Solved Building a computer toolkit.

November 19, 2011 at 17:28:49
Specs: Windows 7
What should I have in my computer toolkit (I mean screwdrivers, not software diagnostic) with your product recommendations?

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November 19, 2011 at 22:59:10
If you are blowing that much dust get a small air compressor. To loosen the dust small paint brush, tooth brush, cotton swabs, monofilament fishing line (to push dirt out between heat exchanger fins). Tools at jewelers size level include socket head drivers both hex and torx, nutdrivers, mini open end wrencher. To install or remove jumpers or connectors use tweezers, hemostats, small needle nose pliers. A good flashlight or high intensity lamp and a magnifier or loupe to trace circuits or read labels off of components.


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November 19, 2011 at 18:30:46
A similar working computer. The fastest diagnostic is substitution. Spares - Hard drives, router, cables, power supply. A multimeter should be enough.

Depends if you are working on your own or somebody else's computer.


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November 19, 2011 at 20:02:13

1. Small magnetic phillips head screwdriver
1. Small straight screwdriver
1 small pair needle-nose pliers
1 small wirecutters
1 tube thermal paste
1. Soldering kit
1 small soft bristle paintbrush
1 can airduster.

I also occasionally use a small set of jewellers screwdrivers. Handy when dealing with things like proprietary side-rails on slimline CD/DVD drives

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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November 19, 2011 at 20:11:25
Unfortunately, if I started buying canned air, I'd be using 2 or 3 cans per computer in my place of work (and there are several - people don't keep their computers clean).

I was curious as to whether I could use something like a dryer sheet? Obviously I can't use wet wipes....


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November 19, 2011 at 21:57:24
That's what the soft brush is for. I use that followed by a careful vacuum. You need to be cautious however as a normal vacuum cleaner can create static.

Brush the dust & dirt to the bottom of the case away from circuitboards and vacuum from there. 2 or 3 cans per PC? Where do you work? in a flour mill?

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November 19, 2011 at 22:59:10
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If you are blowing that much dust get a small air compressor. To loosen the dust small paint brush, tooth brush, cotton swabs, monofilament fishing line (to push dirt out between heat exchanger fins). Tools at jewelers size level include socket head drivers both hex and torx, nutdrivers, mini open end wrencher. To install or remove jumpers or connectors use tweezers, hemostats, small needle nose pliers. A good flashlight or high intensity lamp and a magnifier or loupe to trace circuits or read labels off of components.

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November 20, 2011 at 01:14:13
I work in a government position. If computers could talk, they'd probably say it's worse than a flour mill; some of the computers I've opened up are "repeat offenders" for ordering new hard drives due to the thick choke of dust built up around every available surface.

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November 20, 2011 at 04:15:49
The dirtiest computer I worked on came from a smoke filled room, dust and lint on top of nicotine and tar. The buggiest had the hard disk die because of a roach colony infestation.

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