2003 Standards For A+ Hardware

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A Plus Certification Quizzes & Trivia

This test is based on the 2003 A+ standards, but is still a helpful tool in creating an overall knowledge base. I hope you find is as a useful tool even with the new 2006 standards, because practice makes perfect. Questions taken from my 2003 A+ complete book by david groth. Please give me feedback so I can improve my test quizes good or bad. Thank you


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of the following computer components can be safely disposed of in regular trash?
    • A. 

      Monitors

    • B. 

      Printer toner

    • C. 

      Laptop batteries

    • D. 

      None of the above

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 2. 
    Which of the following information is not stored on a computer's CMOS chip?
    • A. 

      Hard drive configuration

    • B. 

      Printer configuration

    • C. 

      Memory information

    • D. 

      Date and time

  • 3. 
    Which type of memory is typically upgraded on a computer when you add memory?
    • A. 

      Dram

    • B. 

      Sram

    • C. 

      Vram

    • D. 

      Qram

  • 4. 
    Which of the following interfaces are considered serial interfaces (select all that apply)?
    • A. 

      IEEE 1294

    • B. 

      Fire wire

    • C. 

      Usb

    • D. 

      Ecp

  • 5. 
    Which of the following memory types offers the highest transfer rate and bandwidth rate?
    • A. 

      FPM DRAM

    • B. 

      EDO RAM

    • C. 

      DDR SDRAM

    • D. 

      RIMM

  • 6. 
    What is the main purpose of the video card?
    • A. 

      To play videos

    • B. 

      To provide additional functions to the cpu

    • C. 

      It is a special type of memory

    • D. 

      It provides video display capabilities to a computer

  • 7. 
    How much disk capacity is supported by the original IDE specifications?
    • A. 

      528 mb

    • B. 

      640 mb

    • C. 

      628 mb

    • D. 

      1.2 gb

  • 8. 
    What type of cable is used by internal SCSI devices?
    • A. 

      21 pin ribbon cable

    • B. 

      34 pin ribbon cable

    • C. 

      40 pin ribbon cable

    • D. 

      50 pin ribbon cable

    • E. 

      60 pin ribbon cable

  • 9. 
    Which bus feature allows devices to bypass the processor and write their information directly to memory?
    • A. 

      Dma channels

    • B. 

      Irq's

    • C. 

      I/o addresses

    • D. 

      Bus mastering

  • 10. 
    Which irq is typically assigned to LPT 2?
    • A. 

      3

    • B. 

      5

    • C. 

      10

    • D. 

      15

  • 11. 
    Which bus architecture is typically associated with ibm ps/2 computers?
    • A. 

      Isa

    • B. 

      Eisa

    • C. 

      Mca

    • D. 

      Vesa

  • 12. 
    What type of bus architecture is commonly used with pentium class computers and supports 64 and 32 bit data paths?
    • A. 

      Isa

    • B. 

      Eisa

    • C. 

      Pci

    • D. 

      Vesa

  • 13. 
    What type of PCMCIA card is 5mm thick and is commonly used with modems and lan adapters?
    • A. 

      Type 1

    • B. 

      Type 2

    • C. 

      Type 3

    • D. 

      Type 4

  • 14. 
    Which of the following connector types are not typically associated with mice?
    • A. 

      Serial

    • B. 

      Parallel

    • C. 

      Bus mouse interface

    • D. 

      Ps/2

  • 15. 
    What is the maximum resolution supported by the vga standard?
    • A. 

      320x480

    • B. 

      480x600

    • C. 

      640x480

    • D. 

      800x600

  • 16. 
    Which type of cable is commonly associated with parallel printers?
    • A. 

      Db-25 female on the first connector and male centronics 36 on the second connector

    • B. 

      Db-25 female on the first connector and male cenctronics 50 on the seconcd connector

    • C. 

      Db 25 male on first connector and male centronics 36 on second connector

    • D. 

      Db 25 male on first connector and male centronics 50 on second connector

  • 17. 
    What is the primary purpose of the transfer corona assembly in a laser printer?
    • A. 

      It charges the paper so that the toner sticks to the paper

    • B. 

      It fuses the toner to the paper

    • C. 

      It moves the paper through the printer

    • D. 

      It is a laser that scans the image to the printer

  • 18. 
    Which of the following options offers the slowest transfer speed between a printer and a computer?
    • A. 

      Serial

    • B. 

      Parallel

    • C. 

      Usb

    • D. 

      Network connections

  • 19. 
    Which of the following physical network topologies offers the most fault tolerance in terms of cable interruption, while balancing requirements for the amount of cable required?
    • A. 

      Bus

    • B. 

