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We know that different jobs call for different prying tools. Often times, a stiff plastic card is just the thing for slipping into the tight nooks and crannies of a device, such as an iMac. Do not use a credit card, as the raised numbers and letters can damage the device.
December 10, 2013
On Sunday November 30th 2013, I was doing work at home with my iMac EMC 2105. It was raining and thundering that day. I took a break for lunch leaving my computer on. When I returned, I discovered the hard drive failed. The Internet and phone services also went out. When I tried to reboot the computer, I heard the dreaded click of death eminating from the failed hard drive. I had backed up the important files on an external hard drive two week prior. However, the work done since I backed up the important files was essential lost.
On the Sunday before Cyber Monday 2013, I took the computer to the local Apple Store for repair. I was told the computer was "vintage" meaning the Genius Bar no longer provided repair service for it. I was told any computer that is older than five years is considered vintage.
On Cyber Monday 2013, the Internet service was restored (the phone service was still out). I logged on to the Internet and did a search for a do-it-yourself-repair kit. I discovered the iFixIt website and order a hard drive upgrade kit. I got free shipping because it was Cyber Monday. Yeah!!! I actually ordered the wrong kit for the computer because I didn't check the EMC number on the computer.
On Friday afternoon December 4th 2013, the hard drive upgrade kit I ordered arrived. I didn't do anything with it immediately, because it was so late in the day and I wasn't feeling all the well that day. I was thinking better not to work on the computer when I have a head cold. The next morning, I woke up and felt considerably better. That's when I found out about the EMC number on the computer not matching the hard drive upgrade kit I ordered. I decided to go ahead with the upgrade anyways.
In reading the online instructions, I noted that the first step is to hold down the power button for twenty to thirty seconds without the computer plugged into power and thereby discharge the internal capacitors. At that point, I decided maybe the reason the hard drive failed is because somehow the thunder storm charged the internal components of the computer and speculated that discharging the internal capacitors might resolve the problem. After discharging the internal capacitors, I decided to try to start the computer with the old hard drive one last time. I did so, the old hard drive worked, and the computer booted up. I immediately backed up to an external hard drive all the work I had done over the two weeks preceding the hard drive failure. Yeah!!
If the iFixIt hard drive upgrade kit will work for the computer I have, then I am going to keep the hard drive upgrade kit. If not, then I will look into the possibility of exchanging the hard drive upgrade kit for a kit that is appropriate for the computer I have.
If you have files containing data about important work stored on the hard drive of your computer, don't take a chance. Backup the files to an external hard drive frequently.
If your hard drive fails during a thunder storm, try the following procedure before resolving to upgrade the hard drive. Wait a while. Unplug the computer from power. Depress the power button for twenty to thirty seconds to discharge the internal capacitors. Plug the computer back into power. Depress the power button on the computer. See if the problem with the hard drive resolves itself, before resolving to upgrade the hard drive.
November 13, 2013
My iMac early 2006 only had an Intel Core Duo processor, I needed a 64bit processor so that I could run Mountain Lion. I discovered that I could install am Intel Core 2 Duo with a faster clock in this box.
The repair went well and ifixit tools really helped. The biggest job is pulling the chassis apart and removing the motherboard and heatsink. Again ifixit guides were critical. Once the motherboard was out, replacing the CPU was easy. Clean up the old heatsink and then a little thermal paste and it can then be reassembled.
Installing Mountain Lion is no trivial task, but once I got it working the computer was now usable with iCloud, Messages and App Store updates. I was very excited to get it upgraded.
November 11, 2013
June 13, 2013
So my circa 1995 Sega Nomad was having some issues due to an unfortunate match between my basement, it and flood water. Needless to say, there were a few things that didn't work anymore such as the LCD screen or the NiIMH battery pack.
It was a 2 day affair:
On day 1 I took time to disassemble the Nomad, de-solder the old screen, sacrifice a backup camera display screen, pin out the needed video sources and make a new video wiring harness using the new more advanced screen and hot glue the sucker in place. I managed not to let the magic smoke out, so no regrets there. The new screen is much brighter and has higher resolution that the original screen while using less power so that is definitely a win as well.
