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Hi Guys.

OK, well iam looking around for a nice PC repair kit for when i am onsite fixing PC's, wondering what do you suggest?

Iam in australia, but still anything you recommend just post a link if possible.

Thanks in advance.

Michael

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>>   PC repair kit   << hard ? --> screw drivers with flat or philips heads 2 pliers, normal flat nose , and a long nose plyer, accessories to hold screws when putting them in hard to reach places, flashlight . . .
Also look here :   http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_21430141.html
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by:phototropic
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You can either make up your own:

http://www.pcmech.com/show/troubleshoot/350/

or buy one ready made:

http://www.pcmall.com/pcmall/shop/detail~dpno~380479.asp

I have made up my own by adding things over the years. The company I sometimes do contract work for ( a major UK pc retailer) recommends all techs carry a Belkin toolkit:

http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatSectionView.process?IWAction=Load&Merchant_Id=&Section_Id=258

As a bare minimum, they suggest screwdrivers, long-nose pliers, anti-static wrist strap and thermal paste (!)

Personally, I would add a torch (flashlight) to this list, plus a can of compressed air and a notebook and pen.
The 116-piece Precision Maintainence Toolkit looks tempting, but I don't think I could afford the cost of hiring someone to carry it!
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by:burrcm
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Dick Smith (owned by Woolworths) do a couple of suitable kits.

Chris B
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by:rindi
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The UBCD, UBCD4WIN and knoppix are the most usefull tools to diagnose and also repair systems:

http://ultimatebootcd.com
http://ubcd4win.com
http://knoppix.net

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by:losgadas
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Rindi:

Do these three tools do the same thing?  If you use one, do you still the other?
How do you use Knoppix?

...just wondering.
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by:rindi
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No, the UBCD is mainly a set of DOS or Command Line tools. Most of the HD manufacturer's diagnostic utils are included on etc.

The UBCD4Win is a booting Windows environment with free windows tools included.

Knoppix is a LiveCD based on Linux. With it you can for example recover data from disks you can't read from a Windows PC, or check if the sound is working etc. But in the meantime I prefer using PartedMagic which is also Linux based, but more focused for the task than Knoppix (knoppix you can also use as a full OS as it includes many apps like Office Suite, Messengers, etc., but that makes it a bit bloated).
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