Welcome to the CompTIA A+ Certification 901. The Total Course from Mike Meyers and Total Seminars.
This is the first of a two course series for CompTIA A+ and is designed to prepare you to take and pass the CompTIA A+ 220-901 exam. To become fully A+ certified you will need to pass both the 220-901 and 220-902 exams. This course is over 14 hours in length containing over 120 video lectures. The first goal of the course is to make you a good PC Tech and in the process make sure you are ready to pass the CompTIA 901 exam.
The course covers all the CompTIA A+ 220-901 Objective Domains:
1.0 Hardware 34%
2.0 Networking 21%
3.0 Mobile Devices 17%
4.0 Hardware & Networking Troubleshooting 28%
Topics include how to:
In this episode, Mike welcomes you to the CompTIA A+ course.
You can download the CompTIA A+ 220-901 exam objectives to see in details what is covered on the 901 exam.
|In this episode, Mike discusses strategies for successfully studying for the CompTIA A+ exams.|
In this episode, Mike goes into detail explaining what is covered on the CompTIA A+ 220-901 Exam
|In this episode, Mike teaches the computing process (input, processing, output, and storage) using nothing but a blender and some coffee.|
|In this episode, Mike walks you through the major components of a PC, including the monitor, case, keyboard, mouse, speakers, printer, and more.|
|In this episode, Mike takes you on a fast-paced tour of the many connectors found on PCs, including USB, Firewire, eSATA, VGA, DVI, and more.|
|In this episode, Mike pulls back the curtain and takes you inside his system case to look at major internal components like the motherboard, CPU, RAM, and more.|
|In this episode, Mike explains how a CPU isn't a brain at all--it's a calculator!|
In this episode, Mike explores aspects of CPUs, such as speed—measured in GHz, clock multipliers, and multicore processors.
|In this episode, Mike demonstrates how CPUs keep working so quickly when every other component in your PC is so (relatively) slow.|
In this episode, Mike compares 64-bit vs. 32-bit CPU architectures and the operating systems that can take advantage of the greater complexity of the former.
|Many processors include special features that enable specific functions, such as virtualization support. In this episode, Mike explains the benefits of some of these features.|
In this episode, Mike explores the two primary types of CPU sockets, PGA and LGA, and discusses the sockets that support common AMD and Intel CPUs.
|In this episode, Mike walks you through one of the most frightening procedures in a PC tech's arsenal: installing a processor.|
|CPUs generate a lot of heat, but your PC hates heat--what's a tech to do? In this episode, Mike shows you how to keep your CPU cool.|
|Sure, you could use a fan and heatsink to cool your CPU, but that's far too simple. In this episode, Mike demonstrates how to take your CPU cooling to the next level with liquid cooling|
|These horned creatures can often be found roaming the hills of...oh, wait. Random Access Memory, not rams, right? Okay. In this episode, Mike explains the purpose and some of the features of RAM.|
|How much RAM do you need? Or, perhaps a more important question, how much RAM can you possibly fit in your PC? Mike answers these questions and more in this episode.|
|All RAM should be treated equally, but some kinds of RAM are unique enough to deserve their own episode.|
|By far the easiest task taken on by a PC tech, RAM installation is a snap, and Mike shows you how it's done.|
|RAM goes bad sometimes, and you need to know what to look for when it happens. In this episode, Mike shows you some tips and tricks on troubleshooting bad RAM.|
In this episode, Mike the low-level programming stored on nonvolatile memory, called the Basic Input/Output Systems (or Services). BIOS enables you to communicate with the motherboard before an OS is installed.
