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Essential Electronics Toolkit

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Product code: IF145-047-1

Product Overview

Repair tools for everybody!

  • Ideal for PC repair at home or on the run, this lightweight toolkit strikes the ideal balance between size and capability—throw the convenient pouch full of tools in your backpack or laptop bag and always be ready for repair.
  • Open cases, swap out batteries, lift screens, upgrade hard disks and RAM, and poke and pry to your heart's content.

This kit does not include Pentalobe bits, which are required for iPhone 4/4S/5/5s/5c, and newer models of MacBook Air/Pro. Please check out our Toolkit Info Page to see our full line of complementary toolkits and how they work together.

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New

Warranty:

One year warranty

Notes:

This kit does not include Pentalobe bits, which are required for iPhone 4/4S/5, and newer models of MacBook Air/Pro. Please check out our Toolkit Info Page to see our full line of complementary toolkits and how they work together.

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This toolset cuts to the core of what it takes to open electronics of the modern era. A suction cup for screens, plastic opening tools for micro case seams, and 26 different screw bits for the myriad screw heads used in today’s industry.

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A great toolset in its own right, it works great if you have a whole slew of home electronic repairs to do, or if you only have one repair in mind and want a set that lasts. Except, of course, the blue plastic opening tools which are made from a soft plastic to prevent scratches on your shiny brick. Those should be considered single-use. Be sure to get extras if you need them.

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This is the toolkit one step before our super popular Pro Tech Toolkit. That powerhouse will take care of whatever screw and clip based problem you throw at it. Check it out, and weigh your options. Goldilocks would be proud.

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My Problem

Broken LCD

My Fix

I just broke a Four wire connector in step Four or Five.. To replace the lcd wasnt a Big deal.. Now the MacBook runs again perfectly, just the Sdcard doesnt work.. i think because of the broken connector.. Thanks to IFixit to have my MacBook Pro back!,

My Advice

Be careful to disconnect the different connectors!!

My Problem

Display was dark

My Fix

Worked very good

My Advice

No

My Problem

No problem, just wanted the tools for future device break downs.

My Fix

N/A

My Advice

I really like what came in this kit, just the Essentials as stated. I would like to see at least one metal prying tool in this kit, but what you get will do the job regardless.

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My Problem

Original Seagate HDD failed. Yes, I got a recall notice in 2012, and put off the repair until it was too late to get it done for free in early 2013. So ... it had been working fine anyway. What's to worry about?

Nevertheless, I reviewed the iFixit EMC 2308 HDD replacement guide a year ago and printed it out.

On a Monday morning, bootup failed -- no disk recognized, etc. It's dead, Jim.

Called my loyal son, who did time as a repair tech, to confirm my diagnosis and to ask about the possibility there were other things wrong. Don't worry about those other things, he said -- the odds are astronomical. Time to order a replacement drive and the tools to resurrect the computer.

My Fix

The repair went pretty much as described in the replacement guide. An easy hour's work at a deliberately slow pace to triple-check every step.

1) Placed the suction cups and tugged a little with no release of the magnets. I took one of the guitar picks and used it to pry a little in tandem with the suction cups, and it let go easily. Placed the glass on sheets of waxed paper in hopes of avoiding the dreaded dust issues.

2) Removing the display's hold-downs went smoothy. Pulling the screws and having some of them fly straight to the magnets presaged challenges with re-assembly.

3) It's nice to have small hands. Clearances for disconnecting four cables are quite tight, even for me.

4) Removing the drive itself was a piece of cake. Marked the thermal sensor cable, though on this drive it can only be inserted one way.

5) Putting in the new drive was also a piece of cake.

6) Re-assembly was also smooth.

7) Buttoning things up? Not so smooth. Replacing the display's hold-down screws was like trying to control a live Ouija Board -- the magnets pulled both screw and Torx driver every which way. Braced right hand against case to control the driver, and held screws with braced left hand and tweezers: success!

8) Worked, like, really really hard to clear dust from display and glass.

9) Reinstalled glass, powered up, restored from 36-hour-old Time Machine backup. It's alive!

