CompTIA A+ Essentials Trivia Quiz: Hardware And Software

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This is the toughest practice test ever for CompTIA A+ Essentials. Are you really a computer geek? Do you really possess full-fledged technical knowledge when it comes to Software and Hardware? If yes, then prove yourself by attempting this quiz and assess yourself where you stand. Good luck with the test, most of the questions are harder than you will find in the actual test.


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  • 1. 
    What color is associated with a PS/2 keyboard?
    • A. 

      Blue

    • B. 

      Purple

    • C. 

      Green

  • 2. 
    Which wireless protocol is the slowest?
    • A. 

      802.11a

    • B. 

      802.11b

    • C. 

      802.11g

  • 3. 
    WQXGA is 2560 x 1600
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    UXGA is 1920 x 1200
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Why don’t computers have a B drive?
    • A. 

      Apple has a patent on using B as a drive letter

    • B. 

      It cascades with M drive

    • C. 

      It’s a security venerability

    • D. 

      It’s not necessary to have a B drive

    • E. 

      It’s used by the BIOS

  • 6. 
    How many logical partitions can XP support
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      23

    • C. 

      26

    • D. 

      50

    • E. 

      120

  • 7. 
    What type of connector is shown in the image?
    • A. 

      RJ-11

    • B. 

      RJ-45

  • 8. 
    You are asked to assemble a newly purchased Laser Printer. In the box you find a component that is housed in a thick black bag. What is in it?
    • A. 

      Laser

    • B. 

      Fuser

    • C. 

      Corona Wire

    • D. 

      Plutonium

    • E. 

      Drum

  • 9. 
    You are using a 3rd party program on computer you suspect has faulty serial ports. All the ports pass the test except for two which you notice are both labeled external. What’s the most likely reason they failed the test.
    • A. 

      The ports are faulty

    • B. 

      The ports need loopback connectors

    • C. 

      The ports a conflicting with each other

    • D. 

      The software is buggy

    • E. 

      The ports do not exist

  • 10. 
    You are using a 3rd party program to test the keyboard. You notice that the pause/break key is not performing properly. What is the first thing you should do?
    • A. 

      Perform same test on another machine

    • B. 

      Clean the keyboard

    • C. 

      Replace the keyboard

    • D. 

      Change printer settings

    • E. 

      Turn on Num Lock

  • 11. 
    You are upgrading the hard drive for a law firm and they do not want the old one back. What should you do with it?
    • A. 

      Format and sell it second hand, take the price of it off the client’s bill.

    • B. 

      Format and keep it as a spare hard drive.

    • C. 

      Keep it around incase something goes wrong with the new one and you have something to fall back on.

    • D. 

      Format then take it out back and introduce it to a hammer

    • E. 

      Just throw it away.

  • 12. 
    What slot would the card in the image go into?
    • A. 

      AGP

    • B. 

      PCI

    • C. 

      PCIe

    • D. 

      ISA

    • E. 

      IDE connector

  • 13. 
    How many volts is carried by an orange wire
    • A. 

      +3.3

    • B. 

      -5

    • C. 

      +5

    • D. 

      -12

    • E. 

      +12

  • 14. 
    What is a power surge?
    • A. 

      A sudden short rise in voltage

    • B. 

      A sudden longer rise in voltage

    • C. 

      A sudden drop in voltage

    • D. 

      The same thing as a brownout

  • 15. 
    If I show you a 1284 and 1394 cable, what are you seeing in that order?
    • A. 

      A serial and parallel cable

    • B. 

      Firewire and Parallel cable

    • C. 

      Serial and Firewire cable

    • D. 

      Parallel and Firewire cable

    • E. 

      Firewire and USB cable

  • 16. 
    USB 2.0 can reach longer lengths than USB 1.1
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    You are testing a new laser printer and you notice that that there is a lot of loose powder on page. What is happening?
    • A. 

