Are you considering becoming a computer repair technician? Well, let me save you a few hours of research by telling you what you’ll need to get started:
– A precision screw driver tool kit to work with laptops and macbooks. Make sure yours contains at least one torx screwdriver for some rare laptop models and all macbook models. These will serve as your bread and butter tools when disassembling the machines.
– A USB flash drive which will contain all sorts of useful utilities and tests. We stock ours with anti-virus installers, rkill utilities, malware removers, hijackthis, hardware tests, common drivers, automated back-up software and so much more.
– A CD pouch full of operating system disks. You’ll need both 64bit and 32bit variants of each Windows operating system. The most common ones will be Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium and their professional variants. Additionally, keep a live linux boot disk for data recovery and hard drive diagnostic use.
– A soldering iron for repairing laptop jacks. Very few shops perform this repair because it can be challenging and require soldering. However, computer users also can’t fix these problems themselves because of the expertise needed. Set yourself ahead of the curve by learning how to solder and repair a laptop dc jack.
– Hours and hours of experience. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I think I’ve finally seen all there was to see as far as home computer repairs go when someone stops by with something completely new. Since you can’t buy experience, I recommend spending time following computer support forums and trying to answer questions and help other users.
– To cover all your bases, you will also need to invest in a few rarely used but still very important when needed items. Voltmeters, power supply testers, measuring tape, thermal compound, spare SATA, IDE and power cables will all come in handy at some point. If you can afford it, stock working parts for quick repairs and troubleshooting.