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What programs do you use?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
We all are asked to help fix a buddies pc or coworkers, customer and so on. What programs do you keep on hand for such occasions? I have a netbook for such reasons (well I got it for my quad as it has a fuel injection unit that i tweak). Thanks
post #2 of 15
HWmonitor, CPU-Z,GPU-Z
post #3 of 15
For tweakin...

CPUz, GPUz, MSI Afterburner, CoreTemp, SpeedFan

Maintenance...

Iolo System Mechanic, Spybot S&D

For "fixin" broke crap.. heh, depends on the issue... notepad.exe and explorer.exe... and a net connection
Yukikaze
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 965 be MSI NF980-G65 MSI R9 280X (2x) G.Skill F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SSD DVD-RW 24x Custom water Windows 7 (build 7600) 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
B2230 Logitech G15 w/ LCD TPX-775M NZXT Phantom White 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech MX Revolution a black square SB X-Fi Titanium Sharkoon XTatic 
AudioOther
Logitech THX 5.1 Original G15 / Logitech G700 
CPUMotherboardCoolingCooling
AMD Ryzen 1800X Asus C6 Hero Water Air 
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Winblows 10 Logitech G15 TPX-775M NZXT Phantom "Original" 
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G700 Generic Black Neoprene Supreme FX S1220 Onboard Aerocool Touch 2100 
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Revoltec CCFL 30cm Twin UV Rev 2 Revoltec CCFL 30cm Twin UV Rev 1 
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Yukikaze
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 965 be MSI NF980-G65 MSI R9 280X (2x) G.Skill F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SSD DVD-RW 24x Custom water Windows 7 (build 7600) 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
B2230 Logitech G15 w/ LCD TPX-775M NZXT Phantom White 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech MX Revolution a black square SB X-Fi Titanium Sharkoon XTatic 
AudioOther
Logitech THX 5.1 Original G15 / Logitech G700 
CPUMotherboardCoolingCooling
AMD Ryzen 1800X Asus C6 Hero Water Air 
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Winblows 10 Logitech G15 TPX-775M NZXT Phantom "Original" 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
G700 Generic Black Neoprene Supreme FX S1220 Onboard Aerocool Touch 2100 
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Revoltec CCFL 30cm Twin UV Rev 2 Revoltec CCFL 30cm Twin UV Rev 1 
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Hands down the best way to fix a PC is from the outside in rather than from it's own OpSys which could be compromised in innumerable ways. So I use Hirens Boot CD a guaranteed clean environment since once closed, nothing can write to a CD. Download it. Burn it. Boot it. Fix it. Profit
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Intel i5 - 3550 Asrock Z77 Extreme4 Gigabyte GTX 760  4x2GB Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate SATA 2TB x 2  Plextor PX-891SAW CM-Hyper N520 Slackware 14, Studio KUbuntu, OpenSuSe 12.3, Wi... 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
32" Vizio HDTV + DLP Logitech Wireless Corsair HX-850 Antec Sonata I 
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Razer DeathAdder 2013 dual ESI Juli@ CoolGear ExtSata Enclosure w/ Optical and 3TB S... 
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Intel i5 - 3550 Asrock Z77 Extreme4 Gigabyte GTX 760  4x2GB Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate SATA 2TB x 2  Plextor PX-891SAW CM-Hyper N520 Slackware 14, Studio KUbuntu, OpenSuSe 12.3, Wi... 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
32" Vizio HDTV + DLP Logitech Wireless Corsair HX-850 Antec Sonata I 
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post #5 of 15
CPU-Z, HW Monitor, CCleaner, safe mode, driver sweeper. Most commonly used ones for me.
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Intel I7 4770 Gigabyte Z97-HD3 PowerColor R9 380 8GB G Skill DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Mushkin 240GB SSD WD Blue 1TB LG BR/DVD-RW Stock 
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Windows 10 28" Asus Corsair CX600 Rosewill Star Predator 
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Intel I7 4770 Gigabyte Z97-HD3 PowerColor R9 380 8GB G Skill DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Mushkin 240GB SSD WD Blue 1TB LG BR/DVD-RW Stock 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 10 28" Asus Corsair CX600 Rosewill Star Predator 
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post #6 of 15
I like how this is posted in a Linux sub forum and the majority of the people are posting Windows programs. Now, I know that to fix a windows program we'd need non-linux solutions but it just seems like fail responses.

