What would be the best technician toolkit for computer and laptop repairing?

Erlis Dhima May 21, 2013
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Hello everyone!
I would like your suggestion about the most recommended tool kit for repairing computers and laptops.
Please, only a type of name for the set, or a link from Amazon, it would be of great help!
Thanks in advance,
Erlis

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  1. Emmanuel Asuncion
    June 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I agree with Artur and add contact cleaner, eraser, 1" paint brush, HIRENS CD.

  2. Artur Wrona
    May 24, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Jim is right, you could get by just with one or two philips, couple torx screwdrivers and boot usb loaded with ISOs for most desktop/laptop problems. These days components are replaced, not repaired, so as long as you can open the case you are good to go.

    It will start to grow fast, once you decide to check if recapping motherboards is really so easy, then if LCD can be brought to life from pink scourge or 3 seconds to black problems. From there is easy to wonder why you should throw out this free 600w PSU you just replaced for customer if it's just 12V rail not working.

    In no time your bag will start gaining weight, as you accommodate more tools you'll need so much. As long as you're job description is more or less covered by CompTIA+, you're good with handful of tools. My fixing started as a hobby tho, so I find it hard to resist challenges presented by those dead motherboards and power supplies.

    Keeping that in mind, I have in my toolkit:

    - 31-tip precision screwdriver set with magnet holding tip
    - RJ crimper
    - stanley knife
    - couple of pliers
    - anti static wristband to look professional to customers ;)
    - lpt/pci and separate mini-pci/m-pci-express POST diagnostic cards
    - network/usb cable checker
    - PSU tester
    - electric probe
    - multimeter
    - soldering iron with consumables
    - couple of guitar picks as they are supreme prying tools
    - usb with 9 different boot/setup ISO installed with YUMI and some standalone tools I got used to over the years
    - ide/CF Card converter with 2Gb CF card loaded with kubuntu for older systems without USB boot
    - copies of those tools and ISOs on CDs/DVDs
    - DOS boot floppy with CD drivers, haven't used it in ages, don't even have floppy drive anymore
    - about 8 "known working RAM sticks" altogether between desktop and laptop standards aided with old pci ATI Rage 32MB, no agp nor pci-e, they're more expensive and all PCs since 486 have at least one slot
    - universal laptop charger
    - usb/esata 2 bay docking station/card reader
    - throw in some cable ties, thermal paste, sata/pata cables, molex-sata connectors, usb to rj45/firewire/rj11/usb b/usb mini, separate usb -> rs232 for serial link, box of assorted screws
    - most important for laptop jobs - assortment of power jack sockets with 2e hot glue gun to reattach sockets held only by plastic of the case to stay in place,
    - dvd-rw duct taped to ide/usb board from some old usb hard drive

    Most of the stuff can be bought REALLY CHEAP (if you don't mind 3-7 weeks delivery time) from Chinese vendors on eBay, especially those testing gadgets - both POST cards where around 3e each, PSU tester 4-6e, cable tester 7-8e, basic multimeter for continuity testing 4e and screwdriver set 3e. If you're really frugal you could put most of this toolkit for 25e if you got it all from one guy on eBay.

    There are some things you shouldn't save on, for your own safety and that of equipment you're entrusted with. When buying soldering station, universal laptop charger and more serious multimeter, quality and features ARE more important than money. Money saved here will haunt you later. My first multimeter was giving different readings every measurement and it would have been nigh useless if not for continuity. On the other hand, I bought cheap chineese universal laptop charger to have a loaner and it burst into flame at customer house while she waited for replacement to arrive.

    If it's mechanical, cheap isn't bad at all

    I started with screwdriver set only and expanded it over time whenever possible or necessary. If you'd rather have DIY toolkit, whenever you order spares for customer remember to check what else vendor can offer. Don't be afraid to ask for a freebie, be it free delivery on a tool you need, couple molex converters or cheap equipment. If you ask for 4 euro PSU tester while ordering gaming psu for a customer as a part of the job, you're much more likely to get it. Were you to order it on it's own, you might end up paying twice as much with postage.

    If you'd like to grab preasembled tool kit, there's no need to go big at all. Small sets have most needed tools included without any extra 'padding' and no

    • Artur Wrona
      May 24, 2013 at 7:55 am

      //Finishing my last comment

      unnecesary tools you'll never use. They give good base to you can adapt to your personal needs and skills

  3. photogeis
    May 23, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Agree with Jim on this for the most part. You need to keep in mind what you are working on. Apple systems can require a slightly varied tool set versus basic windows machines versus say even chrome pixels and better yet tablets. It just depends on the machines, sometimes you need plungers, like with the iMac. I find that http://www.ifixit.com/ does a decent job of helping you know what tools you need for what job on many repair projects.

    Any kit you get though should have a basic set of #0-2 phillips, a couple small flatheads, a few torx screwdrivers, ESD strap, tweezers, and a magnetizer or small magnets that attach to your tools.

  4. Jim Chambers
    May 22, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Aw come-on guys, a 145 piece tool kit! You only need a few basic tools for a desktop and a few more smaller tools for laptops. These so-called computer toolkits have poorly made cheap tools at a premium price.

  5. Lee
    May 22, 2013 at 2:32 am

    You do not need a toolkit for fixing pc's a good quality Phillips screwdriver and a pair of tweezers for jumpers is more than adequate. For laptops you generally just need a smaller Phillips screwdriver, a set of jewellers screwdrivers comes in handy though - if you need to ask this question I would probably avoid taking a laptop to bits anyway but, if you decide to, take digital photos as you go, there is nothing worse than not being able to remember where something goes...

  6. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 21, 2013 at 8:20 am
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