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  • 1. 
    A CPU can operate in how many different modes and use which of the following instruction sets?
    • A. 

      3 (RISC, EPIC, CISC)

    • B. 

      2 (RISC, EPIC)

    • C. 

      4 (Throttling, Hyperthreading, MMX, Pipelining)

    • D. 

      3 (Throttling, Hyperthreading, Pipelining)

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 2. 
    LC and ST are what type of connectors?
    • A. 

      IEEE1394

    • B. 

      IEEE1284

    • C. 

      RS-232

    • D. 

      Fiber-Optic

    • E. 

      S/PDIF

  • 3. 
    Which UTP can support speeds of 10 Gbps?
    • A. 

      Cat 4

    • B. 

      Cat 5e

    • C. 

      Cat 6

    • D. 

      Fiber-optic

    • E. 

      Type 3

  • 4. 
    Generally what speeds/bus size does Mini-PCI support?
    • A. 

      33MHz/66MHz 32-bits

    • B. 

      33MHz/66MHz 64-bits

    • C. 

      66MHz/133MHz 32-bits

    • D. 

      33MHz 32/64-bits

    • E. 

      33 MHz 32-bits

  • 5. 
    Firewire running at 400 Mbps uses what IEEE designation?
    • A. 

      802.11

    • B. 

      RS-232

    • C. 

      1284

    • D. 

      1394a

    • E. 

      1394b

  • 6. 
    A customers pet monkey is throwing around your computer parts and generally making a mess, you should:
    • A. 

      Chastise the monkey

    • B. 

      Leave immediately

    • C. 

      Call your supervisor

    • D. 

      Try to work as best as you can

    • E. 

      Request the monkey be leashed and put in a separate room

  • 7. 
    What type of power connectors do most modern day power supplies come with?
    • A. 

      ATX, Molex, Mini, Sata

    • B. 

      P1, Molex, Mini, Sata, Pata

    • C. 

      Molex, Mini, P1, AUX

    • D. 

      Molex, Pata, P1, P4

    • E. 

      None of the Above

  • 8. 
    You overhear a colleague mentioning that they may have to download "new definitions" on the corporate systems. What is he talking about?
    • A. 

      Updating the Registry

    • B. 

      Downloading high priority microsoft updates

    • C. 

      Software firewall updates

    • D. 

      Anti-virus updates

    • E. 

      Updating drivers

  • 9. 
    A PCIe Lane runs at which speed?
    • A. 

      1.5 Gbps

    • B. 

      2.0 Gbps

    • C. 

      2.5 Gbps

    • D. 

      3.0 Gbps

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 10. 
    This type of RAM is primary used for cacheing on CPUs and is very expensive. What type of RAM is it?
    • A. 

      DDR3

    • B. 

      FPM

    • C. 

      RDRAM

    • D. 

      SRAM

    • E. 

      DRAM

  • 11. 
    When using the IEEE 1284 Standard which mode has the fastest transfer rate?
    • A. 

      Nibble

    • B. 

      Mode

    • C. 

      ECP

    • D. 

      EPP

    • E. 

      SPP

  • 12. 
    How many IDE controllers do most modern day motherboards that support ATA/ATAPI drives come with?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      0 (IDE no longer comes with modern day drives)

    • C. 

      2

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      3

  • 13. 
    The PCMCIA standard defines two levels of software drivers to support PC Cards. What are they? Select all that apply.
    • A. 

      CardBus

    • B. 

      Card Services

    • C. 

      Bus Services

    • D. 

      PCMCIA

    • E. 

      Socket Services

  • 14. 
    A DDR2 running at a DDR-2 speed of 667 MHz has what clock speed?
    • A. 

      133 MHz

    • B. 

      100 MHz

    • C. 

      166 MHz

    • D. 

      200 MHz

    • E. 

      250 MHz

  • 15. 
    On a motherboard using an Intel CPU, what are the names of the different parts of the chipset?
    • A. 

      North Bridge, I/O Controller Hub

    • B. 

