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Windows 7: How to become a computer hardware expert/technician?

29 Nov 2013   #21
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You are absolutely correct. I retired from a 35 year computer carrer 21 years ago but most of the things I learned then do still apply.

Some of it is of course outdated. You don't have to calculate the rotation of your drum (which was your RAM) any more like in the late 50s and early 60s and storage dumps don't come in hexadecimal anymore like in the 60s thru 90s (that would be a real challenge for the kids).

Most of the time I was in Operating System development and the basic structure of Windows is no different than it was for the systems then. Only the nitty gritty part has changed.

The real new world is the internet - and all it's pros and cons. That did not exist then but starting in the 70s we had a company wide internal network that connected over 300.000 employees - and no malware, LOL.
I bet you could tell some interesting stories


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30 Nov 2013   #22
Franky

windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Thanks guys,

you gave me good info for how to start. I think one of the best book on this area is what the "johnsmith45jock" said in post #9. But that book has more than 1000 pages and since I'm hardly involving to some other subjects (English language, C++ Programming language and computer software issues), I haven't that time for reading such a huge book. I think best work is to read the websites and learn from them. One of the best one is Wikipedia. Of course what I was looking for although was a book but not such a completely comprehensive book. I'd like to find a writing of about 100 pages that familiarizes me concisely to hardware. .
Anyway, If you agree about that I want to start from websites please say.
For example I can for first step, search the word "CPU" in Wikipedia and read about it. For second step I can do the same for "RAM", and so on.
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30 Nov 2013   #23
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

I don't think you'll find what you want out on Wikipedia.......it can help with terms/standards/protocols that you don't fully understand, but is a tad too general for understanding the fundamentals. Look around on amazon for A+ certification books, that is the basis of a good PC hardware foundation.
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30 Nov 2013   #24
Franky

windows 7 32-bit
 
 

OK dear "kbrady1979", I search for an up-to-date version of A+ certification book and try to start with it. I think you completely know what I need and what should I do on this topic.
Thanks.

PS: I should search for "A+ certification book" not for "CompTIA A+ certification book", yes?
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30 Nov 2013   #25
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Same thing, but they will be listed as CompTIA A+ cert. There will be several different versions, such as 700 series and 800 series books, with quite a few editions each......I would look at the 800 series books because that really deals with newer hardware. 700 series covers really old hardware and stops about Windows Vista. I'd go with the 800 series books.
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30 Nov 2013   #26
Franky

windows 7 32-bit
 
 

All are about 1000 pages and therefore unsuitable for me. Anyway thanks for all of your comments.
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30 Nov 2013   #27
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you don't have time to read a book, you won't learn a lot. Without a formal education, it will take you many years to get a decent knowledge - and then some. There is no fast path.
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30 Nov 2013   #28
x BlueRobot

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kurdman View Post
All are about 1000 pages and therefore unsuitable for me. Anyway thanks for all of your comments.
Most books like that are going to be 1000 pages long. Windows Internals is easily about 1500+ pages long, and then it still doesn't cover everything, but that's software. I've read a CompTIA A+ book, and it easily stretched to that amount.
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30 Nov 2013   #29
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

It's taken me years of hands-on and research to be at the level I am at now, which honestly is probably entry level IT. It's going to take time.
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30 Nov 2013   #30
x BlueRobot

 

It's taken me about 2 years to get where I'm now. It's just shows how long it takes, you need to be willing to learn it and make the time.
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