[edit] I guess I could answer the question though. I fix computers generally by manual solutions. I've always looked up the "problems", linked them to the most probable cause, then fix the problem. I have used WinPE/LiveCDs to do some of this, but generally if I get a virus/malware/ect... I manually remove it myself. I don't trust AV programs.
Edited by mushroomboy - 2/4/11 at 11:00am
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FX-8350 4.6GHz@1.44v GA-990FXA-UD3 R4.0 HD 7950 (1100/1450) 8G Muskin DDR3 1866@8CLS 
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1TB WD LiteOn DVD-RW DL Linux/Windows 19" Phillips TV 1080p 
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OCZ 600W Generic Junk Logitech MX400 Generic Junk 
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SBL 5.1 
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FX-8350 4.6GHz@1.44v GA-990FXA-UD3 R4.0 HD 7950 (1100/1450) 8G Muskin DDR3 1866@8CLS 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB WD LiteOn DVD-RW DL Linux/Windows 19" Phillips TV 1080p 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
OCZ 600W Generic Junk Logitech MX400 Generic Junk 
Audio
SBL 5.1 
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post #7 of 15
I always cary a multi boot usb flash drive. With many tools but what i usually find most handly is live ubuntu, a windows cd, hbcd (i keep all of these and many more on my flash drive). Also not everyone around here has internet so if am at someone's place and wind up working on their computer my android always comes in handy to tether 3g then i can always get the little stuff off the interwebz.
Edited by Tech-Boy - 2/4/11 at 11:05am
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i7 920 DO 4.0ghz HT Rampage II Extreme 7870 Gigabyte OC 6gb DDR3 Corsair Dominator 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
SSD Intel 160gb gen 2! - 1TB F3 Samsung 22x Lightscribe Arch Linux - Cinnamon DE 2048X1152 SyncMaster 2343 
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Das Ultimate S Corsair 750w ANTEC 900 V2! Logitech G9 - Best Mouse Ever! 
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i7 920 DO 4.0ghz HT Rampage II Extreme 7870 Gigabyte OC 6gb DDR3 Corsair Dominator 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
SSD Intel 160gb gen 2! - 1TB F3 Samsung 22x Lightscribe Arch Linux - Cinnamon DE 2048X1152 SyncMaster 2343 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Das Ultimate S Corsair 750w ANTEC 900 V2! Logitech G9 - Best Mouse Ever! 
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post #8 of 15
CCleaner, Malwarebytes, AVG, Hirens boot CD, REVO +many more
Ivy-E Defined
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4930K @ 4.5ghz w/ 1.336v RAMPAGE IV FORMULA GTX 980 Jetstream  G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB 1600mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
120GB Samsung 840 EVO + 6TB (Storage) Corsair H80i w/ 2 x SP120 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Asus VG278HE  
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine 3 - Brown Cherry MX Switch - Green LED Corsair AX860  Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ Window  Razer DeathAdder 2013 
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Overclockers Medium Mouse Mat KRK ROKITS Fiio E10K  Audio Technica ATH-M50 
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4930K @ 4.5ghz w/ 1.336v RAMPAGE IV FORMULA GTX 980 Jetstream  G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB 1600mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
120GB Samsung 840 EVO + 6TB (Storage) Corsair H80i w/ 2 x SP120 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Asus VG278HE  
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine 3 - Brown Cherry MX Switch - Green LED Corsair AX860  Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ Window  Razer DeathAdder 2013 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Overclockers Medium Mouse Mat KRK ROKITS Fiio E10K  Audio Technica ATH-M50 
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post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys.....A few I didnt know of, which was great. I like finding new programs (windows or linux) to use.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
whats a good disk utility program??
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