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Use the sharp tip to remove pressed-in rubber components and to separate connectors. Dental picks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but the pointed probe type is best for disassembly purposes.
April 8, 2014
After very successfully replacing my 2005 HP iPod Photo battery with an iFixit kit, I just picked up a few items that will help on some of the miniature work that I'm into right now.
My eyes aren't getting any younger so the Head Magnifier, Helping Hands and Inspection scope will keep the details in sight.
The two Gerstner Toolboxes are going to free up some bench space and keep the small stuff organized.
The Flush Wire Cutter is the best there is and will make quick work out of small places.
The images show my 38" diameter digital clock that uses Atomic Clock reference reception of WWVB.
My lighted hands digital clock will need everything from my tool order and more.
The clock uses two Microchip 8-bit controllers - One to advance the current Atomic Time, set time zone and adjust lamp brightness while positioning the two proportional servos to the correct hand positions. This chip also outputs a pulse-train of current time into a second controller chip that acts as a smart port expander that drives the twelve purple hour LEDs which pattern against the current time from a table of time & actions in its memory.
Some of my tools date back to the late 70's so a tool upgrade was sorely needed.
As modern devices get smaller and smaller, the right tools are just what the doctor ordered.
April 4, 2014
March 5, 2014
I had severe problem with the ear speaker and it started to develope battery discharge issues. I live in a remote area where servicing will take 2-3 weeks. And I have a terrible fixation with understanding everything I use.
The repair when swimmingly, until I got a little over zealous with cleaning the guts out with a cotten swab and isopropyl alcohol. I broke off a (what I assume to be a shield contact arm for the ear speaker) thing, and soldered it back together. I cleaned both parts with aforementioned alcohol and put just a titch liquid RMA flux on both. Then while the flux dried I set my iron to 200c. I then applied just a scosch of solder to both sides of the joint and joined them. Clean again (more carefully) test the joint are voila!
Read the above. Be patient, thorough, and patient. And don't forget Occam's Razor.
January 24, 2014
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December 31, 2012
I own a beautiful Imac Late 2009, still powerful enough to keep it a couple of years, even more I hope. I was wondering for a while if it was possible to insert an SSD, expecting a whole speedup while using it, hoping it will be useful to keep my mac and thus keeping a alot of money :D
Well, I found this website, the useful guides, and then I bought all the useful tools to help me doing it.
The repair has been a flawless process. All went fine, except for the SSD caddy I bought on Ebay: The screw holes weren't on the good place, making me quite crazy. So I decided just to stick the whole thing together with tape. Well, it's kinda brutal, but it works.
Reassembling the whole pieces went fine. I've decided in the same time to upgrade my OS to Moutain Lion, I've previoulsy prepared a 8Gb USB stick with the new version to make a fresh install.
Do not forget to find a tool to enable TRIM support, it is necessaray to maintain good performances, and apple officialy only support their own SSD. But with a such tool (mostly free) you can enable the TRIM command.
Now I'm searching for an external enclosure for my superdrive, could be useful one day or another :)
December 18, 2012
My son has had his iPod touch for about 2 or more years and the battery was at a point that the unit would not hold a charge for very long. He uses this thing continuously and it is important to him. I had seen on iFixit that you had a replacement battery and the tools/instructi
Did the repair in very short order, the instructions on the iFixit website guiding me all the time and the repair was a success, i am a hero because of you guys!
September 11, 2012
My wife's iphone accidentally made it into the washing machine for a full wash cycle. After extensively drying it, it would only turn on when connected to wall power, and the battery would not hold a charge. I was hoping the lithium battery was just shorted past its minimum voltage. Since the phone did turn on, maybe I would get lucky and that would be the only problem.
Repair went pretty smooth. Removed a few extra parts past removing the battery to make sure things were dry. Upon removing some of the connectors, there were whitish marks around some of the connector edges. It looked like corrosion or... burn marks. Well, time to find out. I put everything back together with a new battery and the phone turned on without wall power. It was not able to find a connection to the mobile network (just showed "Searching..." in the top right corner). Also the touch display was flaky in responding and the phone would reset every so often. So I think the white marks burn marks where the battery shorted. I think the shorts also caused other damage on the main board which lead me to the decision to not spend any more money on parts since there is a good chance most of the damage is on the main board itself. Iphone 5 may be release within the next couple of weeks and we are eligible for new phones so I think It will ultimately be cheaper to buy a new one.
Downside to iphone is that you can't easily remove the battery. When you are in a situation where the phone gets wet, removing the battery before a short can occur can save your phone. In this particular case any phone probably would have been dust since it was in the whole wash cycle, but it did make me realize that there are times where removing a phone battery fast enough can save the phone. The built in iphone battery makes this impossible to do.
On a positive note I found the Magnetic Project Mat invaluable. I tore apart the iphone almost completely and there are so many little screws of different sizes that it would be really hard to keep track of what went where. Placing parts from each step in the different sections of the mat made putting it back together possible. I definitely recommend the magnetic mat if you take small things apart from time to time.
July 31, 2012
Small server with dual drives and one crashed. Small SSD's were so cheap that I put in two of those added memory and it's like a new computer.
Was afraid at first in getting the cover off but figured it out.
Used your guide but it didn't really tell me that the wire sockets for the daughter boards may come off. Thought I had broke it and was ready to get out the soldering gun - then realized it was a socket that popped back on. All worked - job done - felt very good about it.