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  • Answer to: Possible to buy upper case without the keyboard or trackpad?

    The keyboards and trackpads are replaceable on the 15" machines but not on the 13" machines. I use an electric screwdriver to remove the (about 65) screws. Dan is right, it's a risk replacing the keyboard and a bit tedious. Removal and installation takes me about two hours and you do need to take care not to rip the black plastic bottom cover. There should be lots of them on eBay, if you can't find one, I probably have one in stock.
  • Answer to: Replace the 1Tb with a hybrid SSD drive?

    I've had great luck with the new Seagate SSHD drives. Both the 2.5" and the 3". For your iMac, get a 3" drive. Use either an external enclosure or a Universal Adapter to hook it up. I use SuperDuper almost every day, I even bought the full version, I think it's one of the best utilities I've ever used.
  • Answer to: What used iMac model to buy

    Go for the 2011. If the video goes bad Apple will fix it for free: http://9to5mac.com/2013/08/16/apple-opens-graphics-card-replacement-program-for-some-mid-2011-imacs/
  • Answer to: Where can I find replacement screws for 27" apple cinema display?

    Internal screw set: http://www.ebay.com/itm/GENUINE-APPLE-CINEMA-DISPLAY-A1267-24-COMPLETE-SET-OF-INTERNAL-SCREWS-/171111450195?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash... Case screws: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Set-Of-12-Genuine-Screws-for-Apple-M8536-23-HD-Cinema-Display-Monitor-Case-/190763763789?pt=US_Monitor_Replacement_...
  • Answer to: Why won't my second SATA hard drive initialize in Disk Utility?

    Your machine has a Serial ATA 1.5 Gb/s BUS. If this is this the drive you got: HGST Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630(0J26005) 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive It is only backward compatible to 3 Gb/s.
  • Answer to: Hdd is not recognized by computer

    Drives fail. Start up from your SSD and run Disk Utilities of the other drive.
  • Answer to: New hard drive will not fit completely

    There may be some type of adapter stuck on the end of this drive that can be pulled off. Can you post of picture of this black plastic? Also comport it to your old drive to see where, if any. the differences are. Is the drive to long or to thick?
  • Answer to: Hangs up while booting and heating up

    For the heating issue, I'd pull the fans, use canned air to blow them out and clean the vent behind them. Here's how: MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Models A1226 and A1260 Left Fan Replacement Video issues may be coming from the nVidia 8600 GPU which had issues and a previous recall that has now expired.
  • Answer to: installing 10.6 to a external hard drive on a 10.7 computer

    If you want 10.7 on your MacBook, hook them up via firewire cable. Use Target Mode by starting the MacBook with the "T" key held down. Use SuperDuper to clone the iMac hard drive. Or Start up the iMac with the 10.6 disk in it holding down the "C" key to boot from the DVD. Use Disk Utilities to format the new drive (GUID partition) and then install a system onto the MacBook.
  • Answer to: Black screen on start up diognostics "help".

    First, to help isolate the problem, hook it up to an external monitor to see if the GPU is putting out a signal. When trouble shooting issues it's best not to do upgrades. If the old drive was working, put it back in. Handle the SSD upgrade AFTER you have the machine running. Recheck your connections to the LED driver board: iMac Intel 27" EMC 2309 and 2374 LED Driver Board Replacement


  • iMac Whiteboard

    Great idea! How about adding an attachment to the bottom of the stand to hold a book open. Maybe use the speaker case cut to size. Affix it using the holes for the RAM access plate.

  • MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009 LCD Replacement

    As the glass may be broken on these, I found that putting Duct tape across the broken screen helped keep it together better for easier removal. Also you might want to watch the small suction cup that comes in the kit as the metal pull ring melts right out, I had to use my bigger suction cups.

  • Adding images to an existing answer

    Thanks for a much needed guide addition! Great work!

  • Repairing MacBook Core 2 Duo Installing LCD & Inverter (fast method) A1181

    This was probably the first guide I tried writing. I'm sure I made some errors and one is the order 7 should be before 6 but I don't know how to change it. You're more than welcome to try to improve it. These things aren't written in stone and most have contributions from many people. I'm done this many times without damaging any wires. You damaged the wires when forcing, I clipped the tabs off so that it wasn't forced, after all the thing is held on with screws.

  • PowerBook G4 Aluminum 15" 1.5-1.67 GHz Display Data Cable Replacement

    Approximate replacement time 2hrs 15 mins