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I am looking for some disk images to burn to a disk that can be used for running hardware checks when there is no hard drive in the computer. Thanks in advance.

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Pick your favorite flavor of Linux and make a LiveCD of it. This will allow you to run Linux on that computer without any install.

You can also use a program like Pendrive Linux to create a bootable USB drive to store your test OS. Pendrive Linux is even set up to automatically download the latest version of several Linux flavors, saving you the trouble of downloading them separately. Running it from a USB rather than a disc also allows you to have some persistent storage, so you can add custom programs and store other data to move between computers you are testing.

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I was thinking of using a ubuntu live cd as I have one to hand. Do you know of any tools I could use to check the hardware on the computer from ubuntu? –  sadych Feb 26 '13 at 17:26
I have never used Ubuntu for that, except for testing memory and that is a built-in option on the LiveCD boot process. If you have specific problems you are trying to diagnose/fix (more than just "check hardware"), you should be able to get better suggestions from a Linux-specific site (like Ask Ubuntu, here on SE). Or look at some of the similar questions posted by techie007. –  techturtle Feb 26 '13 at 17:52

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