These are stories, written by people just like yourself, all about repair. Some end well; some end poorly, but all are fascinating tales of repair adventures. Read through some of the stories below, and perhaps you will be inspired to fix some of your own things — even the ones that aren't broken... yet.
La Bateria ya no estaba funcionando bien por lo que decidí cambiársela yo mismo.
My mid-2011 27" iMac started making an annoying buzzing sound, like an arcing/cracklin
I want to boost my MBPro to its limits so I want to swap SATA to SSD and still use my 750GB SATA as added internal storage. Upgrade Memory from 8GB to 16GB. My system is QuadCore i7 it has more cpu power but less memory and I/O. So I decided to give a boost to my MBPro instead of buying another $2k+ MBPro.
My family spilled a whole glass of wine over the keyboard of their precious MacBook Air, it went completely dead and I didn't have the tools to open it so they had to send it in at the store for repair. They were told repairing it would cost well over $1000 with no warranty against later problems, so they decided to buy a new one instead, leaving me with trying to rescue the data from a dead drunk laptop.
I did what every laptop owner ever has done; I forgot the one basic rule about laptops. Don't. Ever. Drink in front of the computer. Sure enough, I ended up emptying half a glass of juice into my trackpad. Apple juice, none the less. You'd have thought it would make the trackpad work better, not ruin it for eternity.
But alas, a dysfunctional trackpad was what I ended up with. A cursor jumping all around and opening programs, and even swiping like a madman if I would dare to enable the multi touch-commands.
My friend dropped their phone and had some pretty nasty cracks on it. The LCD was giving some weird effects and she could barely see what she was doing.
Basically because the cost to fix the phone was way cheaper than new or Ebay.
initially i thought the dirt particles inside the iphone 5 camera prevented the focus for getting to work properly, but after an initial genius bar date, it was obvious, the camera has a technical problem. the kind offer to get a out of guarantee special priced phone was not an option.
The problem? Old age. After ~6 years of use my iPod Touch 1st gen's battery finally stopped holding a charge. So, I decided that spending $10 for a chance to give it new life was worth it.
Power button KO. I fix it cause is by far the cheapest and funniest way of recovering your phone..
Le disque dur fourni par Apple s'est trouvé être défaillant (problème reconnu par Apple et pour lequel ils avaient mis en place un système de remplacement du Disque Dur). M'y étant pris trop tard, j'ai du remplacer par moi-même le DD.
The screen shattered after I dropped my phone on a hardwood floor.
Two of my late 2009 MacBooks were very slow. So I decided replace hard drives with SSDs. Then I realized that I don't really use the optical drives and I could replace those with the old hard drives.
Two old iPods (30 & 80 gig) batteries were dead. Otherwise they were in pristine condition. Apple repairs were too costly and time consuming for my taste.
Water was spilled on my Mac book. Consequently Mac book can not be turned on.
We all know in our heads that life is not eternal, but in our hearts it’s a different story. When it comes to love, sometimes it’s hard to let go. What made him so special was the way he made me feel, the way he brought out emotions I’d never felt before. It was like he saw in me a creative side I never knew existed. When they told me he was too old, there was no chance, it was his brain that was gone, I could hardly believe it.
Surely, I said, there must be something you can do. Please -
No, the guy at the Genius Bar said, we no longer do logic board repairs on Macs that are more than five years old.
So, I brought my 2009 black MacBook home to my boat and put him to rest under a towel in the quarter berth. I thought about donating some of his organs, but that laptop was the one I used for the five years I during which I lost my way, decided after 4 books I couldn’t write anymore, then started the book that changed my life, Circle of Bones. I couldn’t just throw him away. I thought, maybe next time I go sailing I’ll conduct a burial at sea? No, that laptop gave me back my life. I had to do the same for him. I would try to raise the dead. It was time for surgery and some serious organ transplantation
Giving the Laptop to my grand niece. Had to erase all the personal stuff and restore to pristine condition for her.
Rescued a PS3 who had been left for dead. To my luck it's problem was the ylod.
My girlfriends iPhone 4S dropped on the floor and both the screen and real glass panel cracked. So being the geeky engineer that I am, I rushed to the opportunity to be her hero by fixing the screen and rear glass panel all by my self. So I fixed it and became her HERO! Can you say.... MEGA POINTS!!!! Yeah Baby....
My wife dropped her iPhone 4 on the floor just as she was about to put a bumper on it. The glass on the back was broken. As was her heart. She loved her iPhone.
Mi MacBook Pro tenía tres problemas:
1-La batería estaba en su último ciclo de vida, estando a un 50% de capacidad máxima.
2- Los ventiladores no funcionaban correctamente, haciendo mucho ruido. Estando uno de ellos, el derecho, prácticamente estropeado.
3- La unidad de CD/DVD no funcionaba desde hacía tiempo.
