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Tech Specs ¶
Lens Diameter: 2.5 inches
Weight: 1.35 lbs
Max Height: 7 inches
Max Width: 11 inches
Depth: 2 inches
April 8, 2014
After very successfully replacing my 2005 HP iPod Photo battery with an iFixit kit, I just picked up a few items that will help on some of the miniature work that I'm into right now.
My eyes aren't getting any younger so the Head Magnifier, Helping Hands and Inspection scope will keep the details in sight.
The two Gerstner Toolboxes are going to free up some bench space and keep the small stuff organized.
The Flush Wire Cutter is the best there is and will make quick work out of small places.
The images show my 38" diameter digital clock that uses Atomic Clock reference reception of WWVB.
My lighted hands digital clock will need everything from my tool order and more.
The clock uses two Microchip 8-bit controllers - One to advance the current Atomic Time, set time zone and adjust lamp brightness while positioning the two proportional servos to the correct hand positions. This chip also outputs a pulse-train of current time into a second controller chip that acts as a smart port expander that drives the twelve purple hour LEDs which pattern against the current time from a table of time & actions in its memory.
Some of my tools date back to the late 70's so a tool upgrade was sorely needed.
As modern devices get smaller and smaller, the right tools are just what the doctor ordered.
March 20, 2014
February 26, 2014
Things happen in runs. I had two clients with the same model Macbook, and each computer had the same problem. The two clients came to me within two days. It seems to be an unlikely coincidence, but maybe it's not.
One computer's display didn't light up at all, though the client said he could get it to light up if the lid lifted just a crack, insufficiently to read it. I couldn't even get it to do that. The other computer did display, but you had to move the lid back and forth several times. I was sure it was on its way out.
I knew it was either the inverter or the cable in each case. It might have been both. But since the repair takes so long, I ordered an inverter and a cable for each. I didn't want to do the repair twice for either computer.
The procedure took a long time, even after practice. It took at least three hours for each computer. The hardest part was putting the plastic tabs back into the screen to make the bezel snap in. That took an hour!
The plastic Macbook is not really well made. The plastic case tends to fall apart, and so do some internal plastic pieces. It's a good thing Apple stopped making them. I find it odd that Dell and other companies know how to make a plastic laptop both durable and serviceable. The Apple is neither. Apple computers are normally very durable, but they also tend to be the hardest to service. I don't know why this is. Thank goodness for ifixit, which guides us through it all.
Use plenty of light. Use small containers for all the little parts. I also use a digital vernier caliper to measure the lengths of the screws. The measurements I got are different from those on ifixit, so I learned to compensate by a little.
February 25, 2014
Poor engineering on HP side enables user to put TouchPad Tablet into sleep-of-death. Translated: If you leave you device in sleep mode the battery can drain completely and then can NOT be charged. The internal charging circuitry relies on the internal battery having some charge.
Followed instructions and used the purchased tools to open and get the battery out. I then tried to charge the battery without success. Battery reads 0v after several hours and permutations of charging externally.
1) Looking for new replacement battery
2) Will update the iFix guide with advice on rebuilding machine as like the guide suggested the clips will break.
MUST use strong Metal Spudgers. Read and review guide text and pictures closely.
December 29, 2013
December 24, 2013
One of my friends accidentally dropped her laptop while the power cord was plugged in, and it hit the floor on that exact spot. This caused the Power Jack's soldering to break, so it would not charge unless you held the cord just right.
The repair was pretty easy, following one of iFixit's guides to strip the laptop down to its motherboard. It was a different model than the guide was for, but most everything was the same. The "Helping Hands" product that I purchased from iFixit with one of their holiday coupons really helped me to see and hold it while I re-soldered.
Always follow iFixit guides! They can be very, very helpful! And, if you figure something out on your own, create your own guide to help other people!
April 16, 2013
Existing MB Air battery couldn't hold a charge for longer than 30 min.
Nice and smooth. Your tutorial on this subject, as well as the shiny new toolkit I purchased from you, made this job a piece of cake.
The screws. As you might expect, the screws securing internal components in a device this size are mere millimeters, sometimes only 2.5mm, long. Do yourself a favor and place them in some sort of receptacle until they are needed again and avoid crawling around on your knees with your nose an inch from the floor looking for the one you dropped.
February 8, 2013
The title says it all: a cup of coffee spilled over the palmrest of my MacBook Air. My very first (and thus likely the last) cup of coffee if you'll believe it.
About three hours from start to finish. I actually bought a replacement keyboard from another supplier since I didn't need a whole new upper case. Do note that this route is not perfect, just cheaper: the keyboard is riveted into the case and you have to break those rivets (and possibly the keyboard, which in my case was already dead). The toolkit and mat definitely helped.
Be very, VERY careful with the small speaker connectors and pull up at an angle. I broke the plastic around the connector itself on one speaker by accident. Luckily enough plastic was left to just stick the leads back in and it still connects, but that is the one thing I personally would pay more attention to if I had to do this again.
December 29, 2012
I just needed to fix an auxiliary cable that had been cut the helping hands were perfect for holding the wires where I needed them while soldering the splice.
Process went great, took about ten minutes total and was very easy.
I recommend having plenty of space between your solder points and the helping hands grips as bringing the grips too close together makes it difficult to properly solder the wires in the splice.