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  • Amazon Fire TV Teardown

    That is a thermal pad, not thermal paste.

  • Amazon Fire TV Teardown

    Why would you ever need to remove the heatsink? Again I don't understand how you rate these on repairability. They aren't meant to be fixed. Would you like for EVERY IC to be socketed, every component to be through hole for easy soldering, a bottom cover held on with screws?

    I mean a heatsink is a piece of metal. It isn't going to fail.

  • MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Heat Sink Replacement

    Looks like a terrible job of applying thermal compound. Its not china's fault though. Just how Apple tells foxconn to apply it. At least its better than the old worse issue in 2006. Apple's QC is declining.

  • Applying Thermal Paste

    Quote from jonahwy:

    Swapping out the heatsink on my 15" MBP seemed to go fine. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. My computer had been shutting down immediately and was unusable. I did some research and it sounded like the heatsink was the problem. After reassembling the computer, when I started it up, there was a little puff of smoke from the back left of the keyboard... and... no screen backlight came on.

    The repair solved the problem of my computer constantly shutting down, but now I can only see my screen if I shine a bright light on it.

    Does anyone know what could have happened? If the thermal compound was touching some little wire or something, could it have caused a short?

    Did you use Arctic Silver? It's possible something shorted, but I'm leaning more toward a lose display cable. Try re-seating the cable.

  • Sony PlayStation Teardown

    So far looking good. I'm commenting as you are making this teardown.

  • SmartParts SP800WS Digital Photo Frame Teardown

    Quote from nicksmacandpchelp:

    its a ;ow cost unit

    You mean low cost unit? It was dirt cheap for what it does. Sadly, I can't fix the problem. I will keep it, because I enjoy taking things apart in my spare time. i don't want any 6 year old kid in Africa or china "recycling" this crap.

  • Applying Thermal Paste

    Some people apply a little dab in the center, and then install the heat sink. It spreads it evenly unlike a finger, and is much cleaner. I use this method on cpus with a heat spreader, and ones with the bare die. You can also apply a dab, and use a razor blade to spread it evenly too. The finger method tends to leave air bubbles, and doesn't spread evenly. I use Arctic Silver 5, but sometimes have to spread it with a blade as it is so thick. I hear that Arctic Cooling MX-3 is suppose to be better. I hate that AS5 can be electrically conductive. It makes me nervous that i will short something out. I hate AS5 200 hour curing time. MX-3 is claimed to not need any curing time, and not electrically conductive, So if you apply the amount that Apple did with the 2006 MacBooks, you will still have a working computer. If apple applied AS5, like they applied thermal paste in 2006, I bet the laptop would be DOA.

    Just my little thoughts on thermal compound.

  • iPhone 3G Display Replacement

    Quote from DAR:

    I have been repairing iPhones now for 2 years. This procedure is a waste of time and money, spend the extra 15 bucks and get the glass with the digitizer, you don't have to spend 3 hours to replace your broken glass because you spent 2 of them separating glass from glass. by the way, good luck getting the new glass on with out a scratch or piece of lint/dust in between.

    This guide is how to separate the glass from the frame. The glass has the digitizer on it. We aren't separating glass from glass.

  • great teardown. I enjoyed reading it.

  • Sanyo CX 110 Teardown

    okay teardown. My only advice is DON'T use the flash. I can barly see some of the pictures because of it. Use natural sun lighting or even a set of lamps spaced approaply. instead. Other than that, good attempt.