+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 25
General Chat Thread, need help with few A+ core questions in General; am trying to pass my mock hardware exam and am struggling on a few questions 1 customer wants to connect ...
  1. #1
    projector1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    460
    Thank Post
    70
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Rep Power
    18

    need help with few A+ core questions

    am trying to pass my mock hardware exam and am struggling on a few questions

    1 customer wants to connect two computers using a single cable. He has the following cables to hand
    serial
    parrellel
    10base2
    10baseF
    Hi has very limited funds.
    which of the cables can you use to complete the connection select two
    i say serial and parrellel (but i do not know if the serial is a null modem cable)

    2 you install a nic into a win98 pc, windows fails to recognise the card, device manager reports no conflicts but the card does not show

    which of the of the following factors should you examine

    the os
    the control panel
    the bios
    the nic

    i would say bios is plug and play enable, supported?
    the control panel so you can try to add it using the add new hardware wizard

    which method can you use to disable bus mastering

    1 create a virtual disk
    2 modify a cmos setting
    3 edit the autexec.bat file
    4 enable the level 1 cache

    i would say cmos as thats where the hardware settings can be accessed

    the cmos was reporting mismatch errors, the startup password was also forgotten and the cmos had to be cleared. A new battery was installed but the mismatch was still being reported.

    what should you investigate first

    battery voltage
    presence of new hardware
    system board jumper settings
    availability of bios flash for the cmos


    i would say the battery voltage as the user may have bought the incorrect one
    although they may have installed some new hardware (stuck on this one)

    i would apprciate some help to see if i am on the right track with my answers or explainations answers

  2. #2

    localzuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Minehead
    Posts
    17,632
    Thank Post
    514
    Thanked 2,442 Times in 1,890 Posts
    Blog Entries
    24
    Rep Power
    831

    Re: need help with few A+ core questions

    Wow! I didn't realise the A+ exams were so out of date!

    As none of the connection methods in the list are particularly expensive but 2 are the standard ones I would choose Serial (assuming it is a null modem cable) and 10Base2 - you can pick up a nic with the bits for this for £10 at most and you actually get a network rather than a poor impression of a connection to the internet from the 80's.

    The second question leaves out about 90% of the information that could actually give you a clue as to the answer. Is it a PCI card? Is it an ISA card (as it is win98 it is possible)? Is it PnP?
    Personally, I would say to check the card to see if it is a plug and play card, check the bios to see if pnp is enabled/run the hardware discovery wizard for non pnp cards (so, 'the control panel' - whatever that vague reference means).

    The third question is a little odd. From windows 98 you simply tick and untick a box in the properties for that IDE device. So I am guessing that they mean to use the autoexec.bat file. It may also be a hardware setting in the CMOS though - not sure...

    The final question, I would check to see if the person had left the clear cmos settings jumper set to on. This would wipe the settings over and over AKAIK. Although, it could simply be a broken bios. However, this is another question that doesn't provide much detail... With such little detail, you could choose any of the 4 and be correct.

    I think what they are getting at, is to make your choices and properly explain why you'd start there. But as I haven't taken an A+ (and won't be doing if that is what it is like!) I can't say for sure.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    537
    Thank Post
    2
    Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
    Rep Power
    19

    Re: need help with few A+ core questions

    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk
    I think what they are getting at, is to make your choices and properly explain why you'd start there. But as I haven't taken an A+ (and won't be doing if that is what it is like!) I can't say for sure.
    I think A+ is multiple choice so there is no room to explain and show your thiught process even if your answer is 'wrong'.

  4. #4

    localzuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Minehead
    Posts
    17,632
    Thank Post
    514
    Thanked 2,442 Times in 1,890 Posts
    Blog Entries
    24
    Rep Power
    831

    Re: need help with few A+ core questions

    Oh, ok. That sucks then.

  5. #5
    projector1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    460
    Thank Post
    70
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Rep Power
    18

    Re: need help with few A+ core questions

    hay many thanks for the input i have to pass the A+ before i can take start my mcse and with 12 months left i am deperate.
    i have not worked with 10base2 cards, could you connect two pcs directly or would you need a "cross over cable" type of cable.
    I know i keep failing on these questions.

  6. #6

    localzuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Minehead
    Posts
    17,632
    Thank Post
    514
    Thanked 2,442 Times in 1,890 Posts
    Blog Entries
    24
    Rep Power
    831

    Re: need help with few A+ core questions

    10base2 uses a BNC style connector with a coax lead. Computers are connected in a bus style. The cables connect to each computer using a T junction and the 2 ends of the bus are terminated using a terminator (a connector containing a resister 50 Ohm resister IIRC). The data rate is 10Mbit per second and the cable length between machines can be a maximum of 185 metres...

    Just thought you'd like to know a little about it.

    For a bit more info on it, take a look at wikipedia.

