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September 1, 2015
After lounging around one day, the incredibly comfortable arm of the chair I was napping in proved not to be a reliable place to rest my open MacBook. There was the initial shock of some jarbled pixel lines on the screen, but it only seemed to go downhill from there as the rest of the screen slowly disintigrated to a pink and then finally a black. School was about to start again in fall and I knew it was time to replace the screen now or have to suffer through a semester without it.
The repair gave me some really good footage for a time-lapse, which looks incredibly interesting and detailed at 2 minutes instead of the 1.5+ hours it took in reality. I wasn't really sure what I was doing, but the combination of the easy to follow picture guide and the power of editing made the overall experience quick and seamless You can watch the youtube video here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHhpoG-0...)
I know very little about the proper etiquette of how to handle computer parts or which tools to buy/use, so I try to stick to the guide as closely as I can to avoid any blunders for the computer in the future. I try to stick with the tools they provide in the list as they're color coordinated and I can follow along a little bit easier. I also wish I knew what some of the terms used to describe the steps were. For example, "walking" the iSight connection out of its dock seemed simple enough, but I had no clue how to "walk" a connection or which way it came out. I stayed patient and gently nudged it with my spudgers a few ways until something started to give, which smoothed everything out. Patience. Patience. Patience. In reality, I think this project took me 2-2 1/2 hours.
August 31, 2015
Lightning connector developed a short which made charging difficult.
Everything went very smoothly until the last step. The guide was perfect, detailing everything you needed to know. Unfortunately, there should have been one final step. There are 3 components that need to be reused from your old Lightning connector assembly. The guide doesn't mention anything about this at all. I was able to figure it out pretty easily because I work on cars for a living - many times without repair information - but I suspect this oversight may trip up quite a few people. I tried to submit an edit but it was rejected. Perhaps I didn't format it right or something. In any case I still think iFixit needs to update this guide, but if they don't I've attached two photos showing the 3 components. Other than that, it was a fairly uneventful repair (expect when I broke a battery adhesive strip).
DON'T BREAK THE BATTERY ADHESIVE STRIPS!!! Seriously, take your time and follow the guide EXACTLY! I got the first strip out perfectly in one piece. The second broke almost immediately. I later realized it was because I pulled it at a 45 degree angle, which was perfect for the first one, but the second was supposed to be pulled straight up. Doh! If you do break it, heat the CRAP out of it with a hairdryer (min. 5 minutes with 1800w unit on high) and use the guitar string trick. Forget the dental floss, I don't know why they even mention it. Breaking the 2nd adhesive strip added well over an hour to the job. Don't do it. Take your time and you'll have a much nicer time!
August 20, 2015
Sat on my macbook, screen broken. Now repaired
Very easy, 15 minutes and the screen was swapped
August 7, 2015
My dock connector was very loose and I could only get it charge by jiggling the plug just right. Decided I would also replace battery as well.
The dock replacement guide has you remove the battery so since it was original I decided to replace it. The guide was very thorough and I only had one hiccup when one of the screws on the dock connector cover did not want to budge. Some careful persuasion and finally got it out - after that everything went per instructions. Phone booted up - everything working great.
Follow the guide carefully, don't get creative. The guide did a good job of pointing out the gotchas.
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!