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Looking for some good hardware/software toubleshoot tools

By deerek11 ·
Hello I am looking for a good solution for supporting a varity of make and model pc's and OS issues I have seen alot of hardware/software tools on the market but never have used them before any suggestions or experience with the testing kits

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by cmiller5400 In reply to Looking for some good har ...

Ultimate Boot CD is a great resource for troubleshooting tools and other programs. I always have a copy on hand. It also is fairly easy to customize. http://www.ultimatebootcd.com

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by Craig321 In reply to Looking for some good har ...

http://www.answersthatwork.com/ gives a list of drivers for all makes and other stuff pretty neat site.

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by zlitocook In reply to Looking for some good har ...

cm is right but I went up a step and got the ubcd it is a collection of programs, some free ware and some shareware. This is a live cd it runs off the cd not the hard drive so you can run antiviral, spyware removal just about any thing you want and it will run on Win/xx, 2000, XP, 2000/2003 server. Also look in down loads there are a few down loads there for the same thing.
PM me and I will give you a list of things that I use, it is too much to post here.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Looking for some good har ...

As well as TUBCD it's also a good idea to have a couple of Live Linux CD's to boot from as I've seen a couple of faulty M'Boards that will not load Windows but will run perfectly on Knoppix but not any other Live Linux. Knoppix also gives you the ability to remove user passwords from Windows when the user has forgotten their password.

As for hardware tools a Power Supply Tester and a Digital Multi Meter are an absolute must. If you are doing any networking jobs a cable tester is also very helpful. I once got caught out when someone replaced a 50 CM Patch Lead and the entire system went down without the cable tester I would never have picked up that they had accidentally substituted a Crossover cable for a straight through CAT 5 Lead. I just hate it when people are too tight to buy the correct Cable to make these leads. Or even worse some of the new makers are making both types of cable in the same colour and once the bits of sticky paper come off it's impossible to tell them apart.

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by shelli_2005 In reply to Looking for some good har ...

I dont think I could live without PsTools from sysinternals
http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/PsTools.html
I use psexec and psservice countless times a day

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