CompTIA A+ Core 1: Motherboards, CPUs, & Add-on Cards

CompTIA A+    |    Beginner
  • 12 videos | 1h 27m 56s
  • Includes Assessment
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Motherboards are the backbone that connect computer components and enable them to communicate. Discover motherboards, the basics of central processing units (CPUs), and add-on cards, as well as the various factors that need to be considered to install and configure them in your computer. In this course, you will learn about motherboard form factors and connector types. Discover the basic input/output system (BIOS) of your computer, how to configure BIOS security, and how BIOS contains the most basic system software that allows you to booth the system and your operating system to interact with the hardware. Explore Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) batteries, your CPU's processing core, and the differences between single core and multi-core processors. Finally, explore CPU features and compatibility, compare two of the most popular manufacturers of microprocessors, and learn about cooling mechanisms for the CPU including options for dissipating heat in your system. This course will prepare learners for the CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1101) certification.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • discover the key concepts covered in this course
    differentiate between the Advanced Technology eXtended (ATX) and Information Technology eXtended (ITX) motherboard form factors
    differentiate between PCI, PCIe, power connectors, SATA, eSATA, SAN, Headers, and M.2 connectors
    outline what to consider when thinking about central processing unit (CPU) compatibility with a motherboard
    list BIOS/UEFI settings such as boot options, USB permissions, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security features, fan considerations, secure boot, and boot password
    outline the importance of BIOS security, including passwords and drive encryption
  • differentiate between motherboard encryption features such as TPM and hardware security module (HSM)
    outline common CPU architecture considerations including x64/x86, Advanced RISC Machine (ARM), single core, multi core, multithreading, and virtualization support
    differentiate between AMD and Intel microprocessors
    recognize cooling mechanisms such as fans, heat sink, liquid, and thermal paste
    recognize expansion cards such as video, sound, NIC, and capture card
    summarize the key concepts covered in this course

IN THIS COURSE

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    1.  Course Overview
    1m 37s
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    2.  Motherboard Form Factors
    5m 31s
    Learn how to differentiate between the Advanced Technology eXtended (ATX) and Information Technology eXtended (ITX) motherboard form factors. FREE ACCESS
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    3.  Motherboard Connector Types
    17m 45s
    Find out how to differentiate between PCI, PCIe, power connectors, SATA, eSATA, SAN, Headers, and M.2 connectors. FREE ACCESS
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    4.  Motherboard CPU Compatibility
    9m 19s
    In this video, you will learn how to outline what to consider when thinking about compatibility between a central processing unit (CPU) and a motherboard. FREE ACCESS
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    5.  BIOS/UEFI Settings
    9m 29s
    Upon completion of this video, you will be able to list BIOS/UEFI settings such as boot options, USB permissions, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security features, fan considerations, secure boot, and a boot password. FREE ACCESS
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    6.  BIOS Security
    4m 8s
    Learn how to outline the importance of BIOS security, including passwords and drive encryption. FREE ACCESS
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    7.  Motherboard Encryption Features
    5m 29s
    Find out how to differentiate between motherboard encryption features such as TPM and hardware security module (HSM). FREE ACCESS
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    8.  CPU Architecture
    13m 53s
    In this video, you will outline common CPU architecture considerations including x64/x86, Advanced RISC Machine (ARM), single core, multi core, multithreading, and virtualization support. FREE ACCESS
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    9.  CPU Compatibility
    6m 21s
    In this video, you will learn how to differentiate between AMD and Intel microprocessors. FREE ACCESS
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    10.  Cooling Mechanisms
    5m 33s
    After completing this video, you will be able to recognize cooling mechanisms such as fans, heat sinks, liquid, and thermal paste. FREE ACCESS
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    11.  Expansion Cards
    8m 13s
    Upon completion of this video, you will be able to recognize expansion cards such as video cards, sound cards, network interface cards, and capture cards. FREE ACCESS
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    12.  Course Summary
    40s

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