What is the best diagnostics hardware and software for Windows / Intel environments?

Bob Ondishko May 30, 2011
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Am willing to spend some serious $$$ on the right tools that the PC repair pros use as I am planning to start a repair service. Links, opinions or recommendations wanted, please. Already A+ certified with 20 years in field. Thanks.

  1. Mike
    May 31, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Personally I'm not a fan of commercial Software for computer diagnostics. I'm not saying they are bad or so I just haven't found any that I couldn't replace with a free alternative.

    For example you can grab the IntelBurn Test (and a few other burn-in tools at the following link:
    http://www.ultimate-filez.com/?page=downloads

    Alternatives for AIDA64 could be (depending on the features your looking for):
    http://www.piriform.com/speccy
    http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html (the older SIW 2010 is freeware now)
    http://www.hwinfo.com/

    I admit Smithmicro CheckIt offers a lot of functionality within one tool but again, there are alternatives which can do the same. You could grab Ulimate Boot CD (UBCD) which offers pretty much everything you need.
    http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

    You can get a decent monitor (TFT) test directly from EIZO
    http://www.eizo.de/support/monitortest.html

    But again, it's up to you which one you prefer to use.

  2. Bruce Epper
    May 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Sandra 2011 is a good one.  I've used previous version in the past for burn-in testing, analysis, and general diagnostics with excellent results.  They have an Engineer version for commercial use in repair shops that is licensed per technician, not computer.