      Ring

    • C. 

      Mesh

    • D. 

      Star

  • 20. 
    Which IEEE specification is responsible for defining fiber optic standars?
    • A. 

      802.1

    • B. 

      802.4

    • C. 

      802.6

    • D. 

      802.8

  • 21. 
    What is the maximum data rate that can be transmitted over utp category 3 cable?
    • A. 

      4 mbps

    • B. 

      10 mbps

    • C. 

      16 mbps

    • D. 

      100 mbps

    • E. 

      120 mbps

  • 22. 
    Which dma channel is typically assigned to the hard dik controller?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 23. 
    What will most likely happen if you leave the blank (the piece of metal or plastic that covers the space where expansion cards are placed) off the computer when and expansion card is removed?
    • A. 

      More airflow will be added

    • B. 

      Less airflow will be added

    • C. 

      More static will be present in the computer

    • D. 

      Less static will be present in the computer

  • 24. 
    Which universal command is used to access a computer's cmos settings?
    • A. 

      During startup press f1

    • B. 

      During startup press the delete key

    • C. 

      During startup prss ctrl+shift+esc

    • D. 

      There is no universal way of accessing cmos

  • 25. 
    Which dos command is used to create a bootable diskette that can be used for troubleshooting?
    • A. 

      Format a: /s

    • B. 

      Format a: /b

    • C. 

      Format a: /q

    • D. 

      Format a: /t

    • E. 

      Format a: /bd

  • 26. 
    Which dos configuration file would you check if a device was not loading properly?
    • A. 

      Autoexec.bat

    • B. 

      System.ini

    • C. 

      Config.sys

    • D. 

      Boot.ini

  • 27. 
    Which case type is typically used for servers?
    • A. 

      Mini tower

    • B. 

      Mid tower

    • C. 

      Full tower

    • D. 

      Desktop

    • E. 

      A special server tower

  • 28. 
    Which motherboard design style is the most popular?
    • A. 

      Atx

    • B. 

      At

    • C. 

      Baby at

    • D. 

      Nlx

  • 29. 
    If a plane flying over four bordering contries, country 1, country 2, country 3, and country 4, and the plane was traveling at 420 mph and crashes on the border of all 4 countries. where would you bury the survivors?
    • A. 

      Country 1

    • B. 

      Country 2

    • C. 

      Country 3

    • D. 

      Country 4

    • E. 

      You would not bury survivors

  • 30. 
    Which is another term for the motherboard?
    • A. 

      A fiiberglass board

    • B. 

      A planar board

    • C. 

      A bus system

    • D. 

      An ibm system board xr 125

  • 31. 
    Which motherboard socket type is used on the pentium 4 chip?
    • A. 

      Slot 1

    • B. 

      Socket a

    • C. 

      Socket 370

    • D. 

      Socket 478

  • 32. 
    Which peripheral port type was designed to transfer data at high speeds to printers only?
    • A. 

      Dvd

    • B. 

      Usb

    • C. 

      IEEE 1394

    • D. 

      IEEE 1284

  • 33. 
    What is the maximum amount of data that can be stored on a 5 1/4 floppy disk?
    • A. 

      360 kb

    • B. 

      1.2 mb

    • C. 

      320 kb

    • D. 

      720 kb

  • 34. 
    Which of the following is used to store data and programs for repeated use? information can be addes and deleted at will , and it does not lose its data when power is removed?
    • A. 

      Hard drive

    • B. 

      Ram

    • C. 

      Internal cache memory

    • D. 

      Rom

  • 35. 
    You want to plug a keyboard in to the back of a computer. you know that you need to plug the keyboard cable into a ps/2 port. which style of port is the ps/2?
    • A. 

      Rj-11

    • B. 

      Db-9

    • C. 

      Din 5

    • D. 

      Mini-din 6

  • 36. 
    What is the maximum speed of the usb 2.0 in Mbps? (Megabits per second)
    • A. 

      1.5

    • B. 

      12

    • C. 

      60

    • D. 

      480

  • 37. 
    If you wanted to connect a laplink cable (a parallel data transfer cable) so that you could upload and download files from a computer, which type of parallel port(s) does your computer need to have (select all that apply)
    • A. 

      Standard

    • B. 

      Bidirectional

    • C. 

      Epp

    • D. 

      Ecp

  • 38. 
    Which motherboard form factor places expansion slots on a special riser card and is used in low profile pc's?
    • A. 

      At

    • B. 

      Baby at

    • C. 

      Atx

    • D. 

      Nlx

  • 39. 
    Which intel processor types use te sec when installed into a motherboard? (select all that apply)
    • A. 

