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; about the basic input/output system (BIOS) of your computer; configuring BIOS security; and how BIOS contains the most basic system software that allows the system to be booted and for your operating system to interact with the hardware. Also covered in the course are Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) batteries; the most basic aspects of your CPU; the processing core, and differences between single-core and multicore processors; CPU features and compatibility; and comparing two of the most popular manufacturers of microprocessors, cooling mechanisms for the CPU including options for dissipating heat in your system. The course concludes with a discussion about how expansion cards can be used to expand the capabilities of your computer. This course can be used to help prepare for the 220-1001: CompTIA A+ certification exam.
CompTIA A+ 220-1001: Working with Motherboards, CPUs, & Add-On Cards