Chapter 2. Motherboards

This chapter covers the following A+ exam topics:

Motherboard Components and Form Factors

The BIOS

Installing and Troubleshooting Motherboards

You can find a master list of A+ exam topics in the “Introduction.”

This chapter covers CompTIA A+ 220-801 objectives 1.1 and 1.2 and CompTIA A+ 220-802 objective 4.2.

Without a doubt, the motherboard is the foundation of the computer. Everything connects to the motherboard, and all data is transferred through this matrix of circuitry.

In this chapter we delve into the components that make up the motherboard, the various types of motherboard form factors, the ports and interfaces you find on the face and the side of the motherboard, the Basic Input Output System (BIOS) and ...

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