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Question for 18th December

Discussion in 'A+' started by Boycie, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    A past client calls you to say their XP machine is crashing. He sent the machine to a repair shop to have a local repair shop to have a sound card installed.
    Everything was working fine, but now the system crashes.
    What's the most likely cause of the problem?

    A) The sound card isn't loading the correct 32 bit multimedia extensions.

    B) NTDETECT.COM has failed to load.

    C) The system resources must be configured.

    D) The sound card isn't seated correctly.

    Answer tommorow :)
     
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  2. binbox

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    [HIDE]It's got to be something to do with C.) System resources must be configured[/HIDE]
     
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  3. bob667

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    Is it c?
     
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  4. _omni_

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    [hide]i'll guess C. if it was installed manually then it might have been allocated the resources from another device.[/hide]
     
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  5. daveo

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    [HIDE]I'll see if it's C[/HIDE]
     
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  6. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    [HIDE]I'll guess at C.

    Reckon that it would be a confict in IRQ assignment or something.[/HIDE]
     
  7. knightofnuada

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    [hide]Hmm ... Methinks it's C. [/hide]
     
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  8. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    [HIDE]C - we have a conflict on our hands, Cap'n[/HIDE]
     
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  9. zimbo
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    [HIDE]err C?[/HIDE]
     
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  10. Boycie
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    Sorry guy's, my book says D :blink

    Quote:

    there aren't many hardware reasons for windows crashes, but a badly seated PCI card is a common one.
    There is no such thing as answer A
    Answer B is wrong because the system wouldn't start.
    Answer C is wrong because system resources are not configurable.
     
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  11. awadhinho

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    [HIDE]Im not sure, i guess D[/HIDE] :blink
     
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  12. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    I take issue with your book, Boycey, as the question does not state whether it is an ISA or PCI card, therefore nothing to say IRQs and interrupts are not at fault here. However, you remain the Question Meister, so I will quietly shut it and accept your authority on this :)
     
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  13. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    I can't see anyone's answer yet, so I may get shouted at. But my two penneth as to why I would have gone 'd':

    Although the A+ does seem to expect you to know about Legacy devices, and how to manually set IRQs, I/Os and so forth, once you reach an OS with PnP, it forgets that, and seems to assume PnP will work every time. Plus, with the relatively low amount that PnP cards allocate devices wrongly, the first and most logical error to go for would be (IMO) the seating of the card.

    I remember one of you guys saying that Comptia will want the most obvious, easiest solution answering first. As this question only requires one answer, with the OS being XP, the most obvious is to check how the card is seated.

    *sits and waits for flames*
     
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  14. Bluerinse
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    Posting to see the answer and see what the controversy is about.

    My answer is D at the moment!
     
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  15. Bluerinse
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    Gav, it was working fine (big clue number one)

    Local repair shop probably got a school work experience kid to fit it. He didn't seat it properly. very plausible IMHO. The answer is D :biggrin
     
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  16. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    I grant you [HIDE]D[/HIDE] may be an option, but if there was a resource conflict, you may equally see a crashing PC. I personally think the PC would just not pick up the hardware if incorrectly seated. But it is a theoretical scenario - so who can say who is right (apart from our Boyce). I still stand by my original answer.
     
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  17. Bluerinse
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    [HIDE]
    Of course Gav but how do you explain that it worked fine, *if* there was a resource conflict?

    Well then you are ignoring the fact that an incorrectly seated card can cause the system to crash. Try running your PC and then start pulling the sound card out and in whilst it's running and see what happens :twisted:




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  18. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Because it was working fine before the new sound card was added. All we know is that since it was added, we have a problem.

    Of course it can, Pete - but I've also had this exact scenario on my own PC, where the sound card gradually worked loose. Took may ages to figure that the reason I had no sound was because the card was hanging loose - even tho the PC was unaffected in any other way.

    Like I said, it's all about the point the question is geared towards in the first place, and I think we are all agreed, that vagueness (or duplicity) is key in these damn multiple choice questions.
     
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  19. Bluerinse
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    Hmmm, I see what you mean, it depends how you read the above quoted statement. I took it to mean that he got it back from the shop and it was working fine for a while but now the system crashes. :dry

    :twisted:
     
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  20. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Yeah, as someone stated before sometimes the answers they want don't always tie up with our way of thinking. Remember the driving test, you learn to pass a test....
     
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