      You are using paper that isn’t marked as Laser Printer Certified

    • B. 

      This is normal as it usually takes a few test prints to get rid of the “dumb” powder.

    • C. 

      The fuser is malfunctioning

    • D. 

      You have to print to test page to calibrate the machine before printing anything else

    • E. 

      There is a bad Print Corona

  • 18. 
    You are putting together a computer and you accidentally put the keyboard and mouse in the wrong PS/2 ports, what will happen?
    • A. 

      Nothing, they are both using PS/2 ports and the computer will detect the difference

    • B. 

      The keyboard and mouse won’t work

    • C. 

      The mouse won’t work but the keyboard will

    • D. 

      The keyboard will work but the mouse wont

    • E. 

      Both devices will work but they may cause problems

  • 19. 
    Which of the following is not a DVD spec?
    • A. 

      DVD-5

    • B. 

      DVD-9

    • C. 

      DVD-10

    • D. 

      DVD-11

    • E. 

      DVD-18

  • 20. 
    Which cord has a longest length?
    • A. 

      Serial Connector

    • B. 

      1284

    • C. 

      USB 2

    • D. 

      1394.a

    • E. 

      1394.b

  • 21. 
    Which is the correct order for Comptias troubleshooting strategy?
    • A. 

      Establish the symptoms, Establish what changed, Identify Infected Area, Select most probable cause, implement solution, test result, recognize potential effects, document solution

    • B. 

      Establish the symptoms, Establish what changed, Identify Infected Area, test result, Select most probable cause, implement solution, recognize potential effects, document solution

    • C. 

      Establish the symptoms, Identify Infected Area, Establish what changed, Select most probable cause, document solution, implement solution, test result, recognize potential effects

    • D. 

      Establish the symptoms, Identify Infected Area, Establish what changed, Select most probable cause, document solution, implement solution, test result, recognize potential effects

    • E. 

      Establish the symptoms, Identify Infected Area, Establish what changed, recognize potential effects, Select most probable cause, implement solution, test result, document solution

  • 22. 
    Which of the following is a widescreen resolution?
    • A. 

      2048 x 1536

    • B. 

      1680 x 1050

    • C. 

      1400 x 1050

    • D. 

      1280 x 1024

    • E. 

      1024 x 768

  • 23. 
    RAID 10 is the combining of RAID 1 and RAID 0
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    When using compressed air to clean the motherboard, what part should you be cautious around? (choose two)
    • A. 

      CPU

    • B. 

      RAM

    • C. 

      Hard Drive

    • D. 

      PSU

    • E. 

      CD/DVD Drive

  • 25. 
    The only difference between RAID 3 and 4 is the level it stripes data across the drives
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 26. 
    What could happen if you don’t screw a card onto the case after attaching it to the motherboard?
    • A. 

      Nothing, as long it’s inserted properly, the card will be fine

    • B. 

      The card won’t work as it’s not grounded

    • C. 

      The card could come loose

    • D. 

      More dust could get into the case

    • E. 

      The card could cause an ESD

  • 27. 
    What is a Gateway used for? (Choose 2)
    • A. 

      Connecting a network to the internet

    • B. 

      Connecting two networks together

    • C. 

      Bouncing a weak signal along a network

    • D. 

      Getting the data from one computer to another

    • E. 

      Connecting a server to a network

  • 28. 
    8x AGP is faster than 1x PCIe
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 29. 
    Which Layer of the OSI Model is the MAC address on?
    • A. 

      Physical

    • B. 

      Data link

    • C. 

      Network

    • D. 

      Transport

    • E. 

      Session

  • 30. 
    I have a network where all computers are connected through a single coaxial cable. What type of network is this?
    • A. 

      Ring

    • B. 

      Star

    • C. 

      Bus

    • D. 

      Mesh

    • E. 

      Wireless

  • 31. 
    Which of the following shows the max speed of AGP 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x?
    • A. 