      South Bridge, North Bridge

    • C. 

      MMC controller hub, South Bridge

    • D. 

      Memory Controller Hub, I/O Controller Hub

    • E. 

      Super I/O, North Bridge

  • 16. 
    NTFS by default supports HDD of what size?
    • A. 

      16 exabytes

    • B. 

      2 exabytes

    • C. 

      16 petabytes

    • D. 

      2 terabytes

    • E. 

      8 zettabytes

  • 17. 
    If you are using a jumper setting called cable select on two hard drives on the same IDE controller... what determines the order of which is master/slave?
    • A. 

      It is determined by the jumper settings made on the hard drives.

    • B. 

      Attach either drive to either connector. It shouldn't matter.

    • C. 

      Put the master on the end of the cable and the slave in the middle connection.

    • D. 

      Put the master in the middle connector and the slave on the end.

    • E. 

      Set the jumper settings on both drives as master.

  • 18. 
    What is the upper limit for most CPUs in terms of memory utilization if the CPU is running at 32-bits?
    • A. 

      3GB

    • B. 

      2GB

    • C. 

      5GB

    • D. 

      4GB

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 19. 
    Firewire running at 800 Mbps uses what IEEE designation?
    • A. 

      802.11

    • B. 

      RS-232

    • C. 

      1284

    • D. 

      1394a

    • E. 

      1394b

  • 20. 
    Irda works at what distance and at what speeds?
    • A. 

      3 meters at 3 Mbps

    • B. 

      3 feet at 2 Mbps

    • C. 

      10 meters at 4 Mbps

    • D. 

      100 meters at under 1 Mbps

    • E. 

      1 meter at 4 Mbps

  • 21. 
    Which connector type can carry both audio and video?
    • A. 

      DVI-A

    • B. 

      DVI-D

    • C. 

      DVI-I

    • D. 

      S-Video

    • E. 

      HDMI

  • 22. 
    In windows 2000 how would you edit the registry?
    • A. 

      /Start/Settings/Run/Cmd/regedit.exe

    • B. 

      /Start/Run/Cmd/regedit.exe

    • C. 

      /Start/Settings/Run/Cmd/regedt32.exe

    • D. 

      /Start/Run/Cmd/regedit32.exe

    • E. 

      /Programs/Accessories/command prompt/regedt32.exe

  • 23. 
    What comes to mind when you hear that a laptop is modular?
    • A. 

      RAM, CPUs, Optical Drives

    • B. 

      Docking Station, Port Replicator

    • C. 

      RAM, CPUs, Optical Drives, HDD

    • D. 

      So-Dimms, Docking Station, Port Replicator

    • E. 

      Docking Station

  • 24. 
    In terms of battery technology. Which is the oldest to the newest. Know your batteries. It might rear its ugly head on the test.
    • A. 

      Li-Ion, Ni-Cd, Ni-MH

    • B. 

      Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, Li-Ion

    • C. 

      Ni-MH, Ni-Cd, Li-Ion

    • D. 

      Ni-MH, Li-Ion, Ni-Cd

    • E. 

      Ni-Cd, Li-Ion, Ni-MH

  • 25. 
    Which power management option allows use of soft-power?
    • A. 

      SMM

    • B. 

      APM

    • C. 

      ACPI

    • D. 

      APM Softpower

    • E. 

      APM enabled

  • 26. 
    All PC Cards both the 16-bit version and the CardBus version share the same ________ interface.
    • A. 

      50-pin

    • B. 

      32-pin

    • C. 

      64-pin

    • D. 

      68-pin

    • E. 

      72-pin

  • 27. 
    You are currently running regedit. How would you go about saving all the entries in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT?
    • A. 

      File/Import/HKEY.bak

    • B. 

      File/Export/HKEY.bak

    • C. 

      Edit/Export/HKEY.bak

    • D. 

      Edit/Copy Key Name/HKEY.bak

    • E. 

      You can't save HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT

  • 28. 
    What is the 5th step of the laser printing process?
    • A. 

