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LabConnection on DVD for A+ Guide to Hardware, 6th Edition

  • dti Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1133703747
  • ISBN-13: 9781133703747
  • Mixed Media
  • Previous Editions: 2011
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

With powerful computer-based exercises, simulations and in-depth remediation capabilities, LabConnection™ provides a uniquely integrated supplement to hands-on A+ PC repair courses, and can be used both as a virtual lab and homework assignment tool. LabConnection supports Cengage Learning's A+ Guide to Hardware textbook and the A+ IT certification exams, and offers remediation towards both. LabConnection, by dti Publishing, is a system that enables exercises and labs to be embedded within the curriculum and instruction. The system is designed for instructor led learning but can also be built into a distance learning course. A one-time internet access code is required to unlock the product and to modify the security settings . You will need internet access to unlock the product each time you launch the DVD on a new computer. The DVD does not require internet access after initial activation. DVD access expires one year after initial activation.LabConnection is also available as online and institutional versions with full learning management capabilities.


  • Enhanced Comprehension: All completed labs reflect a complete understanding of the tasks and concepts as they directly relate to the referenced curriculum and the Cengage Learning textbook. Through LabConnection's guidance in the virtual lab environment, the student develops skills that are accurate and consistently effective.

  • Exercises: Includes dozens of exercises that assess and prepare the learner for the virtual labs, establishing and solidifying the skills and knowledge required to complete the lab.

  • Virtual Labs: Labs consist of end-to-end procedures performed in a rich simulated environment where the learner can practice the skills required of professionals and on standardized exams.

  • Guided Learning: LabConnection allows learners to make mistakes but alerts them to errors made before they can move on to the next step, sometimes offering demonstration as well as media rich answers, all in a simple intuitive interface.

  • Video demonstrations: Instructor-led video demonstrations guide the learners step by step through the labs while providing additional insights to solidify the concepts.

About the Author

dti Publishing

Pierre Askmo, president of dti Publishing, has extensive experience in the IT certification field. Mr. Askmo's deep involvement in the IT industry is testified to by his involvement as a Cornerstone Founding Partner of the A+ Certification program at the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). Mr. Askmo went on to sit on the A+ Executive committee that designed the A+ certification program and to participate in the Network+ and Server+ Advisory panels. As a former member of the IT Skills Curriculum Group of the U.S. Department of Labor, Mr. Askmo contributed to define the mix of skills deemed necessary to succeed in the IT professions. Mr. Askmo has co-authored the Course Technology book A+ Q&A, is an item writer for IT certifications and has worked on CertBlaster test preparation titles for MCSE, MCSA, and now MCTS and MCITP. Mr. Askmo is also the designer of the new powerful and user-friendly dtiMetrics™ assessment system solution that helps students master essential computer concepts and prepare for IT certification.

Table of Contents

1. First Look at Computer Parts and Tools
2. Working Inside a Computer.
3. All About Motherboards.
4. Supporting Processors and Upgrading Memory.
5. Supporting Hard Drives.
6. Supporting I/O and Storage Devices.
7. Satisfying Customer Needs.
8. Troubleshooting Hardware Problems.
9. Connecting to and Setting Up a Network.
10. Networking Types, Devices, and Cabling.
11. Supporting Printers.
Appendix A: Keystroke Shortcuts in Windows.
Appendix B: CompTIA A+ Acronyms.

New to this edition

  • New labs focusing on soft-skills so users can demonstrate the appropriate use of skills in the areas of communication and professionalism.
  • New lab on configuring a typical home or SOHO wireless router.
  • New lab on identifying different designs of small networks, and a few of the different types of physical connections that are used between network devices.
  • Updated to reflect new A+ 220-801 and A+220-802 exams.


Student Supplements

LabConnection Standard Enterprise Solution for A+ Guide to Hardware  (ISBN-10: 1133728219 | ISBN-13: 9781133728214)