Heavy-Duty Spudger

$4.95

Product code: IF145-013-1

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Heavy-Duty Spudger

$4.95

Product code: IF145-013-1

Product Overview

Poke and prod like you mean it.

  • Thicker variant of the official "black stick" that Apple Certified Technicians use to repair Apple computers.
  • 6" long antistatic nylon probe with one flat end and one pointed end.
  • Flat end can be used to disconnect connectors, remove thermal paste from heat sinks, pry off components, or aid in soldering.
  • Pointed tip is handy for unlocking ZIF connectors and poking your siblings.

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marwan's Story Photo #594776

My Problem

A few days ago the screen would not come on from over night computer sleep. I did the usual thing starting with repairing permissions (knowing that it most likely not related to this issue), zapping the PRAM, unplugging the power cord/removing the battery holding the power button on for a good 15 seconds, removing the RAM and starting the machine without RAM, put the RAM one module at a time and then both again, turning the screen brightness key on the keyboard all the way up and down many many times, and finally trying someone’s suggestion to remove Flash Player and re-install it again. After all of this the screen still won't light up.

Using a flash light I can see that things are showing on the screen. Hooked my TV using DVI to HDMI cable and everything on the TV was mirroring on the computer’s black screen. I can do anything I want with the computer using the TV to see what I am doing.

Obviously, the video card is still working, and the mother board is not dead. I planned to repair this problem only if it is something that can be easily fixed. I have no fear opening the case and replace any needed parts, ( I’ve done my own HD upgrade, then once again when I went from HDD to SSD, and once changed left fan.) I’m just not comfortable doing any soldering if this repair requires soldering or changing the screen. Then I found iFixit website and the instructions looked straight forward, and my issue looked similar to what the repair was for.

My Fix

Got the LED Driver Board. Opened the machine, took the screen apart following iFixit instructions to the letter, replaced the LDB, put the screen and machine back together, fired it up, BINGO! Screen came back on. Success however came a few days late since I had already bought a new 15.4" Retina MacBook Pro before I found iFixt website.

Best Regards.

My Advice

Great instructions.

Photo is a screen shot after repair.

alexflett's Story Photo #582572

My Problem

Girlfriend's iPhone 5s' rear camera stopped working one day, plain and simple.

My Fix

I did the main steps of turning it off and back on as well as resetting the phone, but still so success. After receiving the replacement and finally sitting down to fix it, it took me less than 10 mins to get inside and find the problem. I asked her if anything else had not been working as well and she explained the the flashlight hadn't worked either since the incident. Come to find out, I was too excited to order a new part and take her phone apart to ask what had actually happened; she had dropped her phone a few weeks back and in the process the ribbon connecting the Rear Camera was dislodged causing the camera and flash to stop working. I reconnected it screwed everything back together and BLAM, everything was perfect!! I told her it was a tough job but I managed to get it fixed so all is good. I don't have the heart to tell her how easy it was, more or less because I'm embarrassed for my mistakes.

My Advice

See title above...

My Problem

My mid-2009 Mac Book Pro was running so slowly that is was useless. After a little research I figured I could up the ram from 2GB to 8GB. Wow! What a difference. My Mac Book functions like new. This is a worthy upgrade and an easy one. You pop off the back cover and the ram is held in place by a couple of clips.

I also purchased the Y1 Tri-Wing screwdriver and it worked flawlessly to remove the battery. I had previously purchased on on Ebay and it just didn't work. Avoid the ones on Ebay and buy it here.

The next thing I need to replace is my track pad which is no longer recognizes clicks.

Overall I am pleased with my Macbook but I have had to put some money into it. So far, I've purchased a new battery, new hard drive, ram and we can add track pad to the list.

My Fix

The repair was easy, straightforward and worth it.

My Advice

If you mac is running slow, consider a ram upgrade. If you need to replace the battery, get the tri-wing screwdriver.

My Problem

Die HDD war zu langsam, also musste die SSD rein

My Fix

mit den richtigen Werkzeugen und der genauen Anleitung und dem passenden Neuteilen von iFixit, kein Problem. 30 Minuten war es erledigt.

My Advice

Unbedingt die Displayarretierung aus Schaumstoff kaufen, hab mich geärgert diese nicht mitgekauftt zu haben. Das macht es nochmal einfacher.

My Problem

Easy to do and very inexpensive way to get computer working

My Fix

Very well for a novice at this type of repair.

Great instructions. Could have used info on material to use in replacing the heat sensor to the HD. I used a silicon paste, but wasn't sure this was the right answer. Seems to work fine.