A parte de eso, el disco duro se me quedaba algo lento para los programas actuales y decidí instalar un par de SSD de 256 GB aprovechando que no funcionaba la unidad de DVD.
My old iphone wouldn't hold a charge but was perfectly fine otherwise especially for my 11 year old to play games, instagram, and music. We use it as a spare for our boat to play music. I hate the thought of our disposable society. We need to practice what we preach. The young generation talks about being more environmentally responsible and yet are always buying and discarding new technology. Very environmentally irresponsible!
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.
I wanted to replace the standard hard disk drive to a SSD drive for an older MacBook Pro.
Went on vacation with iPad, dropped it on a tile floor and, bingo, had the green pixel screen. iPad was still functional, just annoyingly so, so I was able to search online what to do and found the ifixit.com website :)
More than a year ago I noticed that my 250Gb HD had SMART errors. For a long time I crossed my fingers, backed up very regularly and decided to ignore it. Until Mavericks came along. When I tried to install the new OS, the installer didn't allow me to continue because of... the SMART errors. I decided it was time to take a gamble and invest some money in my 2008 laptop. A full SSD drive was over my budget and seemed too expensive compared to my laptop's age. So I chose the 500Gb hybrid HD. That way also solving the usual lingering lack of space...
The capability of original battery shrunk a lot in the past 3 yrs. When I open the Map app at a low battery level, the phone may shut down suddenly as the voltage is not steady anymore since half year ago.
The problems that indicated a yellow light of death of the PlayStation. With the power on with the red light showing on front of PS3, you hit the power button, it would begin to start for a few seconds change from a red light to a yellow light, the back to a beeping and flashing red light. Was unable to do a fan test or eject game from the PS3.
When my ps3 got the YLOD, I was devastated. I knew I could send it back in to Sony, but that would mean I would lose ALL my data from the past 5 years of gaming. I refused to just lose hundreds of hours of gaming. I knew in order to get my ps3 fixed AND retain all my data, I would have to perform surgery on the system myself. I just could never find a reliable way to fix the system. After awhile I put the issue on the backburner, until I happened across this guide on iFixit. After watching the instructional video and reading all of the reviews, I was convinced I was ready to try the procedure.
Stuck power button and broken home button. No idea why they broke down. I guess I'm not the only one...
The battery life had dropped to less than an hour and my once mobile device had become permanently tethered to a power source. It was time to either fix this iPod or buy a new one. The replacement battery was a cheap enough gamble, I decided it would be fun to try.
My battery stopped loading when connected to the MagSafe power adapter. At first only from time to time (sometimes it worked, sometimes not). Then it completely stopped working.
And I only got that very very dim green light on the MagSafe.
As long as connected to the power cord the MacBook Pro would not run on battery - it seemed though the battery was needed for startup or so. As soon as the battery was dead I couldn't start my Computer. So the first thing I tried was getting a new battery, but that didn't solve the loading issue. At least the battery came with 60% which was great for another few month. Till I came down to 20% and I decided to finally try swapping out the DC-In Board.
Actually I was afraid of the repair, because you have to dig your way all through the MacBook - but it was worth it.
A complete laptop in good condition purchased from ebay, with the problem that power on caused brief flicker from the led's in the bezel, then nothing.
The battery of my iphone had gone old and was getting discharged quickly. I found iFixit and ordered the part online and got it delivered at my friends place in US. The package was delivered at his place in 5-6 days. He was travelling to India in next 15 days so he brought it with him and gave it me.
My daughter dropped her phone in the toilet while washing her hands. Fortunately, she'd already flushed!
I know: When the fans start making noise, it's time to save the CPU from a heat stroke. So new fans and all accompanying stuff was ordered to cure my Macbook Pro 15.
I had spilled something (beer, probably) on the laptop. The keyboard was nonfunctioning and the trackpad was sending faulty data to the processor--the pointer was jumping all over the screen.
I could sort of use the computer if I connected an external keyboard and mouse, except that it wouldn't recognize input from a USB mouse. However, connecting a USB mouse was still better than nothing, as it disabled the input from the trackpad.
My Macbook Air was coming to 2 years and i wanted to give it new life and a new OS to last another 2!
IPad dropped to the floor. Broken glass and damaged corner.
I had no real problems but needed to extend the life of my iMac model 10.1, it is a 21.5 late 2009 model. With the new SSD on board it is working great again!
My sister's macbook fell on the floor and damaged the screen. apple was charging about 750$ and she was unable to fix the lcd display well i never fixed a macbook but god gave me power and made me feel i can. So i brought the lcd display through ifixit.com and gave my sister a nice birthday gift.
Hard drive crash.
While my wife's iPhone battery had been slowly dying for months, mine had just started having a noticeably shorter battery life. So, it was time to give the old battery a bit of the old in-n-out as it were.