|In this episode, Mike shows you how to monitor your PC from the time you press the power button to the moment Windows loads.|
|The system setup screen enables you to adjust various hardware settings, such as boot order, clock speeds, power settings, and more. In this episode, Mike shows you two very different system setups and how to use them.|
|In this episode, Mike discusses what to do when something goes wrong with your BIOS.|
|Have you ever wondered how all of your PC components manage to fit together perfectly? In this episode, Mike shows you how form factors have evolved to enable all sorts of connections.|
|Motherboards need other chips besides the CPU to function. In this episode, Mike teaches you the history of chipsets and their many functions.|
|In this episode, Mike examines features of modern expansion buses including the parallel PCI and PCI-X and the serial PCIe.|
|In this episode, Mike explores a typical motherboard, pointing out the shapes and names for the many components on that board.|
|Motherboards don't install themselves, unfortunately. In this episode, Mike takes on installing a motherboard into a case.|
|Can't tell your watts from your amps? In this episode, Mike explores the basic pieces of electricity.|
|In this episode, Mike explains how power supplies transform the electricity coming from the wall outlet into something usable by a PC.|
|Not every power supply is the same, and some are only used in very specific instances. In this episode, Mike discusses uncommon power supplies and some important power supply features.|
|Mike talks about the process of choosing a power supply to purchase. Also, peanut butter.|
|When power supplies go bad, there's not much you can do to fix them--in fact, you should never open up a power supply. In this episode, Mike explains what you can do when your power supply causes trouble.|
|In this episode, Mike talks about how hard drives work and discusses specific details about SATA connectors, versions, speeds, and features.|
|In this episode, Mike covers solid state drives (SSDs), examining the SATA/AHCI and PCIe/NVMe interfaces and protocols. The episode also discusses the two types of M.2 drives, SATA and NVMe.|
Mass storage devices today share logical block addressing (LBA), a way to organize the storage areas on the media so that the type of media becomes transparent to the operating system (OS). Windows doesn’t care, in other words, whether the data is stored on an HDD, SSD, or something else.
In this episode, Mike describes the most common types of RAID, a feature that combines multiple drives into a single unit.
|In this episode, Mike explores the many variations possible when combining multiple hard drives into a single RAID array. He uses the RAID features built into the motherboard to accomplish this task; it’s often called firmware RAID.|
|Mike talks about how to configure the list of possible boot devices in your system.|
In this episode, Mike compares prefixes commonly used and misused in the computing industry.
|If this RAID thing sounds good to you, Mike shows you how to set it up.|
In this episode, Mike explores the symptoms of hard drive problems and the typical tools used to correct the problems.
|Mike goes over the various forms of CD media and drives.|
Find out what DVD stands for! It's not what you might think! Mike talks about DVD standards in this video.
|Mike tastelessly crows over the corpse of HD-DVD while explaining the heir to the HD optical media kingdom, Blu-ray.|
|In this episode, Mike introduces you to Universal Serial Bus, discussing the various connectors, versions, and specifications.|
|In this episode, Mike covers the three generations of USB technology, plus examines all the connectors currently in use.|
|In this episode, Mike details the various formats of flash memory cards in the marketplace over time, such as Compact Flash (CF) and Secure Digital (SD).|
|In this episode, Mike examines all the common or not so common connections that are not USB that enable you to attach devices to the PC.|
|Though keyboards and mice often don't make it into the tech conversation, Mike argues in this episode that techs need to know a lot about configuration and troubleshooting of these essential input devices.|
|Barcode scanner? Check. Digitizer? Check. Touch screen? Check. Mike gets to play with all the cool toys in this episode.|
|Many server closets and complicated workstations have multiple computers, but limited space for peripherals. Mike shows you the beauty of keyboard, video, mouse (KVM) switches in this episode, demonstrating how to use them effectively.|
|In this episode, Mike examines what techs need to know to support digital still cameras and camcorders for clients.|
|In this episode, Mike discusses Webcams, the small camera/microphone combination devices built into most portable computers and that you can add to any computer.|
In this episode, Mike discusses the preparation required for adding cards and demonstrates the proper installation technique for expansion cards.
In this episode, Mike explains essential steps to follow after installing an expansion card, such as downloading and installing drivers and configuring applications and the OS.
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Total Seminars has created a number of “Best-Selling” Udemy video courses by Mike Meyers and the Total Seminars team of Instructors. They also develop supplemental materials such as the TotalTester certification practice tests and TotalSims lab simulations to support your certification preparation. These are available on the Total Seminars web site.
Mike Meyers, affectionately called the "Alpha Geek", is the Industry's leading authority on CompTIA Certifications. He is the President and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant, and speaker.
Author of numerous popular PC books and videos, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. Mike is also the series editor for the highly successful Mike Meyers' Certification Passport series and the Mike Meyers' Guide to series, all published by McGraw-Hill. Mike has sold over a million IT and certification books.
As well as writing Mike has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.
Mike's humorous and easy to follow approach to teaching comes through in his video training courses as well as his classroom instructor led courses. Making IT concepts easy to understand and fun to learn helps students stay engaged and retain the information.
Mike brings his unique style of video training to Udemy with the launch of his CompTIA A+ Certification, Network+ Certification and Security+ Certification courses. Check out the first few lessons which are available free and you will quickly see what is different about Mike's approach to learning.