This guide is designed to prepare students to pass the A+ certification exams and master PC repair. Jean Andrews brings her clear, conversational writing style to the area of PC repair, making tough technical topics easier to understand. No previous electronics experience is required to read this volume.
Good, but Out-of-Date
By Derjubster on Jul 02, 2004
. If you have a chance to pick up a copy of this 3rd Edition, you'll find it very well written, nicely illustrated, and RICH with relevant technical information... You'll also find it very much out-of-date... This 3rd edition was published in 2001, which means most of the material in it is vintage 2000 (FOUR years old!)... Okay if you are still using Windows9x or NT4 and just need a very good architecture based desk reference... But, the material in the 3rd Edition maps to the 2000 A+ exam, NOT the 2003 A+ exam, and is consequently unsuitable for current A+ certification preparation, especially the software component, that focuses heavily on supporting Windows XP and is NOT included in this 3rd Edition... The 4th edition of this textbook was published in 2003, and the latest edition (at this writing), the 5th edition, has been available since February 2004 (I have it; it's EXCELLENT!)... ALL editions are also available, at extra cost, with a Lab Manual, a PC Pocket-Sized Troubleshooting Guide (EXCELLENT!), Computer-Based A+ Training CDs (HIGHLY recommended), an A+ Course Prep Study Guide (MUST HAVE if you're prepin' for A+), and a 22-piece Basic Toolset including a Digital Multi-Meter, that is good, very reasonably priced, and you'll need if you have zero tech tools... If you're lookin' for a very good architecture based desk reference for Windows9x or NT4/2000 only, try to find this one used... BUT, if you are looking for an architecture based desk reference that INCLUDES Windows XP, Pentium4, 800 MHz buses (NOT 133) and a more updated mapping to the 2003 A+ exam, buy the 5th edition... You can find it at course dot com/pcrepair... Oh yeah, almost forgot... The CD that accompanies this 3rd edition does NOT have a free copy of 'Nuts & Bolts' on it even though the textbook says it does...
Enhanced A+ Guide to Managing and Maintaning your PC
By Amazon Customer on Dec 16, 2005
The book was delivered in great condition. I had it already from a class I was in and never got the cd cause I bought it from a friend, so I wanted the cd and the xp book to go with it. I love the book and thinking of looking to see if they have an updated version also.
Book Badly Needs Weeding Out OLD Material
By Kelliann on Jun 14, 2003
I am using this for an A+ course at the college. I have the 3rd ed. with XP update. The explanations are good, and the reminders throughout are good. The material is so seriously in need of weeding out the ancient stuff that I can't even believe it's still in there. This book devotes pages and pages on end to stuff we will NEVER be likely to see today and on the rarest of occasions that we do, we can refer it to someone who was involved in computers a few decades ago so we can have room to absorb all the tons of new information out there. And, there's plenty of time later to delve into historical aspects of computer parts (I mean from the 1980s and even some of the early 1990s... parts that are not even MADE anymore!) The book is lacking in the most up-to-date information. The added chapter on Windows XP pales beside Windows XP's own HELP system or even the simplest how-to information on XP. This author, editor, and publisher need to sit down and do an exhaustive total rewrite of this book instead of simply removing a bit of stuff here and there, and adding in a bunch of new sentences and paragraphs to represesent a swipe at the newest information. How can a tech do a decent job if a course does not provide the latest? What are you going to do, sit there and say "duh" when a caller or customer needs help with a new computer? The publisher should be ashamed for continuing to sell edition after edition of this book - it must be one heck of a cash cow and as long as professors order it, that is just how long they will sell it. I hear there is a 4th edition, which I have not seen but based on what they did in the first three, I would not trust for an instant that they did the job they SHOULD do in updating it. What's even worse aboout the situation is that the student *can't tell* what is too old to be much use any more and what is new enough to be very useful. Or, you read and read and read, and at the very end of something a tiny sentence adds: "and this part isn't made anymore." I am not saying you don't need to know a very good amount of historical information about computers and their innards, because you clearly DO. But you don't need it in the exhaustive, mind-cluttering detail that this book hands out. If you are a teacher and considering ordering this book for your students, my advice is: DON'T until you get your own copy and decide for yourself. If it is still a kluge of old stuff with a bit of the new padded on top, then you are going to face a huge amount of work on your own if you want to give your students the most up to date information they need to be successful working as computer techs. Otherwise, you turn out students who are going to suffer on the job and be held back in pay range until they eventually do learn what they need. And that's a waste of everyone's time and money plus a huge disservice to the business that hires them AND the customers who rely on them. If you buy this book, be sure you an return it and get all of your money back if you don't like it.