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What more do I need?

Discussion in 'A+' started by Mac70, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. Mac70

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    Im about to self study for my A+ and Ive ordered the A+ All-In-one Study Guide and the A+ Complete Lab Guide, a PC toolkit, got an old PC for free(with the possibility of another) and joined this forum.Do I need any more to get on with?
     
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  2. hbroomhall

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    It's a very good start.

    I would suggest that as you deal with each topic you should read around that topic on the 'net. No book can be complete, although the All-in-One is one of the best.

    And if things aren't clear just ask away here!

    Harry.
     
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  3. Mac70

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    I dithered over the books and opted for those because they are the most up to date.:D
     
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  4. Boycie
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    Mac,

    As Harry said, a very good start. The only thing i would add is operating systems. I seem to remember a lot of the A+ OS questions were <how do you get to.....>, <what happens if you right click my computer> and such things that unless you have had a good <fool around> you might come unstuck. I would suggest 98 and 2K on the <breakable PC> and get to know XP (assuming you use XP) on your main machine.

    Si
     
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  5. Mac70

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    Ive taken youre advice Boyce and added the OS book too.(Its on the wifes card:wink: )
    I think the old PC is a 98 or 2K.My mate wasnt sure coz when he got it it was password locked.
     
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  6. hbroomhall

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    It isn't the OS book you want, rather you need the OSes themselves to experiment with.

    Harry.
     
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  7. Bluerinse
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    Well it isn't Windows 98 then because Win98 doesn't have that kind of security. You can either cancel the password prompt or press escape and you are in. Hence the move to a more secure platform like Windows 2000/XP

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  8. steveh2001

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    For the OS whcih im doign at the moment - get some virtual PC software (if u dont have the space for a load of spare PC's :()

    Ive got 98/95/2000 set up as virtual PC's so whenever i read soemthign about right clicking here, etc i go test it:D
     
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  9. Boycie
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    Steve,

    Good point, and MS virtual PC is is free now! Make sure you <beef up> the host machine.

    Si
     
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  10. Mr.Cheeks

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    ....im sure you are able to download trial versions of MS OS to play around with aswell...
     
  11. r.h.lee

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    Mac70,

    I'd head over to http://www.comptia.org and get a copy of the current blueprints for the current A+ exams.
     
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  12. tripwire45
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    The A+ exams are undergoing a radical change. There is still going to be a core exam called "A+ essentials" that every A+ candidate must take and pass. After that, the candidate can take one of three electives and in essence, "specialize". To get the full run down, follow this Link
     
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  13. Mac70

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    The two All-in-ones I ordered are the updated ones for the new exams.As far as I could tell those exams start in the UK next spring which would suit me coz I aint done any schooling in 20 years!
     
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  14. zimbo
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    which 2 all in ones? :blink got any links?
     
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  15. tripwire45
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    I already posted a link in my prior post, zimbo. Here it is again
     
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  16. zimbo
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    im talking about the actual books trip...
     
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  17. Mac70

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    I got these two here.
     
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  18. zimbo
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    You see those are for the 2003 exams.... if you use that guide and lab manual you will have to do the exams before the 1st January 2007.... otherwise you might have to wait a little to get the new exam guides and do it in april like you want.
     
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  19. tripwire45
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    Oops. My bad. :oops:
     
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  20. Keimos

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    Hi Mac70,

    A correction for the above.

    The end date for the current A+ exams in the UK is 31st March 2007.

    The currrent A+ books for the 2003 exams should or will cover the new A+ essentials exam. The newer exams are different. The earliest book releases that I have seen are for Late Sept early Oct, the good ones December 2006.

    Apart from that Mac70, read and play with your PC, discover and learn and most importantly have fun, dosed with a lot of patience.
    We are talking about computers now!!!!!

    Keimos
     
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