On day 2 I opened the old NiMH battery pack, removed the old bits, desoldered the original charging socket for later, dremmeled out the old battery supports, figured out the placement for a Lithium ion camcorder battery pack, mapped out the charging circuits in an AC/DC home and car charger for the battery, cut the charger apart preserving the 12V DC portion in such a way that would fit into the remainder of the battery pack shell. I soldered the charging circuits back together and wired the stock DC input socket to the charger inputs. I also used the bi-color charge indicator led and extended the connections to it so it fit in the original charge indicator led hole so it would show charging (red) or charged (green). I made a small wiring harness to tie the battery contact leads, charger and nomad contact leads together and sealed it up with hot glue. I currently get about 4 hours of runtime with the new battery pack.
The Nomad screen upgrade went well though it is about a mm off center, I wish I had centered it more carefully before hot gluing it down, I may fix it later with a heat gun. The battery pack refit might have also benefited from an independent shutoff to disconnect the battery from rest of the harness to prevent slow discharge into the charging circuits. Also, using hot glue to reseal the pack has not proved durable so it will start to pop open occasionally though I don't want to permanently seal it shut either. I'm still trying to work out what to do with that.
June 12, 2013
my iMac 20" intel core duo (#2105) was no longer turning on
still in progress
I ended up damaging the SATA HDD connection to the motherboard - the whole connection pulled off the motherboard
I also damaged the plastic housing for the optical disk drive during removal - superglue to the rescue!
I forgot to try removing the cable with a spudger
would like to see BIG RED SHINY letters and warning signs prior to the instructions to remove SATA connection with the spudger (guide - replacing power supply)
May 2, 2013
The display on my wife's old MacBook would darken to a black screen at the worst possible moment. The iFixit site helped me figure out it was the Display Inverter. I ordered the parts but didn't get to the task until three months later.
At first I felt a bit intimidated by the nearly 50 steps for tear-down, but I dove in with confidence. An ice cube tray held the little screws I removed and kept them in order. After two hours, the MacBook was running once again. Now that I've used it for the past month, the symptoms are gone. But, two minor problems remain. (1) the back side of the hinge now has bulging corners (see images) - a reassembly error, and (2) when the angle of the display gets to about 80°, it goes to sleep - the internal switch that triggers display sleep is probably just a bit out of position. The repair was a success.
I would have appreciated a "heads-up" with the addition of a comment in the directions when the hinge is removed regarding its reassembly. How do you avoid bulging corners?
April 25, 2013
My 2006 macbook's screen was entering seizure mode. The screen would flicker on and off. The internet said it was most likely the inverter and/or the inverter cable.
It was the first time I opened my mac to that degree. It lasted 2-3 hours to take it apart and put it back together. The guides were super helpful and it went super smoothly (besides a couple of shredded screws and what not). I replaced the inverter successfully but the problem persists. I believe it's the inverter cable as it looked pretty messed up.
Replace the inverter and the inverter cable at the same time, you don't want to have to open it again if you replace the wrong thing!
April 19, 2013
needed more memory
Great! followed the instructions, also used some advice from the comments section.
The advice in the comments section was very helpful. Like mentioned there I left the 4 fan wires in place and used the same glue on the temp sensor to install on the new HD
February 13, 2013
dropped computer and sheared the hinge rod on the the left hinge clutch assembly
99% successful. unfortunately, i did not understand how the inverter plugs was meant to come off the main board and ended up breaking the pins off of the main board, so now the computer is toast. oh well. it ALMOST worked for me.
not sure. i think the page in the guide that explains how to disconnect the inverter plug from the main board needs more clarity. besides that, the guide is very good, and the process is not as hard as the "difficult" rating the process gets. oh, one bit of advice: get a sleeve of small 2-3oz paper dixie cups to keep the screws from each step in. and use a marking pen to mark the cup with the number of the step that removed the screws.
at this point, i'm trying to donate the computer back to ifixit. it's full of parts that they sell. (including the new part i bought from ifixit), but i cannot seem to figure out how. they have a "sell" page, and they don't want to buy my old machine, but there doesn't seem to be an option to donate it. there needs to be.
February 8, 2013
I couldn't use my MacBook anymore because my monitor went black when i opened my screen for more than 10%. At first wiggling the screen would sometimes help, but one bad day even that didn't help anymore. Taking my Mac to a repairshop would be way to expensive for this older laptop. So i searched the net and found the cause of the defect (and the solution!) on this website. Praise and hallelujah!
The stuff i ordered reached my front door (in the Netherlands) in a week. The actual repairing took me 4 hours. Things went smoothly thanks to the big photos. I used sheets of paper to tape the little screws on and scribbled the according step next to them. That's really helpful when you reassemble the Macbook.
Use a serialnumber search on the net to see wich Macbook-version you have, so you can tell wich inverter cable you will find when you reach step 47 in the guide.