Firmware Course

Explore one fundamental, permanent aspect of a system: firmware. In this course, you'll look at BIOS, POST, System Setup and more.

36 minutes

Course description

Firmware is a lot like making a mistake on the Internet: everyone is familiar with it, and it’s permanent. Explore firmware with this course covering the BIOS, POST and System Setup, as well as an introduction to troubleshooting firmware. You’ll look at the uses and operations of these basic, fundamental parts of the system, including when they run, where they’re stored and what they can and cannot do.


Troubleshooting Firmware

Video - 00:12:00

A system’s BIOS is robust and rarely causes trouble, but when it does, a good tech must be ready to troubleshoot.
System Setup

Video - 00:09:00

A small system setup program built into the motherboard firmware enables techs to configure low-level features and options for the system’s hardware.

Video - 00:09:00

The Power On Self-Test takes place every time a system starts, checking the system and communicating any problems it finds to the user.
What is BIOS?

Video - 00:06:00

Basic Input/Output Services (BIOS) is a critical part of the PC and a good tech needs to understand its function.

Meet the author

Mike Meyers

Mike Meyers, affectionately called the "Alpha Geek," is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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