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#1 Bashan

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 05:48 AM

I'm taking an online course in PC repair and would like to get a better toolkit started. I don't mind spending some bucks but of course don't want to waste money and get a bunch of stuff I don't need. I would appreciate suggestions y'all might have on the following or more:
  • What bits do I need?
  • Pliers, cutters
  • Do I need soldering gun?
  • Hardware like screws and fasteners....kit maybe?
  • Diagnostic cards....kit maybe like PC-Doctor?
  • Is there a kit that includes all of the above?
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 01:20 PM

newegg does have some kits, I prefer to build my own, because each persons needs are different. I personally, would have one of those magnetically tipped screwdrivers with a large handle, and changeable bits. The changeable bits means you dont have to carry a LOT of screwdrivers and saves room in the kit, and the magnetic tip (make sure its not a super strong one, just light magnetism) is great for getting screws out of tight spots or finding them once dropped. and maybe a small pack of mini screwdrivers for the tight spots, but no necessary. I personally, never do any soldering so a soldering gun isnt necessary, if you plan on doing soldering it may be a good idea. I also normally carry a disc carrying memory and hard drive diagnostic tools, and a LinuxLive CD in my my field kit. I don't carry pliers and cutters usually-usually for anything that requires anything like that i take the computer to my office at home to do stuff like that.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:10 AM

Thanks, I was wondering about the magnetic bit holder. I spent 20 minutes in Lowes looking for a bit driver that wasn't magnetized and came up with nada. I used a non-magnetic cheapo holder I found in my toolbox to remove the motherboard on an HP and the bit kept falling down in the works.....VERY irritating.

I was thinking I might do some soldering but after looking into the repair process more it looks like it's diagnose, unplug, pitch, and replug new component.

Do you have any specific suggestions for a diagnostic card/system and boot disks? I get the feeling there's some industry standards but of course when I look on Google everybody thinks they're the industry standard. Bashan

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 12:57 PM

I love my magnetic screwdriver. Its not powerful enough to hurt hard drives but it is enough to pick up screws, its a stanley from wal-mart. As far as repair discs I make my own.

I use memtest86+ for my memory diagnostic.

I download and burn the hard drive diagnostic tool from the major hd manufacturers such as western digital and hitachi, as those are the ones I deal with most. The ones you encounter may vary.
I usually only take those two and leave the rest at home, I can take the computer home if I need to. I dont like carrying a lot of stuff with me if I can help it.

I keep an ubuntu live disc. Linux live cds are fantastic for data recovery and the like. My preference is ubuntu, but theres a lot of different varieties out there, feel free to experiment to see which you like. Their all free, all it costs you is a disc to burn.

Each person has their own preferences in tool kis, what works for one person may not work for another. Over time you will find what works for you.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:02 AM

Thanks for the help man, I ended up ordering this Ultra kit from Tiger Direct:

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It was only $50.00 and looked like a good kit to start out with. It was the only one that contained some hardware and a wrist strap. I'm burning the disks as I write this which is going to save me some bucks on a purchase. Leave it to Stanley (er....the Chinese :wacko: ) to have a lame-o magnetized screwdriver that happens to work for what we need.




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