1.5" Thin Putty Knife

$6.95

Product code: IF145-007-1

Product Overview

Sneak into tough devices.

  • Use to separate upper and lower cases in tightly attached devices.
  • Perfect for opening the Mac mini or iPod Classic.
  • Fine-tune your knife throwing abilities with this 1.5" putty knife.
  • Does not come with ninja certification.

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One year warranty

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My Problem

One of the audio channels was not being transmitted by the headphone jack.

My Fix

The repair took me less than 30 minutes. This was my first time repairing this kind of Ipod. The other kind was a nano, and I will say for sure that this one was MUCH easier than the nano. You can do it.

My Advice

As others have said, the hardest part is getting the metal case off. Your best friend in this is the putty knife. I got it started with the plastic opening tools, but I relied on the putty knife to work it open. The hardware that holds the ribbons in place can be a minor problem, I could barely see the mechanism and it was stuck securely and I was afraid I might break it, even with the spudger. My advice: be careful, use lots of light, and have a magnifying glass handy. Also taking a "before" picture of the hardware inside will help you, if you start wondering if you did something wrong (you can probably find these online). The jacks went out and in with no difficulty, but it was a pain to get the ribbon back in, the two halves of the device were so close together that it made it difficult to grab the one ribbon and slide it back into place to be locked. I could have used a pair of rubber tipped pliers or something to help there, I got it in, but it was the second most difficult part for me. Also, when the little line on the ribbon is flush with the ribbon holder, it is now "in place" and you can lock it. One final bit of advice: when prying open the case, the metal backing may become slightly deformed, I gently sqeezed the metal backing of the ipod so the when I closed it, it would have a nice tight fit. Looks perfect, works perfect.

My Problem

Once upon a time there was a liiiiiiittle ipod classic. It's mommy liked to take it everywhere she went. In high school, ipod classic went to swim meets and band competitions, rejecting social interaction left and right. When mommy went to college in Colorado ipod classic went too, connecting mommy to a socially acceptable form of identity through her "sweet tunes". Ipod classic even smoked pot and became waaaaayyyyyy cheeeeeeeeeeell. So cheeeeeeeell, in fact, that on one hazy April day, ipod classic's battery cheeeeelled out for good. Yup, ipod classic died.

My Fix

This probably took me an hour or two. I have never worked on electronics but my nimble little hands seemed to fare better than those of the whiny chumps who broke it at step 2 after "blahblah years of experience". Most of the work was done with the putty knife (ESSENTIAL), which feels much more hardcore to use than those silly little plastic backscratchers anyways.

The hardest part was separating the front and back panel, as it wasn't clear in the guide how far down the sides of the ipod I needed to go to free the clips. You need to re-insert the putty knife farther down the sides of the ipod (almost to the corners) to get the bottom clips.

Needless to say, I did feel exceptionally cool once completed.

My Advice

The pictures make it look like you need to do a back bend with your putty knife. Don't do that. Simply wiggle it, and you'll feel the clips kind of "snap" downwards (which is what you want).

Getting the putty knife in the sides is going to be the hardest part.

You can do it!

My Problem

I fixed my iPod jack because it would not make connection anymore

My Fix

I broke the glass at the left side while open the I pod now the screen is a bit blurry but further everything works perfect!!!

My Advice

be careful while open it surely witht the glass side

My Problem

iPod Classic quit working

My Fix

I've had it open a couple times previously so that went OK. The toughest part was the speaker jack which is so tiny it's hard to tell that it has a flip-up retainer. Needed mag glass to see. Appreciated magnified view of it in Guide.

My Advice

It's not an easy fix due to tiny jacks and ribbon wires. Locking tweezers are a big help for ribbon wires.

My Problem

Capacity of the battery was declining

My Fix

Smoothly, I encountered no problems apart from minor scratches on the hull.

My Advice

No additional advice, the manual was perfect.

My Problem

The old battery just would not allow me to watch more than about an hour of video - a terrible traveling companion.

My Fix

The repair guide and comments were helpful. Getting the putty knife started was the hard part. Overall the repair worked, but I managed to break the hold button ribbon. Not sure how to not break it since Apple glued it under the battery. So, new battery but a non-functional hold button. Small price to pay for movies on the airplane.

My Advice

When working the case near the earphone jack the guide says to pry the case and insert the opening tool on the side. This is difficult to impossible since the open side of the case is pushing on the closed side. I found it easier to slide the plastic opening tool around the corner to get at the closed side.

My Problem

Damaged the hold button ribbon while opening ipod.

My Fix

Repair went well, however closing the ipod didn't. It remains open a crack near the top, even though the clips were all bent back down carefully. But the screen is brighter and the music is crisper. At least it seems that way.

