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A+ It Essentials objective 1-2



Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 1. 

When you are installing a ribbon cable for a disk drive, what does the colored strip align with?  
a.
the red dot on the board
c.
the white dot on the connector
b.
pin 34
d.
pin 1
 

 2. 

You are installing a printer for a customer at her office. The printer is new and features USB connectivity. The host system is an old Pentium II system with two USB ports on the back panel. After you connect the printer and turn it on, the system recognizes it, but the printer doesn’t work. What is the most likely cause for this situation?
a.
The USB cable is a USB 2.0 version that is not compatible with the computer port.
c.
The new printer is a USB 2.0 device, but the host computer has a USB 1.1 port.
b.
The USB cable is a USB 1.1 version that is not compatible with the new printer port.
d.
The USB drivers need to be updated to USB 2.0 drivers.
 

 3. 

You’ve installed one PATA hard drive, and it is working fine. You install a second PATA drive, and neither drive works when you start the system. What is the most likely cause for this problem?
a.
The drives are connected in the wrong order on the PATA signal cable.
c.
Both drives are connected to the primary IDE channel, and the jumpers on both drives are set as masters.
b.
The second drive is on the secondary IDE channel with its jumper set in the slave position.
d.
One drive is connected as primary master and the other as secondary master, but the power connector isn’t connected to the secondary master.
 

 4. 

What part does the hard disk drive play in Windows memory management?
a.
The operating system’s extended memory management (EMM) file is located on the hard disk drive.
c.
The operating system’s memory registers are located on the hard disk drive.
b.
Extended memory storage is located on the hard disk drive.
d.
The operating system’s swap file is located on the hard disk drive.
 

 5. 

After the USB function has been enabled and the device has been plugged into the system, what action must be performed to fully install the device?
a.
Run the Add New Hardware Wizard from the Control Panel
c.
Use the Have Disk option to install proprietary USB drivers from the device manufacturer’s disk.
b.
Run the Add/Remove Programs Wizard to install the drivers for the new device.
d.
Start the system and let the operating system detect it through the PnP process.
 

 6. 

A user needs to connect a FireWire-compatible video camera with his workstation. However, before he requests a purchase for all required devices, he wants to make sure that the cable segment is long enough so that he can place the video camera on a tripod in a specific place in his office and still be connected to the workstation. Which of the following is the maximum segment length for an IEEE-1394 connection?
a.
3.0 meters ( 10 feet)
c.
6.0 meters ( 20 feet)
b.
4.5 meters ( 15 feet)
d.
9.0 meters ( 30 feet)
 

 7. 

A user needs to connect a FireWire-compatible video camera with his workstation. However, before he requests a purchase for all required devices, he wants to make sure that the computer can handle more than 1 IEEE 1394 device because his DVD recorder is using a FireWire connection.  What is the maximum number of devices that one IEEE 1394 connectiuon can handle?
a.
1
c.
63
b.
24
d.
127
 

 8. 

What action should be taken when upgrading an AGP card or system board containing an AGP slot?
a.
Set the CMOS setting for the AGP function to Autodetect so that the system automatically establishes compatibility between the slot and the card.
c.
Consult the system board and AGP adapter card’s documentation to verify their compatibility with the other component.
b.
Always install Universal AGP cards so that you can always be sure the slot and card are compatible.
d.
Obtain the correct BIOS Flash routine for the new AGP device so that you can upgrade the BIOS to work
 

 9. 

A jumper cover that is ____ is hanging on a single pin for safekeeping, but is not being used to turn a jumper setting on.
a.
parked
c.
opened
b.
closed
d.
draped
 

 10. 

The process of upgrading or refreshing the ROM BIOS chip is called ____ ROM.
a.
restoring
c.
recharging
b.
installing
d.
flashing
 

 11. 

After you install the motherboard and connect all the cables and cords, you next install the ____ card and plug in the keyboard and monitor.
a.
diagnostic
c.
riser
b.
video
d.
modem
 

 12. 

