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April 13, 2014
March 25, 2014
As all Kids, mine also love elektronics. But loving also means taking care. And taking care also means repairing them: themselves.
It is not the first time we repaired an iPhone, but we realized last time, that good tools, are half the way.
We use YouTube Videos for instruction. that is sufficient.
February 23, 2014
My son spilled a glass of water on my wife's 2011 early macbook pro. The keyboard and trackpad no longer behaved properly
The repair took a long time. It was difficult. But in the end it was successful.
Take your time. It is a good idea to have an egg carton or ice tray (or two) to keep screws sorted in the order of the repair step. The hardest part I think was step 17 replacing the keyboard ribbon cable when I was re-assembling everything. What I wound up doing was using tape to grab the ribbon cable to pull it so it would seat properly. Make sure all cables attached to the logic board are available after re-seating the logic board. I had twisted the track pad cable, buried the subwoofer connector, as well as the optical drive. Got them all sorted out eventually.
December 17, 2013
I needed tools for all of my devices as well as others that I repair an maintain. I own multiple Macs, and PCs. Since Apple uses different screws I wanted to get a set of tools that would include those as well.
I also often find myself repairing things on unsafe or unfriendly surfaces, thus I needed a medium sized anti-static mat. I also loose tiny screws often... Again, instant solution was the magnetic project mat.
I used the tools for the first time to open my MacBook Pro 15" Retina to blow out dust and to tighten the screws on the bottom. I loved the toolkit, it has everything I need, all in a small footprint.
Purchase the Pro Tech Toolkit, it has everything. Quality of the tools is very good as well. I'd recommend to any other IT guru or repair shop/help-desk.
December 9, 2013
My computer is old, and the Superdrive no longer works.
The repair took several hours. It would have gone very smoothly if it weren't for two very problematic problems: two stripped screws.
I ran over to Lowe's but they didn't have any needle-nosed pliers, so I tried the long-nosed. It couldn't get the screws out, but they were about to basically rip out a couple pieces of metal that allowed me to extricate the superdrive. It wasn't pretty. I have an identical MBP, and removing the Superdrive on that was easy.
Installation with the ifixit enclosure was easy.
Have equipment on hand that can deal with stripped screws....
December 7, 2013
June 25, 2013
Could not use CD/DVD-slot. AND... the SD-card.... ;-(
The repair went fine, using the iFixit-guide for replacing the DVD-drive.
Re-mounting the display-cable was the biggest chalenge. Why on earth do they use such a small and fragile connector at that place; plenty of space there!
The heavy-duty suction cups do not suc very good, because the hole in the piston for the axes of the lever is just a little too far from the suctionpad. I placed a 9mm washer over the piston under the lever and now it sucs! Well!
May 23, 2013
So, I had this old iPhone 3G back from 2007 that I gave to my mother, but a couple of years ago I happened to fall while skiing on the Alps and the display got damaged (it had an expanding stripe of broken pixels) by the shock and/or snow getting inside. Apart from that, the battery didn't last as long as new, so I finally decided to take it apart and give it a good fix!
Removing the display assembly was really easy, apart from the last cable (I missed the bit of the guide about having to open the plastic clip before removing the cable!). I also found that the right screwdriver to remove the screws was the Philips #000, at least for me (whereas in all guides they recommended a Philips #00). Replacing the battery was much more fiddly, but in the end I made it. If I should do that again, it would be much easier than the first time.
Be careful not to break the golden ground pin on the side when removing the motherboard.
April 9, 2013
I bought a used Mini and wanted to upgrade the memory and hard drive
The Anti Static mat kept the components safe and gave me a clean smooth are to work on. The Magnetic project mat held all the screws. I really like the printed lines on the mat, I put the tiny screws in a square and wrote down what step they came from and no problem, nothing lost or leftover.
Get the iSesamo tool to open the Mini. I used a ground down scraper before and it left some marks on the case. The iSesamo opened the case easier and left no marks.
March 28, 2013
If you're in Media Production, you need RAM. Lots of it, too. Also, if I'm installing the components myself, I want to be safe—can't have my machine failing on me because of a short!
Wish I would have bought the largest anti-static mat. Still, I felt safe at least having something to help shield this simple install. It took 15 minutes or so to open, remove, seat, and close up the memory access panel. This was mostly due to my shaky hands.
As for prepping my ESD-safe workspace, there were no directions included with the mat or toolkit. I don't question whether or not I was grounded, but it would be good for everyone to be reminded of how exactly to practice ESD Safety. There should be a one-page guide, at the least, included with every purchase.
If this information is on the iFixit website, I could not locate it.
I may have 99 problems, but having too much RAM ain't one.