Installing, Configuring, and Upgrading Audio

The use of audio in personal computers has evolved dramatically through the years, and the current assortment of audio hardware devices and software is varied enough to keep even the most knowledgeable technicians guessing. In this CompTIA A+ training video, we’ll show you common audio input and output methods, discuss the details of sample rates, examine the differences between audio bit depths, and perform some audio configurations in Windows XP.

Installing, Configuring, and Upgrading Video

Video is one of the most common output devices, and it has also become one of the most important. In this video, we’ll discuss the latest video technologies, examine differences in video adapters, and learn how to configure and troubleshoot video settings in Windows XP.

Input Devices

For your computer to do anything, it first has to know where to start. Fortunately, our personal computers have many ways of getting information into the system so that processing can begin. In this CompTIA A+ video module, we’ll show you some of the most common input methods and some specialty input devices.

Cooling Systems Installation and Troubleshooting

Installing a CPU fan or case fan is a simple process, and this video will show you how easy it is to select an install a new fan in your computer. We’ll also provide you with some tips for maintaining the proper airflow through your system and where you can find free software monitoring tools to check on the internal temperature of your computer.

Cooling System Overview

Personal computers must be constantly cooled to ensure the system runs at peak efficiency. Without appropriate cooling in place, the computer’s life expectancy is shortened and in extreme cases the computer will halt due to overheating of the components. In this video, you’ll learn how computers are cooled through heat sinks, on-board fans, computer case fans, and liquid cooling systems.

Installing and Troubleshooting Adapter Cards

The installation of troubleshooting of personal computer adapter cards is an exercise that requires an understanding of both hardware and software components. In this video, you’ll learn the steps to take when installing an adapter card and what Windows components are necessary to ensure that the device driver software works properly with the adapter card hardware.

Adapter Card Overview

One of the most enabling aspects of personal computer is its ability to be modified, upgraded, or changed based on the requirements of the end user. With adapter cards, a personal computer can be customized to meet almost any need. In this video, you’ll learn about adapter card architectures, multimedia adapter cards, input/output adapter cards, and communications adapter cards.

Connectors and Adapters

Every personal computer cable connector is designed to provide a specific function, and some of these capabilities have changed dramatically through the years. In this video, you’ll learn about standard computer connectors and how to use cable adapters to change gender, connect serial connections, or extend network connections.