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#1 JUICYboy

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 10:14 PM

I am starting my mobile / shop computer repair business, pretty soon.

I wanted to find out from some of you guys what would be some must have tools. So I can have it in my arsenal. I need to be economic do, I will get more as I go by.

I know I have to get:

-Computer Screen
-Power Supply
-Basic Tool set
-Software Programs to asist me with virus etc.
-Keyboard/Mouse
-GraphicCard and SoundCard
-Some Ethernet Cable

What am I missing that is a must to help me in the computer repair buisness :flowers:

Well Thanks to all. :thumbsup:

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 10:54 PM

As far as my home shop, I use my own personal monitor and one of my 2 computers to do diagnostics on customer computers. as far as a travel kit, I have a laptop, magnetically tipped screwdriver (not enough to mess up a hard drive, just enough to hold a computer screw) with multiple bits, pair of pliers, small tool kit with variouse other connectors, and of course, I never go anywhere with my Ubuntu Live CD and a small flashlight. a anti static wrist strap might be handy if your planning on doing a lot of field repairs as well. I don't personally, because I rarely take anything apart in the field, if I have to do that I take it back to my place but theres always the exception.

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 03:04 PM

Just a quick look and I see 2 things missing, Power Supply Tester and a Null Cable. Not sure what your 'software' tools are going to be on, CD or flash drive? But an extra flash drive for back up of certain important items for the client, might be handy.

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 04:26 PM

As far as my home shop, I use my own personal monitor and one of my 2 computers to do diagnostics on customer computers. as far as a travel kit, I have a laptop, magnetically tipped screwdriver (not enough to mess up a hard drive, just enough to hold a computer screw) with multiple bits, pair of pliers, small tool kit with variouse other connectors, and of course, I never go anywhere with my Ubuntu Live CD and a small flashlight. a anti static wrist strap might be handy if your planning on doing a lot of field repairs as well. I don't personally, because I rarely take anything apart in the field, if I have to do that I take it back to my place but theres always the exception.



What Is a Ubuntu Live CD :thumbsup: and why would you never go anywhere with out it?

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 05:05 PM

Things that make you go hmmmmmmmm......................

Ubuntu Live and what it does...........

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 05:46 PM

Holy :thumbsup: Thanks man :flowers:

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 06:14 PM

i always keep atleast a couple of old sun flower seed glasses around to hold screews that way i wont loose them also i usually keep a lot of spare parts around...
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 06:41 PM

Isn't it SAS who also just recently added a jump drive bootable scanner that you can download for free?

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 07:01 PM

Yes: http://www.superantispyware.com/portablescanner.html

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 09:00 PM

Ubuntu is a user friendly variant of linux, and you can download it and install it to a CD or USB flash drive, and boot up a virus infected computer off of the USB or the CD drive, so that you can back files off the hard drive without having to enter windows. Had one virus awhile back, all it did was delete the drivers for the keyboard and mouse-even in safe mode. and of course, it was passworded so you couldn't log in, used it to get the files off the hard drive and then was able to reinstall windows onto it and restore all of the customers files. just one example of it coming in handy.

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 12:15 PM

Compressed air is a must!
I clean every system that comes in as a courtesy and show the customer how to do it as well
Monitor wipes for filty laptop displays that you can barely see.

Have a few CR2032 batteries on hand
Pack a magnifying glass and a good flashlight

Dont forget to always pack a small fist aid kit in case you cut yourself!
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 01:45 PM

Gooosh You guys are the best.

Wow I hope one day I can become as good as most of you guys. :thumbsup:

I am going to get that Ubuntu CD and play around with it on my Xp computer. Thanks :flowers:

And Compressed air is a must thanks for sure.

I also am going to sell my car and get myself a VW 1973 and put my big giant logo on it. I have a vision that I will establish a company like the geek squad but
instead of the new VW beetles I want the OLD VW beetles.

I sometimes feel like I should not doit do. Like just stay on the safe side get a job, but other times as feel as thrill about it as I do now.

Thanks to all. :trumpet:

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 02:00 PM

Dont forget that first aid kit!

Its not easy to start your own business
Prior planning prevents poor performance!
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 02:18 PM

ethernet cable, with crimpers and rj-45 connectors
a box cutter or some type of pocket knife, i always find myself having to cut something, whether it be a zip tie or whatever
a wireless adapter may be a good idea? if the client has wifi, i could imagine using that in the case that they are having wireless problems if that is the only computer accesible
and i always keep a notepad and a pen with me, that way i dont forget anything

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 08:19 AM

It may be safer to get a job, but it's more fun to CREATE a job lol. I've been self employed for over 20 years................

Although, having said that, it's never a bad idea to work for someone else in the field you choose for a while to gain some experience and to have others to lean on as you learn more.




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