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#1 2013-12-16 13:49:25

tamikan
#! Die Hard
Registered: 2012-09-20
Posts: 777

Share your arsenal to fix computers

What are your weapons to fix computers and how do you use them? Go ahead and share!!! big_smile
I'll start:
-A #! CD (to either get data back/ repartition the disk to transfer their data on another partition / eradicate windows password) devil
-A jump drive (to back up their data or to boot #!) cool
-A star magnetic screwdriver (magnetic to avoid dropping the screws)  cool
-MalwareBytes if the person uses Windows mad
-Hard Drive Dock station (to backup their data on another pc but I rarely use that)  roll
-Air Duster can (for those dirty PCs...) monkey

Last edited by tamikan (2013-12-16 13:51:11)


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#2 2013-12-16 14:08:36

CSCoder4ever
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Registered: 2013-09-03
Posts: 1,366

Re: Share your arsenal to fix computers

Awesome!

-Various bootable CDs, same reason as the above  tongue
-LED flashlight
-computer repair toolkit ( screw drivers, pliers, etc. )
-ethernet cables
-3 hdd hot-swap bays on various machines
- Air Compressor
and most importantly imo
- Extra machines  angel


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#3 2013-12-16 14:59:38

th3pun15h3r
#! Die Hard
Registered: 2011-11-22
Posts: 510

Re: Share your arsenal to fix computers

I run my own PC repair from my home as a side job here's some of the tools I use:

Compressed Air/electric leaf lower to blow out dust and crap out of dirty PCs

Data/ide drive adapter to use a internal DVD drive as external in case a PC or laptop drive won't run a repair CD.

HDD clone machine machine which will clone to identical size drive only ( hey it was 60 bucks does the job). And also for transferring files to other drive.

A media card reader for recovering photos off of SD cards etc.

Tool set of screwdrivers etc.

Software tools:

Only computers I have to fix are windows so here is the software I use there.

For virus removal of course malwarebytes and super anti spyware.  If I can't boot into safe mode I use kaspersky rescue disc ( runs in a gentoo Linux he he).  If its severely infected my last resort is hitman pro which has fixed master boot record infections and internet explorer corruptions.  Also use hijack this to fix redirects etc.

Ccleaner for registry fixes and disk clean up.

Defraggler to defrag.

To diagnose hardware I use hard disk sentinel hdat2 and drive fitness test for HDD testing a repairing bad sectors.  Mem test to test memory. 

To recover photos videos music and docs off a nonbootable driveI use usually the microxp or a Linux distro.

For data recovery I use photorec I've recovered photos off of drives reformatted with it.  There is also recuva which I haven't tried yet.  Most of my software tools are on the hirens boot disc.

Sorry it was long but there you have it!

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#4 2013-12-16 18:00:09

anonymous
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From: Arch Linux Forums
Registered: 2008-11-29
Posts: 9,418

Re: Share your arsenal to fix computers

I don't have much in the way of hardware but here's what software I have:

Bootable USB:

Clonezilla
GParted
Hiren's BootCD
Memtest86+
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor
Parted Magic
SystemrescueCD

Portable Software:

Auslogics Disk Defrag
BleachBit
CheckDiskGUI
Complete Internet Repair
Dr.Web CureIt
Emsisoft Emergency Kit
Geek Uninstaller
HitmanPro
HWiNFO32/64
JavaRa
Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder
Microsoft Fix it
Privazer
RKill
RougeKiller
Simtech Diagnostics Plus
TeamViewer Portable
TeraCopy
Unlocker
WinPatrol
Various of Nirsoft's utilities

BTW I didn't list a bootable antivirus because I would just download a fresh copy when I need it. Virus definitions are updated frequently so I wouldn't want to stay with an old disc and not all bootable antivirus have builtin updaters.

