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March 10, 2014
March 6, 2014
The problem was a power surge damaged the drive and it just got worse in the end would not boot at all . Diskwarrior reported physical damage . That all happened in Australia and I was heading home to Bangkok and decided to give it a go nothing to lose .
The special tools arrived and I started the tear down as its called in the tech world . The tools did arrive on time and the tracking with Fedex is a great thing . With some dismay I saw "arrived" but couldn't find the address Bangkok is large . I have now updated my delivery address as I am keen to get some more gear soon . It took about 4 days to reach Thailand but another 4 days as the address had insufficient information .
There were some differences to the story but went ahead took the glass front off with the special suction cups its held on with magnets would you believe came off quite easily a little mac magic .
One of the differences that set the bells off was my Ram door had three screws and the one in the video had one .. Oh oh. Next the bezel on mine was not coming off but in a way that made it ok. No microphone cable to detach.
Next the LCD screen was removed and under that about  ribbon cables to unplug and there is the HD . Pulled it out and Apple my wife says “Oh we can get one at the Mall” ok lets go . 3000 baht later and back at the condo the fun begins .
Installed the HD replaced the screen and with some difficulty re hooking the cables to the best of my memory . They could really only go in one place due to the bends . OK all done left the glass and a few screws for now and inserted the disc and hit the power button.
Followed the instructions. Thanks for those the new HD had to be formatted for the Mac. Ok done . Now install seemed to be hanging took a long time but eventually happened . So happy with the result .
Have upgraded to Mavericks now and its working like a charm . I have a really good network here 10mbs download and unlimited access so I love Thailand all for $24 a month no contract and free wireless modem .
My advice is you can do it, just go slowly getting the first one done is a real confidence boost . I cannot tell how good I felt . And the inside of the iMac is not all that pretty [Steve] I have to say but all back together I am so happy thank you and love the stickers will be proudly sticking Ifixit on and telling the World .
February 20, 2014
The system drive of our Mac mini server crashed and had to be replaced with a new hard disk
Thanks to iFixIt, the repair went well. Unfortunately, the system drive turned out to be the one in the upper bay (i.e. the one that is mounted instead of the super drive, below the second hard disk) and I did not find a guide for replacing that one.
After removing the logic board and the power supply completely from the aluminum body, the upper hard disk bay was accessible (unfortunately, we did not take any pictures during the repair).
Since the Mac mini server has two hard drives, it might be useful to identify the individual drives with System Profiler before opening the Mac mini...
After restoring the system from a time machine backup, our wiki server did not work. The solution to this problem was quite simple (as described in several support forums). We only had to create the following directory:
sudo mkdir /Library/Logs/w
sudo chown teamsserver:tea
February 20, 2014
Needed to re-apply thermal paste to the processor of an older model laptop as it was running hot. Having the high quality tools made the tear down much easier, and having the magnetic mat where I could put and label the screws was a huge help! Made putting everything back together a snap. Genius!
Went fine and was made much easier by keeping track of where all the tiny screws went!
Get the magnetic mat, it is by far the best "tool" I have purchased this year!
February 10, 2014
Needed to get the fan to cycle on and off to prevent overheating.
Went fine. The tools enabled me to open the case and push down the thermal sensor cable more firmly in its socket.
Don't be concerned about opening the Mac Mini case. It is not that difficult.
February 6, 2014
The hard drive failed. The original owner was going to throw it away and asked me to dispose of it. I couldn't let it go to waste.
I was alittle nervous I'd taken apart many computers but not that many All in ones. Not to mention the last Mac I worked on was an older Power PC series, but the guides and pictures online answered most of my questions.
Buy the right tools and do the research ifixit has a great shop and knowledge base
January 31, 2014
I had a charger that had one oft the springs in the connector broken. I were not aware of this in the beginning and realized it after seeing that the magsafe on the computer had been sotted down by a bad connection. I tried cleaning it off, but one of the connection was quite bad resulting in breaking chargers.
