Motherboard test tools

I've been trying to find a way to not have to take motherboards into a shop to figure out if they are bad or not.  I'm assuming that there are low level diagnotic tools, maybe electronic devices that can run a test on the mother and show you if it's bad or not.  Maybe something like a motherboard tester you stick in a PCI slot or something that would run some low level stuff with a portable number display lcd or something that will give you somekind of code you can look at a manual and determine if is bad or a level of damage or something.  If you understand what I'm saying, please guide me in the right direction.  If not, ask a question.  Thanks..
teckwiz01Asked:
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nobusCommented:
PCI test card  from UXD :  http://www.uxd.com/phdpci2.shtml
however i find all those solutions rather limited in use; since the only way to "test" a motherboard, is with the devices and OS
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teckwiz01Author Commented:
That's probably true.  I've seen a couple of DOS based test utilities, but there are times when the you can't get the system to boot and you just want to get a determination as to whether the board is bad or not and then go to the next step.  I've had 2 situations before were the motherboard was fine but the video card was bad (motherboard didn't have an on-board video card).  And one situation were the slot for the AGP slot itself was bad and I didn't have a spare pci video card.  In situations like that, I would prefer to make sure I eliminate the motherboard and avoid maybe spending money on a video card I don't need.  
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nobusCommented:
well - then this is your choice imho
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teckwiz01Author Commented:
Or memory, or a cpu, or a hard drive.  You get my drift?  I'm trying to basically build a real low level hardware diagnostic kit.  I have memory & disk drive hardware diagnostic software, though they are bootable DOS based disk.  I'm short CPU, video, & Motherboard diagnostic tools that test the actual hardware.  In essences, I'm just going to experts tryng to get advice as to stuff I can use.  Doing a google search on stuff is sometimes helpfull, but you know how much junk comes back when you do that kind of search.
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teckwiz01Author Commented:
Btw, monitor.  Somehow this ended up in the Solaris zone and I don't recall selecting Solaris at all.  I selected Hardware. I think I also selected Misc or Windows.  Something like that,, but I'm pretty sure that Solaris wasn't an option I selected intentionally.  Can you please modify that?
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