      8MBps, 16MBps, 32MBps, 64MBps

    • B. 

      100MBps, 200MBps, 400MBps, 800MBps

    • C. 

      32MBps, 64MBps, 128MBps, 256MBps

    • D. 

      266MBps, 533MBps, 1066MBps, 2133MBps

    • E. 

      500MBps, 1000MBps, 2000MBps, 4000MBps

  • 32. 
    What OSI layer is Telnet and FTP on?
    • A. 

      Application

    • B. 

      Presentation

    • C. 

      Session

    • D. 

      Transport

    • E. 

      Network

  • 33. 
    Which Layer of the OSI is IP on?
    • A. 

      Physical

    • B. 

      Data link

    • C. 

      Network

    • D. 

      Transport

    • E. 

      Session

  • 34. 
    I have a network where all computers in the network are connected in a closed loop. What type of network is this?
    • A. 

      Ring

    • B. 

      Star

    • C. 

      Bus

    • D. 

      Mesh

    • E. 

      Wireless

  • 35. 
    I have a network where each computer is connected to a central device. What type of network is this?
    • A. 

      Ring

    • B. 

      Star

    • C. 

      Bus

    • D. 

      Mesh

    • E. 

      Wireless

  • 36. 
    Windows XP Service Pack 2 requires 1.8Gb of hard drive space
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 37. 
    I have a network where each computer is connected to each other. What type of network is this?
    • A. 

      Ring

    • B. 

      Star

    • C. 

      Bus

    • D. 

      Mesh

    • E. 

      Wireless

  • 38. 
    The internet is a WAN
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 39. 
    You are looking at the speed of an 8x PCIe card which states the speed as 2000mbs (4000mbs) What does the bracketed number show?
    • A. 

      The speed the card can be over clocked to

    • B. 

      The combined bandwidth in both directions

    • C. 

      The speed it can reach on an a PCIe 2.0 motherboard

    • D. 

      The speed it can reach if combined with a quad core processor

    • E. 

      The speed it can reach if put in a 16x slot

  • 40. 
    Which of the following represents the max speed for PCIe 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x?
    • A. 

      500MBps, 1000MBps, 2000MBps, 4000MBps, 8000MBps, 16000MBps

    • B. 

      100MBps, 200MBps, 400MBps, 800MBps, 1600MBps, 32000MBps

    • C. 

      5000MBps, 10000MBps, 20000MBps, 40000MBps, 80000MBps, 160000MBps

    • D. 

      10MBps, 20MBps, 40MBps, 80MBps, 160MBps, 320MBps

    • E. 

      50MBps, 100MBps, 200MBps, 400MBps, 800MBps, 1600MBps

  • 41. 
    What layer of OSI is TCP on?
    • A. 

      Application

    • B. 

      Presentation

    • C. 

      Session

    • D. 

      Transport

    • E. 

      Network

  • 42. 
    • A. 

      SIMM

    • B. 

      DDR

    • C. 

      SDRAM

    • D. 

      SODIMM

    • E. 

      RDRAM

  • 43. 
    How fast is 802.11b?
    • A. 

      2Mbs

    • B. 

      11Mbs

    • C. 

      14Mbs

    • D. 

      24Mbs

    • E. 

      54Mbs

  • 44. 
    What slot would this card go into?
    • A. 

      AGP

    • B. 

      PCI

    • C. 

      PCIe

    • D. 

      ISA

    • E. 

      IDE Connecter

  • 45. 
    What OSI Layer does DNS fit into?
    • A. 

      Layer 7

    • B. 

      Layer 6

    • C. 

      Layer 5

    • D. 

      Layer 4

    • E. 

      Layer 3

  • 46. 
    What Layer of the OSI model does Ethernet sit?
    • A. 

      Layer 1

    • B. 

      Layer 2

    • C. 

      Layer 3

    • D. 

      Layer 4

    • E. 

