P5 Pentalobe Screwdriver Retina MacBook Pro and Air

$11.95

Product code: IF145-090

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P5 Pentalobe Screwdriver Retina MacBook Pro and Air

$11.95

Product code: IF145-090

Product Overview

Beat the proprietary lock on your MacBook Air or Pro Retina.

  • Fits the 5-point pentalobe screws found on the bottom of recent MacBook Air and all MacBook Pro with Retina Display laptops.
  • Sturdy precision driver with a solid metal shaft, rubberized plastic handle, and spinning top.
  • Fixed driver makes frequent repairs much easier.
  • Upgrade to pro for an ESD safe professional-grade driver.

Also available as part of the Pro Tech Screwdriver Set or as one of the individual bits in the 54 Bit Driver Kit

Product Details

$7.95 iFixit

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

A staff favorite!

$11.95 Pro / USA

 
 

Condition:

New

Notes:

The nicest MacBook Air driver available anywhere! Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty, this very nice driver will be the last one you have to buy. Features a reversible tip, with the pentalobe driver on both sides, so you have redundant reliability.

ESD handle with swivel top.

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Stories

My Problem

The battery in my 2011 Macbook Air wasn't holding a charge anymore, so I could get about 45 minutes of solid use before it started spinning to save memory before hibernation.

My Fix

The repair couldn't have been easier. The tools were right, the guides were great, and the whole thing took maybe 20 minutes.

My Advice

The tape trick definitely came in handy. Make a couple of loops of scotch tape and stick them to your work area. Then, any time you remove one of those ridiculously tiny screws, stick it to the tape. They don't get lost, are easy to count, and if you lay the tape out in the order that the guide mentions them, it's easy to remember what's what.

My Problem

The battery in my 4 year old MacBook Pro was acting up - erratically switching off although still 40% full, diminishing uptime, and telling me it needed "servicing". Since there is no Apple store in this part of the world, I went to a certified Apple repair shop where they told me "You can leave your laptop here, but it will be 10 days before anyone will look at it. And no,before having looked at it we can't give you an estimate for the price and time it will take."

In the meantime one of the fans became noisy, perhaps after I dropped the 'Book on the floor (carpet-covered, so there was nothing broken, only the noisy fan, annoying in an otherwise completely silent machine).

After some discussions with friends and colleagues and a lengthy visit to the iFixit web site, in particular on the question whether it will even be possible to replace the glued-in battery, plus a trip to the basement to verify that I had a bottle of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) available, I ordered a left fan, a battery and a collection of little tools from iFixit.

My Fix

The first positive surprise was the speed of delivery, less than 2 days from California to the west of France.: I ordered on Tuesday afternoon, and on Thursday morning the packet was at my doorstep. And on Thursday night, everything was fixed.

The easy part was the left fan. There is a detailed guide with pictures from iFixit, and this must be one of the simplest parts to replace; no other part has to be removed to get at it. Opening up a PowerBook with the right tools is much easier now than it was 12 years ago when I last did a DIY replacement on my iBook (lime green "toilet seat" model, much loved).

As for the battery, it is glued in, and the official advice, even from iFixit, is that you cannot do it yourself, unless you want to replace half of the casing of the laptop and pay around 500$. But I came across a discussion

<Has anybody tried heat to loosen battery glue?>

with a link to a video from byteguys.co.uk where they show how it can be done, involving IPA and a syringe, plus a lot of patience. One has to be careful, constantly prying with some force without breaking the plastic tools nor any computer parts,repeatedly squirting IPA underneath the battery without piercing it and starting a fire.

It took me about an hour, but it worked.

Then 5 minutes for putting the new battery in (it comes with glue strips) and closing everything up. and now my PowerBook is as good as new.

Thanks iFixit!

My Advice

My advice is: before you start, spend enough time looking at the experience of others, until you feel confident whom you can trust.

And get the right tools for the task, it makes a big difference.

My Problem

I had a 512 GB SSD and was running out of space. I called Apple to ask if they could upgrade it and was told it wasn't an option. I then called a local Apple authorized repair shop and spoke with someone who said they do it all of the time, it wasn't a problem, but they wanted me to bring it in to look at it. When I went into the shop, everyone seemed confused and didn't know what I was talking about. They said they didn't know how to order the parts, and to come back when the woman I spoke to was in. I instantly lost faith in them, and decided to do it myself after looking at the iFixit website.