      Amd athlon

    • B. 

      486

    • C. 

      Pentium

    • D. 

      Pentium 2

  • 40. 
    Which of th following can a dvd-rom store in addition to movies? (select all that apply)
    • A. 

      Audio files

    • B. 

      Word documents

    • C. 

      Digital photos

    • D. 

      All the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 41. 
    What type of expansion slot is almost always used for high speed, 3d graphics video cards?
    • A. 

      Usb

    • B. 

      Agp

    • C. 

      Pci

    • D. 

      Isa

  • 42. 
    What type of memory stores information as patterns of transistors ons and offs to represent binary digits, is physically bulky, and is somewhat limited in capcity?
    • A. 

      Sram

    • B. 

      Dram

    • C. 

      Edoram

    • D. 

      Eprom

    • E. 

      Prom

  • 43. 
    Which processors can access as much as 4 gb or ram? ( select all that apply)
    • A. 

      80386

    • B. 

      80486

    • C. 

      Pentium

    • D. 

      80286

    • E. 

      8086

  • 44. 
    If you are tansmitting 8 bit binary number 11010010 and are using even parity, what will the parity bit be?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      0

    • C. 

      None

  • 45. 
    PCI has a bus width of _____bits. (select all that apply)
    • A. 

      32

    • B. 

      16

    • C. 

      64

    • D. 

      8

  • 46. 
    ISA has a bus width of _______bits?
    • A. 

      32

    • B. 

      16

    • C. 

      64

    • D. 

      8

  • 47. 
    Which bus signal line allows a device to request the processor's attention?
    • A. 

      I/0 address line

    • B. 

      Dma address lines

    • C. 

      Clock address lines

    • D. 

      Interrupt request (irq) address line

  • 48. 
    Which processor package type is the same as the SECC, but without the plastic covering?
    • A. 

      Socket a

    • B. 

      Slot 1

    • C. 

      Sep

    • D. 

      Secc2

  • 49. 
    Which amd processor was the first to use the socke a?
    • A. 

      K6-II

    • B. 

      Athlon classic

    • C. 

      Athlon thunderbird

    • D. 

      Athlon xp

  • 50. 
    How many transistors does the pentium 4 have?
    • A. 

      1 million

    • B. 

      9.5 million

    • C. 

      22 million

    • D. 

      42 million

  • 51. 
    Which of the following memory types is the most reliable?
    • A. 

      Ecc memory

    • B. 

      Non ecc memory

    • C. 

      Both are sufficiently reliable

    • D. 

      Neither are sufficiently reliable

  • 52. 
    What is the maximum throughput of agp 8x (pro)?
    • A. 

      532 MBps

    • B. 

      1064 MBps

    • C. 

      2128 MBps

    • D. 

      4056 MBps

  • 53. 
    Which IDE related standard is able to transfer data at 33 MBps?
    • A. 

      Ide

    • B. 

      Ata

    • C. 

      Ata-2

    • D. 

      Ultra dma/33

  • 54. 
    Which device converts signals from and IDE drive into signals that the cpu can understand?
    • A. 

      Controller

    • B. 

      Host bus adapter

    • C. 

      Bus

    • D. 

      Paddle board

  • 55. 
    Which implementation of scsi has a transfer rate of 20 mbps?
    • A. 

      Fast scsi-2

    • B. 

      Fast-wide scsi-2

    • C. 

      Wide scsi-2

    • D. 

      Ultra scsi

  • 56. 
    What is the name for the areas into which a typical hard drive is divided (they look like the wedges in a pie)?
    • A. 

      Tracks

    • B. 

      Sectors

    • C. 

      Clusters

    • D. 

      Spindles

  • 57. 
    Low level formatting a disk drive means doing which of the following?
    • A. 

      Installing the drive in the bottome of the computer

    • B. 

      Getting a disk drive ready for the installation of and operating system

    • C. 

      Organizing the disk into sectors and tracks

    • D. 

      Organizing the disk into clusters and fat's

  • 58. 
    A typical hard drive has how many bytes per sector?
    • A. 

      512

    • B. 

      501

    • C. 

      515

    • D. 

      520

  • 59. 
    Which of the following is NOT a disk specification?
    • A. 

      Size or capacity

    • B. 

      Individual seek time

    • C. 

      Access time to perform read/write requests

    • D. 

      Spin speed

  • 60. 
    Which of the following is NOT a feature of disk drives?
    • A. 

      Rotating disks are coated with a special substance sensitive to magnetism.

    • B. 

      As the disk rotates, the particles of the substance become polarized or magnetized, indicating a 1.

    • C. 

      The unpolarized areas indicate a 0.

