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November 21, 2013
Ran diagnostics myself which showed a failed hard drive, then used Apple Tech Support, then a Genius at a retail store. Everyone agreed, the hard drive died! The iMac was over 6 years old so the retail store could not work on it and I didn't want to wait, or pay for, an authorized repair center to do the work. I've built PC's before, and was curious to crack the iMac open. After reviewing the video's and guides on ifixit.com I became confident that I could do this.
The order process on ifixit.com was easy. I ordered a replacement drive, additional memory, and some tools that were recomended that really made the job much easier and I received the package exactly when it was supposed to arrive. I followed the guide on my iPad, while I worked, and it was very straight forward with no surprises.
Have no fear. With a company, product, and service like ifixit.com, they really have already done the hard work for you.
June 25, 2013
Could not use CD/DVD-slot. AND... the SD-card.... ;-(
The repair went fine, using the iFixit-guide for replacing the DVD-drive.
Re-mounting the display-cable was the biggest chalenge. Why on earth do they use such a small and fragile connector at that place; plenty of space there!
The heavy-duty suction cups do not suc very good, because the hole in the piston for the axes of the lever is just a little too far from the suctionpad. I placed a 9mm washer over the piston under the lever and now it sucs! Well!
June 21, 2013
June 10, 2013
My wife's MacBook was not holding a charge well, then went black and would not power up.
I ordered a magsafe dc-in board and a spudger. They arrived after the expected wait, I followed the instructions and replaced the board. The instructions were easy to follow.
Unhappily, the repair didn't result in a working MacBook. It still won't power up.
Be born rich, and you won't have to fix things yourself.
April 4, 2013
My dad was handing hid new iPad 2 to my nephew, something, possibly a green rat ran by, and the exchange was intercepted by the ground. (Also, was facetiously taken out of the will at 9 years old for giving my dad the number for hair club for men...)
The removal of the cracked screen was more difficult than I had anticipated, what with the tiny shards flying about. But the iOpener really saved the day! I was able to loosen that industrial strength tape and get the glass off! I had bought spare wifi antennas, so was not devastated when that snapped. I had seen that coming due to the location of the crack(right over the bottom corner where it is glued in place) I was able to get everything hooked up and working (Hurrah!!) but then I noticed a hairline fracture inside the LCD. Sad... But I will have that in on Saturday!
Seriously, wear protective glasses! I removed the majority of the glass to get the LCD out so it wouldn't get scratched (oh irony) and then removed the shards still glued down- little tiny sand sized glass kept pinging off my glasses! Also- patience is key and have really really good lighting!
April 2, 2013
The screen on opening would often "lose" blue - everything white would look purple/red.... flapping the lid usually cleared the problem.
But it got worse and worse- sometimes it would lose colors (or gain them) spontaneously in use.
I *hoped* it was just a cable reseat problem - and it was!
It went perfectly. Took the bottom off the Macbook with a #0 Phillips, removed the battery with the tri-wing, unplugged the battery connector with the spudger, pulled off the tape pad on the LVDS connector (upper right corner, it's the cable wrapped in black clothlike tape that disappears up into the screen area. ).
Then - and BE GENTLE - use the point on the spudger and then blunt tipped tweezers to flip up the rectangular silver handle around the LVDS video connector and slide the connector horizontally toward the corner of the case, and then reseat. Repeat two or three times to "wipe" the contacts, then flip the silver handle back down, stick the black pad back down on the connector, and reassemble.
Works fine now!
The later Macbook Pro case screws are NOT STRAIGHT IN! The screws (and the holes they are threaded into) angle inward, so get a magnifying glass or whatever and look closely at the screwhead so you know what angle to hold the screwdriver at to fully seat the #0 Phillips into the screw head. It's probably 20 degrees or so off from vertical.
I should have tested the screws to see if they fit better with a JIS driver instead of a "standard phillips" but I got through it without damaging any screwheads. The screws may well be JIS, as they have very thin cross-slots.
March 20, 2013
The old hard drive was absolutely filled - No place for change of Mac OS X Version
The repair went very well - Did not use any Disk Cloning tools Just Disk Utilities and Time Machine
Just format your new drive with Mac OS X Disk Utilities as a Bootable Partition - Do a restore from Time Machine to Your New Drive - Test it as You Boot Your new drive from a USB or Firewire atachment - If it is going well - Swap Your Physical Drives
February 20, 2013
Wanted an SSD added to my 2011 Mac Mini.
Went absolutely perfect.
The ifixit video isn't very descriptive/det
February 19, 2013
Iphone 5 screen
Ipad 2 screen
POV Mobii Battery
and on and on and on......
This complete toolset and the Apple repairset are the tools i was searching for. For many years i used screwdrivers and self made plungers, mostly inaffective.
Now with my new toolset it is easy and works nice and fast.
YES, only one advice for al the costumers on youre site.
Spend good time searching for the right tools, you find them all on the site of ifixit.com. Search - klik - order. Before you know the packaged will be delivered worldwide.
The best service i ever met is on this website!
January 18, 2013
After following Apples LED diagnostic test and confirming the diagnosis at the "genius" (not) bar I purchased a new logic board for my iMac G5.
Following iFixits guide the logic board replacement went smoothly and without incident. Congratulations on a well produced and thorough guide. My only complaint is that the red circles showing screw placement are difficult to see if you happen to have red/green color blindness.
After replacing the logic board with a new one and plugging in the power cord-voila! nothing- nada and more nothing. Same LED diagnosis as before! I assumed I had purchased a bad logic board. When I contacted the seller (Niktec) they assured me the board was good and that I probably had a power supply problem-advice totally contrary to the Apple support site and the Geniuses -did I say not, enough? Fortunately I happened to have my girlfriends iMac, which was working, and swapped out the power supply (which I had learned to do with iFixit). Bingo-it's alive, it's alive!!! Moral of the story- tread warily in the Apple cosmos!!