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    Can you recommend a good computer repair kit?

    Hey guys!I'm learning more about computers and starting to have to take them apart and fix stuff and I want to buy a "kit" that has all the tools I may need in one place. I am willing to spend a good amount of money to purchase quality tools and have a nice organizing case for all of them.Before I buy, I thought I might check here if anyone has any recommendations. Maybe people here have tried different kits over the years and you have stumbled across some of the better ones. Would you kindly share what you think is my best choices for purchase?Thanks so much.

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    Re: Can you recommend a good computer repair kit?

    Desktop computers generally only need a screwdriver. Magnetic for preference. Compressed air, cotton wool, and an old credit card can be handy sometimes, if you're redoing thermal paste.

    For laptops and other consumer electronics (including children's toys) the ifixit basic kit is well thought out: magnetic tipped screwdrivers in all the weird shapes, as well as things to grip and poke with.

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    Re: Can you recommend a good computer repair kit?

    A particular piece of voodoo to throw in is an electrostatic grounding strap. I've never used one but you're supposed to.

    I think the "tools" I use most are a bunch of spare computer case and card screws.

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    Re: Can you recommend a good computer repair kit?

    I have an i-fixit set that was a gift. Meh. Not bad, but hardly needed unless you plan to do lots of laptops with torx/allen screws. I've needed to buy another, more complete allen/torx screw set.

    In general, I use a cordless screwdriver, a smaller phillips screwdriver that fits the same heads, and an old guitar pick for desktops.
    For laptops, a smaller phillips screwdriver is added, and a plastic "spudge" lever that can get between the seals to snap apart the screen or keyboard. A guitar pick gets the seal split started.

    Cell phones would use the same smaller screwdriver and plastic lever. I've only worked on 2 (screen/battery replacement), so definitely NOT an expert.

    About once every year, I'll need a needle-nose pliers to get a screw that was dropped.

    There are lots of other things a complete computer repair shop would need. Monitor testers, PSU testers, data recovery equipment that uses eSATA with the write-pins removed, specialized software for data recovery and a multimeter with the knowledge to use it. If you do networking stuff, there's a bunch of other time-sizing tools needed.
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    Re: Can you recommend a good computer repair kit?

    Patience and Commonsense.

    A good Philips screwdriver magnetic.

    A good set of torx bits rarely used but handy.

    A good flashlight and a good magnifying glass.

    A good small flat blade screwdriver.

    A good pair of small needle nose pliers.

    A good pair of small diagonal wire cutters.

    An air compressor to blow out dusty computers.

    An anti-static band although I don't use one either but recommended

    A good power supply tester and multi-meter and know how to use them.

    This is what I have on my bench plus a soldering iron and solder sucker and electronics solder if you are going to recap any mother boards or power supply's.

    A couple of power cords and also a good quality surge protector not some cheap POS one.

    The more computer work you do the more you will figure out what you will need to have on hand etc.
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    Re: Can you recommend a good computer repair kit?

    i bought a small set on sale on Aliexpress. they had larger ones, but this one seemed ok for my use. it has various kinds of screw drivers for mobile and PC repair. it also has pincers, a nice extension that lets you screw something behind the corner etc. anyway i spent about 14 EUR on it. but they did have bigger ones. if i went into this professionally i would get a bigger one with more stuff in it.
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    Re: Can you recommend a good computer repair kit?

    Decent workbench
    Soft 2 inch paint brush
    Phillips screwdriver (mag)
    Can of air
    Can of contact cleaner
    Smoll dish to hold screws and bits
    Coffee pot... big coffee pot
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    Re: Can you recommend a good computer repair kit?

    Got my current one at WalMart for $40 dollars two years ago. Its ideal for taking apart laptops.

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    Re: Can you recommend a good computer repair kit?

    This is what I used as a field tech in the early 1980s.

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    Re: Can you recommend a good computer repair kit?

    Quote Originally Posted by poorguy View Post
    A good flashlight and a good [I][B]magnifying glass.
    I vote for one of these over a flashlight: https://www.amazon.com/EverBrite-Hea...dp/B01CTX7E0E/
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