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Heavy-Duty Spudger

$4.95

Product code: IF145-013-1

Product Overview

Poke and prod like you mean it.

  • Thicker variant of the official "black stick" that Apple Certified Technicians use to repair Apple computers.
  • 6" long antistatic nylon probe with one flat end and one pointed end.
  • Flat end can be used to disconnect connectors, remove thermal paste from heat sinks, pry off components, or aid in soldering.
  • Pointed tip is handy for unlocking ZIF connectors and poking your siblings.

Product Details

  $4.95

 
 

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New

Warranty:

One year warranty

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Stories

My Problem

laptop was overheating

My Fix

The repair went fine. Someone suggested setting aside 2 or 3 hours. I was able to do mine in 15 minutes. Your mileage may vary.

My Advice

The best suggestion is already posted: Use a pill box or a large sheet of paper and number the screws taken out for each step. You'll never remember otherwise.

Also watch the plastic retaining clips along the right-hand side of the laptop after lifting off the keyboard. They are just "floating" there and can come loose very easily.

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My Problem

We have a help desk and needed a more useful tool to hold our screws. The magnetic mat works perfectly and stores under our metal cubicle furniture. We had a discount after one of our techs got reddit gold, so we figured we'd buy a set of mats.

My Fix

Works great. Does what it is supposed to do and saves a lot of work space.

My Advice

Nothing. The product works like it is supposed to.

My Problem

I was easily able to remove and replace the battery of my Macbook Pro with these tools.

My Fix

Unfortunately, the NOS battery I purchased "elsewhere" does not perform any better than the original battery I replaced.

My Advice

The repair was easy even for me and I am a 69 yo female. No need to pay Apple a high repair fee, but the battery is key as well as the tools. I should have shopped more carefully for the battery.

My Problem

My battery died and was not detectable by my macbook.

My Fix

Easy, just remove few screws and replace the battery, it took me less than 10 minutes do finish the whole thing..

My Advice

Follow the repair guid and use the correct tools, (I used the 54 bit driver kit)

My Problem

Need a little help getting the bevel off a laptop lcd screen

My Fix

Replaced the screen on the laptop and is working just fine now.

My Advice

do it with care.

My Problem

The problem was a power surge damaged the drive and it just got worse in the end would not boot at all . Diskwarrior reported physical damage . That all happened in Australia and I was heading home to Bangkok and decided to give it a go nothing to lose .

My Fix

The special tools arrived and I started the tear down as its called in the tech world . The tools did arrive on time and the tracking with Fedex is a great thing . With some dismay I saw "arrived" but couldn't find the address Bangkok is large . I have now updated my delivery address as I am keen to get some more gear soon . It took about 4 days to reach Thailand but another 4 days as the address had insufficient information .

There were some differences to the story but went ahead took the glass front off with the special suction cups its held on with magnets would you believe came off quite easily a little mac magic .

One of the differences that set the bells off was my Ram door had three screws and the one in the video had one .. Oh oh. Next the bezel on mine was not coming off but in a way that made it ok. No microphone cable to detach.

Next the LCD screen was removed and under that about [4] ribbon cables to unplug and there is the HD . Pulled it out and Apple my wife says “Oh we can get one at the Mall” ok lets go . 3000 baht later and back at the condo the fun begins .

Installed the HD replaced the screen and with some difficulty re hooking the cables to the best of my memory . They could really only go in one place due to the bends . OK all done left the glass and a few screws for now and inserted the disc and hit the power button.

Followed the instructions. Thanks for those the new HD had to be formatted for the Mac. Ok done . Now install seemed to be hanging took a long time but eventually happened . So happy with the result .

Have upgraded to Mavericks now and its working like a charm . I have a really good network here 10mbs download and unlimited access so I love Thailand all for $24 a month no contract and free wireless modem .

My Advice

My advice is you can do it, just go slowly getting the first one done is a real confidence boost . I cannot tell how good I felt . And the inside of the iMac is not all that pretty [Steve] I have to say but all back together I am so happy thank you and love the stickers will be proudly sticking Ifixit on and telling the World .

My Problem

The system drive of our Mac mini server crashed and had to be replaced with a new hard disk

My Fix

Thanks to iFixIt, the repair went well. Unfortunately, the system drive turned out to be the one in the upper bay (i.e. the one that is mounted instead of the super drive, below the second hard disk) and I did not find a guide for replacing that one.

After removing the logic board and the power supply completely from the aluminum body, the upper hard disk bay was accessible (unfortunately, we did not take any pictures during the repair).

My Advice

Since the Mac mini server has two hard drives, it might be useful to identify the individual drives with System Profiler before opening the Mac mini...

After restoring the system from a time machine backup, our wiki server did not work. The solution to this problem was quite simple (as described in several support forums). We only had to create the following directory:

sudo mkdir /Library/Logs/wikid

sudo chown teamsserver:teamsserver /Library/Logs/wikid

My Problem

Needed to re-apply thermal paste to the processor of an older model laptop as it was running hot. Having the high quality tools made the tear down much easier, and having the magnetic mat where I could put and label the screws was a huge help! Made putting everything back together a snap. Genius!

My Fix

Went fine and was made much easier by keeping track of where all the tiny screws went!

My Advice

Get the magnetic mat, it is by far the best "tool" I have purchased this year!

My Problem

Needed to get the fan to cycle on and off to prevent overheating.

My Fix

Went fine. The tools enabled me to open the case and push down the thermal sensor cable more firmly in its socket.

My Advice

Don't be concerned about opening the Mac Mini case. It is not that difficult.

My Problem

The hard drive failed. The original owner was going to throw it away and asked me to dispose of it. I couldn't let it go to waste.

My Fix

I was alittle nervous I'd taken apart many computers but not that many All in ones. Not to mention the last Mac I worked on was an older Power PC series, but the guides and pictures online answered most of my questions.

My Advice

Buy the right tools and do the research ifixit has a great shop and knowledge base

 

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