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January 25, 2015
The LCD display on my 2.2 GHz MacBook Core 2 Duo (late 2007) worked fine when it was part way open but went dark when fully open. I used it for several months while the problem got progressively worse. A little online research convinced me that I had a bad inverter cable. I discovered iFixit had the instructions for replacing the cable so I decided to give it a go. Why buy a new laptop if you can fix the old one for a few dollars?
I got a few tools from iFixit and just followed the instructions. There were a couple of spots where I had to look closely and prod gently to figure out how things came apart. I worked slowly and carefully. It was fun. When I was done, the laptop worked perfectly.
I put the parts I removed at each step in separate, labeled zip-loc bags. A desk lamp with a built-in magnifying glass was an invaluable tool. I took the opportunity to clean out years of accumulated dust and dirt. I even cleaned the exterior surfaces to make them white again.
The laptop worked so well that I replaced the hard drive with a solid state drive (SSD) and was amazed at the increase in speed. I am enjoying it more now than when it was new.
January 12, 2015
I went cheap and did not choose the built in SSD when I purchased the iMac. Bad choice. The computer was really, really slow with the 1TB internal HD.
Could not have gone smoother. Removing the old and applying the new adhesive strips was a bit time consuming, but not difficult.
Machine is now lightning fast. Used a Samsung EVO 850 SSD. Also using Trim Enabler from cindori.org. This was money well spent and the guides were fantastic.
January 9, 2015
Wanted to put an SSD in my new Apple Refurb 2013 iMac 27"
Went off without a hitch (except that I scratched the !&&* out of my dinner table, oops!)
If you're working on a surface you value put down a towel :)
December 30, 2014
Bezel was cracked in assorted places.
The right and left arrow keys quit working.
The trackpad and select (long key below the trackpad) had issues.
I followed the guides and used the plastic bag method to keep track of the screws, at each step I numbered the bag to the step in the instructions. I found that some of the screws were in the wrong place and that one of the screws was missing.
I had a little trouble getting the screws out of the battery case area.
I modified a phillips screwdriver to 60mm in length and did not have any more issues. The screwdriver you sold me was a bit toooooooo long. The Spudger worked great to get the plug out.
I had a three profanity moment getting it back in.
Took three tries to get the Bezel on correctly .
Go buy a can of compressed air first.
I used "Q" tips and dish soap to clean out the gunk.
I used a scotchbrite pad to polish the contacts
I had to file the little square inserts at the lower edge of the Bezel to get it in and have it fit.
Get a short screwdriver.
I had to use a "C"clamp and two wood blocks to compress the case together. I could not align the screws in the center of the case.
December 25, 2014
I was fixing it for a student that wanted his/her IPad 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.
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.
December 23, 2014
Right and Left arrow keys stopped working
The actuator key below the track pad was sticking.
The bezel was cosmetic .
Mac Store wanted almost $400.00 to do the Fix
When I removed the screws with Fixit instructions The some of the screws were in the wrong holes. this unit had been fixed at a
"mac "repair shop. The screws are in the proper place now.
I used the plastic bag method to tear it down. Placed screws in a small plastic bag and numbered them to match the step in the instructions. Made reassembly real easy.
I had to use a "C" clamp and two blocks of wood to compress the
case and the keypad together to get the the three screws in the battery case in. Your screwdriver is toooo long.
I made one 60mm that is just the right size. Try it!!!!
The replacement worked perfectly, i am still getting used to the
"F" key flacement.
I guessed the tape on the Bezel was to hold in place. After the dry
fit and some minor adjustments i stuck it together and all fit.
Go buy a can of Compressed air first.
Get a 10mm paint brush. Clean the cracks and crevices.
Get a small scotchbright pad to clean the contacts on the case.
The Bezel can be changed without removing the screen from the case. I had to file the edges of the bottom inserts to get them in the frame. (Too much grime.)
December 22, 2014
The 5400 RPM HD that comes in the new tapered iMac 21.5" is too slow.
The adhesive strips come with a "pizza cutter" iMac opening tool so you should not have to order the iMac opening tool separately.
October 31, 2014
I repair my own and friends' and clients' computers, I needed to stock up on tools and supplies.
To quote Al Green's song: 'How can you mend a broken heart?" These tools didn't do it...
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.
October 9, 2014
My hdd has failed and I had to replace it
As usual, look at iFixit.com ... There was a solution.. I bought the tools.
After 30 minutes, the new HDD was in my iMac, ready to restore my data :)
Don't worry .... it's very simple to do =)
September 12, 2014
The plastic cards saved me for sure. Those clips holding the cover frame are a royal pain in the southern region. Replacing a few parts including the hard drive and the spudger makes for a nice way to remove the HD Sensor while saving the adhesive backing.
Take your time, the plastic cards did not hit the little arm the first time. You don't have to put much force on the cards to move the clip holding the frame.