The repair guide was very good. It indicated that the fix should be somwhat difficult, but it went smootly and by following the instruction I got all the parts back in place without any problems. I really recommend getting the spludger. As i biter I don't have any fingernails to speak about, so getting off all the small connectors without the spludger would have been a problem.
Don't think too much of the indicated difficulty in this guide. Anyone with a little experience with computers should be able to fix this quite easilly.
January 28, 2014
I had a 256GB Samsung 470 series that needed a home and my Mac Mini looked like the logical place to put it.
I was in no time crunch & wanted to do a solid job so I went slow. About 2 hours total for the disassembly & install. Everything went fine except for the re-installation of the power supply. For the logic board pull, I think there should be a photo of the two little "wells" or "grommets" inside the top of the case that you are trying to land the legs of the removal tool into.
Problems: Managed to get the AC connector rotated upside-down into position. Yes, I am a brute, but it will click-in that way. All became clear when I tried to slide the logic board back in, and the AC connector was visibly not lined-up. Some additional photos for this step would be helpful.
Following the installation everything booted up fine and I went on to make a DIY "Fusion drive" aka Logical Volume Group.
The package arrived two days later than expected which was unwelcome, even though it was only making a short hop from SoCal to Nor-Cal. According to the tracking info, it shipped on time, so the delay belongs to USPS rather than iFixit. Moral: perhaps USPS Priority Mail is not the "tech" way to go.
The final assembly of the wireless antenna plate can be nerve-wracking. It seems like it doesn't wanna fit and there is a strong temptation to just put the two shoulder screws in cockeyed and then force it. Don't do it! If that plate is not setting down inside the screw lands, it is because the bottom drive is mis-positioned. Try to get a screw or two into the drive and then just massage it a little. When it hits the right position the antenna plate will click-in perfectly, down to the fraction of a millimeter.
Making the "DIY Fusion" was an adventure mainly having to do with the restore process. My backup was on a Time Machine volume hosted on a Mac (9.1) Server and there were some "tweaks" involved in restoring from a .sparsebundle rather than a regular external drive. Moral: Time Machine works great if you want to restore some files or folders, but it is maybe not up to the job for an entire volume. For a complete volume restore, hook up an external drive and run a clone of your volume using one of the several fine products available. Don't depend on being able to connect to the Time Machine volume hosted on your server. When restoring from a .sparsebundle, you may not get the normal startup screen (auto-login or login screen, depending on options you have set). You might get a "Install Mac OS X" screen. If this happens, let it go ahead and download/instal
January 12, 2014
My optical drive had failed long ago and after having already updated my HD to an SSD I had found the space to be lacking. My fan has also sounded like a baseball card in bicycle spoke for the last couple of years, it was often so loud that I could not leave this machine running and sleep in the same room.
I felt like whatever guide I followed was a bit lacking. There is a screw in the regular HD bay hidden behind some rubber codding that holds the optical drive down. There is also a wire running along the optical drive enclosure that is held down with some tiny clips. I had to carefully work it free and with the drive bay in place it now floats freely in there.
The new fan is completely silent. After reassembly I was concerned because I didn't have any felt tape to secure the fan to the rear vent nor did I bother to tape it down with anything else. But the results were evident after a bit of uptime. This was well worth $50 bucks.
The first time I took my Macbook apart I lost some screws and poorly seated some that I managed to retain because I lacked proper tools. I was in Afghanistan. This time I ordered a spudger because removing the upper case is the most tricky portion of this task. I have the cracks in the edges of my case to prove it. This machine will continue to be a super stable workhorse in my collection well beyond a decade of use. This is not an upgrade for the clumsy or disorganized, nor is it as simple as the install video seems to portray, but it is worth the trouble and cash.
January 7, 2014
Girlfriend broke her iPhone for the 4th time
The repair was pretty straight forward using the IFIXIT iPhone 4S repair guide
I wish I had purchased a new Start button rubber washer and knew about the earphone speaker mesh not being included on most new digitizers.