      Clear

    • B. 

      Develope

    • C. 

      Fuse

    • D. 

      Transfer

    • E. 

      Write

  • 29. 
    A customer calls you complaining of the many power outages he is experiencing lately. What type of solution would you recommend to him?
    • A. 

      To use a surge suppressor

    • B. 

      To buy a power strip

    • C. 

      Tell him to unplug everything whenever he is experiencing power outages

    • D. 

      Buy a UPS

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 30. 
    What can you do to mark bad sectors on a hdd, so you can increase performance by not using those sectors?
    • A. 

      Use the fdisk command

    • B. 

      Use the convert command

    • C. 

      Use the checkdisk command

    • D. 

      Chkdsk

    • E. 

      Format

  • 31. 
    Sally in accounting used to love using MSN to chat with her boyfriend, but after a nasty breakup, no longer wants the program to run at startup. How would you fix this?
    • A. 

      Use MSCONFIG

    • B. 

      Disable Internet Explorer

    • C. 

      Delete and reinstall MSN

    • D. 

      Edit the registry

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 32. 
    A serial cable has what max. length?
    • A. 

      40m

    • B. 

      10m

    • C. 

      50m

    • D. 

      15m

    • E. 

      9m

  • 33. 
    Jay is currently trying to send email but can't. Everyone else in his department seems able to do so. After an exhaustive search you notice one of his ports is disabled. What could that port number be?
    • A. 

      110

    • B. 

      23

    • C. 

      25

    • D. 

      53

    • E. 

      68

  • 34. 
    Jeremy (a closet tech) says he has done everything on his windows 95 system so he can upgrade to windows xp. He has upgraded his ram and video card and bought a new 233 Mhz CPU that his motherboard can support. Can Jeremy upgrade his system?
    • A. 

      He can as long as he has enough ram. He needs at least 64MB

    • B. 

      That would depend on his HDD. He would need a min of 1.5GB of free space

    • C. 

      No he wouldn't. He needs a CPU that can run at least 1 Ghz

    • D. 

      No he can't

    • E. 

      Not enough information

  • 35. 
    What can you do in the MMC console in windows xp and 2000?
    • A. 

      Add utilities

    • B. 

      Add snap-ins

    • C. 

      Add functions

    • D. 

      Add applets

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 36. 
    A laser printout seems to be completely blank. What could be the problem?
    • A. 

      Fuser

    • B. 

      Laser

    • C. 

      Primary corona

    • D. 

      Wrong size paper

    • E. 

      Transfer corona

  • 37. 
    What is not a standard voltage for an ATX power plug? Choose 2
    • A. 

      3 volts

    • B. 

      3.3 volts

    • C. 

      3.5 volts

    • D. 

      5 volts

    • E. 

      12 volts

  • 38. 
    What wireless security method uses a 128-bit encryption key?
    • A. 

      WPA

    • B. 

      SSID

    • C. 

      WEP

    • D. 

      WPA2

    • E. 

      Mac Filtering

  • 39. 
    The maximum throughput for a standard bluetooth device is?
    • A. 

      2 Mbps

    • B. 

      2 MBps

    • C. 

      1 Mbps

    • D. 

      1.5 Mbps

    • E. 

      .5 Mbps

  • 40. 
    Which of the following system files are not necessary for all windows xp/2000 machines to boot?
    • A. 

      NTLDR

    • B. 

      NTDETECT.COM

    • C. 

      BOOT.INI

    • D. 

      NTBOOTDD.SYS

    • E. 

      They are all needed

  • 41. 
    The Windows Update website calls their most important updates?
    • A. 

      Time critical

    • B. 

      Critical

    • C. 

      High Priority

    • D. 

      Service Packs

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 42. 
    Bluetooth is defined as:
    • A. 

      802.11b

    • B. 

      802.3

    • C. 

      802.15

    • D. 

      802.5

    • E. 

      802.6

  • 43. 
    A laptop HDD has a standard size of?
    • A. 

