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TR8 Torx Security Screwdriver

$9.95

Product code: IF145-027

Product Overview

The answer to accessing your electronics innards.

  • One of the most common "security" screw types, this screwdriver is essential for anyone wanting to open up everything.
  • Required screwdriver for opening up the PlayStation 3 Slim.
  • Compatible with both T8 and T8 Security fasteners.
  • Pro version is ESD-safe to protect sensitive electronics.

Also available as part of the Pro Tech Screwdriver Set and 96 Piece Security Bit Set.

Product Details

$4.95 Economy

 
 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

6 month warranty

Notes:

Great quality driver. Gets the job done just fine for the average Joe and semi-pros.

$5.95 iFixit

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

One year warranty

Notes:

An excellent quality driver! Rubber handle with swivel top and steel shaft. A staff favorite!

$9.95 Pro / ESD / USA

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

Lifetime Manufacturer Warranty

Notes:

Top of the line professional made in USA driver with swivel top ESD safe ergonomic handle.

Lifetime Warranty.

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Stories

My Problem

We have an early 2009 model 24" iMac that had recently started to perform very slowly. It only had 4gb of RAM and the hard drive was getting a little noisy so I was concerned that it might go out soon. I decided to try both maxing out the RAM at 8gb and swapping out the HDD for a solid state drive.

My Fix

The repair went swimmingly with the guide I found on iFixit for replacing the hard drive in a 20" early 2009 model iMac. Found here: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iMac+Intel+2...

The repair took about an hour, and probably would have been shorter if I hadn't had to reposition the solid state drive in it's special chassis a few times to make the cables reach.

My Advice

Wear gloves and try to handle the front "glass" and display as little as possible. This will make cleanup prior to re-installation much easier. The cabling is a tad more complicated on the 24" model, but still very manageable, just remember to hook everything back up as you re-assemble!

My Problem

Machine at a university with the hard drive failing (would not install OSX 10.9). Do a memory upgrade at the same time.

My Fix

No problems - the glass is awfully thin though and it would be nice to know it was held by magnets.... Took less than an hour.

My Advice

Maybe swap around steps 6 and 7 as the display data cable is shorter than the LED backlight cable. Use a magnetic tipped screwdriver as the screws holding down the display can quite easily fall into the unit. I magnetised mine using the magnets holding the glass.

My Problem

So one day our iMac (2007) decided it just didn't want to respond to us anymore. The backup didn't work, the music files were all missing, and it was very slow. We took it into the Apple store to have them look at it, and low and behold, the hard drive had suffered physical irreparable crash an needed to be replaced. The options were to send it off somewhere where they would have charges us $100 just to look at it plus $50 an hour and replacement parts... Or if it myself. I build PCs for fun, so I decided to try to fix it, the I was directed to iFixit where I saw all the tutorials if ever need.

My Fix

After we got the parts in, my wife and I started working at it. Of course it was a lot for difficult than I had hoped, but her small hands came is handy (pun intended). I almost put things back together wrong several times, but each time managed to fix the problem. It was hard, but it worked!

My Advice

Honestly there Gould be instructions to put things back together. Just going in reverse misses things that are important, like te microphone wire and the chassis assembly.

My Problem

After owning an iMac for 5-6 years, the hard drive had filled up, and the times required to boot and open applications were very slow.

My Fix

Ordered up the parts for RAM and hard drive upgrades from iFixit and followed the online instructions, referring back to the video guides as necessary. This took me essentially a full working day -- not the replacement of the physical parts, but the restoration of the software/the desktop. The steps involved in the latter were not intuitive and took lots of poking around the Internet to find what I needed. Nonetheless, I got there in the end.

My Advice

As you go through any procedure in iFixit, follow instructions closely, improvise where you feel you can get away with it, and use Google frequently as you restore your system after replacing physical components.

My Problem

I just wanted a faster, larger hard drive, and needed a little more RAM.

