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March 5, 2014
The hard drive was full. And the optical drive would not write CDs. I replaced both. I purchased a 2 TB HD and cloned it and purchased a replacement optical drive. I used the repair guides in iFixit.
The repair went very well. Both documents were very well written and illustrated and easy to follow.
One thing I did which helped me when I reinstalled the LCD monitor was to use sharpie pens to color code the white connectors so that I could easily tell which connectors went together.
March 4, 2014
hard drive was dead and new one needed to replace it.
sadly, being a little confused by the guide and the video missing this part, i tore the display cable not knowing what it is and although hard drive (which i was replacing) spins, i can not see it work due to dark screen. i ordered a new cable and we will see
bigger images of actual computer to identify location of where the work needs to be done. locating areas of work was a big problem in my case, not only did i rely on the video more than i should have, trying to use the guide led me to a step i could not find.
February 14, 2014
Parce que le disque dur original était hors fonction et trop petit (250 Go)
Super bien passée avec l'aide du guide.
On donnait ce conseil. Mais je n'en ai pas tenu compte. Erreur. Il est essentiel d'avoir des tournevis Torx très longs et aimantés afin d'enlever l'écran. Vous ne pouvez travailler avec vos doigts. De plus il n'est pas nécessaire de défaire les câbles de caméra et de microphone dans le haut de l'écran iMac. Il faut simplement avoir suffisamment d'espace pour rabattre le cadre blanc sur l'espace de travail en faisant très attention à ne pas briser les connexions.
January 28, 2014
The hard drive in my 2009 iMac failed and I'm too lazy to take it to the Mac store, and too cheap to pay them inflated prices to fix it.
Super easy. The guides were really helpful, and ifixit.com is super intuitive and easy to navigate and find exactly what you need so you can be confident in doing the right thing. I have never taken a computer apart, and pulled this off without a hitch.
Just make sure you're paying attention to how things are supposed to be before you disassemble (specifically when removing parts from your beat hard drive to transfer to the new one).
January 15, 2014
i need to know how to maintaining my ps 3 still clean from the dust, especially the fan.
it goes well, until i looked into the fan cover is different from the guide on ifixit page. and i'm stuck and stop working on it. maybe someone can guide me to remove the fan cover on PS3 slim CECH-30XXX so i can continue my progress.
im stuck, anyone can help me to open the fan cover ps3 slim cech-30XXX
January 6, 2014
The 2007 iMac was getting slow (getting a lot of beachballs), I replaced the original HD by an SSD.
When installing an SSD the threads in the adapter did not match the iMac 6-32 screws, I enlarged the existing (drilled) holes, used a 6-32 tap to make new threads and voila!
December 10, 2013
On Sunday November 30th 2013, I was doing work at home with my iMac EMC 2105. It was raining and thundering that day. I took a break for lunch leaving my computer on. When I returned, I discovered the hard drive failed. The Internet and phone services also went out. When I tried to reboot the computer, I heard the dreaded click of death eminating from the failed hard drive. I had backed up the important files on an external hard drive two week prior. However, the work done since I backed up the important files was essential lost.
On the Sunday before Cyber Monday 2013, I took the computer to the local Apple Store for repair. I was told the computer was "vintage" meaning the Genius Bar no longer provided repair service for it. I was told any computer that is older than five years is considered vintage.
On Cyber Monday 2013, the Internet service was restored (the phone service was still out). I logged on to the Internet and did a search for a do-it-yourself-repair kit. I discovered the iFixIt website and order a hard drive upgrade kit. I got free shipping because it was Cyber Monday. Yeah!!! I actually ordered the wrong kit for the computer because I didn't check the EMC number on the computer.
On Friday afternoon December 4th 2013, the hard drive upgrade kit I ordered arrived. I didn't do anything with it immediately, because it was so late in the day and I wasn't feeling all the well that day. I was thinking better not to work on the computer when I have a head cold. The next morning, I woke up and felt considerably better. That's when I found out about the EMC number on the computer not matching the hard drive upgrade kit I ordered. I decided to go ahead with the upgrade anyways.
In reading the online instructions, I noted that the first step is to hold down the power button for twenty to thirty seconds without the computer plugged into power and thereby discharge the internal capacitors. At that point, I decided maybe the reason the hard drive failed is because somehow the thunder storm charged the internal components of the computer and speculated that discharging the internal capacitors might resolve the problem. After discharging the internal capacitors, I decided to try to start the computer with the old hard drive one last time. I did so, the old hard drive worked, and the computer booted up. I immediately backed up to an external hard drive all the work I had done over the two weeks preceding the hard drive failure. Yeah!!
If the iFixIt hard drive upgrade kit will work for the computer I have, then I am going to keep the hard drive upgrade kit. If not, then I will look into the possibility of exchanging the hard drive upgrade kit for a kit that is appropriate for the computer I have.
