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.
My old iPhone 3GS was exploding! The screen was popping out of the shell. I took a guess that it was the battery failing and expanding. The fact that it wouldn't hold a charge was, of course, another clue.
iPhone battery was only lasting about 30 minutes after having it for over 4 years. Have no real need for new iPhone, but did want to still have an iPhone, so I finally decided to replace the battery.
The screen got smashed when the phone fell on a concrete pavement
The problem was I needed to upgrade my memory on my MAC computer and just could not find the right tools to do the job right. I had tried one company that claimed they had the right tools, but when I received them the tools they sent just didn't work. I found IFIXIT com and new right form the start, based on what was said and the reviews that this had to work, so I ordered the tool set and when it arrived I was impressed with the tool pouch and all the neatly organized tools inside. Went to my IFIXIT app, chose the repair instructional lesson I needed for the computer I was working on, picked out the tool from the kit it recommended, and sure enough I was in the computer and able to change out my memory with ease.
Bought a fat 40GB PS3 in April 2008. Finally gave me the YLOD.
Didn't want to lose my Simpsons episodes or playthrough of Last of Us, so I decided to give this a shot so I could recover my data.
The Sleep/Power button on my iPhone 4s suddenly stopped working.
I often lose parts and the mat seemed like a great idea. Having the ability to make notes on the work surface enhanced my confidence of actually completing a task without spending more time on my disorganized style than the repair itself.
I wanted the best Mac Mini ever built and Apple doesn't allow heavy customization of the hardware so I did it myself.
Client wants more RAM, plus an Airport Extreme Card to access WIFI. Sounds ridiculous but believe it or not, the Airport Extreme Card was an Option, which means you need to pay extra for it when the iBook rolled out 10 years ago.
A client's iPhone had issues connecting to cellular signals after a battery replacement.
In early January, my fiancee was attacked by a random person. It was a horrifying experience. Luckily, she was able to fight back and escape with only minor cuts and bruises and a dented Macbook Pro. She's a reporter for the Woodinville Weekly and wrote about her account there(http://www.nwnews.com/index.php/local/ne...).
But that's not the end of the story.
Her now-dented Macbook Pro started failing: Spotlight wouldn't index files properly, Word (and only Word) wouldn't save files to the hard drive. Soon, everything related to the hard drive started failing. It seemed that her attacker, who still was not caught or identified, was destroying her computer from afar. It was an unnerving reminder of her attack.
While she wasn't at risk of losing her data (she takes good backups), buying a new Macbook Pro is pretty expensive. So with my help, we decided to repair it instead.
Applying steady pressure without damaging the LCD when opening your device for inspection or repair.
Mon 4S ne fonctionnait plus au niveau du son. Il fonctionnait en mode haut-parleur et avec le casque. Le diagnostic sur de nombreux forums était de changé le Dock connecter. J'ai changé et en plus j'ai changé la batterie au passage.
I was asked to fix a backlight issue on a 2008 13" black MacBook Penryn by a client. The screen was showing, but the backlight wouldn't turn on and would only flicker when you played with the F1 & F2 keys.
En voyage en Afrique, j'ai fait tombé mon iphone (comme bien des fois avant cela) sur la face avant ce qui lui a explosé la vitre.
J'ai hésité avant de me lancer dans la réparation. Mais le fait de la faire soit même est plutôt gratifiant.
Le seul hic était de trouver un réparateur sérieux.
En effet, de nombreuses offres sont disponibles sur internet le tout est de trouver la bonne (qualité de l'écran de remplacement etc....)
Ifixit semblait être le plus sérieux pour moi.
My wife's iPhone 3GS worked swimmingly, aside from the recently diminishing battery life. It reached a point where even with an apparent bounty of power left, taking a photo or other power-intensive tasks would cause the device to simply power off. Eventually, the device would no longer charge even if left plugged in for an entire day.
my battery kept draining whenever it was on the charger and it would hold a charge but the percent just kept going down.
Suite à un probable impacts contre le coin d'une table.
La coque arrière de l'iPhone est partie en miette.
(Voir la photo)
About two weeks ago it was a boring day so I wanted to play my PS3 about 5 minutes after turning it on it immediately shut down gave the ylod and the 3 beeps. I thought maybe I'll give it another try but the same thing happened only this time it only took seconds. I did some research and came upon the fix kit.
I ordered the frictionless ratchet because these days I repair almost to refurb. standard on equipment that I want to fix. I also thought the iFixit team might be interested in my solution to adapt a podpower trainer to accept any Ironpower gyro.
I was taking my iPhone 5 from my pocket, like I have done a thousand times, and had lost control of it. It fell perfectly flush to the cement. Face down, like buttered toast. The screen shattered, and the display looked like a spider web. I am a tinker-er and decided I would attempt the fix myself.
After an accident involving my macbook pro, a cup of coffee, a train and very bad timing, I spent a year lugging around a bluetooth keyboard everywhere I went. When the airport card also started failing on me, I finally decided to take action.
I really tried to like the new retina - macbooks, but I never warmed to their glossy-only option, and I’m still not willing to abandon the ancient technology of storing data on an optical medium. That and financial considerations made me decide to try and fix the laptop myself. iFixit makes it look so easy… and after all, if I’d mess up, I’d take it as a sign of destiny that this isn’t meant for me and I should just get a new computer.
