2 revise and theres tons of information you need to remember and dats only the 1st module! what i did was first go through the module with a hi lighter and hi light anything which i didnt understand then go through it again but this time making little notes which i read in my spare time and breaking down the information in to little sections. you dnt need to remember everything just the important stuff and after each module theres the review questions you can take

    theres some links you can check out that might help you

    http://computer.howstuffworks.com/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
    http://www.pctechguide.com/
    http://www.webopedia.com/
    http://www.laptop-repair.info/index.html
    http://www.course.com/pcrepair/games.cfm?CFID=8032277&CFTOKEN=44978270 20Repair/A+ #
    http://www.pcguide.com/
    http://www.proprofs.com/certification/comptia/a-plus/exams/index.shtml
    http://www.techadvice.com/tech/T/Troubleshooting.htm
    http://www.markscomputerguide.co.uk/
    http://www.totalsem.com/forums/
    http://tomshardware.co.uk/
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  7. Boycie
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    Thanks for the links Tas. Rep left.
     
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  8. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Welcome to CF8)

    Thanks to tas121 for the Linkies:thumbleft :rocks
     
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  9. Bluerinse
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    Sorry but that dubious sentence from one of the links smacks of illegality.

    And this copied straight from the top of another one..

    And this snipped of an on-line question is from another one..

    HAL = Hardware Abstraction Layer

    The acronym the question writer was grasping for is HCL (Hardware Compatibility List) and why he would want to take insurance out on it baffles me.

    Be wary, there is a lot of misinformation and illegal stuff out there.
     
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