      2"

    • B. 

      2.5"

    • C. 

      3"

    • D. 

      3.5"

    • E. 

      4"

  • 44. 
    You have just received an email from the President of the United States to give him your username and password. What is this type of deception known as?
    • A. 

      Masquerading

    • B. 

      Phishing

    • C. 

      Worm

    • D. 

      Social engineering

    • E. 

      Deceptive practices

  • 45. 
    Which of the following components is not tested by POST?
    • A. 

      System RAM

    • B. 

      CPU

    • C. 

      Mother Board

    • D. 

      Power Supply

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 46. 
    Grabate from human resources calls complaining that his system is slow and won't open files as fast as it use too. What two things can you do to improve his overall performance? Choose 2
    • A. 

      Run Chkdsk

    • B. 

      Run Defrag

    • C. 

      Run Msconfig

    • D. 

      Run Disk Cleanup

    • E. 

      Run Scheduled Tasks

  • 47. 
    By default, XP Home installs:
    • A. 

      FAT32

    • B. 

      FAT16

    • C. 

      NTSF

    • D. 

      NTFS

    • E. 

      HPTS

  • 48. 
    You want to shutdown your pc, but save everything into memory. What option will allow you to do this?
    • A. 

      Standby

    • B. 

      Sleep mode

    • C. 

      Snooze

    • D. 

      Hibernate

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 49. 
    What is the default format for print jobs sent to the print spooler?
    • A. 

      Enhanced Metafile

    • B. 

      RAW

    • C. 

      PostScript

    • D. 

      GDI

    • E. 

      TWAIN

  • 50. 
    A client has recently opened a retail store. She asks that you select a printing process that is very cheap but would allow her to print out duplicate receipts. What would you suggest?
    • A. 

      Thermal

    • B. 

      Dye-sub

    • C. 

      Laser

    • D. 

      Dot-matrix

    • E. 

      Inkjet

  • 51. 
    What is the maximum cable distance for a 10Base2 network?
    • A. 

      200 meters

    • B. 

      100 meters

    • C. 

      1000 meters

    • D. 

      10 meters

    • E. 

      185 meters

  • 52. 
    What switch would you use to make ping continuous?
    • A. 

      /a

    • B. 

      /c

    • C. 

      /g

    • D. 

      /l

    • E. 

      /t

  • 53. 
    What port does FTP use? Choose two
    • A. 

      20

    • B. 

      21

    • C. 

      22

    • D. 

      23

    • E. 

      25

  • 54. 
    Which of the following ports only uses UDP?
    • A. 

      22

    • B. 

      25

    • C. 

      53

    • D. 

      68

    • E. 

      21

  • 55. 
    What is the standard input current for most power supplies?
    • A. 

      115 V AC

    • B. 

      115 V DC

    • C. 

      12 V DC

    • D. 

      12 V AC

    • E. 

      220 V DC

  • 56. 
    In order to receive email you should set the _______ server in your email.
    • A. 

      SMTP

    • B. 

      FTP

    • C. 

      POP3

    • D. 

      DNS

    • E. 

      DHCP

  • 57. 
    What IP address is APIPA?
    • A. 

      127.0.0.1

    • B. 

      255.0.0.0

    • C. 

      169.254.0.1

    • D. 

      255.255.0.0

    • E. 

      244.0.0.1

  • 58. 
    Token Ring using UTP uses what type of topology?
    • A. 

      Ring

    • B. 

      Bus

    • C. 

      Star

    • D. 

      Star-Ring

    • E. 

      Mesh

  • 59. 
    Which of the following is not part of the OSI model?
    • A. 

      Data

    • B. 

      Network

    • C. 

      Physical

    • D. 

      Session

    • E. 

      Transport

  • 60. 
    802.11g runs at a maximum speed of?
    • A. 

      11 Mbps

    • B. 

      400 Mbps

    • C. 

      480 Mbps

    • D. 

      54 Mbps

    • E. 

      12 Mbps