Teardowns I've Worked On
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Guides I've Contributed To
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My Favorite Guides
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- My workhorse machine is a 2.5 GHz A1260 with 6GB RAM and an SSD swapped in for the optical drive. I love it, scratches and di...
- I've written about maximizing physical battery life in the past, but I'm curious what the most clever techniques you've come ...
- I have a slightly defective battery. The battery thinks that its capacity is higher than it is, and my system completely shut...
- We sell iPod opening tools. They're all right-- they're soft because we don't want people to scratch the case as they open it...
- I'm writing some articles about maxing out the lifespan of lithium-ion polymer batteries, and I was wondering if those of you...
- Every MacBook Pro I've had has started wearing the anodized coating off the metal on the upper front edge of the case. Since ...
- My 2004 Mazda 3's check engine light is coming on periodically. I hooked up a tester to it and it's error P0128. What does th...
- We get this question all the time. For some reason, people are very particular about the type of fluid. It's very important f...
- I have a Mac Mini that has been 'freezing' causing frequent hard restarts. Now it won't boot at all, no Apple screen, sound, ...
- I dropped my iPhone 3g the other day. Now it keeps losing service off and on sometimes it gets service and I can get text mes...
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- I just installed a new garbage disposal because the last one developed a leak in the plastic casing. Garbage disposal worked great, but my dishwasher filled up with water. I realized that i forgot to remove the stopper plug from the disposal! They make them with a plug in case you're not hooking up a dishwasher. So if you just installed a new disposal and now your dishwasher is filling up with water, check to see if there's a plastic plug blocking your drain.
- Update from Steven: I just noticed that the USB keyboard did not work when plugged into the iMac, BUT the mouse did. I took the Apple keyboard to my laptop and plugged it in and it works perfectly. All I did was install a new processor. I hope this new symptom helps diagnosis. Update 2: I took the iMac apart today and put back the old T2500 chip. It worked again. Since I found some GeekBench results for a T7600 on a iMac 4,1, I am assuming I can swap the T2500 for a T7600, therefore, the processor must be bad. I returned it today.
- As far as I know, this cannot be done. Most cell phones are not upgradeable.
- We sell the rear panel here.
- No, you cannot install a drive taller than 9.5 mm in the MacBook Pro.
- It's definitely hard. We've done all this research, and incorporated it into our ID-Your-Mac system. It's far more complex than it looks on the surface—as you've found out. We have more information we could make available, but it's not in a very user-friendly format.
- 1) Make sure you have the right screwdriver. Drivers and screws can vary, so the best way is to check it yourself. 2) Put a dab of superglue on the tip of the screwdriver, hold it for a few seconds to let it bond, then use a lot of downward pressure as you rotate. 3) If that fails, use a dremel to cut a notch in to the screw, then use a flathead screwdriver to remove it. Cover the rest of the machine with plastic first so the metal shavings don't touch any electrical components. Also see this post about stripped screw technique.
- No, it's not the same as the MacBook Air. This is the screwdriver you need for the Air. We have just gotten our hands on some iPhone 4 compatible pentalobe screwdrivers. We'll be adding more information about them soon, and they should be shipping in the next week or two. Add your name to the notify list on that product and we'll email you as soon as they're ready to ship.
- No. The NAND flash is soldered to the main board, and it does not have an interface that's compatible with an SSD (or space inside for a drive). It is hypothetically possible to replace the flash chips with larger capacity chips, but that would require a sophisticated surface mount de/soldering setup. In English: a semiconductor company could do it, but probably not an individual.
- Alas, we don't provide support for third party parts. If you can't figure out how to install it, then you might have to get a better quality part.
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Awesome! I've always wanted to see inside one of those.
This guide incorporates documentation from Dell, integrated with the iFixit community manual.
This is great! I'll have to try it. I'd love more information on how to sharpen the blades on blue jeans. How much stroking does it take to sharpen them? How do you tell when it's sharp enough?
Great guide, your photos are very clear. Well done!
Awesome teardown! These things have gotten so simple. Those antennas would be pretty easy to repurpose for something else.
Updated. We suspect this new chip (next to the CPU) is the Platform Controller Hub.
It would help thermal transfer, but it's possible it's not necessary. I don't see what it would hurt, but I'd suggest holding off until you see what the thermal characteristics of your system are out of the box.
No, iFixit doesn't perform BOM cost estimates.
Thanks for letting us know, Ed. Fixed!
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