Being the resident techie in our household, I’m the one my relatives and even friends call on whenever they need something to be fixed or configured in their PC be it a desktop or laptop.
Things are a lot easier if their PC’s documentation (boxes, manuals, driver CDs, etc.) are still around especially when the work requires the PC have a clean and fresh start via a hard disk reformat. A re-installation of the OS is also easy, but the task of restoring the device drivers for the different parts of the motherboard comes and the driver CD is missing or damaged, it’s a complete nightmare.
Real technicians would know how to identify the motherboard via the BIOS information displayed upon start up so that the drivers could be downloaded from the web instead. I’m no pro so I have to use a tool that will give me that information, plus more, right away.
That’s where PC Wizard comes in. It’s a free and powerful tool that gives you advanced system information about the PC you’re working on.
It also has a suite of benchmarking tools that will do a performance test such as CPU performance, Cache performance, RAM performance, Hard Disk performance, CD/DVD-ROM performance, Removable/FLASH Media performance, Video performance, MP3 compression performance.
At present though, I’m planning to use this to identify the motherboard model of my cousin’s PC so that I could download its device drivers from the net. Unfortunately, they’ve lost the box and driver CDs that came with it so working on the PC is much harder. Hopefully though, the PC Wizard will give a lending hand in getting the job done.