My Advice

Even if you rent a clean room, it may be well-nigh impossible to completely avoid annoying dust. (I'm told Apple's repair centers aren't successful at preventing this.) I wound up with an eyebrow hair in the void between display and glass -- must have frowned too much while doing the work.

Don't be shy about attempting this repair: Despite having done drive and other component swaps on a number of previous computers (dating back to XT clones in the early 1990s, running through four previous Apple boxes, a Toshiba laptop -- nightmare install -- and a simple Dell laptop), this one intimidated me. I guess the machined aluminum and glass shell makes things look all high tech and complicated. The guide was clear, and the process had no major hard spots other than magnetic pull on screws and tools.

Do regular backups! I've been religious about weekly backups in recent years, and it made my life better this past week. Now I'll be running them daily.

Keep serial numbers: Most everything restored perfectly from Time Machine, but MS Office demanded fresh authorization. Grrr.

Be patient: Once all is running, it seems like forever before the software and file restoration is finished. Read a book or something. The first Time Machine backup after restoration looks like it will take weeks, but somewhere in the process it wakes up and finishes quickly.

My Problem

Had a few problems with Macbook Pro and Macbook Air 11 inch that I am trying to resurrect. Needed the basis tools and was happy with what I got except the Pentalobe P5 needs to be made with a tougher compound as it loses shape too quickly. Keep the faith.

My Fix

Slowly but thats fine, excellent information in the guides and easy for a kiwi to understand even those of us over 70 and Vietnam vets!!

My Advice

Make !@#$ sure you keep the screws in order and accounted for. Most problems are exacerbated by wrong screws and wrong torques. Amazing how impatient you can get as an oldy.

My Problem

The cpu fan was making an annoying grinding noise. The laptops still works perfectly except for that fan noise. I recently installed a new ssd and the boot time is less than 10 seconds. Even though the laptop is more than 2 years old, I did not want to replace it especially with an 8GB ram bought for $25 at the same time.

My Fix

I read in a forum online about putting a cooking oil in the fan with good result. The type of oil seems to matter, and canola happened to be what I have. I took the risk since I do not want to buy an out-of-production fan and the parts I found online come from dubious stores.

It was risky putting the laptop back together just as it was opening. I probably broke some ribbon cable attachment but it still works.

The fan is quieter than ever. I hop that the canola oil does not leak to much or freeze. But hey, it is a working laptop.

My Advice

I wish I knew how complicated, compact and fragile laptops have gone through the years. A simple fan replacement required taking out the motherboard and almost all other parts.

If you want to stay safe, buy a laptop with absolutely no moving parts inside. Good luck with that, but don't buy a tablet.

My Problem

I fixed the hard drive in an old iMac.

My Fix

The instructions were clear as always.

My Advice

Please check the kits you send out. The one you sent me had a rusty stainless steel (!) pull ring on the suction cup. A shame since the tools are otherwise pretty nice for the price.

My Problem

Ich benutzte das eingebaute DVD Laufwerk so gut wie gar nicht.

Zudem gab meine Festplatte langsam ihren Geist auf. Sodann die Entscheidung: DVD raus, neue Festplatten rein.

My Fix

Mit dem bestellten Material und der Anleitung von FixIt hab ich zwar zitternd aber souverain mein Vorhaben erfolgreich durchgeführt. Alles läuft nun wie geplant.

My Advice

Ratschlag:

Man halte sich vertrauensvoll an die Anleitung von FixIt.

My Problem

My laptop's hard drive went out. Fortunately, I had maintained an external clone of the internal hard drive. I just needed to determine the replacement drive to purchase, the tools and the specific procedures for successfully switching hard drives and getting back to work as usual on my laptop.

My Fix

The replacement of the hard drive went perfectly, thanks to the full range of tips and information at iFixit.com. The sequential installation photos, the info on specific tools needed, as well as the reasonably priced hardware and tools makes iFixit a one-stop source for this and so many other repairs.

My Advice

First stop on the Internet for computer repairs >> iFixit.com!!!

My Problem

My Nexus' back panel shattered and had to replace it. I ordered the replacement backing and proceeded to the replacement.

My Fix

Very smooth, simple.

My Advice

Don't stress, don't force it, be gentle and patient :)