PC Doctor Diagnostic Test Kit
Written by Michael Larabel in Peripherals on 11 November 2007. Page 3 of 3. 7 Comments

The PC Doctor multi-purpose USB device is really nothing more than a 128MB USB flash drive with LED indicators. Loaded up on the flash drive are just several Windows binaries with DR-DOS that will run a series of tests and via the LEDs will indicate whether the device is idle and the results from the tests. If booting from this USB drive, you are presented with the same bootable software found on the PC Doctor DVD (screenshots can be found on the previous page).

A USB 2.0 flash drive is also included with this kit, just in case you need it for creating small backups or other purposes.

The PC Doctor Service Center 6 is designed for accuracy, speed, ease of use, and currency for those troubleshooting computer problems. However, is it worth $400 USD? Simply put, we don't think so. If you are a full-time support technician or operate a small computer shop, the PC Doctor Service Center 6 may serve as a great product for quickly diagnosing problems with (mostly Windows-based) PCs. However, if you're just a hobbyist or Linux enthusiast, you should be able to get by with just buying a PCI POST card, a digital multimeter, and a flash drive and loading it up with SLAX or another lightweight Linux distribution that can be installed to a USB flash drive. That will certainly save you money. More information on this product can be found at the PC Doctor website.

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