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#5 2013-12-16 18:13:47

Joe90
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Registered: 2013-10-10
Posts: 246

Re: Share your arsenal to fix computers

Software:

PartedMagic CD
#! or Ubuntu Live CD
Windows XP/7/8 media as required

Hardware:

Crosshead screwdrivers
Flathead screwdrivers
Long Nosed Pliers
Tweezers
Baby wipes
Alcohol Wipes
Microfibre Cloth
Numatic or Dyson vacuum cleaner with crevice tool & brush attachment
Camera lens puffer brush
Anglepoise lamp
Soldering iron
WD40
3 in 1 oil
CPU contact paste
Two large plastic containers full of internal cables and junk smile
USB HDD drive

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#6 2013-12-16 19:43:02

dot|not
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From: /dev/null
Registered: 2013-09-05
Posts: 334
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Re: Share your arsenal to fix computers

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#7 2013-12-16 19:57:05

Naik
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From: Leipzig
Registered: 2012-11-16
Posts: 567

Re: Share your arsenal to fix computers

^+1


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#8 2013-12-16 20:00:24

tamikan
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Registered: 2012-09-20
Posts: 777

Re: Share your arsenal to fix computers


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#9 2013-12-19 13:31:38

samZ0rp
#! CrunchBanger
Registered: 2013-12-18
Posts: 116

Re: Share your arsenal to fix computers

the usual and a razor to remove thosee pesky windows xp,vista(eww), and 7 logos from the pc.
on my netbook i kept cutting myself on those bumb logos when i tryed to type
puppy linux also helps so i can run the pc with out a hdd if i wanted
and a hammer to removee dents from the frame and to mod the frame
lastly a drill to add vents for extree fans


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#10 2013-12-19 16:01:01

damo
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From: N51.5 W002.8 (mostly)
Registered: 2011-11-24
Posts: 2,934

Re: Share your arsenal to fix computers

samZ0rp wrote:

the usual and a razor to remove thosee pesky windows xp,vista(eww), and 7 logos from the pc.
on my netbook i kept cutting myself on those bumb logos when i tryed to type
puppy linux also helps so i can run the pc with out a hdd if i wanted
and a hammer to removee dents from the frame and to mod the frame
lastly a drill to add vents for extree fans

Fixing a pc with a hammer and a drill - love it! Rambo tech support big_smile


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#11 2013-12-19 17:33:43

xero
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Registered: 2013-09-30
Posts: 379
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Re: Share your arsenal to fix computers

soft:
kon-boot has helped me reset passwords on all kinds of boxes. i have also used ophcrack for systems kon-boot cant bypass.

when it comes to removing "scum-ware" on windows, my 3 free go to tools are:  superantispyware, mbam, and avast

and if the above tools fail, i go with what my computer science teachers taught me: "when in doubt, wipe it out". killdisk for serious secure reformatting.

hard:
jewelers screw-drivers kit
duster
(ASV) arctic silver 5
usb-drive / portable dvd
screw grabber

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#12 2013-12-19 22:20:51

cbdxs
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From: Capital Wasteland
Registered: 2011-08-03
Posts: 1,898

Re: Share your arsenal to fix computers

Lighter and some petrol


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#13 2013-12-19 23:05:38

th3pun15h3r
#! Die Hard
Registered: 2011-11-22
Posts: 510

Re: Share your arsenal to fix computers

samZ0rp wrote:

the usual and a razor to remove thosee pesky windows xp,vista(eww), and 7 logos from the pc.
on my netbook i kept cutting myself on those bumb logos when i tryed to type
puppy linux also helps so i can run the pc with out a hdd if i wanted
and a hammer to removee dents from the frame and to mod the frame
lastly a drill to add vents for extree fans

Lol!  I remember a friend and I took a hammer to the metal chassis to his PC case to fit a bigger power supply to feed his video card for Jedi outcast, I still can't believe his pc was running on a 90 watt PSU! I kid you not!

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#14 2013-12-19 23:45:07

Po The Panda
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Registered: 2013-12-16
Posts: 20

Re: Share your arsenal to fix computers

th3pun15h3r wrote:

I run my own PC repair from my home as a side job here's some of the tools I use:

Ccleaner for registry fixes and disk clean up.

