Apple Hardware Test used by Genius

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  1. greenythebeast macrumors regular

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    I was in the Apple Store today getting a new battery for the defective one I had. The Genius who helped me used a diagnostic tool I hadn't seen before. I didn't see any disc or USB drive used. The only thing that was connected was the power and the ethernet cable. Does anyone know what tool this was and if it is available somewhere?
     
  2. dslrjunky macrumors regular

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    i think they have a server that they login and use diagnostic tools there..
     
  3. smelly cat macrumors regular

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    indeed they were booting off a networked machine. :apple:
     
  4. Amerabian macrumors regular

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    Very interesting.. :cool:

    They should make that server open to us :D

    Can you figure out what server/ip that was? <- check logs? etc?
     
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    AHT comes on the restore DVDs included with the system. I suspect that you're thinking of MTP (MacTest Pro) which used to be - and probably still is - used by service providers.
     
  9. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Got that wrong. I meant ASD (Apple Service Diagnostic).
     
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    Aha! I'm not familiar with all of these "secret tools" :p
     
  11. Mal macrumors 603

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    Actually, that particular test is known as AST (Apple Service Toolkit). ASD runs off of a CD, DVD, or hard drive generally, while AST runs off of a server over ethernet or Airport. They're both restricted, however, not available to the public.

    jW
     
  12. chrfr macrumors 603

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    MacTest Pro is long dead. Apple Service Diagnostics is the name of the current tool used by service providers, as mentioned elsewhere in this thread.
     
  13. calderone macrumors 68040

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    There are two versions of ASD: EFI and OS. You can NetBoot the OS version of ASD.

    It isn't clear whether they were running AST or ASD, nevertheless, both are available to AASPs and SSAs and not the general public as you stated.

    At this time you cannot NetBoot over wireless, so I don't think they are doing it over wireless. Just an an FYI.
     

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