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May 19, 2015
Dropped it and glass shattered and digitiser was a bit touchy afterwards.
With the display assembly making part of the main case it was an easy fix once you eventually get the case open.
The plastic cover over the camera has hard to pry off and required a bit of brute force, then one of the final screws is hidden under the tamper seal.
Separating the back cover requires a bit of force, I started at the top then worked down each side.
Instead of taking each component out separately I just removed all the screws which appeared to hold the boards onto the case then lifted out entire assembly and transferred to the new case.
All in all fairly easy, I have no experience in this and that hardest part was opening the case. Took close to am hour to pry open the tablet then another to transfer all components then close up.
Don't miss the screw under the tamper seal, took me a little to realise and i bent the case a fair bit.
Be careful taking of the back case, partly lift it then unplug ribbon cable attaching battery before completely removing.
Dont diconect all the boards, just undo all the main screws and the two ribbon cables on bottom. The cable in the middle has a small clamp holding it in so dont pull it straight out. Lift all the boards out and slide the USB connector into the left side of display assembly then slide in the audio jack on the other side. Reattach digitiser cable completely and evenly otherwise youll spend a lot of time reopening the case.
I forgot to connect one of the digitisers cables so half the screen doesnt work, cant bring myself to fix it. Too much trouble opening the case first time around.
May 1, 2015
I decided my new Macbook Pro needed a new Solid State Drive. Since I was going to be inside the case anyway I decided to put in a Data Doubler from OWC. A Data Doubler basically is used to replace your optical drive with a hard drive or SSD. The SSD upgrade went off without a hitch. The Data Double not so much. I used the wrong screwdriver to try to get the screws out of the DVD drive and stripped out the heads of two of the screws holding in the drive. I realized I should not have used a screwdriver with replaceable tips. This shank of the screwdriver hits the case of the drive. This causes the screwdriver to be tipped out of the screw head just a little. The screws actually had a little thread locking compound on them that also made the screws hard to remove. This caused me to strip the screws.
The repair went really well. I ordered the screw extractor kit from iFixit, it showed up a couple of days later and with a little pressure and the right screw extractor the screws came out with no problem. I now have a Macbook with a 500GB SSD and a 1TB HDD.
Use the right tool for the job. I know, your father probably told you this a 1000 times when you were helping rebuild the small block Chevy engine in the garage, but it is also true for electronics repairs. The moral of this story is. Listen to your dad when he talks about tools and always look on iFixit when you need the right tool.
Sorry, I didn't take any pictures, but any of the Macbook Pro guides on this site has tons of great pictures.
April 11, 2015
The battery on my Slate tablet was in its final throes, so I decided to take to the place of purchase - national chain of office supplies, which hall remain nameless. I hoped they could change the battery there even if I had to wait for them to get one in stock, or they could send it out. I couldn't open it myself because of the tiny screws. Well, the kid looked at it and said they couldn't do anything and if I sent it to HP it would likely cost more to have them service it than it originally cost. I didn't want to give up just like that, so I went back to the internet and after looking at discouraging videos that involved cutting and soldering wires Ifound you guys.
I ordered the inexpensive tools from you and a battery from another site, followed the tutorial you have posted, and was done in less than 10 minutes. The battery is charging as I write this, but I can see that the job was a success. Between the tools and the batteries I spent less than $60, which is about a third of what the tablet originally cost, so I'm really happy.
The experts aren't always expert, so don't give up. This job was a snap, unlike most of my hardware store undertakings, which usually take 100 times longer than I planned and require at least three trips back to the store.
October 21, 2014
I switched to another phone so they were unable to transfer my contacts. With the screen cracked I was unable to access to pull them manually.
After receiving the tools we got on and walked through the process of replacing on line and it worked great.
I wish I had done this first before buying another phone. I would have kept it.
September 22, 2014
The glass was cracked. It was too risky to attempt a glass only replacement, so I decided to place the glass and LCD combination.
Upon removing the LCD ribbon cable, I discovered the black flip tabs on the board mounted connector. Flip those things vertically before attempting to remove the ribbons. There is a miniature cable connector for the ribbon cable the leads to the keyboard contacts. Similarly, flip the black tab vertically before removing the ribbon cable.
The LCD cracked while removing the glass and LCD assembly. I anticipated this. I would never recommend attempting to remove the glass only. Spend an extra $60 for the glass and LCD combination.
Place the assembly glass down on a hot plate or cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Heat the Surface LCD screen and glass assembly to about 200 degrees fahrenheit in an oven to soften the glue which bonds the glass to the black frame. Use the plastic pry bar to locally separate the glass from the supportive black frame followed by a plastic card to slide through the glued region.
The Windows Surface RT uses T3 and T4 screws.
May 23, 2014
I have a Microsoft Surface that was a victim to my childish anger management problem. One day I accidentally tapped the screen too hard and a minor crack appeared on the screen. Granted it sprawled across the entire sheet of glass.
The repair went very smooth until I couldn't go any further because of the microscopic screws. I ordered the T4 and T5 screwdrivers from ifixit.com and the rest was simple.
You have to have patience when replacing the screen of any tablet. Ensure you have all the required equipment for the repair, in my case, the screwdrivers were the primary tools I needed... next to the heat gun of course.
November 17, 2013
The lens of rear camera of my wife's BB Z10 was cracked after she dropped the phone from the higher ground. It requires replacement and I contacted the local repair center. They told me to leave the phone for at least 48 hours, which doesn't make sense to me. Therefore I decided to fix it by myself. I purchased the parts from other shopping online source, and I bought the tools from iFixit.
It went well. I followed all step-by-step procedures as instructed. The manual was very clear and easy to read. It took only 10 minutes for me to get it fixed.
For replacing the rear camera of BB Z10, you don't need T4. The T2, Spudger, and Plastic opening tools are sufficient to do the job! Moreover, since most of the Z10 screws are painted with dark color, do it on the top of white color base (table).
April 3, 2012
My Nokia N8 started turning off by itself and it dies in 5 hours after its fully charged. The T4 Screw driver was the perfect the size to open up the phone but I think my phone had a different problem besides that. The point is though, the screwdriver was perfect and it was great.
It didn't really go the way I wanted it to go. The screw driver did its job just fine, my phone was just in time to go.
I think Nokia N8 phones are really not meant to have their batteries replaced.