Solved Starting PC Repair & diagnostics business

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October 29, 2011 at 15:32:37
Specs: 12volt TacoT Windows 7 Diamond Edition, 4.163 GHz / 8191 MB
i'm thinking of starting up a little business setting up pc's, fault diagnosing, repair, etc....nothing too heavy as most of what i know is self taught and through my own experience, just basic stuff like making sure things are working they way they should and so on.

my question is: are there any diagnosis kits i can buy? i remember having a problem with bad sectors on one of my drives recently, and saw on some website a 'toolbox' that had all sorts of equipment to detect and repair failing hard drives and ram, etc. unfortunately, i can't remember what site it was.

any help would be greatly appreciated

Windows 7 x64
Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 4.1GHz
ATI Radeon HD4870

8GB OCZ Platinum 1066
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October 31, 2011 at 18:39:45
Here's the answer from a hardware guru on that PC doctor kit:

Do you really need one of those things? Modern motherboards are already immensely intrumented up the yang - plus unless that s--- can tap DMI/QPI or HyperTransport, its utility is questionable. Hell, with today's highly integrated designs that stuff is barely useful.

Utterly useless. Plus you can get a $20 chinese diagnostics card from DealXtreme and get you similar results.

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#1
October 30, 2011 at 14:13:05
Most hard drive manufacturers offer free diagnostic tools to download. They tools will tell you if there are any bad blocks on the drives.

Buy a hard drive enclosure. I recently bought one at radio shack. It does both IDE & SATA drives. They are great when you need to do data recovery & the machine won't boot. I also use Live CDs for data recovery.

The biggest problem you'll have is not having legit copies of Windows. Many people don't have the recovery CDs. If the PC doesn't have a recovery partition, you won't be able to do a clean install.

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#2
October 30, 2011 at 16:29:39
thanks guapo.

i already have some of the basics like the hdd enclosure and data recovery disks and diagnostic programs. what i was actually meaning was diagnostic hardware, something similar to this: http://www.pcdservicecenter.com/

Windows 7 x64
Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 4.1GHz
ATI Radeon HD4870

8GB OCZ Platinum 1066
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#3
October 30, 2011 at 17:14:42
It looks good to me but I was trying to get an answer from someone who is much better with hardware than I am. If I can get his opinion, I'll post it.

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#4
October 31, 2011 at 05:44:40
SIW is a good tool if you can get into Windows. It can tell you pretty much everything about the hardware and installed software. Can also show voltages, temperatures and fan speeds. Download the free version without the installer. You can put that version on a flash drive and run it from there on any Windows unit without installing it. Get it at the link below.

http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download...

Testdisk can prove very useful to repair partitions. Ccleaner and REcuva from Piraform and Malwarebytes are programs that I use regularly. Links below.

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Test...
http://www.piriform.com/
http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebyt...

Also, as stated above, Live versions of Linux can prove very useful. Puppy is small.



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#5
October 31, 2011 at 11:56:45
thanks guys.
though i have the software side of things pretty much covered, i'm looking for hardware, like bios post cards, and hard drive tools, mainly for systems that can't boot

Windows 7 x64
Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 4.1GHz
ATI Radeon HD4870

8GB OCZ Platinum 1066
2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1


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October 31, 2011 at 14:28:28

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October 31, 2011 at 18:39:45
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Here's the answer from a hardware guru on that PC doctor kit:

Do you really need one of those things? Modern motherboards are already immensely intrumented up the yang - plus unless that s--- can tap DMI/QPI or HyperTransport, its utility is questionable. Hell, with today's highly integrated designs that stuff is barely useful.

Utterly useless. Plus you can get a $20 chinese diagnostics card from DealXtreme and get you similar results.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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#8
October 31, 2011 at 18:56:13
lol guapo , i like the answer:)

only thing is, i probably wouldn't be dealing with modern/decent motherboards, but i think maybe one of those £20 chinese diagnostic cards will do the job just as well, especially if i have the software to go with it

thanks for that mate

Windows 7 x64
Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 4.1GHz
ATI Radeon HD4870

8GB OCZ Platinum 1066
2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1


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October 31, 2011 at 20:24:05
You're welcome, good luck

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