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    Question Tools you've made!

    Hey all.... not sure if something has been posted before, but what tools have you made or macgyvered to fix a problem?

    We've just used a piece of cat5 copper to short out the pwd terminals on an Acer... cos the NM forgot what pwd he used for the bios, LOL...

    I've also found an unbent paper clip to be very handy at releasing CD/DVD Drives...

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    Paperclips have been a mainstay of the IT industry for years. Imagine our surprise when being a few retail pack DVDRW drives when they provided actual metal sticky-inny pin things for this purpose! Wow! That almost amazed me as much as when I found an actual Winzip 8 CD!

    My favourite one is my Fibre Cable Tester.


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    Using the camera on my phone to tell if a remote controller is working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    Using the camera on my phone to tell if a remote controller is working.
    I do this all the time.

    I've made a button box to press a specific key stroke. Big red button wired up to the correct points on a keyboard circuit and boxed up. Works a treat.

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    If it can't be fixed with a hammer, or a bigger hammer than the previous one, I am not interested.

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    port tester (only works for 10/100 ports)

    Faceplate jack wired as below and a patch cable.

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    The Network Kettle - the most important tool of all! Introducing the Network Kettle!

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    I have made a fibre tester, involving a laser pen, a box, and at the other end a piece of paper

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    I routinely use a thin metal blanking plate from a PCI slot as a punchdown tool for data points. Also bodging together projector brackets from other brackets and cable ties for a temporary fix.

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