I passed Core this morning with a whopping 855! Want to say thanks to everyone who contributed to technotes on this site as they were supremely instrumental in my success.
If you're going to take this exam and need a last-minute cram, review the networking technote from this site.
Without violating the NDA or just being a general bad guy, here are some of the things that surprised me about the exam today:
I needed to know # of pins in a cpu socket which I was able to narrow down and guess right.
More to do about printers than I thought, and not limited to laser, inkjet and dot matrix. Read up on thermal, dye sublimination and wax too.
Absolutely nothing about modems. Was probably my draw.
A lot, lot, lot about CPUs that are Celeron/PII and newer including AMD XP+ series.
A good number of questions about connectors.
Seemed to be focused on client-side and basic network troubleshooting
Know address ranges for TCP/IP.
some SCSI but not a lot.
a touch on memory addresses.
Also I was quite furious that one of the questions on address/IRQ default values was quite simple and yet the correct answer was not one of the choices. I'm going to take it up with CompTIA.
But I passed. On to OS probably near the end of next week!
Thanks again to all.