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PC Repair

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PC Repair

Millions of people have personal computers, but often do not know how to fix them when things go wrong. Stratford's personal computer repair course offers a thorough introduction on how to maintain and repair the personal computer. You'll also learn more about a career in the PC repair business, too!

Whether you want to save money by better understanding the PC, or have an interest in starting a PC repair business, Stratford's course can help you get started. Our quality training methods help you enhance your technological and troubleshooting skills on a number of PC repair topics.

Graduating with a Stratford PC repair career diploma could lead to employment with computer equipment suppliers, office supply stores, a PC repair business, or electronics store.
PC Repair Module 1
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

PC Repair Module 2
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

PC Repair Module 3
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

PC Repair Module 4
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

PC Repair Module 5
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

PC Repair Module 6
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 material is presented may vary.
PC Repair Course

"I am very impressed with how easy it was to complete this course. There's no time limit, which suits my busy schedule perfectly. Thank you, Stratford, for your commitment to making learning simple."

Gordon Z.

"My career training with SCI helped me to achieve my goal."

Zaldy C.