ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Computer Technician's Survival Kit

Updated on March 17, 2013
Tools of the Trade - Chest is from BigLots $26
Tools of the Trade - Chest is from BigLots $26

Computer Technician Survival Kit

When I say "survival" I do mean it literally - in a "business" sense. Being unprepared could mean the difference between staying in business and getting on the unemployment line. Customers do not like technician to be unprepared especially these days with how much people rely on their computers. Over the years I have learned the tricks of the trade not because I'm some kind of genius, not at all......its because I have learned through experience, taking advice and lots of mistakes. With that said...I put together the following list of items (tools & parts) I recommend technician's have with them when traveling to job sites. None of the items are too costly and/or hard to find. Just basic tools and components that can help make the job easier and most importantly help you get the job done quickly and make the customer HAPPY!!

Here we GO!!

Telescopic Magnet Pointer
Telescopic Magnet Pointer
Canned Air
Canned Air
Crimper Tool
Crimper Tool
CAT5 Wiring Schematic
CAT5 Wiring Schematic
Cat5 Tester
Cat5 Tester
Ultimate Boot CD
Ultimate Boot CD

TOOLS

* Screwdriver set

* Hex set (Standard & Metric)

* Telescopic Magnet Pointer

* Mini flash light

* Canned air spray

* Duct Tape

  • The World WOULD NOT survive without it

* CAT5 Tester

* Crimper w/ RJ45 Ends

  • Recommend printing out a CAT5 pattern schematic

* Zip Ties

* Gorilla Glue

* Software (CD and/or flash drive)

  • Varies OS (XP, Vista, Win7, etc)
  • Ultimate boot Disk
  • Hard drive Diag utilities
  • Malware scanner/remover (TDDSKILLER, Hitman Pro, MalwareBytes)

PARTS

The parts I keep on hand are usually for testing purposes not usually "for sale" since they are usually not brand new (been used for troubleshooting/testing on other job sites).

PARTS

* Hard drive (SATA & IDE)

* CD-ROM (SATA & IDE)

* RAM (various types)

* Cables

  • *IDE
  • *SATA
  • *USB (A & B)
  • *Power adapters
  • *Universal laptop power adapter
  • *CAT5 Patch cables (varies lengths)
  • *USB extension cable
  • *Various adapters/convertors (Power supply splitters (IDE/SATA, DMI/VGA, USB/PS2, 9pin-M/9pin-F, etc)

* Router

* Switch (5 port)

* Wifi extender

* Keyboard (USB)

* Mouse (wired & wireless)

* Speakers (small inexpensive pair)

* NIC card (Internal & USB)

* Wifi adapter (USB)

* Power Supply (standard 500+ watts)

* Power strips

* Extension cord

* USB Flash drive

* Mouse pad

Final Thoughts....

I hope you find this article helpful. If you have any questions or would like to recommend other tools and/or parts feel free to use the COMMENTS section below.


Thank you!!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • rampcs profile imageAUTHOR

      rampcs 

      5 years ago

      Hi Dellea, I LOVE it!! You are officially a "tech knight" Thank you for the awesome comment!!

    • profile image

      dellea 

      5 years ago

      I do computer work for a living. I actually have everything in the list and then some. I wear a flash drive around my neck on a lanyard with all my software tools (which I update monthly). I have two toolboxes. My smaller "toolbox of doom" contains my most essential tools and goes with me in the vehicle daily, and my larger "toolbox of doom" is mainly for bigger jobs (only with me when I know I'll be hard-wiring, etc). I also have a couple of totes in the truck loaded with used (but good condition) spare cables, mice, keyboards, and components that won't be drastically affected by hot/cold temps. It's always a good idea to be over-equipped for battle!

    • rampcs profile imageAUTHOR

      rampcs 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the comment. I really appreciate it. Yeah, the CAT5 tester is really helpful. It actually came in real handy recently, it help me determine that a bad CAT5 cable was the culprit. Thanks again!!

    • john000 profile image

      John R Wilsdon 

      5 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      I like the parts part of the list. I only work on my own computer, but I agree that the listed are important, and I have them all on hand. The CAT-5 tester must be handy; I don't have that, but get by with other stuff!

      Good listing. Thank you.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)