      Layer 5

  • 47. 
    Which of the following is found on Layer 7 of the OSI model?
    • A. 

      DHCP

    • B. 

      FTP

    • C. 

      HTTP

    • D. 

      SMTP

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 48. 
    Which of the following is a type of SCSI bus signaling? Choose 3
    • A. 

      SE

    • B. 

      PVD

    • C. 

      QVD

    • D. 

      HVD

    • E. 

      LVD

  • 49. 
    What is this a picture of?
    • A. 

      SCSI Port

    • B. 

      SCSI connector

    • C. 

      SCSI Terminator

    • D. 

      Loopback Device

    • E. 

      SCSI Host Adapter

  • 50. 
    You have a SCSI connection you want to terminate that is 2 feet away, that type of termination would you use?
    • A. 

      Passive

    • B. 

      Active

    • C. 

      Matrix

    • D. 

      Solid

    • E. 

      101

  • 51. 
    Which of the following SCSI statements are false?
    • A. 

      Ulta320 is 320Mbs

    • B. 

      Ultra 3 is 160mbs

    • C. 

      Ulta2/Wide is 80mbs

    • D. 

      Ulta2 is 40mbs

    • E. 

      Ultra/Wide is 20mbs

  • 52. 
    SCSI sends data using Serial
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 53. 
    In a MAC address, that does MAC stand for?
    • A. 

      Media Access Control

    • B. 

      Multiple Access Controllers

    • C. 

      Modem Access Control

    • D. 

      Motherboard Access Control

    • E. 

      Media Access Center

  • 54. 
    Which of the following is a MAC address?
    • A. 

      192.168.20.1

    • B. 

      00-06-5B-15-04-B4-F2

    • C. 

      00-50-BA-FA-8B-7E

    • D. 

      1K4-132-WE3-FR6-PQR

    • E. 

      07-52-BA-Fl

  • 55. 
    With SCSI, which is longer, HVD or LVD?
    • A. 

      LVD

    • B. 

      HVD

  • 56. 
    Which of the following is an example of a defective Pixel? (Choose 3)
    • A. 

      Dead Pixel

    • B. 

      Stuck Pixel

    • C. 

      Warm Pixel

    • D. 

      Hot Pixel

    • E. 

      Cold Pixel

  • 57. 
    What does the domain controller do?
    • A. 

      Responds to authentication requests

    • B. 

      Maintains the firewall

    • C. 

      Controls Internet bandwidth

    • D. 

      Controls remote access

    • E. 

      Beeps alot for no apparent reason

  • 58. 
    A directory and folder is the same thing
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 59. 
    You are running scan disk and it’s constantly restarting, what is causing this?
    • A. 

      It’s made a fix and its checking the files again to make sure nothing been affected.

    • B. 

      It’s detected a error and has restated to prepare the other files for the fix.

    • C. 

      The hard drive is heavily fragmented

    • D. 

      You are running on a FAT format and this is common

    • E. 

      Other programs are running in the background

  • 60. 
    The Hardware Application Layer allows software to access hardware by giving it direct contact with the Kernel.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 61. 
    RAID 0 creates a single logical drive over one or more physical drive
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 62. 
    An extended partition is commonly assigned E Drive
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 63. 
    Most new computers come with BTX
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 64. 
    Holding down Del at startup will enter the BIOS on all new computers
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 65. 
    How fast is USB 1.0?
    • A. 

      1MB/s

    • B. 

      1.2MB/s

    • C. 

      1.3MB/s

    • D. 

      1.4MB/s

    • E. 

      1.5MB/s

  • 66. 
    You are checking the back of DVD drive and you notice a 1 at left of the IDE connection, what does this mean?
    • A. 

      It is a DVD burner and should be set as a primary

    • B. 

      The Drive should be on the primary IDE cable

    • C. 

      The drive should be combined with a HDD

    • D. 

      The drive should be combined with a drive of the same manufactorer for optimal performance

    • E. 

