A PC Technician With A Droid

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    Well, I have had my droid for longer then I have been a PC Tech, going to people's houses and repairing their computers. While I was purchasing some tools and tech equipment I realized something very important- I bet this thing can help out!

    So far I've been using it in two ways- as a 16gb removable flash drive, and as a way to download drivers for a PC with no functioning internet. There is no way I know of to get said drivers over to the PC in that circumstance, other then drag & drop. This is important, and I'll tell you why: there is no way under those circumstances to browse the files on the host computer or control it in any way.

    Anyway, I was wondering if any of you use your Droid to troubleshoot PCs? Any good app suggestions? I've been dying for a diagnostic tool or something bootable.
     
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    Im not sure man, I'm sure therehas to bsa something in the Market to assist you with something, you would think! But I was trying to think of something to get drivers installed onto the PC without drag and drop, but I don't think there is any other way
     
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    You should checkout ES FILE EXPLORER. LAN function so you can access your pc folders from the droid.
     
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    even wifi teather or nomal teather to customers computer to access dropbox.com

    I do it all the time.
     
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    I use my Droid just for the flashlight function (when I'm going under the table to see the PC connections....).

    I have a custom BartPE USB Flash Drive for my diagnostic, internet, install drivers, etc.
     
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    Verizon doesn't flip out when you tether? Read some things that made it sound liek they would.

    Also, I have ES File Explorer but if the host PC has lost it's internet then I can't use it for that.
     
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    If you can keep the .exe file to install PDAnet on the user's computers, you could just use the teathering feature to get the computer online to download a driver etc instead of downloading the driver etc. to your phone.
     
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    Bluetooth explorer

    There is a Bluetooth ftp app which has some file explorer function in the market. Might be helpful.
     
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    you don't need internet to have a home network.
     
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    Couldn't you put a Linux live disk on your Droid's SD card and set the PC to boot from USB? I do this with a flash drive using a persistant copy of Mint. No reason you couldn't hook up the Droid, mount its card, then boot the PC off the card.

    I gotta try this sometime. Boot a computer off my Droid. :icon_eek:
     
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    I Haven't tried that yet but it would absolutely free up the amount of CDs I need to carry! I did think of stuffing a copy of knoppix on the SD Card and seeing if I could boot from it, but I keep thinking that some mobos are gonna see this as a phone/camera and not a portable drive. I'll give it a shot and let you know what happens.
     
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    just be careful, you don't wnat some crazy file getting on your droid, and getting transferred over to your computer
     
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    phonemypc will eventually have the tools you are looking for.
     
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    Was just looking that over and it seems very promising, although it's not really enough. What if the PC has a bad NIC card and its internet is shot, or if the PC's keyboard isn't working, or it's monitor? If I can't get the computer woking far enough to be able to install my own program (in this case, phonemypc), then it will not help at all, and if I CAN get it working enough to install said program, then I don't need my drioid for anything, except maybe to tether.
     
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