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July 20, 2015
The microphone on the wifes iPhone quit working. I ordered a new dock and went thru the process of replacing it and it was marginally better, but still sounded like she was talking underwater. I used compressed air and blew out the screen on the bottom that the microphone lives behind and it restored complete function. Not saying this is always the problem, but something to double check first.
Not too bad, pretty in depth and getting difficult for these old eyes and hands (58). Took me longer than estimated, but I did misplace a screw into the wrong container (I had separate cups for parts from each step) and that took a bit to sort out. Wonder why Apple decides screws should be 1.2mm, 1.3mm and 1.5mm, most of which two different lengths are used to attach one part... dumb on their part.
A couple of tips, in step 10, peeling back the dock connector cable took the metal cover on the logic board with it, maybe a tip to hold it down as you peel back the adhesive. Step 16 and 17, I figured out that the retaining flap is on the black socket and not the dock itself, the picture of the plastic opening tool is a bit confusing as to exactly what part you are going after. The ribbon cable, it pulls out sideways from a slot, that wasn't exactly clear, and I wasn't sure from the pics and such if it laid in on top or what. Last tip, when putting the new dock connector back in, the ribbon that connects the speaker has enough play to stick the speaker down offset to the tube that the rubber sleeve slides into, making it difficult to get the rubber sleeve back into the tube. So before you really stick the adhesive down, make sure the position is good.
July 8, 2015
battery failing after more than a yr of use
slow and moderately difficult due entirely to motorola's efforts at stymieing your ability to change out the battery. why not just throw it out and buy another?
first, the paper clip as removal tool for the sim card did not fit my hole. had to rummage thru spouse's needle collection for the right fit.
two, the plastic opening tools where less effective than a few guitar picks. leaving some in place as you undo the back helps prevent it from trying to reseal itself. also minimizes cracks in the back.
three, special care needs to b made around the buttons due to the proximity of the button cable. loosening the back before and after is the safest way to proceed. I tore my on the volume side. no biggie as the set volume is fine for me and if I wanted to I guess I could replace it for about $7.
copious amounts of glue and tape and glue at the battery make for a lot of consternation. slow and steady. plenty of iopener use.
four, hope for a good replacement battery. got mine at factoryoutletstore for 31.61 all in. it showed 0 charge at start but within 3 hrs was almost fully charged and has restored my cell to its original state.wish replacement parts and tools were cheaper.
five, have joined your lobbying effort to get manufacturers on board with owner repairs, etc. good effort!
my tools arrived within a week. good job.
June 25, 2015
The power button in the iPhone 4S wasn't working and the earpiece speaker when I stopped working
both repairs failed. The button itself wasn't the issue it was the part that pushed up against it and the speaker didn't work out either. The button itself is just a hard piece of metal no issue with it and the speaker I don't know what's going on there.
save your money and just invested in the new phone
June 11, 2015
speaker was not working.
It was mostly easy. Took me about an hour to do that. I could have done it in far less time, if I didn't strip one of the screws. I was able to do the replacement by skipping some steps.
1. The screws are very tiny. Work in a well lighted area, also use magnifier glass if possible.
2. Be careful when loosening the screws. If you strip a screw, you are screwed!
3. Keep track of each screw you open.
4. There is a tiny black triangular spacer underneath the speaker. I didn't notice it's layout, while I was taking out the speaker. I ended up leaving it out during reassembly. My phone still works fine without it. It would be nice if the instruction shows a picture of the spacer's layout.
June 10, 2015
I broke my macbook screen on a very dumb accident, the outside of the screen was perfect not a single scratch on it.
But when I turn on my macbook you can notice on the screen a huge crack that covers half of it.
I could never believe how fragile this laptop screen really is, so i will be more careful with it in the future.
And original screen replacement would cost double of what i paid to do it myself by buying everything from iFixit.
I was desperate to fix the screen when my accident happened, and the display was not available for almost three weeks on the ifixit website.
So i looked at other cheaper displays that are sold on ebay, but i didn't trust any of the items i saw there.