When a PC boots, ____ indicate(s) that all is well after POST.
a.
one beep
c.
three beeps
b.
two beeps
d.
four beeps
 

 13. 

PCI Express uses a ____ bus.
a.
streaming
c.
parallel
b.
peripheral
d.
serial
 

 14. 

SIMMs have a ____ data path.
a.
4-bit
c.
32-bit
b.
16-bit
d.
64-bit
 

 15. 

DIMM technologies have a ____ data path.
a.
4-bit
c.
32-bit
b.
16-bit
d.
64-bit
 

 16. 

DDR SDRAM uses ____ pins.
a.
112
c.
184
b.
164
d.
240
 

 17. 

If a slot does not hold a RIMM, it must hold a placeholder module called a ____ to ensure continuity throughout all slots.
a.
S-RIMM
c.
RIMM2
b.
C-RIMM
d.
RIMMX
 

 18. 

The use of a parity bit means that every byte occupies ____ bit(s).
a.
one
c.
eight
b.
two
d.
nine
 

 19. 

Today’s memory uses a new method of error checking called ____ that can detect and correct an error in a single bit.
a.
CAS
c.
ECC
b.
RAS
d.
parity
 

 20. 

A floppy drive cable has ____ pins.
a.
34
c.
120
b.
64
d.
132
 

 21. 

A ____ is sometimes called a file allocation unit.
a.
sector
c.
bit
b.
cluster
d.
byte
 

 22. 

A 3 1/2-inch, high-density floppy disk has a storage capacity of ____.
a.
360 KB
c.
1.44 MB
b.
720 KB
d.
2.88 MB
 

 23. 

The first sector on a floppy disk is called the ____ sector.
a.
boot
c.
root
b.
prime
d.
record
 

 24. 

All the read/write heads of a hard disk are controlled by a(n) ____, which moves the read/write heads across the disk surfaces in unison.
a.
controller
c.
formatter
b.
actuator
d.
processor
 

 25. 

Track and sector markings are written to a hard drive before it leaves the factory in a process called ____ formatting.
a.
low-level
c.
primary
b.
high-level
d.
secondary
 

 26. 

Parallel ATA is also called the ____ standard.
a.
PIO
c.
LUN
b.
ANSI
d.
EIDE
 

 27. 

An EIDE drive such as a CD, DVD, tape, or Zip drive must follow the ____ standard in order to connect to a system using an EIDE connector.
a.
ATAPI
c.
LUN
b.
DMA
d.
PIO
 

Multiple Response
Identify one or more choices that best complete the statement or answer the question.
 

 28. 

One of your customers is having problems with a new CD-RW drive he has installed on his system. The system originally contained a single PATA HDD and a 52x CD-R drive. When your customer attempts to make copies of a disc using the CD-RW drive, he receives buffer underrun errors. What suggestions can you give him to improve his copy operations? (Select all that apply.)
 a.
Place the CD-ROM or DVD writer on an IDE channel of its own. This keeps the drive from competing with other drives for the channel’s available bandwidth.
 c.
Locate a Flash program for the drive’s BIOS to upgrade it so that it provides better support for the write function.
 b.
Conduct the write operation on the same drive as the read operation and use reduced write speed options.
 d.
Switch the master/slave settings on the HDD and CDRW drive so that the CD-RW drive has first position for the primary controller.
 

 29. 

You have just installed a 500GB HDD in a Windows XP Professional machine. When you start up the system, it recognizes only 137GB of drive space. What are the most likely causes of this problem? (Select all that apply.)
 a.
The system needs a new HDD driver for Windows XP to handle this size drive.
 c.
The system needs to have Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher installed to handle this size drive.
 b.
The firmware on the HDD needs to be updated to work with Windows XP Pro.
 d.
The system needs to have the BIOS flashed with a version that can accommodate the new drive.
 

 30. 

Which of the following types of cable specifications can be used to connect hard drives to a typical BTX system board? (Select all that apply.)
 a.
EIDE (PATA) cables
 c.
SCSI cables
 b.
SATA cables
 d.
IEEE-1284 cables
 



 
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