    • D. 

      These disk systems store data in a linear format and access it sequentially.

  • 61. 
    Which of the following is NOT a meand of disk organization?
    • A. 

      Tracks

    • B. 

      Heads

    • C. 

      Sectors

    • D. 

      Cylinders

  • 62. 
    If a typical hard disk had 903 cylinders, 12 heads, 63 sectors per track, and 512 bytes per sector, what is it's capacity?
    • A. 

      333 mb

    • B. 

      350 mb

    • C. 

      323 mb

    • D. 

      373 mb

  • 63. 
    What is the most basic printer type?
    • A. 

      Impact printer

    • B. 

      Buble jet printer

    • C. 

      Laser printer

    • D. 

      Interfaces and print media

  • 64. 
    Which voltage is used to transfer the toner to the paper in an ep process laser printer?
    • A. 

      +600 vdc

    • B. 

      -600 vdc

    • C. 

      +6000 vdc

    • D. 

      -6000 vdc

  • 65. 
    If the static-eliminator strip is absent (or broken) in either an ep process or hp laser jet laser printer, what will happen?
    • A. 

      Nothing, both printers will continue to function correctly

    • B. 

      Nothing will happen in the ep process printers, but hp laserjet printers will flash a -671 error message.

    • C. 

      Paper jams may occur in both types of printers because the paper may curl around the photosensitive drum.

    • D. 

      Nothing will happen in hp laserjet printers, but ep process printers will flash a -671 error message.

  • 66. 
    Which type of printers are referred to as page printers, because they receive their print job instructions one page at a time?
    • A. 

      Daisy wheel

    • B. 

      Dot matrix

    • C. 

      Bubble jet

    • D. 

      Laser

  • 67. 
    Which of the following are possible interfaces for printers. (select all that apply)
    • A. 

      Parallel

    • B. 

      Mouse port

    • C. 

      Serial

    • D. 

      Network

  • 68. 
    Which last printer component formats the print job for the type of printer being used?
    • A. 

      Corona assembly

    • B. 

      Dc power supply

    • C. 

      Printer controller assembly

    • D. 

      Formatter software

  • 69. 
    Which of the following are the page description languages (select all that apply)?
    • A. 

      Page description language (pdl)

    • B. 

      Postscript

    • C. 

      Pagescript

    • D. 

      Printer control language (pcl)

    • E. 

      All the above

  • 70. 
    Any printer that uses the electrophotographic process contains how many standard assemblies?
    • A. 

      5

    • B. 

      6

    • C. 

      4

    • D. 

      8

    • E. 

      9

  • 71. 
    Which type(s) of printer can be used with multipart forms?
    • A. 

      Bubble jet

    • B. 

      Ep process laser

    • C. 

      Hp process laser

    • D. 

      Dot matrix

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 72. 
    LED page printers differ from ep process printers in which step?
    • A. 

      Writing

    • B. 

      Charging

    • C. 

      Fusing

    • D. 

      Developing

    • E. 

      Transferring

  • 73. 
    What part of both ep process and hp laserjet printers supplies the voltages for the charge and transfer corona assemblies?
    • A. 

      High voltage power supply (hvps)

    • B. 

      Dc power supply (dcps)

    • C. 

      Contoller circuitry

    • D. 

      Transfer corona

  • 74. 
    With ep process laser printers, the laser discharges the charged photosensitive drum to ________vdc?
    • A. 

      +600

    • B. 

      0

    • C. 

      -100

    • D. 

      -600

  • 75. 
    Which impact printer has a printhead that contains rows fo pins that are triggered in patterns that form letters and numbers as the printhead moves across the paper?
    • A. 

      Laser printer

    • B. 

      Daisy wheel

    • C. 

      Dot matrix

    • D. 

      Bubble jet

  • 76. 
    Which of the following is NOT and advantage of the daisy wheel printer?
    • A. 

      Can print mulipart forms

    • B. 

      Relatively inexpensive

    • C. 

      Print quality is comparable to a typewriter

    • D. 

      Speed

  • 77. 
    Which printer contains a wheel that looks like a flower with raised letters and symbols on each petal?
    • A. 

      Bubble jet

    • B. 

      Daisy wheel

    • C. 

      Dot matrix

    • D. 

      Laser

  • 78. 
    Which printer part gets the toner from the photosensitive drum onto the paper?
    • A. 

      Laser scanner assembly

    • B. 

      Fusing assembly

    • C. 

      Corona assembly

    • D. 

      Drum

  • 79. 
    Which of the following is NOT an advantage of a usb printer interface?
    • A. 

      It has a higher transfer rate than a serial connection

    • B. 