My Fix

The repair went almost perfectly, I meticulously followed the instructions in the guide, but when I went to turn on my computer, the screen wouldn't come on, and it loudly beeped at me three times (Repeating). I quickly discovered one of my new RAM chips was defective, and put back one of the old RAM chips until iFixit sent me a replacement. iFixit sent the part promptly after I let them know of the problem, and after a couple days I had a new working RAM chip, and my computer is working great.

My Advice

When trying to plug back in the LED screen connection, get someone to hold the screen just above where it needs to go so you can have the use of both your hands. This step is tricky and using the Spudger for a little bit of leverage to push the connection back into place makes it much easier.

My Problem

I have an iMac (from back in 2011) and discovered that the hard drive was on its way out. Looking around, I had a couple of options, replace the iMac itself (not really cost effective), send it to an approved Apple fixer (v expensive) or fix it myself. The problem was, the hard drive itself has been discontinued, and from the UK, expensive to buy like for like. I managed to find a place in Australia who was selling them for around £40 (around $65), so decided to plump for a FixIt kit - after all, I work in IT - so why not. A couple of clicks later from ebay and from ifixit - both parts were being dispatched from different points on the globe

My Fix

Surprisingly easy. I had taken the week off work to do a few bits and bobs, and set aside a whole day to fix the iMac. The girlfriend and I were due to go out on the Friday night for a meal, and between work, run and getting changed, and with the iMac not working at all, I thought I would make a start. Within 20 minutes, I had the front of the iMac off, the screen out, the hard drive replaced, and cables inserted again. All that was required was fixing the screen and front cover back on, which I done the next morning. This was a bit of a bonus as I had the full of my week from work to play xbox, relax and spend eons restoring the data back onto the replaced hard drive.

What I did find, was that because I run alot of gaming on my iMac, I had a utility running to speed the fans up - once I replaced the drive and fitted it all together, the fans were spinning at the same speed as before, without the ability to switch the speed back down to "normal". I thought at this point that I had replaced a cable the wrong way, so had to pull it all apart and start from scratch and do the checks. Turns out I hadn't, so became a bit of an expert at it.

My Advice

Make sure you have enough light in the room, and maybe use your phone light / torch. I also used masking tape to ensure that the cables went back in the same way.

Other than that - follow the instructions & you won't go wrong. I'm pondering getting the kit to add a SDD kit in, maybe I'll need a couple of days for that.

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My Problem

The original 1TB in the 2010 iMac was starting to feel slow. I considered an SSD, but capacity was also a concern, and the new hybrids seemed like a good balance.

My Fix

Great! It was quicker than I expected. The density of the computer was a little intimidating, compared to working on a spacious ATX chassis, but the guide was spot on.

I did forget to screw the LCD panel back in before putting the glass on, but thankfully remembered before trying to put it upright.

After a few reboots, it is feeling a good bit snappier, and commonly used apps are noticeably quicker. The SSD-aspect of the hybrid drive is definitely doing the trick.

My Advice

A role of large paper helps keep the dust off the LCD panel and glass. Placing the screws in a dedicated container keeps them in place and makes it obvious when a step is skipped. Also, taking detailed photos at every step helps keep track of things like connector orientations.

My Problem

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.

My Fix

The repair went very well. Both documents were very well written and illustrated and easy to follow.

My Advice

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.

My Problem

hard drive was dead and new one needed to replace it.

My Fix

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

My Advice

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.

My Problem

Mag safe on MacBook was damaged by my kids. No way to power the computer. Repair store said it would cost $275 to have it fixed. This was an older MacBook (2009) and I didnt want to sink that much money in it.

My Fix

Repair went great. Instructions were exactly right and easy to follow. Highly recommend. My first ifixit experience but won't be my last. Huge fan of this site now!

My Advice

Be careful disconnecting the small wires attached to the motherboard. Very delicate.

 

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