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Old 08-12-2009, 11:17 AM   #11
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You should have some CD's with Windows on them. Or a CD full of software like burning software, software to allow DVD playback, etc. (of course is should all be legal!). Maybe some black CD's and DVD's just in case. Wire cutters? RJ-45 jacks and a crimper? Electrical tape?
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Old 08-12-2009, 12:00 PM   #12
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I would include a torx 10 driver in that toolkit. Some old cases (mine) use them.
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Old 08-12-2009, 12:10 PM   #13
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sync bac might be good software.....

typically if you are working on someone's computer then the other person needing help typically is not the best with them and would not know the importance of keeping backups. it's good free software that will do it for them if something really bad happens.

on that note;

just the other day I had to format my friends laptop, it was nice having my 400GB passport to put his files on while I restored his computer.

a passport may be a little much for average Joe's kit, but if I made house calls for a living I would defiantly carry one.
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Old 08-12-2009, 01:24 PM   #14
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how bout soldering iron instead of mini torch
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Old 08-12-2009, 03:39 PM   #15
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Here are some of the things I keep in my computer toolkit:

#1 Phillips screw driver
#2 Phillips screw driver
Flat blade screw driver
Small flat blade screw driver
Long straight needle nose pliers
Long curved tip needle nose pliers
Flush cutting wire cutters
1/4 nut driver
5mm nut driver
Small flashlight
Machinist's scribe
Sheet metal nibbler
Small, med, larger tie wraps
Small mirror with extendable handle
Small metal ruler
Wire stripper
Heat shrink, various sizes
Extra AC power cord
Power supply tester
Heat sink compound
Exacto razor with handle
A few anti-static plastic bags
Mechanical AC power switch (almost never used these days)
Ethernet end crimper
RJ45 ends
Extra SATA and PATA cables
Chip puller (Probably don't need these days)
Small crescent wrench
Screws, fan mounting
Screws, case - course
Screws, case fine
Motherboard stand offs
Power adapters, 4 pin molex to, Y adapters, 4pin fan, etc.
Pen and paper
Sharpie
Dial Caliper

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Old 08-12-2009, 04:54 PM   #16
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Wire cutters? RJ-45 jacks and a crimper? Electrical tape?
I'd just pack a couple of ethernet patch cables and crossover cables instead of the RJ-45s and a crimper, unless there's something else that you might need them for I'm not thinking of! Throw the other two in though

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how bout soldering iron instead of mini torch
Useful in an electronics toolkit and if you're planning on doing some custom RS232 style work, but unless you're doing really specialised stuff I'd personally leave it out to save some space. And I definitely wouldn't replace a mini torch with it - how are those two remotely similar lol?
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:11 AM   #17
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Jacks to replace broken ones on long cable runs or at a switch in the closet.

Agreed about the cables as well.

I also always have my laptop on hand.
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