My Advice

For the HD heat sensor cable, I would recommend taking it off at the mother board. i damaged the connector at the HD end (one pin came loose in connector) and had to carefully replace it. Mother board cable connector is much more robust.

My Problem

Boot to gray screen Apple troubleshooting list followed down to replacement of PRAM Battery after multiple other solutions.

My Fix

Very smooth after finding or buying missing tools from local hardware and iFixit.

My Advice

iFixit directions (https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iMac+Intel+...) are very accurate but two suggestions:

1) the front iMac glass requires suction or other upward force to remove it, but the glass itself is very light. Be careful not to pull it off and lose control of it.

2) After removing 12 Torq screws, I didn't know how big the front bezel would be. I thought it might be just the thin rim of aluminum where the screws were removed. In fact, it's the whole front aluminum case down past the Apple logo, which is why the access door to the RAM had to come off first. A prior commentor suggested something about removing the bezel/front case instead of disconnecting the microphone cord. This is what I did and it is a great idea to avoid damaging the cord trying to take it apart.

My Problem

I was fixing it for a student that wanted his/her IPad fix.

My Fix

The repair went ok, it took around Three hours to repair. I really have to take time to heat the glass to remove. So I don't break the glass, if you do break the grass. you just might scratch the surface of the LCD screen.

My Advice

you will need the definitely tools to remove the glass. Plastic Opening Tools, which you will need a lot of them. one isn't just enough, get extra just in case. Heavy duty Spudger works great, when removing connectors. didn't really need the metal spudger set, but I got it anyway. maybe use it on something else. you will definitely need a precision tweezers set, because the screws are so small. you will need plastic cards and opening picks. don't forget to get a screw driver small enough for those small screws, there are tiny. oh yeah, be careful lifting the screen. the screen is in perfect condition when it arrive. I will buy I fix again, if you are ordering from Canada, you will pay duty fee. my cost around 49.99 duty fee, plus the shipping I have to pay about 30.00 bucks. plus I didn't really need a suction cup. you can use a heat gun, or that iopener thing. I have use a heat gun which was dewalt.

My Problem

My PSU in my 2006 iMac g5 burnt out 3 years ago while I was plugging it in. There was a tiny spark and the thing wouldn't turn on. It was too old to get it repaired by Apple.

My Fix

It took about an hour to get disassembled. Once I did that, I promptly realized there was manufacturer error and had to call and get a new PSU sent out. They were very helpful on the phone and the service way exceptional. Shipping took like 2 seconds. Not literally but it was really fast.

While I was disassembling I was at the part where you disconnect the SATA cable. Apparently it's really easy to rip right off the board and then you are out of luck forever since it has to be soldered back on meticulously. The internet and my local Mac repair shop said it's not worth it to even try to fix.

Putting the PSU in was easy and putting it back together took probably 30 minutes. It powered right up beautifully. Of course it can't read the hard drive so after that it just blinks a flashing folder icon with a question mark in it.

Only after all that did I see there was a guide to replace the PSU without taking the whole thing apart. HAHA OOPS.

Conclusion, I fixed the PSU successfully. The guide was really good, the part worked great and then I broke my iMac forever in a different way. The End.

My Advice

Don't break your iMac while you're fixing it.

Try to do the shortcut of replacing the PSU first.

If you feel you must take the whole thing apart, be VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY careful with the SATA cable disconnection. It was EXTREMELY hard for me to unplug even with a spludger and instructions so I thought maybe I'd give it a little tug since the other cables seemed to need a little force to disconnect. That's where I went wrong and it just ripped away from the board completely.

Also, if you DO break your SATA cable off you can run your iMac off an external drive.

My Problem

The phone when connected to the charger, gave a error message, use the correct charger, then quit charging, i then conected the phone to the computer, still no charge, and I also noticed that it wouldn't conect to the computer! If I send it for repair, i will lose everything.

My Fix

With Ifixet and YouTube videos, the disassembly went well, but I'm a clutz, to hold a heat gun and prying is not going to work, so I came up with a new idea, with ebay, i found parts to make a cheaper, safer heat source, and it worked like a champion. I got a dead GS5 from eBay and used it to practice with, and it is working now.I want to show my setup but I cannot get my photos here.

My Advice

Go slow, watch the video many times, take notes, especially when sliding the adhesive cutter, the adhesive is only 2 mm wide, and at the bottom be very careful or you could cut the led lights, open from the top and unstick the led pads.

My Problem

I repair my own and friends' and clients' computers, I needed to stock up on tools and supplies.

My Fix

To quote Al Green's song: 'How can you mend a broken heart?" These tools didn't do it...

My Advice

Yea. Don't ask a wiseacre like me for advice, I'll tell you to wear clean underwear in case you get in an accident.

 

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