Special Tools For Computers

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by loosewire, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. loosewire

    Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 25, 2008
    Is there a professional set of tools for computer repair.
    I want to take some thing apart that I picked up,before
    I start it would be good to have the special tools for
    taking electronic equipment with damage to the thing
    I am working with,any suggestion from the pro's that
    do it every day.Special tool kit names and brand would
    help. Best buy has geek men working there servive dept.
    Maybe for all electronics devises.
  2. beenthere

    Retired Moderator

    Apr 20, 2004
    Taking apart is pretty easy with no more than a 1/4 nut driver and a phillips screwdriver. A small pair of pliers and a small flat blade screwdriver will catch most of the rest.

    As far as all devices, that means lots of tools of all kinds, including the odd hammer. You kind of accumulate them throughout your life.

    BTW - I moved this because you're not trading in parts, just gathering information.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2011
  3. nsaspook

    AAC Fanatic!

    Aug 27, 2009
  4. SgtWookie


    Jul 17, 2007
    A 12-lb sledgehammer both gets the computer into pieces as well as providing some satisfaction along the way, as well as a much-needed workout. :)

    It takes a practiced touch to avoid property damage. ;)
  5. thatoneguy

    AAC Fanatic!

    Feb 19, 2009
    Not sure how much you want to get into it but:

    1) Nutdriver/phillips screwdriver on a power screwdriver.
    2) GOOD Flashlight
    3) Lighted Mirror
    4) Power supply load tester (300W, 500W and 1kW should work make sure hey test all lines)
    5) Sata to IDE to USB converter for checking hard drives
    6) "Dead Blow" hammer (not often used, but when you need one, they are VERY Handy, in any field.
    7) Good DMM with duty cycle & freq measurements for fans
    8) No Contact (IR) Thermometer.

    That pretty much rounds out everything for identifying issues, other than spare parts, which you'd accumulate.

    I rarely work on systems and still keep the above in the "computer bag", most all stuff outside the "main bag" are modular add ons for PCs (above), uC programming/work/etc, "Network Bag" with a fluke Cat5 analyzer/sniffer, coax adapters, etc, and stuff for other fields. Just a collection of canvas bags with zipper that fit together, resulting in a nice and eas to carry suite of stuff. I like he MOLLE type smaller bags for most, and a backpack with the MOLLE type system on it for carrying.
  6. marshallf3

    Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Nice set of anti-theft Allen and Torx bits would be a nice addition, less than $5 as a discount tool place
  7. nerdegutta


    Dec 15, 2009
    Nice list, but I would like to add T. P. P. (Tweezers, Pliers and Patience) :)
  8. thatoneguy

    AAC Fanatic!

    Feb 19, 2009
    Those are in the "general/main bag". Except the patience. That's a limited item that I carry with me all the time, so if it's low or empty, I don't even pick up the tool packs.
  9. loosewire

    Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 25, 2008
    I have been going thru some boxs,found 4 - small mirrors small
    round and square,I have the laser heat devise.Will give you a
    list as I find these tools on your list.A visit to a plasma repair shop
    has encourage me to try to get back into the repairs. As a experience
    person that can work around the plasma T.V. without causing
    damage.There only two or three boards in plenty of open space.
    Will start as a board changer to be safe. The high voltage seems
    to be a multipler systems of chips that keeps increasing the
    voltage. Without diagrams I will relie on information that I can
    get as I go a long. I know how not to damage some thing.
    The biggest problem is the T.V.'s on high mounts in sport bars.
    To be safe I will have to get my son to get them down safely.
    More suggestions please as I go thru the boxes and find my tools.
    If I run Into a picture tube problem,I will just invest to change it out
    to save the account,you have to think on your feet.How does
    my plan sound,I will take care of the license and other details
    as I move forward. Make sure I got a good thing first.
    @ beenthere,can you move me to electronic chat since this turned
    out to be more about T.V. than computers,you had other repairs
    over there.I would like to use this experience for the morale to
    the younger guys that they can make It work In there own way
    In these difficult times. This Is a project that each member
    would have to find there way.I am not asking any one to copy
    me. Just to encourage them that things are possible for them,
    they have to find there way to do things. Thanks...Loosewire
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011
  10. cjdelphi

    New Member

    Mar 26, 2009
    You're really asking the wrong people about this... In the computer profession, A screw driver, maybe a tool to remove eproms (not any more though) flat head, $20 el cheapo toolkit will give you everything you need to 'fix' a computer.. and it's a simple case of throw out and replace computer monkeys really, with 2 computers you can swap and see what works and what does not, Graphics card, Power Supply, any card (Sound,TV list is endless)

    If there's no sound replace the whole card, problem fixed job done money paid, motherboard/memory whip it out and replace it's really so simple in order to mess it up you'd have to be using 'sledgehammers' to remove screws..

    Now people here (Sad to say because I am one but I AM LEARNING THE WAYS!!) are elctronic wizzards they'll pull out their oscilloscopes before you know it they'll track down to the exact component(s) at fault and replace them making your $150 graphics card work again...

    Computer Repair Guys ^^ do NONE of that, throw it out and replace.. Yeah well i'm changing my ways I've repaired a few things including my monitor saving $1000's over the years, with the computer technician approach, throw away when bad, it will be costing you $1000's over the years.
  11. loosewire

    Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 25, 2008
    I named It wrong,It should be a bout
    plasma T.V.,read all the post.
  12. loosewire

    Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 25, 2008
    It was more about plasma t.v.,keerp the info coming.