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March 11, 2013
I bought my wife a used iMac that needed some bits and pieces. Hoping that it was the power supply and not the dreaded logic board, I ordered your power supply with overnight shipping. As promised, it was delivered early the next day and came in great shape.
Unfortunately, it was the wrong part for what the computer needs so essentially it's just $150 that I could have put towards the logic board. Worth a shot.
Process was fine, I had the computer open already and the piece went in and back out in minutes.
If you think it's the power supply, it's not...it's the logic board :(
August 14, 2012
Dead Hard drive- would not boot up.
I prepped a large corner desk with a 3 sections of flat shirts and bubble wrap for the glass/bezel/LCD
I did not have a T6 bit, so I was unable to remove the Display connector (I did try with 2 tiny flatheads, but gave up when I mangled them).
Separate the screws by step, I taped the screws from each step onto separate sticky notes, labeled with the step number to keep them organized.
So I did the repair w/o the LCD removed, and had a friend hold it up while I replaced the HDD and reconnected the LCD power.
The magnetizer was a huge help with guiding the screws in.
Make sure to have a can of compressed air- anything trapped between the screen and the glass will be visible. Fortunately, the glass is _really_ easy to remove with the suction cups.
February 24, 2012
Question mark at startup. No hard drive found by Disk Utility.
Smoothly, but no speaker audio after rebuild. Need to open it back up and check the cables.
double check your connections before putting it back together! Really easy overall. Great guide.
January 12, 2012
Hard disks are expensive these days and I had a spare SSD. I wanted to replace my PowerMac G4 which held the time machine backups and I needed an iTunes server for the Apple TV and to sync the iDevices wirelessly. So I took the cheapest mini which is like 100 times faster than the G4 I guess and installed the RAM and Disks I have.
I wasn't very comfortable doing this, I didn't want to mess up my shiny mini, but it all went good. I was astonished at how they managed to cram in those parts while keeping it relatively simple to maintain.
It's VERY important to insert the upper hard drive very precisely, otherwise you can't install the antenna plate. The antenna cable is very fragile, don't insert it before you got the drive right!
October 26, 2011
October 25, 2011
I picked up a used first-gen Macbook Air, spending $460 for a beautiful ultraportable with passable tech specs. I immediately noticed two issues: high heat and a slow hard drive. My MBA put out around 80° C when idling, 100° C under load, and the fan churned constantly at 6200 RPM. Boot times were around two and a half minutes, and even when the OS X desktop finally appeared, another 60 seconds elapsed before my login items were loaded. Something had to be done.
The repair process was quick and easy, thanks to expert repair guides published by iFixIt. I found the video teardown especially helpful; MJ's glowing tresses provided me with the confidence I needed to take apart an Apple notebook.
Once everything was disassembled, I was shocked to find that someone on the Foxconn assembly line had applied a entire tube of cheap thermal paste to the exposed dies. The goop had run well off the edge, and all of it had physically deteriorated quite a bit under the high heat. I cleaned everything up, reapplied an appropriate amount of Arctic Silver, installed a 128 GB Sabertooth ZF SSD, and sealed her up. Presto!
My system is lightning fast now and actually feels brand new; complete boot in under a minute and idles around 50° C @ 1800 RPM. Any owners of the A1237 should very seriously consider performing a similar repair; I am absolutely loving this laptop now that it's cool enough to put on my lap!
For me, the proper tools made all the difference. In particular, I highly recommend the pro magnetic pickup tool, the Petzl LED headlamp, and the plastic sorting tray. There's a ton of extremely small screws inside the Air, and dealing with them is far easier when you've made the appropriate prep steps.
October 25, 2011
My wife's screen on her iPhone 3GS was damaged and she was going to upgrade to a 4S. I figured I'd replace my dock connector with hers since my 3GS WiFi reception was all but dead. Your YouTube videos and the Installing iPhone 3GS Dock Connector Guides were VERY helpful.
I'm NOT a repair guy. Once I tried to fix the sink and we ended up calling a tow truck! But I went over and over the process in my head; I made notes from your guide and even drew out on piece of paper exactly where I would attach each screw (with tape) as I took it out. I spent just a couple bucks on a Spudger and a Suction Cup, and I figured I was ready to go.
I'm just about to unscrw the case when I realize that step three of about 17 steps is remove the display assembly. So instead of putting her dock connector on my phone, I put my display assembly on her phone. It works swell and took only a few minutes. Now we both have new phones, but mine didn't cost over $300.