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CompTIA A+ Certification 901. The Total Course

Everything you need to pass the CompTIA A+ 220-901 Exam, from Mike Meyers, CompTIA expert and bestselling author.
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  • 15.5 hours on-demand video
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What Will I Learn?
  • • This is a complete and comprehensive CompTIA A+ 220-901 course. It is designed to prepare the student to be able to take and pass the first of two A+ exams needed to become CompTIA A+ Certified. To become A+ Certified requires you to pass BOTH the 220-901 and 220-902 exams. There is a separate course covering the 220-902 exam.
  • • Once you complete the two CompTIA A+ courses, you will have the knowledge and confidence to pass the exams AND the skills to be a great PC tech. This course is ideal as both a study tool and an on-the-job reference.
  • • Your new skills and the CompTIA A+ Certification will help you land your first PC tech job or if you are already a PC tech, get that raise or advancement you are seeking.
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  • • Basic familiarity with PCs and networks.
  • • There are no specific prerequisites as the course covers all the topics in detail.

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:

  • Work with CPU, RAM, BIOS, motherboards, power supplies, and other PC components.
  • Install, configure, and maintain hard drives.
  • Manage input devices and removable media.
  • Troubleshoot and fix common PC problems.
  • Install video and multimedia cards.
  • Work with smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.
  • Install and configure wired and wireless networks.
  • Connect to the Internet.
  • Install, configure, and manage printers and other peripherals

Who is the target audience?
  • • This course is intended for anyone that is preparing for an entry level PC technician position or looking to improve their skills and become CompTIA A+ Certified. However, it goes beyond that and will give you the skills you need to be a better tech on the job.
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Curriculum For This Course
127 Lectures
Path of the PC Tech
4 Lectures 26:39

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.

Preview 02:00

In this episode, Mike discusses strategies for successfully studying for the CompTIA A+ exams.
Preview 10:44

In this episode, Mike goes into detail explaining what is covered on the CompTIA A+ 220-901 Exam

Preview 10:21

In this episode, Mike discusses the benefits of obtaining the CompTIA A+ Certification

Preview 03:34
The Visible Computer
4 Lectures 24:40
In this episode, Mike teaches the computing process (input, processing, output, and storage) using nothing but a blender and some coffee.
Preview 04:11

In this episode, Mike walks you through the major components of a PC, including the monitor, case, keyboard, mouse, speakers, printer, and more.
Primary PC Components

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.
External Connections

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.
Inside the PC

The Visible Computer Quiz
6 questions
9 Lectures 58:43
In this episode, Mike explains how a CPU isn't a brain at all--it's a calculator!
Preview 04:40

In this episode, Mike explores aspects of CPUs, such as speed—measured in GHz, clock multipliers, and multicore processors.

CPU Speeds and Cores

In this episode, Mike demonstrates how CPUs keep working so quickly when every other component in your PC is so (relatively) slow.
CPU Caches

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.

32-bit vs. 64-bit processing

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.
CPU Extensions

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.

CPU Sockets

In this episode, Mike walks you through one of the most frightening procedures in a PC tech's arsenal: installing a processor.
Installing a CPU

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.
Cooling Your PC

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
Liquid Cooling

Microprocessors Quiz
7 questions
5 Lectures 32:28
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.
RAM Sticks and Speeds

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.
RAM Capacity

All RAM should be treated equally, but some kinds of RAM are unique enough to deserve their own episode.
Other Types of RAM

By far the easiest task taken on by a PC tech, RAM installation is a snap, and Mike shows you how it's done.
Installing RAM

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.
Troubleshooting RAM

RAM Quiz
6 questions
4 Lectures 29:59

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.

Preview 04:27

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.
System Setup

In this episode, Mike discusses what to do when something goes wrong with your BIOS.
Troubleshooting BIOS

6 questions
6 Lectures 45:58
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.
Form Factors

In this episode, Mike covers the two form factor heavyweights: ATX and ITX.
ATX and ITX Motherboards

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.
The Expansion Bus

In this episode, Mike explores a typical motherboard, pointing out the shapes and names for the many components on that board.
Touring the Motherboard

Motherboards don't install themselves, unfortunately. In this episode, Mike takes on installing a motherboard into a case.
Installing a motherboard

Motherboards Quiz
6 questions
Power Supplies
5 Lectures 27:25
Can't tell your watts from your amps? In this episode, Mike explores the basic pieces of electricity.
Electricity Basics

In this episode, Mike explains how power supplies transform the electricity coming from the wall outlet into something usable by a PC.
The Power Supply

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.
Niche Power Supplies and Features

Mike talks about the process of choosing a power supply to purchase. Also, peanut butter.
Choosing a Power Supply

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.
Troubleshooting Power Supplies

Power Supplies Quiz
6 questions
Hard Drive Technologies
6 Lectures 51:35
In this episode, Mike talks about how hard drives work and discusses specific details about SATA connectors, versions, speeds, and features.
Hard Drives

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.
Preview 08:01

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.

Hard Drive Overview

In this episode, Mike describes the most common types of RAID, a feature that combines multiple drives into a single unit.  

Preview 09:06

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.
Hardware RAID

Mike talks about how to configure the list of possible boot devices in your system.
Setting the Boot Order

Hard Drive Technologies Quiz
6 questions
Implementing Hard Drives
3 Lectures 35:36

In this episode, Mike compares prefixes commonly used and misused in the computing industry.

Decimal and Binary Prefixes

If this RAID thing sounds good to you, Mike shows you how to set it up.
Implementing RAID

In this episode, Mike explores the symptoms of hard drive problems and the typical tools used to correct the problems.

Hard Drive Troubleshooting

Implementing Hard Drives Quiz
5 questions
Essential Peripherals
14 Lectures 01:35:16
Mike goes over the various forms of CD media and drives.
CD Media

Find out what DVD stands for! It's not what you might think! Mike talks about DVD standards in this video.

DVD Media

Mike tastelessly crows over the corpse of HD-DVD while explaining the heir to the HD optical media kingdom, Blu-ray.
Blu-ray Media

In this episode, Mike introduces you to Universal Serial Bus, discussing the various connectors, versions, and specifications.
Universal Serial Bus

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).
Flash Memory Overview

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.
Firewire and Other Connections

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.
Keyboards and Mice

Barcode scanner? Check. Digitizer? Check. Touch screen? Check. Mike gets to play with all the cool toys in this episode.
Other Input Devices

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.
KVM Switches

In this episode, Mike examines what techs need to know to support digital still cameras and camcorders for clients.
Cameras and Camcorders

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.

Installing PC Expansion Cards Part 1

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.

Installing PC Expansion Cards Part 2

Essential Peripherals Quiz
9 questions
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About the Instructor
Total Seminars
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Home of Mike Meyers and his Team of IT Certification Pros

Total Seminars provides certification training services and training materials to thousands of schools, corporations, and government agencies including the United Nations, the FBI and all branches of the Department of Defense. Total Seminars produces the #1 selling CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certification books with over 1 million books in print.

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
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CompTIA Certification Pro

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.