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'Tools You Can't Live Without...'

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Neall, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. Neall

    Neall Byte Poster

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    The recent post by Trip in the A+ forum got me thinking this would be a good topic to go into more detail on.

    1. Any special, 'can't live without' tool's in your toolkit?
    2. Whats your home setup (if you have one) for repairing computers.

    For example, i have a KVM switch for connecting 2+ computers to one keyboard, monitor and mouse. So you can easily switch between the two with a double tap of a key when troubleshooting.

    Which has been invaluable!

    Tool's i couldn't live without are;

    Antec ATX PSU Tester
    IDE to USB Cable (Allows you to connect internal HDD's via USB)
    Knoppix
    Winternals Admin Pak Boot Disk
    Linksys USB Network Adaptor
    Netgear USB Wireless Network Adaptor
    Cross Over Cable
    ADSL Modem
    USB Flash Drive - Various tools <- (Also a good thread starter! - 'What Do You Keep In Your Flash Drive') :)

    Neall
     
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  2. noelg24

    noelg24 Terabyte Poster

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    the tool I cant live without is my PC...thats all I am saying...and all the bits and bobs that come with them...god knows what I would be like without it now...:)
     
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  3. JonnyMX

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    My Gerber.
    It's not technically an IT tool, but when it's all you've got...
     
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  4. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Neall,

    Thanks for starting this great thread with the links too. :thumbleft

    I like to have a floppy with www.belarc.com on

    I also have:

    set of screwdrivers
    multimeter
    air can
    paint brush (nice new one, not one that has been in thinners in the shed for ages!)
    soldering iron
    small wire strimmers and cutters
    remote claw (incase i drop a screw- don't use a magnet)
    networking card
    Lacie external drive for back-up's/nukes :biggrin
    my laptop with modem and network cable

    i'm sure there is more but that is it for now.
     
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  5. Neall

    Neall Byte Poster

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  6. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Cracking link, thanks!
     
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  7. Bluerinse
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    A nice big axe and a sledge hammer for those more troublesome problems 8)
     
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  8. moominboy

    moominboy Gigabyte Poster


    yep, been there! luckily ( or unluckily, on how you see it) i haven't been inside anyone else's pc so don't have much of a tool kit, just my leatherman's,far better than gerber imho, and a fair bit of software repair stuff. AV's,Anti-spyware ,and belarc etc....
     
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  9. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    I've got your usuals - your screwdrivers - I've got a set of star keys as well, for those older cases. Multimeter, claw, cable ties.

    My favourites are my set of little clamps. They get power supply cables clamped out of the way when I'm inspecting things. My BF also has a 'head lamp' he uses when he's sparkying. Useful for when I can be bothered to drag my PC out from under the desk.
     
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