      The correct way the IDE cable should be inserted

  • 67. 
    For Token Rings, MAU and MSAU are the same thing
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 68. 
    What benefit does a MSAU bring to token ring networks?
    • A. 

      Closes off broken links

    • B. 

      Provides packet sniffing

    • C. 

      Acts as firewall

    • D. 

      Network can switch between Ethernet and Token Ring

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 69. 
    What type of connector is being shown in the picture
    • A. 

      RJ-11

    • B. 

      RJ-12

    • C. 

      RJ-45

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 70. 
    You are trying to print and get an error message saying “Not Enough Disk Space”. How can you fix this?
    • A. 

      Increase virtual memory

    • B. 

      Convert to a different file system

    • C. 

      Buy more Ram

    • D. 

      Free up hard drive space

    • E. 

      Update driver

  • 71. 
    You hear a beep coming from your computer every five minutes, you check the CPU temperature and its fine so you shut the computer but the beeping continues, what is your next step.
    • A. 

      Replace BIOS battery

    • B. 

      Remove power cable and see if beeping continues

    • C. 

      Disconnect power from motherboard and see if beeping continues

    • D. 

      Check to see if anything else is causing the beeping

    • E. 

      Check to see if all cables are inserted properly

  • 72. 
    What is the main reason you shouldn’t print from a floppy disk?
    • A. 

      It’s to slow

    • B. 

      It can corrupt the print job

    • C. 

      It's temporary file is to small

    • D. 

      It’s not supported by printers

    • E. 

      Anyone who still uses floppy disks doesn’t deserved to have their documents printed

  • 73. 
    What does VGA stand for?
    • A. 

      Video Graphics Array

    • B. 

      Video Graphics Accelerator

    • C. 

      Video Graphics Account

    • D. 

      Video Graphics Application

    • E. 

      Video Graphics Acumination

  • 74. 
    What does IEEE stand for?
    • A. 

      Independent Electrical and Electronics Engineers

    • B. 

      Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

    • C. 

      Insufferable Electrical and Electronics Engineers

    • D. 

      Industry of Electronics and Electrical Engineers

    • E. 

      Indifferent Electrical and Electronics Engineers

  • 75. 
    IDE stands for Independent Drive Electronics
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 76. 
    SATA hard drives use the same jumpers as IDE hard drives
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 77. 
    What is a gateway?
    • A. 

      A device on a network that acts as an entrance to another network

    • B. 

      That portal thing from Stargate

    • C. 

      The name of the Windows validation tool

    • D. 

      A device that hides unused ports

    • E. 

      Another name for a NIC

  • 78. 
    What layer of the OSI model does MPEG and MIDI appear
    • A. 

      Application

    • B. 

      Presentation

    • C. 

      Session

    • D. 

      Transport

    • E. 

      Network

  • 79. 
    You are setting up a new computer with one Hard Drive and One DVD RW drive, how would you set this up in IDE?
    • A. 

      HDD Primary Master: DVD Primary Slave

    • B. 

      DVD Primary Master: HDD Primary Slave

    • C. 

      HDD Primary Master: DVD Secondary Master

    • D. 

      HDD Primary Master: DVD Secondary Slave

    • E. 

      HDD Secondary Salve: DVD Primary Master

  • 80. 
    A hub is a repeater
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 81. 
    Turning off SSID makes a wireless network more secure.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 82. 
    What does turning on MAC address filtering do?
    • A. 

      Encrypts files traveling to and from a node.

    • B. 

      Checks the MAC address of the computer connecting to a network.

    • C. 

      Hides the MAC address

    • D. 

      Checks traffic for viruses.

    • E. 

      Prevents Apple computers from connecting to a network.

  • 83. 
    A switch can send packets to a computer on a different subnet
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 84. 
    A Mac Computer can read a FAT32 HDD
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 85. 
    A Mac Computer can read & write to a NTFS HDD
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False