CompTIA A+ Exam 220-901: Motherboards

This path is intended for anyone who wishes to enter the IT professional field, and requires entry-level training to get them started with a career in technical support.


Expected Duration
79 minutes

The inside of a computer can be an intimidating sight. This course will give you an understanding of motherboards and their expansion slots. You will learn about the inner workings of a computer, along with details on the different kinds of motherboards and how you can expand their functionality. This course is one of a series in the Skillsoft learning path that covers the objectives for the CompTIA A+ Certification Exam (220-901). This exam counts toward the CompTIA A+ Certification.


Introduction to PCs

  • start the course
  • describe the basic under-the-hood components of a computer
  • describe the exterior and interior components
  • describe primary computing functions
  • describe standard common software
  • describe modern PC repair

Motherboards and Expansion Slots

  • describe motherboards
  • describe motherboard form factors
  • compare mini-ITX, BTX, and NLX
  • describe chipsets, northbridge, and southbridge
  • describe expansion slots
  • describe industry standard architecture
  • describe peripheral component interconnect
  • describe peripheral component interconnect extended
  • describe peripheral component interconnect express
  • describe mini-PCI
  • describe IRQs & plug-and-play
  • describe how to install on an expansion

Practice: Identify Expansion Slots

  • identify expansion slots





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