      It has a higher transfer rate than a parallel connection

    • C. 

      It automatically recognizes new devices

    • D. 

      It allows the printer to communicate with networks, server, and workstations

  • 80. 
    What device is most effiecient at moving packets between similar network topologies?
    • A. 

      Gateway

    • B. 

      Router

    • C. 

      Brouter

    • D. 

      Bridge

  • 81. 
    ____________is immune to electromagnetic or radio frequency interference?
    • A. 

      Broadband coaxial cabling

    • B. 

      Fiber optic cabling

    • C. 

      Twisted pair cabling

    • D. 

      Csma/cd

  • 82. 
    Which OSI lay signals "all clear" by making sure the data frames are error free?
    • A. 

      Application layer

    • B. 

      Session layer

    • C. 

      Transport layer

    • D. 

      Network layer

  • 83. 
    The _________layer is responsible for logical addressing?
    • A. 

      Physical

    • B. 

      Data link

    • C. 

      Network

    • D. 

      Transport

  • 84. 
    Which type of cabling is easier to install?
    • A. 

      Twisted pair

    • B. 

      Coaxial

    • C. 

      Fiber optic

    • D. 

      Wireless

  • 85. 
    A physical star topology consists of several workstations that branch off a central device called a ___________?
    • A. 

      Repeater

    • B. 

      Brouter

    • C. 

      Router

    • D. 

      Hub

  • 86. 
    What is another name for IEEE 802.3
    • A. 

      Logic link control

    • B. 

      Token passing

    • C. 

      Csma/cd lan

    • D. 

      Token ring lan

  • 87. 
    A ________ links 2 or more computers together to communicate and share resources?
    • A. 

      Server

    • B. 

      Resource

    • C. 

      Network

    • D. 

      Client

  • 88. 
    Which access method asks the other workstations for permission to transmit before transmitting?
    • A. 

      Csma/cd

    • B. 

      Csma/ca

    • C. 

      Token passing

    • D. 

      Demand priority

  • 89. 
    _______uses a thin baseband coaxial cable and bus topology, transmits at 10 mbps, with a distance up to 185 meters?
    • A. 

      Token ring

    • B. 

      Ethernet 10baseT

    • C. 

      Ehternet 10base5

    • D. 

      Ethernet 10base2

  • 90. 
    A _________ connects a cd rom to a sound card so audio can be heard from a music cd?
    • A. 

      Audio pass through cable

    • B. 

      Dc rom data cable

    • C. 

      Ide cable

    • D. 

      Ehternet cable

  • 91. 
    A downward pressure of ___________pounds per square inch is required to install a pentium 4 processor?
    • A. 

      0

    • B. 

      1

    • C. 

      5

    • D. 

      3

  • 92. 
    ________are used to mount the motherboard into the case?
    • A. 

      Pins

    • B. 

      Standoffs

    • C. 

      Tie wraps

    • D. 

      Zip ties

    • E. 

      Prongs

  • 93. 
    Cd rom drives normally come set to ___________ out of the box. when installing one in a computer and making it the only device on a secondary ide bus,you often have to set it to _____________?
    • A. 

      Primary, seconday

    • B. 

      Secondary, primary

    • C. 

      Master, slave

    • D. 

      Slave, master

  • 94. 
    You need to change the boot sequence of the computer. what would you use to change the order in which the computer searches for an operating system?
    • A. 

      Boot disk

    • B. 

      Dip switches

    • C. 

      Cmos setup

    • D. 

      Jumpers on the hard drive

  • 95. 
    Which laptop accessory allows you to power your laptop from a car or airplane?
    • A. 

      Ac adapter

    • B. 

      Dc adapter

    • C. 

      Battery converter

    • D. 

      Automotive wizard

  • 96. 
    Which type of pc card is used most often for expansion devices like nics, sound cards, and so on?
    • A. 

      Type 1

    • B. 

      Type 2

    • C. 

      Type 3

    • D. 

      Type 4

  • 97. 
    Which laptop input device was released with the ibm thinkpad series of laptops?
    • A. 

      Touchpad

    • B. 

      Touchball

    • C. 

      Touchpoint

    • D. 

      Touchway

  • 98. 
    Which wireless IEEE standard operates on the 2.4 ghz radio frequency and transmits data at a maximum of 11 mbps?
    • A. 

      802.11b

    • B. 

      802.11c

    • C. 

      802.11e

    • D. 

      802.11g

  • 99. 
    PCMCIA expansion cards need which software in order to operate? (select all that apply)
    • A. 

      Cardmember services

    • B. 

      Pc card services

    • C. 

      Modem services

    • D. 

      Socket services