My Fix

It was extremely easy and exactly as the website stated. I was done in less then 10 minutes with no problems. I restored from a Time Machine backup which was the longest aspect of the process.

My Advice

Sorry, no advice. Just follow the site's instructions.

My Problem

Battery failure

My Fix

Replaced battery

My Advice

This was a very easy fix

Kenneth Sayers's Story Photo #736122

My Problem

The keyboard stopped working when water was spilled on it.

The repair shop wanted too much money so we just used an external keyboard. We finally found this an unacceptable solution.

My Fix

We followed the iFixit instructions. The repair was almost flawless. The microphone connection to the I/O board broke when we tried to remove the wire. It is very fragile. Luckily, that is not a necessary feature for us. We didn't even test it, but it probably still works.

My Advice

We put out white sheets of paper and numbered each step that removed screws or parts. We taped the parts to the paper with clear tape next to the step number. This was super useful for the tiny screws. We labeled screws when two different kinds were used in the same step.

We had to get a 000 phillips screw driver. We had 10 minutes to spare on New Years eve.

My Problem

Had to fix my screen because it cracked after an external monitor fell on it! Way cheaper to fix myself.

My Fix

Not good, I broke my iSight camera!! But at least my screen is fixed.

My Advice

Be very careful with the iSight port!!

My Problem

I've bought ifixit battery + a couple of screwdrivers. Spent about 40 minutes to replace the battery by myself.

My Fix

Great. I consider it to be very easy.

My Advice

Prepare 3-4 different places to store the bolts.

My Problem

My MacBook Air battery that was in the computer absolutely held no charge because it was 5 years old. It was used heavily and needed to be replaced.

My Fix

Well I was a bit nervous actually doing a repair on my computer especially my computer as its a prized possession. I got the 5 pentalobe screwdriver which was critical and I mean critical because you can't do anything with out it. So once i got all the parts and looked at the instructions to replace it with I fixits guide I successfully replaced the battery in 10 minutes.

My Advice

When you do this repair buy with no hesitation their 5 pentalobe screwdriver and be patient unscrewing the back housing pentalobe screws. Also be careful with the battery connector. Back up your computer before you do this repair in case something goes wrong.

My Problem

I wouldn't consider myself a clumsy person, perhaps accident prone. I was walking into work and slipped down some steps (it had been raining all morning) and my backpack hit the step behind me. I thought nothing of it and went on about my day. Later that evening, I opened my laptop to find a spiderweb like, shattered trackpad. I immediately came to this site to order my replacement part and tools.

My Fix

Repair was fine. The step by step guidelines that the site offers makes the process very easy. I stripped the last 6 screws that allow you to get the trackpad out. I reconciled that situation by taking it to a local shop. Details are found below.

My Advice

Three pieces of advice.

One, order the tools from the site. I thought "nah, I can find them locally." Just order them from here. It's a total pain in the butt to find the tools locally and the store associates will look at you then walk away in self shame for not knowing what you were talking about.

Two, don't strip the screws. The last 6 (black, 1.6mm) screws pose as the gate keepers. These are the most difficult to deal with. I stripped all 6 of them not knowing that you have to press down extremely hard on both sides of the trackpad in order to get them out. I took it to "Simply Mac" at The Avenues in Marietta, GA and explained to the associate that I'm an impatient idiot. He sighed and got the screws out. He also advised that if this happens, turn the screwdriver slightly right, then left to gain traction. I thanked him and told him that he was my hero.

Three, the silver screw located at the bottom of the trackpad (on the inside) allows the clicking mechanism to operate properly. Don't try to screw this one all the way down. Once you tighten the screw to the few threads at the top of the opening, stop. If you DO try to screw this down tight, it will get stuck and you'll have to take the trackpad out and do it all over again. Be sure to check that the "clicking" operates before putting your laptop back together.

Overall, easy experience. The hiccups were due to my own stubbornness and impatience.

My Problem

battery in MacBook Air died after long period of no use

My Fix

Replace the battery with new one, watched the tutorial, went just fine.

My Advice

The tutorial tells you it all.