If you have files containing data about important work stored on the hard drive of your computer, don't take a chance. Backup the files to an external hard drive frequently.
If your hard drive fails during a thunder storm, try the following procedure before resolving to upgrade the hard drive. Wait a while. Unplug the computer from power. Depress the power button for twenty to thirty seconds to discharge the internal capacitors. Plug the computer back into power. Depress the power button on the computer. See if the problem with the hard drive resolves itself, before resolving to upgrade the hard drive.
December 4, 2013
I woke one morning to hearing my iMac making a clicking sound (uh oh) and on closer inspection found the dreaded flashing folder icon - dead HDD. As the blood slowly returned to my head, allowing for appropriate thinking, iFIXIT came to mind :) After a bit of clicking (note to webmaster - lots of clicking not good dude) I located what I was looking for, plus some fun tools, and ordered my parts.
My parts arrived fairly quickly (quite surprised really since I live in Australia) and the 'how to' video and guides saw a very quick swap - out with the dead in with the new. The formatting and install procedure was the only painful part of the process :(
Watch the video, have a look through the guides and follow the directions given. Pretty simple really. No hassle, no fuss. Enjoy
November 12, 2013
Over a month ago my son spilled a full pint of milk into his laptop. After 9 months of hectoring him to treat his new macbook pro with care he paid the ultimate price, it was completely dead. The chickens (or cows) had come home to roost. I took it to the expert repairers who delivered the final blow, the milk had caused total obliteration and the soggy laptop was uneconomical to repair.
The laptop sat forlorn and unloved for a month on a table while the culprit moped around avoiding eye contact with the once cherished item and displaying pained expressions every time someone mentioned milk. Worse yet, the tragedy reached Facebook and his friends mercilessly traded milky jokes.
I hate waste so even though it wasn't a great financial decision I decided to fix it. I fixed it for the reasons some people climb mountains - because it was there and I thought it might be fun. As a generally inquisitive person it was an itch I had to scratch. My wife thought I was crazy, my son was quietly hoping for a miracle.
The parts arrived really quickly and the first good news was that I had identified and ordered the right parts. The repair went really well considering the major brain surgery of replacing battery, motherboard, upper case and the swap over of several parts. I did have one moment which was nearly was my undoing. One of the screws was stiff and rather than turning i damaged the Phillips head so it wouldn't turn or release. I was devastated, the motherboard was loose but I couldn't release or remove it as the retaining bracket holding the display cables in place was holding it in position. My wife was going to kill me.. :(
In desperation I was thinking of drilling out the screw or snapping off the cable retainer. In the end and after 40 minutes of sweating I managed (by a miracle) to release the screw with the use of some small narrow nosed electrical pliers and a spare Phillips Screwdriver (the iFixit screwdriver was damaged by the initial efforts to remove the screw). After that it was a breeze. The only fiddly part was feeding the keyboard cable and keyboard backlight cable back into the retaining clips on the motherboard, it took a while as the cables kept bending rather than sliding into the retainers. I got there in the end with the help of the spudger thingy and some plastic tweezers liberated from my daughter's junior medical kit.
It was a slightly tense moment when I switched it on as I was concerned the small circuit board on the power connection might have been damaged - the one major component I hadn't replaced but ominously had a lot of dry milky residue on it. I screwed the back plate on tensed myself for a small popping and fizzing sound followed by nothing ... but instead I got that warm familiar boot up fanfare. It was a great moment... seriously.
As I mentioned, it wasn't a great financial decision but it was very rewarding. I probably wouldn't do a total rebuild again (unless I want to give my wife grounds for divorce) but considering we have 3 Macbook pro's in the family and potentially one more this Christmas it gives me the confidence to carry out other repairs, upgrades or modifications. The iFixit guides were fantastic and made the whole process really easy, I couldn't have done it without them.
Okay these may be obvious but :
1. Most important, warn your wife up front before you buy the parts on your credit card. This is really, really important.
2. Give yourself plenty of time and don't rush it.
3. In the absence of a proper organiser, ice cube trays are a great substitute to keep all of the removed screws sequenced for re assembly.
4. It's also handy if you have some back up tools (plastic tweezers, screwdrivers etc)
5. Educate your kids to keep milk (and any other liquids) away from electronics, cheesy laptops aren't nice to rebuild.
6. Think hard about what could go wrong and be prepared to adjust your approach. Sitting back and thinking about a problem is better than going in with brute force and damaging your device further.
7. Be prepared to be treated like a rock god by your son (well at least for five minutes).
May 22, 2013
Original 320 GB hard drive was so slow running Mountain Lion on my old mid-2007 iMac.
Very well. I used a Samsung 840 SSD with the install kit (2.5-inch to 3.5-inch adapter bracket).
Remember to clone your original hard drive before removing it ;)