My Advice

Minute particles of C4 might be beneficial. I read the instructions thoroughly and they said opening the case would be difficult. They also said replacing the hold switch and jack would be very difficult, but I thought that part was relatively simple. Thank you, it works fine again.

My Problem

After years of service as a family homework workstation, we started getting SMART alerts on the factory-installed drive. I nursed it along for long enough to get all the various documents and animated cat GIFs off of it onto a backup, but then mom overruled me and just flat-out replaced the mini with a shiny new - albeit sans optical drive - mini. This unit languished for months on a shelf, until I ran across the replacement guide here on iFixit.

My Fix

The new drive (and tools required) arrived quickly, and in a fit of post-dinner energy, I applied myself to the repair. It went like clockwork; I'd post photos, but they would be redundant - the guide is that good. Some of the drive frame screws were a bit tough for me to put back in when reassembling, but that's just my big fat fingers.

My Advice

Pay attention: if you are looking at this guide, you are trying to save an A1283. PLEASE BUY YOURSELF A MEMORY UPGRADE TOO. Once I had the Mini apart and the new drive in place, I began cursing myself for forgetting that my unit has only the factory-installed 2GB of RAM. So it's back to the storefront website for me, and I'll be prying the case apart AGAIN because I didn't think it through.

Other than that, you're gold. This was far easier than I expected.

My Problem

Extrem langsames Raid 1 bei defekter Originalfestplatte.

So habe ich den Entschluss gefasst, den Server mit 2 1TB Hybridplatten von Seagate und um weitere 4 GB Ram, also von 2 x 2 auf 2 x 4, aufzurüsten.

My Fix

Zu Empfehlen sind hierzu die iFixit-Anleitungen zum Austausch der Festplatte, des Lüfters und der Speichersteine. Da der Miniserver kein DVD-Laufwerk hat, aber 2 Festplatten, schaut man nach Abheben der Verkleidung direkt auf die erste Festplatte. Benutzt wurden zur Reparatur 2 Thin Putty Knifes, ein Phillips #0 Schraubenzieher und ein wertvoller Spudger, mit dem sich vorsichtig Isolierbänder, Leitungsbänder und Festplattenwärmefühler lösen ließen. Der Festplattenwärmefühler der oberen Festplatte klebt an der Platte und behält auch später noch seine Klebefunktion, wenn man ihn vorsichtig mit dem Spudger abhebelt. Der Fühler der unteren Platte ist Teil des Festplattensteckboards, welches ebenfalls vorsichtig entfernt werden muss. Zum Lösen der Verschraubung der unteren Festplatte muss auch der Lüfter entfernt werden, um alle Festplattenschrauben zu erreichen. Bei allen Manipulationen bitte darauf achten, dass die Antennenkabel, vor allem beim Zusammenbau, nirgendwo gequetscht werden.

Bis auf den erfolgreichen Einbau der beiden 4GB Speicherelemente, hat alles sehr gut funktioniert. Jedoch weigert sich mein Miniserver zu booten, sobald beide 4GB Speichersteine eingebaut sind. Dieses Problem wird zur Zeit noch diskutiert. Bisher sieht es wohl so aus, dass auch die iFixit-Speicherelemente im konkreten Fall nicht kompatibel sind. Ein erneuter Versuch mit immer wieder empfohlenen RAMs von Crucial wird folgen. Ein in diesem Zusammenhang empfohlenes EFI-Update auf die Version 1.2 geht ins Leere, da die letzte EFI-Version des besagten Servers bereits höherwertiger als 1.2 ist und damit grundsätzlich wohl bereits 8 GB RAM ermöglicht.

Wir werden sehen!

Auf jeden Fall hat es mir Spaß gemacht, das Gerät mal komplett zu zerlegen. Außerdem konnte es so auch einmal mittels eines weichen Pinsels von allem Staub befreit werden. Die neuen Festplatten von WD haben eine Betriebstemperatur von 37 bis 46 °C, je nach Auslastung und arbeiten natürlich erheblich schneller. Die alten, m.E. minderwertigen, Originalplatten von Hitachi backten regelmäßig um die 60 °C, was wohl auch zum Abrauchen geführt haben dürfte.

Bei allen Manipulationen sind dünne Gummihandschuhe, wie sie in der Medizin üblich sind, sehr hilfreich, um elektrostatische Entladungen zu vermeiden, wodurch die Elektronikelemente Schaden nehmen können.

My Advice

Nur Mut!

Nicht gleich alles zur teueren Reparatur geben oder gar wegwerfen!

My Problem

Heard that I could upgrade my 2006 Mac Mini to make it faster. Give it NEW life.

My Fix

Using the guides and Tools from IFixit.com I was able to follow step by step and upgrade CPU, RAM, Optical drive, HDD.

My Advice

IFixit.com guides and tools are great!! Great way to give life back to our toys that have been left aside for so many years. A breath of fresh air. Thank You IFIXIT.