CompTIA A+ Essentials Trivia Quiz: Hardware And Software

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A Plus Essential Quizzes & Trivia

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.


Questions and Answers
  • 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