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Two for one - Wifi reflow and Pentalobe replacement
iPhone 4 Pentalobe Screws
Better than original!
MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Battery
How to replace speaker?Internal speaker is not working. I have a spare (dead) machine I can use for parts. The speaker APPEARS to be fastened to...
Answer to "Display Flex Cable Connectors"Hello, Alfonso - It depends on two things: 1) If the connector pulled off of the board cleanly, without structural or mechanical damage. 2) if you have the skills to do surface-mount soldering, or know somebody who does. Probably needs a microscope, very steady hands, paste solder, and a hot-air soldering station. It is a very challenging repair. Good luck!
Answer to "loud buzz sound, followed by a light smell of something burning""Ripped off" is indeed the right word. You got ripped off because Apple (and a lot of other companies) were ripped off in a case of industrial espionage. Here is a Wikipedia page that goes into the gory details. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_p... It's a no-win story for everyone involved. I have worked on a TON of G5 iMacs, many with bad capacitors. I have also seen iMacs of the same period that are still trucking along happily, not a single visible bad cap. It's just the luck of the draw. Apple did have an extended replacement program. So did Dell, and I'm sure others manufacturers as well. In terms of buying new equipment from Apple, the "capacitor plague" problem is now behind us. Support services are excellent, IMHO, especially if you can take the system to an Apple store and talk to them in person.
Answer to "Battery and LCD panel are failing, can I operate it "headless" safely?"Absolutely! I had a similar machine, one with a failed display. I chose to remove the display + lid completely - hinges, cables, and all. It worked just fine: If you choose JUST to remove the LCD panel, and leave the frame and cables in place, for better cooling I'd leave off the "lid" and remove the magnet that's associated with the "lid closed" switch. Hope this helps!