  7. #7

    Dos_Box's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Preston, Lancashire
    Posts
    9,840
    Thank Post
    583
    Thanked 2,162 Times in 987 Posts
    Blog Entries
    23
    Rep Power
    627

    Re: need help with few A+ core questions

    Quote Originally Posted by projector1
    hay many thanks for the input i have to pass the A+ before i can take start my mcse and with 12 months left i am deperate.
    i have not worked with 10base2 cards, could you connect two pcs directly or would you need a "cross over cable" type of cable.
    I know i keep failing on these questions.
    If anyone has been working with 10base2 cards in the past 5 years I would be surprised. Some legacy kit may be out there, but it's hardly preparing you for the future is it?

  8. #8

    localzuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Minehead
    Posts
    17,632
    Thank Post
    514
    Thanked 2,442 Times in 1,890 Posts
    Blog Entries
    24
    Rep Power
    831

    Re: need help with few A+ core questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box
    If anyone has been working with 10base2 cards in the past 5 years I would be surprised. Some legacy kit may be out there, but it's hardly preparing you for the future is it?
    That is kinda my reaction to these questions in general. They seem like they would be good for a test 8 years ago but not today...

  9. #9

    webman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    North East England
    Posts
    8,401
    Thank Post
    637
    Thanked 961 Times in 661 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    319

    Re: need help with few A+ core questions

    Quote Originally Posted by ITWombat
    I think A+ is multiple choice
    Multiple guess

  10. #10

    SimpleSi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Lancashire
    Posts
    5,808
    Thank Post
    1,476
    Thanked 592 Times in 444 Posts
    Rep Power
    168

    Re: need help with few A+ core questions

    I think you've come against a bad multiple choice test - as we all know - nothings rarely certain in computer fault diagnosis

    But for the 1st question - is there a typo somewhere - should it read 10Base2 and 10Base5 ?

    If so then these are the two answers I'd go for because neither require x-over connection cables (and they didn;t specify them for the serial and parallell cables in the question.

    If it isn't a typo then I've no idea because I don't know if 10BaseF can be used point to point or not - it wasn't designed for it and I've never used it myself.

    regards

    Simon

  11. #11

    localzuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Minehead
    Posts
    17,632
    Thank Post
    514
    Thanked 2,442 Times in 1,890 Posts
    Blog Entries
    24
    Rep Power
    831

    Re: need help with few A+ core questions

    If it were 10base5 and not 10baseF I would still not choose it because the equipment, compared with serial and 10base2, is expensive. You need cards with the correct ports, the correct cable and transcievers. It is a fairly large amount of effort for networking to machines together...

  12. #12

    SimpleSi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Lancashire
    Posts
    5,808
    Thank Post
    1,476
    Thanked 592 Times in 444 Posts
    Rep Power
    168

    Re: need help with few A+ core questions

    I was just trying to answer the stupid question - not give a recommendation

    regards

    Simon

  13. #13
    ChrisH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    East Lancs
    Posts
    4,999
    Thank Post
    120
    Thanked 280 Times in 258 Posts
    Rep Power
    106

    Re: need help with few A+ core questions

    Ive got a Cisco router with serial connections if you want it

  14. #14

    mattx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    9,240
    Thank Post
    1,058
    Thanked 1,068 Times in 625 Posts
    Rep Power
    740

    Re: need help with few A+ core questions

    I think you've come against a bad multiple choice test - as we all know - nothings rarely certain in computer fault diagnosis
    Well said, after reading those questions I just shook my head and my only thought was about the stupid person who set them !!
    General problem solving in IT is something you gain knowledge from through years of experience and working in the real world & getting your hands dirty. Not through some stupid multiple choice questions.

  15. #15
    projector1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    460
    Thank Post
    70
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Rep Power
    18

    Re: need help with few A+ core questions

    hay many thanks for the input i will donate £25 once i pass my exam as a way of saying thanks!


    just another one i would like some views on,

    you assemble a chain of scsi devices, you attempt to save a file to a scsi hard drive an it fails unexpectly, a user trys to save to a scsi hard drive but is unable to

    i cannot work out if it is due to duplicate scsi id or termination, surely with termination none of the scsi devices would work (what is if there is only one..the scsi hdd)

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Recommend me a core?
    By Oops_my_bad in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 32
    Last Post: 10th June 2007, 11:08 AM
  2. Recommended me a core!
    By Oops_my_bad in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 23rd May 2007, 11:29 AM
  3. Replacing our core switch
    By localzuk in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 24th January 2007, 05:14 PM
  4. Core 2 Duo - Worth the upgrade?
    By crc-ict in forum Hardware
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 22nd November 2006, 05:04 PM
  5. Dual core laptops
    By Dos_Box in forum Hardware
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 23rd February 2006, 09:25 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •