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Discussion in 'A+' started by spy22, Oct 11, 2007.

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  1. spy22

    spy22 Byte Poster

    Hello all, i am currently studying towards MCSE and have got my comptia A+ essentials exam shortly!!

    I am trying to get into the IT industry obviously but my current job is nothing to do with it therefore my revision is quite slow.

    Now heres my problem........ i am enjoying the studying and feel asif i am learning quite alot but when it comes to answering questions where there is a practical element e.g 'joe bloggs wants to attach this to this and configure this to this etc' rather than a 1 word answer i am finding them difficult as i obviously lack the practical side

    There is rather an obvious answer here 'go get some practical experience' but in my current situation revision is my only guide at the moment!!

    How can i gear my revision into being able to answer these type of questions confidently withoutpratical experience, are there any good sites to help or am i looking into this who A+ essentials in too much detail?

    any relevant comments would be much appreciated

    many thanks
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  2. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

    You obvious has access to a computer, can you not tear it down and put it back togather? If not you must invest in one even a old cheap one on ebay. You need to have some hands on exp.
    Certifications: Microcomputers and network specialist.
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  3. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    There's no "easy method" or "magic potion" that'll help you understand it... you have to work with it to understand it. Like Mitzs suggested, get a computer, and start messing with it.
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
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  4. spy22

    spy22 Byte Poster

    thanks both of you, i know it was a bit of daft question! one reason i havnt messed with my computer is because it is on vista and i know A+ is based on XP as being the latest but will go get one 2moz, will be great help, thanx
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  5. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    Actually the A+ will have questions on Windows 2000 too aswell as XP
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  6. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

    Spy, what Mitz and BM are suggesting is that you physically take apart a spare computer, nothing to do with the OS, just pure hands on. Thats the only way you'll get that vital experience in the area. I was lucky I could do this in work on old junk PC's, and I must say it really does help.
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
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  7. spy22

    spy22 Byte Poster

    obvious question now i have realised!! i apologise! i will invest in a 2nd hand pc 2moz thanks all
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  8. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    Looks like everyone beat me to the answers. I was going to say that all computers look the same "under the hood". That's not exactly true, but it is for the basics (CPU, RAM, PCI slots and bus, and so on). The only thing I might add is for you to buy a second-hand PC to work on. Heaven forbid something should go wrong and you hose your production machine. It's best to have a lab machine that you use just for your studies. That way you can break it and fix it all day long and still have your "real" computer to hit the Internet, play games, etc...
    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  9. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Premium Member

    Also regarding the questions, what I usually do is I break down the question into a few parts. It makes it easier to understand. Also if you don't know something always go back and re-read the material.
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