Finally when the item was back on stock i ordered it from i fix it.
Then my package arrived and at the moment i opened the package and check the inside of the package.
I was so glad on the decision i made to wait and buy the parts from i fixit.
The wrapping was so perfectly done so that the screen wouldn't suffer any damages from the transportation.
I just noticed that the screen doesn't have any protection when is not installed on the computer so it is more fragile to transport.
The replacement guide from your website was very detail and perfect for a none experienced person to follow it.
I strongly suggest that anyone that needs to replace a macbook screen should buy the all parts and tools from the iFixIt website.
The P5 pentalobe that i purchased from the iFixIt store is very delicate and doesn't reach all the depth of the screw hole.
You have to be extremely careful not to damage the screws from the outside. And if you damage the outside screws you will not be able to start the teardown.
Please improve the quality of the pentalobe tip so that it has a better fit on the apple outside case screws.
June 4, 2015
Back cover broken, and battery and dock connector problems.
In reviewing your step by step instructions before ordering parts. I determined bottom screws needed the recommended replacements. Ordered parts and kit and all arrived in a few days. Sat down used my magnetic pad, previously ordered, and only used tools provided in kits. The instructions were very helpful, and were right on on possible problems I might encounter. In a short time, and day, I had completed tasks, charging and phone back in use.
Reviewing instructions, and using magnetic pad, and tweezers have always been a great help. Do not under estimate your self, you can do it!
May 24, 2015
Screen has lines running on it, tells me the connection of the display module has problem
Perfect, iSlack is useful but still need help
Its very tight for iSlack to open in first trial, you need to still use the suction cup a bit, but be careful not to be too 'excited' on the opening process, once it shows movement, switch back to iSlack to prevent killing your precious Touch ID
May 20, 2015
The faceplate was cracked and dangling.
The repair went great the instrutions were perfect and Ivery satisfied with the website and guidence.
No advice here it was pretty simple.
May 17, 2015
Realized the back glass was broken, don't know how it happened, but it was. So I looked up what to do and found your site. Then I decided to also replace the dock connector because I when I used my phone I had to put the other person on speaker or they couldn't hear me. The sweet girl at the Apple store had told me the only solution was to replace the phone with the latest $$$ model.
Replacing the back class was easy, although one of the screws was striped. I sent a question in, but then I found three solutions and between the three, I finally got that li'l bugger screw out. so while I had it open I went for it and followed the guide to replacing the dock connector. I had trouble understanding what part was what:
battery connector from the socket (what socket)
speaker enclosure assembly
home button ribbon cable ZIF socket.
And that is where I got into trouble. Those ribbon cables and how to put them out of the way while I'm working. Was worried as to how delicate they were so apparently I didn't move the home button ribbon far enough out of the way and as soon as I moved the dock connector, the home button ribbon tore. So now I have placed my order for that.
All in all it was a good experience. I am having to wait on the home button ribbon part, but I was able to do something I believed was difficult. Your instructions made it easy.
1. maybe a picture with part names just for us idiots. the warning on working with the small parts such as ribbons; how far to pull out of the way or not pull. A picture of that small part.
2. instructions just say: To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order....well that's not necessarily true.
A. The new part doesn't have a retaining flap on the home button ribbon cable ZIF socket.
B. There are parts that have protective plastic covering (on the dock connector part and the back glass as well). Some of us may not realize where they all are and some may not even realize it needs to be removed.
Suggestion to an inexperienced person attempting the dock connector replacement or anything in that area of the phone: Before each step, check the step comment icon at the top right of each step. They will give you a heads up on problems and solutions before you make a mistake.
May 13, 2015
My phone was having trouble charging. Had to hold cable "just right".
Everything went well with the repair and my phone was fully functional afterwards. However the next day my touch ID stopped working and I haven't been able to figure out why. Not sure if it is related to the repair. Anyway, my phone now charges correctly.
Take it slow. Make sure you have something to hold the screws and small parts with. I used a piece of packing tape attached to a paper plate.