Repair Stories

These are stories, written by people just like yourself, all about repair. Some end well; some end poorly, but all are fascinating tales of repair adventures. Read through some of the stories below, and perhaps you will be inspired to fix some of your own things — even the ones that aren't broken... yet.

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Success so far

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Battery life became erratic, would have been covered under Apple's extended battery warranty for certain Iphone5's but the phone had gotten wet so Apple won't work on it.

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Basically Rebuilt my MacBook Penryn Model!!

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My old 2008 MacBook was still in great working condition but unfortunately could no longer keep up with my graphic design needs as the OS would not support Adobe Creative Cloud. I planned to sell the unit, but with the casing so dingy, I wasn't going to get much out of it. As a person who has always loved taking things apart and putting them back together, I decided I would try my hand at disassembling a computer for the first time ever!

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Saved my iPhone5 and Cookie Clicker

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Well I plugged it in to charge one day and when I picked it up and could see in the side of the phone I knew something was wrong. The battery had puffed up like a balloon.

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PS3 YLOD Repair

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My original 60G CECHA01 backwards-compatible PS3, which I bought back in 2006 with an extended 2 year warranty, got the first YLOD in June 2010. I sent it back to Sony for repairs while they were still servicing that particular model, and I paid a total of $180 since the extended warranty had expired. OUCH! - P.S, I don't recall Sony offering more extended warranties for that 60G model after my extended warranty had expired. Anyways, after receiving back my PS3 from Sony, 5 years later, July 2015, The YLOD strikes again! So, I went online looking for a solution and came across IFIXIT.

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Slow and steady wins the race

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The iPhone had a cracked screen and the Touch ID was broken from my friend dropping it in water. The apple store wants $129 for the repair and my friend wanted to avoid using her $200 upgrade until the new phones are out.

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Repair made in a jiffy!!

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The battery for my Apple iPod Classic would not hold a charge any more. I ordered a new battery and it was here in 3 days!!

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Expanding Horizons

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I do lots of iPad repairs for others, but this was the first retina iPad mini that has come to me. It was cracked pretty badly, but I can always fix it.

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Early 2008 MacBook Pro Black Screen

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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.

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Continuity on 2010 Mac Book Pro 15

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Wanted to enable Continuity on my 2010 Mac Book Pro 15" upgrading the BT/wireless card using a BCM94331PCIEBT4CAX and the 2011/12 Airport/BT Bracket

And the tool and guide from:

https://github.com/dokterdok/Continuity-...

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Replace thermal paste for HP Pavilion g6-1a60us

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The computer was overheating pretty bad and it was hard to watch video or even play a simple game without the computer shutting off.

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