If you ever need to work on a pc that is not in front of you, you need an accurate inventory. This instructable came about purely because a colleague is having trouble finding a driver for a pc.
I will use Aida32 personal from http://majorgeeks.com to get a quick report of the machine so that I can easily identify the motherboard, and work out which ethernet driver it needs.
This user is not in any way technically inclined, so needs the simplest way possible to do it.
I have read rumours that it can be scripted with a batch file but don't have the time to do the research.
Step 1: Download and Unzip
If you need to use this utility, it is assumed that you know how to download and unzip a file, otherwise, most of the information it will reveal about your computer will be completely meaningless!
Anyway, download from www.majorgeeks.com and search for aida32 personal edition. You have to register for the business one, but it's still free. It just does extra networking stuff. This will not be needed for this project so the personal one is more than adequate.
I am going to distribute this on a usb flash drive for simplicity.
Step 2: Establishing the File Structure.
I am going to do is to unzip the contents of the .zip file to the root of the usb stick and not distribute the original zip file with it for simplicity.
I am going to create a folder on the drive called reports , this is so that the user can save it in a place where it can easily be recovered,
Step 3: Instructions and Copyright.
Writing the instructions to a user is the hardest part. If you want to use them yourself, just print out the last two pages of this instructable, or copy and paste them into word.
I give full permission for this work to be used elsewhere. Under the spirit of open source.
You are allowed to do anything but sell it.
The way this is going to work is.
Lend out memory key
User carefully follows instructions.
Inventory report comes back on the key. Use the cheapest, smallest memory key you can lay your hands on. Aida32 is a whole 4.6mb when unzipped!
Step 4: Run the .exe File
These screenshots may not be identical to yours as I may be using a newer operating system.
First of all, you need to find and run the file below, it may or may not have the extension .exe on the end.
In any case, the filename will be the same. Aida32
When you run the file, this screen will appear
Step 6: Save the Report
Go to Report, quick report – all pages
Click on html
Click the save to file button with the floppy disk on it.
Save the report to the reports directory on the memory key.