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Langa Letter: The Perfect Rescue ToolLanga Letter: The Perfect Rescue Tool

Fred Langa explains how to make a custom, bootable CD containing the right tools to fix just about any system trouble

Fred Langa

June 20, 2003

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Some additional tool lists, links, and resources:

Win98 diagnostics:
1001/fea0045g.htm#free General DOS diagnostics
http://www.google.com/search?q=dos+diagnostics DOS Boot Setup:
http://content.techweb.com/winmag/columns/explorer/1999/1011.htm DOS Tools and More:
Memory (RAM) Tests
http://www.google.com/search?q=dos+memory+ram+test Drive Diagnostics:
http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/ Modem Tests
http://www.google.com/search?q=dos+diagnostics+modem Network/NIC Tests
http://www.google.com/search?q=dos+diagnostics+nic CD/DVD Tests
http://www.google.com/search?q=dos+diagnostics+dvd Motherboard
http://www.google.com/search?q=dos+diagnostics+motherboard CPU
http://www.google.com/search?q=dos+diagnostics+cpu Part Two, Coming Soon!
In the next column, we'll discuss how to use your custom bootable floppy as the heart of a nearly universal boot CD; and then to add as many additional tools as you wish to the CD, up to its full capacity. When you're done, you'll have an immensely useful tool that can help you dig out of just about any system problem! But for now, let's pool our knowledge to assemble a killer list of low-level tools and DOS utilities. What diagnostic and repair tools do you use? Which have you found to be most useful, and which are better avoided? If you had to pick just one or two low-level tools, what would they be? Join in InformationWeek.com's Listening Post discussion! To discuss this column with other readers, please visit Fred Langa's forum on the Listening Post. To find out more about Fred Langa, please visit his page on the Listening Post.

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