Battery management menu reported service issues. Battery wouldn't last more than 1 minute off the power supply. Another issue other users may *really* wish to know is that the slight swelling of the old battery severely affected the trackpad functionality. Clicking didn't work well. Replacement with a fresh iFixit battery solved both problems!
My original battery had over 1500 cycles and could barely hold enough charge for an hour of notes in class. Aside from the battery I was still happy with my machine so I decided to fix it. Its an Intel-based Macbook pro so I had to open it to change it. While I had it open I also changed the the hard drive to an SSD and plan on swapping the optical drive for more storage.
I bought my iPod 5 years ago and it began to have battery problem 5 months ago.
After one day of use, it ran out of battery... It was illogic for me to buy another one as it was working very well (if you ignore this *** battery !)
One day my macbook display just went out. I had seen the LCD act odd a few times, but nothing that made me think it would die on me. I hooked up my macbook to my external display and it worked perfectly, but my internal display was no longer showing up within system setting. After maxing out my ram, installing an SSD, and replacing my superdrive with a data doubler, I wasn't going to let my macbook die without a fight.
Power button did not function, battery had a dead cell, and the camera had a particle of dust inside the camera that left a spot on every picture.
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.
Who loves coffee? YES!
Who loves coffee while working on your lappy? YES!
Who loves coffee that spills--nay, drenches--your brand new 2013 MacBook Air that you just got for Christmas? ...
I knocked over the ENTIRE cup of coffee--laden with creamer, almond milk, and agave nectar--and it soaked my Air. Like, it was dripping wet. I was shaking the thing in hopes of getting every little last drop out.
I frantically tried finding a Pentalobe P5 Screwdriver at Radio Shack, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Tiger Direct, and Best Buy. No luck.
I took it to the Apple Store and when they opened it up, they said it was going to cost $795 to repair it. Hahaha.... NO thank you...
So I ordered the P5 Screwdriver from iFixit instead. It got to my house the day after it was shipped out. Hooray!
Both fans of my laptop started doing several noises often, until one day the left fan didn't stop doing a loud noise similar to a running bike when it isn't pedaled.
I decided to open my laptop and clean it properly, not only the left fan, but also all the laptop. Once I finished, I run the laptop again, but my problem wasn't solved.
I looked online for any solution and I found iFixit. Best website ever! First of all I tried to repair my fans, but they got worse. Their bearings were broken and nothing could be done. I tried to file down the fan cases in order to see if the noises were made by the fan blades scratching the cases. This operation ended with the right fan doing a noise that reminded me to a chainsaw cutting an iron plate.
There was nothing left to try but replacing the fans. So I ordered them.
I attempted to turn on my PS3 but it immediately would turn off and the indicator light would turn green. This occurs when the heat paste and solder on the motherboard gets old and cracks due to use and age.
i need to know how to maintaining my ps 3 still clean from the dust, especially the fan.
I needed more storage space on my MBP, so i decided to change my actual 500gb HDD for a samsung 840 EVO SSD and with the iFixit dual drive kit, i installed the original 500 gb HDD instead of having the cd/dvd thing that i really never used.
i also recommend if you can, to upgrade your RAM memory, i changed my two 2gb original RAM modules, for two 8gb DDR3 modules, so now my MBP with 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7 processor is running with 16gb of RAM,500gb SSD and 500GB HDD. Now this MBP is way faster than all of my colleagues MBP's!
My iMac would no longer power on. It was dead! After a little research I determined it was the power supply. I LOVE this computer and started and run my company on this computer (BigWorldNetwor
A friend's iPod video was completely dead. After leaving it plugged into a known good power supply for 48 hours it finally booted and worked just fine, so I knew it was a battery issue and that the HD was good. The battery was the obvious failure.
My sister ran over her iPad with her car, I was amazed it wasn't completely obliterated. The front screen was shattered and the lower left and upper left sections of the aluminum back was slightly bent. Even after all that the iPad still worked in this condition.
My phone had fallen off of my lap and onto the floor while I was sitting on the couch. I wasn't using it at the time so I thought, "That's not the most dangerous place to leave it." As long as I remembered it was there.
Well when I went to get up, I put my foot right on top of it without knowing and in the process of sitting up straight I put enough pressure on the back of it (it was face down) and the next thing I heard and felt was a small "pop."
My stomach dropped and I was slightly in shock.
After a few years of giving others a hard time about dropping their iPhone and breaking their screens, I did it too, even with a case on it. I am mechanically inclined so I decided to do it myself and do it right.
Not so much a problem as a need to update the hardware of my MacBook Pro.
I found my 2003 4th gen iPod while cleaning out my studio. It wasn't maintaining a charge, but it would power on when plugged in. I wanted to bring the iPod back to active duty because I believe that repair is, in fact, noble. Plus, I needed to kick out some jams in the car and 20GB of music was difficult to pass up.
The lock button of the iPhone did not work well; it had to be replaced. The battery was very weak, we changed it as well.
Some of my tasks (like indexing in IDE) takes sometimes longer than usual.
I had a 500GB HDD in my Macbook Pro and since I use my Macbook to produce EDMusic I started to run out of space and had serious performance issues in the end.