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PC Repair

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PC Repair

Stratford's PC Repair course is ideal for individuals looking to learn more about how to repair a home computer, as well as those interested in working in the field of PC repair.

Computers are a part of every day life. Having a better understanding of how to properly maintain and repair them could surely keep you ahead at home and in the workforce.

Let Stratford help you get started with this fundamental course that covers everything from memory and hard drives to the internet and networking.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual salary for computer, ATM and office machine repairers is $41,090.*

A PC repair salary can vary depending on the place of employment, educational attainment, and the specific duties performed.
Understanding the Personal Computer
Evolution of Software
Installing a New Computer
Hardware Components
Function of the CPU
Memory, Input, Output, and Storage Devices
Operating Systems
Internet and Online Services
Troubleshooting PC Problems and Errors

An Introduction to Upgrading and Repairing PCs
PC Components, Features, and System Design
Microprocessor Types and Specifications
Microprocessors from 1971 to the Present
Processor Specifications, Features, Manufacturing, Socket and Slot
CPU Operating Voltages
Overclocking and Cooling
Math Coprocessors (Floating-point Units)
Processor Generations and Multicore Processors
Processor Upgrades and Troubleshooting Techniques
Motherboards, Chipsets, and Buses
System Bus Types, Functions, and Features
System Resources
Resolving Resource Conflicts
Motherboard Selection Criteria

BIOS and Memory
BIOS Hardware/Software
Motherboard ROM BIOS
Upgrading the BIOS
Preboot Environment
BIOS/MBR Error Messages
SDRAM, RDRAM, and other types of Memory
Memory Banks and Memory Module Speed
Parity Checking and Error-correcting Code (ECC)
Installing RAM Upgrades, DIMM, RIMM, and SIMM Modules
Troubleshooting Memory
Memory Defect Isolation Procedures
The System Logical Memory Layout

Hard Disk Drives, Flash and Optical Storage
The ATA/IDE Interface
Magnetic Storage Principles
Hard Disk Storage
Hard Disk Drive Operation
Hard Disk Drive Components and Features
Flash Memory Devices
Floppy Disk Drives and Tape Drives
Optical Storage
Optical Drive Performance Specifications
How to Reliably Record Optical Discs
Troubleshooting Optical Drives

Video and Audio
Display Adapters and Monitors
Video Display Adapters
Video Display Interfaces
3D Graphics Accelerators
Using Multiple Monitors
Video Troubleshooting and Maintenance
Audio Hardware Concepts and Terms
Early PC Sound Cards
Audio Hardware Features
Motherboard Chipsets with Integrated Audio
Troubleshooting PC Audio Problems
Speakers and Microphones
External I/O Interfaces

Internet and Networking
Input Devices
Internet Connectivity
Securing and Sharing Your Internet Connection
Local Area Networking
Network Protocols
Power Supplies, Troubleshooting, and Repair
Building or Upgrading Systems
PC Diagnostics, Testing, and Maintenance

This educational program is an introductory course designed to help students gain knowledge necessary for the vocational application of this subject. Completion of this program does not fulfill the legal requirements of particular state licenses or certifications, which may require additional training or apprenticeships.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your studies. The order in which the course material is presented may vary.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2021 Edition
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