Teardowns I've Worked On
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Guides I've Contributed To
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My Favorite Guides
- My zipper is broken; how can I fix it?
- How should I wash my wool sweater?
- How do I wash my Patagonia sweater/jacket?
- My jacket is covered in pine sap, what do I do?
- I spilt coffee on my shirt; how do I get the stain out?
- Hey Mishel! Thanks for asking! We always love to hear about people trying new things with their devices. Unfortunately, it is not possible to install the iPhone 5's camera into the iPhone 3GS. The cameras are different sizes, physically, and the connectors are in different locations. If you are looking for a camera upgrade, the difference in camera quality between the 3GS and the 4S is considerable, and you can usually find a cheap iPhone 4S on eBay. Some of them are really cheap, and may only need a simple repair. Hope this helps! Let us know how it goes! Jake
- Hey Crystal, It sounds like the display assembly was simply not attached correctly. The connector must be installed perfectly, so check out this guide to make sure you attached everything correctly. You might want to consider spraying some compressed air over both parts of the connector to make sure that no dust or dirt gets in the way. Hope this helps! Good luck!
- Hey Jayphen, Before you open the device up, I would recommend taking it in to Apple, since it is so new, and just letting them know the fan is making weird noises and see if they will replace anything for free. It can't hurt to check, and it could save you some time and money.
- Hey Michelle, This video looks like it should help you out! Hope this helps. Good luck!
- Hey Alex, It sounds like you have tried all of the main fixes for water damage. Unfortunately, since the dock connector and battery replacement did not fix your problem, it is highly likely that the water caused a short on the logic board, effectively frying it. Did you happen to notice any burn marks on the logic board while you were inside it? You can open the device back up and check to make sure that you reattached all of the connectors correctly, but in the end it sounds like you will have to replace the logic board. Before doing so, you might as well take it into an Apple Store and seeing if they will replace it for free. It is a long shot, but I have had some luck on them replacing a water-damaged device before. Hope this helps. Good luck!
- Hey Sue, This has been a common problem amongst iPhone repair enthusiasts! Since the camera does not actually have a physical shutter, this problem is resulting from the phone not being able to access the front camera (also note that this is the front camera, not the rear, that you are having a problem with). The closed shutter view is the phone trying to access the camera. Chances are, when you replaced the LCD, the front-facing camera was not properly re-inserted. Your best bet is probably to follow this guide to open up the device and make sure the camera and its connector are seated properly. Give this a try, and check to make sure that everything is in place! It might be beneficial to spray some compressed air into the front facing camera's connector and socket to make sure there is no dust or dirt interfering with the connection. Good luck! Hope this helps!
- Hey Sebastian, Apple has been revamping their internal cooling systems a lot over the last few MacBook iterations. Because of this, the fans and connectors have been changing each time. Unfortunately, you cannot put a Retina fan inside of an older MB Pro. Check out where the retina fan's connector is versus where the Unibody's connector is. Hope this helps!
- Hey Shellie, So first, a little background info on water damage. When liquid gets inside a device, it does not damage it. The problems occur when power runs through the logic board. If any of the water bridges some of the traces on the logic board, it may cause the logic board to shirt circuit, effectively frying the entire device. Since your device was running while soaked, it sounds like the logic board was probably fried, especially since it turned off on its own and does not respond to being plugged in. Unfortunately, this means that in order to fix your device, you will probably need to replace the logic board. Before doing that, though, I would recommend just taking it in to an Apple store and seeing if they might replace it. They replaced a MacBook Pro logic board for me one time after I spilled liquid on it and effectively fried it. Hope this helps! Good luck!
- Hey Danielle, First, make sure that the ring/silent toggle on the top of the left edge of the phone is flipped to ring (not displaying a red dot). Then, go into your settings and click on Sounds. Under the "Ringer and Alerts" option, make sure that the "Change with Buttons" option is toggled to on. Try using the volume buttons again. If this doesn't fix the problem, use the slider under the "Ringer and Alerts" to turn the volume all the way up. See if this allows it to make noises. 1) If the buttons work after toggling the "Change with Buttons" option to on, your device is fixed! 2) If the buttons still don't work but the screen's slider allows you to turn the volume up, you will probably need to replace the volume control cable. 3) If after all of this, you still do not hear the ringer or alerts, let us know and we can troubleshoot further. Hope this helps! Good luck!
- Hey Aby, There are places that will charge you to fix the screen and they will certainly do a good job. However, our site is dedicated to do-it-yourself repair, and we have the guide for replacing the screen right here! All of the parts and tools you will need to do the repair are at the top of that guide, and the guide itself is free and field tested! Who knows; if it goes well, you might even be able to start helping others with the same problem by fixing their devices! If you are looking to venture into the repair world, this is a great place to start, and we are all here to help you! Good luck! Let us know how it goes.
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Hey Divinar and Lars,
We appreciate you reading through the teardowns, but as noted at the very top of each one, these are for entertainment purposes, only, and should not be followed as repair instructions. Teardowns leave out small steps such as removing SD cards in order to keep them engaging and entertaining. Only use repair guides for repairing your own devices.
We are glad to hear that you are looking to our site for guidance. However, we would like to make sure you know that the Teardown Flag at the top of all teardowns explains, "Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions." We strongly urge users not to follow teardowns, as they are intended for information and entertainment. Luckily, we have this extremely comprehensive list of guides (as opposed to teardowns) right here.
To check out unmodified photos, click on the Image metadata link in the top left corner of the image. Then you can choose to view the source image.
We are pretty sure that the rest of the memory is contained in the Multichip Memory Package.
They are marked up in red in the second picture.
Psych, Psyche, Sike? It's tough to determine the correct spelling for a slang word. We chose to go with "sike" simply because it looks cool and Urban Dictionary featured it as their word of the day on November 24, 2007. :)