Defraggler to defrag.

i use those too.

i wish piriform would release speccy with command line arguments.. anyone knows any software that examines the hardware of a pc that runs from command line and.. its free?

Last edited by Po The Panda (2013-12-19 23:45:35)

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#15 2013-12-20 00:15:31

porkpiehat
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Registered: 2012-10-02
Posts: 743

Re: Share your arsenal to fix computers

Po The Panda wrote:

i wish piriform would release speccy with command line arguments.. anyone knows any software that examines the hardware of a pc that runs from command line and.. its free?

As usual, there are many ways to get hardware information in Linux. A lot of information can be obtained from "sudo dmidecode". Use "man dmidecode" to see the available options. "lspci" will tell you what hardware is on the pci bus (your graphics, ethernet, and audio are here), "cat /proc/cpuinfo" will tell you about the processor, and "inxi -F" will give you a more human readable output: https://code.google.com/p/inxi/
You will have to get inxi from jessie or sid, or follow the directions here: http://code.google.com/p/inxi/wiki/Installation or use smxi to install inxi.

sample "inxi -F" output:

System:    Host: porkpie Kernel: 3.2.0-4-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: Openbox 3.5.0 Distro: CrunchBang Linux waldorf
Machine:   System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP Compaq dc7800p Convertible Minitower
           Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 0AACh Bios: Hewlett-Packard version: 786F1 v01.04 date: 07/18/2007
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core2 Duo CPU E6550 (-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 vmx) 
           Clock Speeds: 1: 1998.00 MHz 2: 1998.00 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 82Q35 Express Integrated Graphics Controller 
           X.Org: 1.12.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1280x1024@60.0hz 
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Q35 GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 8.0.5
Audio:     Card: Intel 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel Sound: ALSA ver: 1.0.24
Network:   Card: Intel 82566DM-2 Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e 
           IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:0f:fe:7f:1c:5d
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 640.1GB (1.0% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD6400AAKS size: 640.1GB 
Partition: ID: / size: 7.4G used: 2.7G (38%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 1.00GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 30.0C mobo: 30.0C 
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 1058 fan-2: 0 fan-3: 0 fan-4: 1012 
Info:      Processes: 107 Uptime: 16 min Memory: 257.9/1967.4MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4 

For hard-disk information, install "smartmontools" and and use "sudo smartctl -a /dev/sdX" (where X is the letter of the drive for which you want to see information).

If you have more specific requirements for hardware information, there are probably ways to get it; please ask.

Last edited by porkpiehat (2013-12-20 00:54:12)


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#16 2013-12-20 00:38:49

chillicampari
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Registered: 2009-10-09
Posts: 1,883

Re: Share your arsenal to fix computers

This is hardware only, but:

Nebo Tools 13 in 1 ratcheting screwdriver
canned air
microfiber cloths
isopropyl alcohol (99% if I can get it)
toothbrushes and toothpaste
Arctic Silver and/or Tuniq TX-2 thermal compounds
3-in-1 oil
cosmetic brushes (eyeshadow, blush, etc.)
tweezers
powered sata/ide to usb adaptor
electrical tape
Goody headbands for temporary suspension drive mounts
needlenose pliers
stripped screw removal bit kit
various adapters/gender changers
open weave rubber shelf liner (good for noise reduction)
velcro roll
had a sleeve stripper/jack crimper but lost it somewhere
high heat blow dryer (good for loosening old thermal pad/glue type mounts)
domed clamp light and small led camp light
boxcutters/exacto blades
hammers of various sizes


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#17 2013-12-20 07:50:19

ohnonot
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Registered: 2012-05-22
Posts: 1,008
Website

Re: Share your arsenal to fix computers

http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=22787
using just those small screwdrivers and a wet cloth to get a nice finish.

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#18 2013-12-20 15:45:53

anonymous
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From: Arch Linux Forums
Registered: 2008-11-29
Posts: 9,418

Re: Share your arsenal to fix computers

BTW I'm surprised no one has mentioned it yet, but Google:

tech_support_cheat_sheet.jpg

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