Completed Guides


  • Answer to: Snow Leopard on Mac Mini 2011?

    According to this recipe, it can be done on machine models that originally shipped with SL. But not new Mac Minis. Uses System Image Utility to create a suitable 10.6.8 netrestore image which is restored onto the new machine. I have used it on a MacBook Pro early 2011 model.


  • MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Teardown

    Looks like Toms Hardware has wrong photos. M.2 PCIe card appears to be close to a standard with one notch. Wikipedia says M.2 SATA has two notches. Tyco Electronics designed the M.2 (NGFF) connector to support multiple uses on different pins - "keys A, B, E, and M". mPCIe white paper is silent on connectors. Can't find an "official" standard source. Sounds like a standard isn't in existence yet....

  • MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Teardown

    Sandisk is now doing M.2 for SSD, which has two notches on the edge connector, while Samsungs M.2 has one.

    So what gives.

  • iPad Air Teardown

    One day you might like to try "Undu" - scrapbooker's adhesive remover - dissolves the glue bond and then evaporates leaving glue intact. I think it's fantastic stuff - used it to remove iPhone 3G battery doing a total case replacement.

  • MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012 Teardown

    Suggest trying "Undu" - scrapbooker's adhesive remover. Brilliant stuff. (chemical = hexane) Dissolves the pressure sensitive adhesive glue bond, then evaporates leaving the adhesive still sticky for reuse. I have used it on iPhone battery with success.